Highlights From EASL 2015: HCV Management

April 22-26, 2015; Vienna, Austria
In this Expert Analysis, Jordan J. Feld, MD, MPH; David R. Nelson, MD; and Stefan Zeuzem, MD, provide a comprehensive review of the most significant data on the management of hepatitis C presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver.
Jordan J. Feld, MD, MPH
David R. Nelson, MD
Stefan Zeuzem, MD
Physicians: maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Released: June 29, 2015 Expiration: June 28, 2016

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Integrate the results of recent clinical studies of approved HCV therapies into patient management strategies
  • Evaluate the impact of results of clinical studies of investigational treatments for chronic hepatitis C on future patient management strategies
  • Incorporate the results of recent studies into the prevention and management of the clinical sequelae of advanced liver disease

Acknowledgements

Jointly provided by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and Clinical Care Options, LLC
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Educational grant provided by:
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Gilead Sciences
Merck & Co., Inc.

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Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

The Annenberg Center assesses conflict of interest with its instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME activities. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by the Annenberg Center for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity, and patient care recommendations. The Annenberg Center is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Faculty

Jordan J. Feld, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Toronto
Hepatologist
Toronto Centre for Liver Disease
Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health
Toronto, Canada

Jordan J. Feld, MD, MPH, has disclosed that he has received consulting fees from AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, Merck, and Theravance and funds for research support from AbbVie, Boehringer Ingelheim, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, Merck, and Santaris.
David R. Nelson, MD

Professor of Medicine
Assistant Vice President for Research
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

David R. Nelson, MD, has disclosed that he has received funds for research support from AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, and Merck.
Stefan Zeuzem, MD

Professor of Medicine
Chief, Department of Medicine I
JW Goethe University Hospital
Frankfurt, Germany

Stefan Zeuzem, MD, has disclosed that he has received consulting fees and fees for non-CME/CE services from AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, and Merck.

Staff

Krista Marcello

Associate Managing Editor

Krista Marcello has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.
Jenny Schulz, PhD

Director, Scientific Services

Jenny Schulz, PhD, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.
Ryan P. Topping, PhD

Associate Managing Editor

Ryan Topping, PhD, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

The following planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, RN, BSN and Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CHCP, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

Charles E. Willis, MBA, Director of Continuing Education, Amanda Sewell, MBA, Manager of Continuing Education, Debbie Price, Registration Database Administrator, and Alma Perez, Accreditation Specialist from the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The Annenberg Center, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM), Clinical Care Options, and activity supporters do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the Annenberg Center, PIM, Clinical Care Options, and activity supporters. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with hepatitis C.

Goal

The goal of this program is to improve participants’ competence in translating the most clinically significant data from EASL 2015 into practical management strategies for patients with hepatitis C.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and Clinical Care Options, LLC. The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program Medium

This program has been made available online.

Instructions for Credit

Participation in this self-study activity should be completed in approximately 1.5 hours. To successfully complete this activity and receive credit, participants must follow these steps during the period from June 29, 2015, through June 28, 2016:

1. Register online at http://www.clinicaloptions.com.
2. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
3. Study the educational activity online or printed out.
4. Submit answers to the posttest questions and evaluation questions online.

You must receive a test score of at least 65% and respond to all evaluation questions to receive a certificate. After submitting the evaluation, you may access your online certificate by selecting the certificate link on the posttest confirmation page. Records of all CME/CE activities completed can be found on the "CME/CE Manager" page. There are no costs/fees for this activity.

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