New Therapeutic Agents Marketed in 2017: Part 2

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The first part (Pharmacy Today, September 2017) of this series reviewed seven new FDA-approved therapeutic agents marketed in 2017.  This second part of the series covers nine additional therapeutic agents (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir are included in a combination formulation) marketed in 2017:  bezlotoxumab, sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir, glecaprevir/pibrentasvir, betrixaban, plecanatide, brodalumab, guselkumab, and sarilumab.  The authors review indications, mechanisms of action, and information on dosage and administration for these new agents, as well as their most important pharmacokinetic properties, adverse events, and other risks and precautions.  They compare the new agents with older drugs marketed for the same indications and identify the advantages and disadvantages of the new drugs.

Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this activity, the pharmacist and pharmacist technician will be able to:

1.  Identify the new therapeutic agents that are considered and explain their appropriate use. 

2.  Identify the indications and mechanisms of action of the new agents. 

3.  Identify the most important adverse events and other risks of the new therapeutic agents. 

4.  State the route of administration for each new drug and the most important considerations regarding dosage and administration. 

5.  Compare the new therapeutic agents with older medications to which they are most similar in properties and/or use, and identify the most important advantages and disadvantages for the new drugs.

Activity type: Knowledge-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists & Pharmacist Technicians

Learning level: 1

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.20 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-17-254-H01-P/T.

To obtain credit for "New Therapeutic Agents Marketed in 2017: Part 2," complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy allows two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that the questions may not appear in the same order as printed and you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: December 1, 2017
Expiration date: December 1, 2020 - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


"New Therapeutic Agents Marketed in 2017: Part 2” is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists and pharmacist technicians developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Daniel A. Hussar, PhD, FAPhA

Remington Professor of Pharmacy

University of the Sciences College of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA

600 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495 

Eric F. Hussar, MD

Primary Care Physician

Susquehanna Family Medicine, Marietta, PA

Advisory Board

Mark S. Johnson, PharmD, BCPS

Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Postgraduate Education

Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA


Mark S. Johnson, PharmD, BCPS declares that he and his spouse hold stock in Merck & Co., Inc. 

Daniel A. Hussar, PhD, FAPha; Eric F. Hussar, MD; and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at


There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website and view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-17-254-H01-P 0.2 CEUs December 01, 2017 - December 01, 2020
ACPE# 0202-0000-17-254-H01-T 0.2 CEUs December 01, 2017 - December 01, 2020