YAFI Online Programming // Disease State Management and Drug Therapy

Biologics for Psoriasis

Community Pharmacy Interface with Special Populations

Educational Objectives

After participating in this activity, pharmacists will be able to:

  • LIST the pathogenesis and classification of various forms of psoriasis
  • DESCRIBE comorbidities associated with psoriasis in children and adults
  • DETERMINE the components of individualized treatment plans for pregnant, pediatric, and immunocompromised patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis based on expert opinion
  • USE this information to expand the pharmacist's role in adherence and monitoring to attain therapeutic treatment goals

After participating in this activity pharmacy technicians will be able to:

  • LIST the basic pathology and symptoms of psoriasis
  • OUTLINE biologic treatments used in psoriasis in special populations
  • IDENTIFY when to refer patients to the pharmacists for recommendations or referrals

Session Offered

Release Date: May 15, 2020

Expiration Date: May 15, 2022

Course Fee


Session Codes


20YC40-KBT92-Pharmacy Technician

Accreditation Hours

2.0 hours of CE


Psoriasis is a chronic immune-regulated skin disease, often accompanied by several systemic comorbidities. Psoriasis is frequently untreated or undertreated, especially in special populations (pregnant, pediatric, and immunocompromised patients). No clear treatment guidelines exist for special populations because clinical trials usually exclude these patients. Biologics have revolutionized the treatment of psoriasis, with most patients achieving a rapid and complete symptom resolution. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can help patients with self-management of psoriasis. Patients need dosing, administration, storage and handling, common adverse effects, and self-management education.

Accreditation Statements

The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are eligible to participate in this application-based activity and will receive up to 0.2 CEU (2 contact hours) for completing the activity, passing the quiz with a grade of 70% or better, and completing an online evaluation. Statements of credit are available via the CPE Monitor on- line system and your participation will be recorded with CPE Monitor within 72 hours of submission


Grant funding: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp

Cost: Free

Initial Release Date: May 15, 2020

Expiration Date: May 15, 2022

To obtain CPE credit, visit the UConn Online CE Center

Use your NABP E-profile ID and the session code 20YC40-JTV58 for pharmacists or 20YC40-KBT92 for pharmacy technicians to access the online quiz and evaluation.

First- time users must pre-register in the Online CE Center. Test results will be displayed immediately and your participation will be recorded with CPE Mon- itor within 72 hours of completing the requirements.

For questions concerning the online CPE activities, email joanne.nault@uconn.edu


Bisni Narayanan, Pharm D, MS, Clinical Specialty Pharmacist, Yale New Haven Health Systems, Outpatient pharmacy services, Hamden, CT

Faculty Disclosure

The author has no actual or potential conflicts of interest associated with this article.

Disclosure of Discussions of Off-label and Investigational Drug Use

This activity may contain discussion of off label/unapproved use of drugs. The content and views presented in this educational program are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent those of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.



Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory skin condition characterized by a wide range of symptoms. The most common form presents as raised red patches covered with silvery scales and dry, cracked, and thickened skin. In the United States, statisticians estimate psoriasis’s overall prevalence is 3.1%, affecting more than 6.7 million adults who are 20 years and older.1 In 2013, economists estimated its financial burden to be as high as $112 billion annually.2


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