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New Drugs 2019, part 4

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000611472.27241.72
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New Drugs 2019, part 4

GENERAL PURPOSE: To review nine drugs recently approved by the FDA. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After completing this continuing-education activity, you should be able to: 1. Discuss indications for each drug discussed. 2. List adverse reactions for each drug discussed. 3. List nursing considerations for each drug discussed.

  1. Which statement is correct about fostamatinib?
    1. It reduces antibody-mediated destruction of platelets.
    2. It is indicated as an initial treatment for ITP.
    3. It enhances activity of SYK.
  2. Treatment with fostamatinib should be reduced, interrupted, or discontinued if
    1. the patient develops severe diarrhea.
    2. the patient's platelet count increases during the first month of treatment.
    3. liver enzyme levels drop significantly.
  3. A significant adverse reaction to TPO receptor agonists is
    1. thromboembolic events.
    2. cardiac dysrhythmias.
    3. tinnitus.
  4. Which dosage of avatrombopag is recommended for patients with chronic ITP?
    1. 20 mg/day
    2. 40 mg/day
    3. 60 mg/day
  5. Which drug is approved only to treat thrombocytopenia in adults with CLD scheduled to undergo a procedure?
    1. fostamatinib
    2. avatrombopag
    3. lusutrombopag
  6. An adverse reaction to lusutrombopag is
    1. abnormal bleeding.
    2. hypertension.
    3. headache.
  7. In patients with hATTR, abnormal amyloid protein deposits most often occur in the
    1. eyes.
    2. peripheral nervous system.
    3. liver.
  8. Which statement is true concerning IRRs associated with patisiran?
    1. The frequency of IRRs increases with continued treatment.
    2. Patients in the clinical trials were premedicated to prevent IRRs.
    3. Many patients experience IRRs that require infusion interruption.
  9. Teach patients taking patisiran about the risk of
    1. orthostatic hypotension.
    2. abnormal bleeding.
    3. ocular adverse reactions.
  10. In clinical trials, inotersen
    1. increased platelet counts.
    2. reduced neuropathy.
    3. increased serum TTR protein levels.
  11. Compared with ivermectin, moxidectin
    1. is significantly better at suppressing microfilariae in the skin.
    2. has a shorter duration of action.
    3. can kill adult forms of the O. volvulus parasite.
  12. Which statement is correct about moxidectin?
    1. It must be taken with a full meal.
    2. It is likely to cause significant pruritus during the first week of treatment.
    3. Hypertension is a common adverse reaction.
  13. The first drug approved to reverse the anticoagulant effects of rivaroxaban is
    1. idarucizumab.
    2. apixaban.
    3. andexanet alfa.
  14. Which statement is accurate concerning the boxed warning for andexanet alfa?
    1. The risk of death following treatment is greatest after 30 days.
    2. Underlying disease predisposes patients to thromboembolic events.
    3. Reversing the drug's anticoagulant effect caused thrombotic events in healthy volunteers.
  15. Which statement is correct about plazomicin?
    1. It is a primary treatment for cUTI.
    2. It is less likely than most aminoglycosides to cause ototoxicity.
    3. It should be reserved for patients who have limited treatment options.
  16. For patients taking plazomicin, which lab value should be monitored daily?
    1. creatinine clearance
    2. platelet count
    3. red blood cell count
  17. Which statement about eravacycline is correct?
    1. It is administered orally.
    2. In clinical trials, it was more effective than ertapenem and meropenem.
    3. Its only approved indication is to treat cIAIs.
  18. During clinical trials, the most common reason for discontinuing eravacycline therapy was
    1. photosensitivity.
    2. GI upset.
    3. tooth discoloration.
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