Specialty Medications (Home Study)

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Scientific discovery and technology advancement has led to the development of new, complex pharmaceuticals indicated to treat diseases without previous therapeutic options or improve upon existing treatments. This session explores the evolving definition, as well as cost and utilization of specialty medications.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of a specialty drug
  2. Discuss cost and utilization trends of specialty medication

Activity type: Knowledge-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists & Pharmacist Technicians

Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-9999-18-253-H04-P/T.

To obtain credit for completing Specialty Medications (Home Study), watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. 

Initial release date: September 27, 2018
Expiration date: September 27, 2021 


Specialty Medications (Home Study) is an archived, online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Melissa Duke, PharmD, MS, BCPS, 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 a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Director of Content Development at the American Pharmacists Association. 


There is no fee associated with this activity.

System Requirements

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