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This continuing education activity is provided by

Support Statement

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

There is no non-commercial support for this activity.

Education activities are distinguished as separate from endorsement of commercial products. When commercial products are displayed, participants will be advised that accredited status as a provider refers only to its continuing education activities and does not imply ANCC Commission on Accreditation endorsement of any commercial products.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is rheumatologists, nurses, pharmacists, managed care medical care directors, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Purpose/Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, physicians should be better able to:

  • Utilize evidence-based strategies to assess disease activity and alter therapy accordingly.
  • Implement treatment strategies based on evidence-based guidelines for patients with RA, including for those patients who have failed first-line anti-TNF or methotrexate therapy.
  • Communicate with patients regarding their concerns, including those related to adherence, treatment expectations, and impact of disease on quality of life.
  • Compare and contrast available biologic therapies for RA management based on mechanism of action, clinical profile, and recommended administration.

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, nurses should be better able to:

  • Communicate with patients regarding their concerns, including those related to adherence, treatment expectations, and impact of disease on quality of life.
  • Compare and contrast available biologic therapies for RA management based on mechanism of action, clinical profile, and recommended administration.

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, pharmacists should be better able to:

  • Compare and contrast available biologic therapies for RA management based on mechanism of action, clinical profile, and recommended administration.

Faculty

Alan L. Epstein, MD
Alan L. Epstein, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Pennsylvania Rheumatology Associates, PC
Philadelphia, PA


Nurse Planners and External Reviewers:

Elizabeth Kirchner, CNP, MSN
Barbara Niedz, PhD, RN, CPHQ
Jonathan Kay, MD

Accreditation

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Vindico Medical Education, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Credit Designation

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Vindico Medical Education will provide 0.5 contact hours for nurses.

This program is acceptable for 0.5 contact hours of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Continuing Education Credit. The ACPE Universal Program Number is 0482-0000-17-001-H01-P, effective 3/21/2017. This is a knowledge-based activity and there is no fee to attend.

Vindico Medical Education will provide Pharmacist credits claimed information directly to the ACPE through CPE Monitor.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, March 21, 2017 to March 20, 2018.

How to Participate in this Activity and Obtain CE Credit

To participate in this CE activity, you must answer the pretest questions, read and watch the discussion, complete the CE posttest, and complete the evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 2 out of 3 of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue a Credit Certificate.

Disclosures

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control.

The authors disclose that they do have significant financial interests in any products or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Alan L. Epstein, MD
Speakers Bureau: AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Crescendo, Genentech, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi-Regeneron

Nurse Planners report the following relationship(s):
Elizabeth Kirchner, CNP, MSN 
Consulting Fee: Pfizer, Sanofi 
Speakers Bureau: Crescendo

Barbara Niedz, PhD, RN, CPHQ 
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

External Reviewer reports the following relationship(s):
Jonathan Kay, MD
Consulting Fee: AbbVie, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim GMbH, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli-Lilly, Epirus Biopharmaceuticals, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Hospira, Janssen, Merck, Myriad, Novartis, Pfizer, Samsung Bioepis, Sandoz, Roche, UCB
Contract Research (Paid to Institution): AbbVie, Genentech, Eli-Lilly, Pfizer, Roche

Vindico Medical Education staff report the following relationship(s):
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Unlabeled and Investigational Usage

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of FDA-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use of products/devices.

Copyright Statement

Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2017 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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