My Take From ACR 2019: Novel Approaches for RA Treatment
  • CME

November 8-13, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia
Here’s how new strategies like ultralow-dose rituximab, a novel small molecule IRAK-4 inhibitor, and vagus nerve stimulation may or may not change clinical practice.
Jonathan Kay, MD
Physicians: maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Released: January 9, 2020 Expiration: January 8, 2021

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Apply efficacy, safety, and patient-reported outcomes data from studies of new and emerging agents for RA to the care of patients now and in the future
  • Identify key findings from real-world experience in the management patients with RA who have failed or become intolerant to TNF inhibitors
  • Describe outcomes from RA studies of biologic and targeted DMARD therapy initiated early in the disease course
Provided by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
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Supported by educational grants from
Gilead Sciences
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Information on this Educational Activity

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/CE 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/CE 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/CE activity:

Faculty

Jonathan Kay, MD

Professor of Medicine and Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
Timothy S. and Elaine L. Peterson Chair in Rheumatology
Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Physician
Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester, Massachusetts

Jonathan Kay, MD, has disclosed that he has received consulting fees and funds for research support from AbbVie, Alvotech Suisse, Boehringer Ingelheim, Celltrion Healthcare, Gilead Sciences, Horizon Therapeutics, Kolon TissueGene, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Novartis, Pfizer, Samsung Bioepis, Sandoz, and UCB.

Staff

Zachary Schwartz, MSc

Scientific Director

Zachary Schwartz, MSc, ELS, has no relevant conflicts of interest to report.
Carolyn Skowronski, PharmD

Associate Director, Scientific Services

Carolyn Skowronski, PharmD, has no relevant conflicts of interest to report.
Petra Cravens, PhD

Editorial Contributor

Petra Cravens, PhD, has no relevant conflicts of interest to report.

The PIM planners and managers have nothing to disclose.

Charles E. Willis, Director of Continuing Education; Amanda Sewell, MBA, Manager of Continuing Education and Melissa Velasquez, 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 program is intended for rheumatologists and other healthcare providers who care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Goal

The goal of this program is to improve participants’ knowledge and competence in translating the most clinically important data from ACR/ARP 2019 into practical management strategies for patients with RA.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (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 0.25 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 0.25 hours. To successfully complete this activity and receive credit, participants must follow these steps during the period from January 09, 2020, through January 08, 2021:

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 100% 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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