Multiple Sclerosis Update: Clinical, Economic, and Patient-Centric Strategies for Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy Professionals


EXPERT FACULTY

Alexis Crispino
Director of Education & Healthcare Relations
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
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Mitzi Joi Williams, MD
Founder and CEO
Joi Life Wellness Group
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Michael Zeglinski, RPh
SVP & CEO
Optum Specialty &
Infusion Pharmacies
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Target Audience

Statement of Need/Program Overview 

More than a dozen disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) are available for the treatment of MS with several additional novel therapies in late stage development. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment is essential to minimize the MS disease burden and limit use of limited health care resources. Therefore, a high level of disease and therapeutic knowledge is necessary to effectively and efficiently manage the disease.

The continually evolving MS treatment landscape accentuates the need for increased disease and therapeutic knowledge amongst managed care and specialty pharmacy professionals in order to optimize clinical outcomes, reduce treatment variability, and increase patient engagement in their own care. This program highlights opportunities for managed care and specialty pharmacy professionals to enhance the management of patients with MS by implementing and/or recommending evidence-driven practices and administrative routines based on current clinical trial data.

Educational Objectives 
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to: 

ACCREDITATION

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 through the joint providership of Medical Education Resources (MER), National Hemophilia Foundation, and Impact Education, LLC. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Medical Education Resources designates these enduring materials for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Joint Accreditation Statement

Accreditation Statement 
Medical Education Resources (MER) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. MER designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Credit Designation
Medical Education Resources designates these continuing education activities for 1.0 contact hour (0.10 CEU) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

UAN: 0816-9999-20-166-H01-P 1.0 contact hour.  This activity is certified as Knowledge-based CPE.

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Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299.

Credit Designation
These educational activities for 1.0 contact hour are provided by Medical Education Resources.

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 planners of this activity 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 planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Medical Education Resources ensures balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our educational activities. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. MER is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities that promote improvements or quality in health care and not the business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of Faculty Reported Financial Relationship
Alexis Crispino

No financial interest/relationships relating to the topic of this activity.

Mitzi Joi Williams, MD

Consulting Fees (eg. Ad boards) – Biogen Idec, Genentech, Sanofi Genzyme, Novartis, AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Speaker Bureau: Biogen Idec, Genentech, Sanofi Genzyme, Bristol-Myers Squibb, TEVA.

Michael Zeglinski, RPh

No financial interest/relationships relating to the topic of this activity.

The content managers reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of Content Manager Reported Financial Relationship
MER Content Managers

No financial relationships to disclose.

Impact Education, LLC Staff

No financial relationships to disclose.

DISCLAIMER
The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources, Impact Education, LLC, the National Hemophilia Foundation and/or Takeda/Shire. The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. 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. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

METHOD OF PARTICIPATION AND REQUEST FOR CREDIT
There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. During the period October 15, 2020 through April 30, 2022, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; 3) successfully complete the post-test with a score of 70% or better; 4) and complete the evaluation form. Upon completion of the full CME/CE activity, your certificate will be made available immediately to download and print.

For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 70% or better and the activity evaluation form, you may immediately submit your CPE credit to the NABP CPE Monitor Service. This may require you to add or update the e-profile ID/date of birth information saved in your account.

MEDIA
Internet

FEE INFORMATION
There is no fee for this educational activity.