Implementing Newer Biologic Therapies to Improve Economic and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2018 Spring Managed Care Forum. If you participated in the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from August 1, 2018 to August 1, 2019

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by periods of acute disease flare that may include painful burning sensations and persistent itching. AD occurs more frequently in adulthood, is often accompanied by co-morbidities such as rhinitis and asthma, and can severely affect quality of life. There are approximately 17.8 million people with moderate to severe eczema or atopic dermatitis in the United States with an estimated annual direct and indirect cost of approximately $5 billion dollars. This condition evolves from a combination of skin barrier defects and immune-mediated responses involving activated T-helper cells and related cytokines. Current atopic dermatitis treatments attempt to reduce inflammation and itchiness to maintain the protective integrity of the skin and have shown the ability to manage the disease in the short term but have had troubles with long term efficacy. Thankfully advances in the understanding of the pathophysiology underlying atopic dermatitis is resulting in the development of targeted therapies for children and adult patients with this disease. Fortunately, several new treatments, including novel monoclonal antibodies or targeted therapies, such as JAK and PDE4 inhibitors, have shown improved efficacy and safety, offering patients the potential for improved outcomes and quality of life.

Upon Completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the impact of inadequately treated moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD) on physical and mental health, quality of life, costs and work productivity in adult patients

  • Discuss new treatments, signaling pathways and molecular actors that play a role in the pathogenesis of AD

  • Design individualized treatment plans for adults with moderate-to-severe AD based on current guideline recommendations, the safety and efficacy of new and emerging treatment options, comorbidities, and patient quality of life

  • Explore key points and strategies that managed care professionals and payors need to know about newer biologic therapies in moderate-to-severe AD

  • Examine communication and education strategies to improve adherence to AD treatment strategies and assess the effects of treatment on patient quality of life

Faculty: Zelma C. Chiesa Fuxench, MD, MSCE, FAAD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine


Dr. Chiesa Fuxench serves as a consultant to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American and the National Eczema Association. She served as the principle investigator for atopic dermatitis clinical trials for Sanofi/Regeneron, Vanda and Tioga Pharmaceuticals. She has served as a speaker for CME programs supported by educational grants from Sanofi/Regeneron. Her presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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This presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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