Optimizing Outcomes with CFTR Modulator Therapy in the Management of Cystic Fibrosis: A Closer Look at
the Role of Combination Therapy

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

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This activity is valid from January 1, 2019 to January 1, 2020

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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
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic, autosomal recessive disorder that mainly affects the lungs but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and the intestines. Difficulty breathing and coughing up sputum as a result of frequent lung infections are characteristics of this disease. Other symptoms include sinus infections, poor growth, fatty stool, clubbing of the finger and toes, and infertility in males among others. Patients may have different degrees of symptoms due to several mutation classes in CF. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, about 30,000 people are currently living with CF and approximately 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Although there is no cure for CF recent treatment breakthroughs have been able to reduce hospital admissions, enable easier breathing, provide a greater quality of life, and improve outcomes for patients. Fortunately for about half of CF patients, a new treatment is available for those who have two copies of the F508del mutation in their CFTR gene. This new CFTR modulation therapeutic focuses on counteracting the damage caused by the disease. This option is a major breakthrough in CF management as it is the first therapy that specifically targets an important genetic mutation.

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

  • Examine recently approved and emerging CFTR-based therapeutic options, including combination therapies, in terms of efficacy, safety, and clinical potential to optimize outcomes of patients with cystic fibrosis

  • Assess the role of newer combination CFTR modulator therapies and discuss ways to integrate them into the evolving treatment paradigm

  • Analyze the importance of newborn screening, accurate diagnosis, genomic evaluation, and early pharmacologic intervention in the management of cystic fibrosis

  • Explore best practices for improving patient adherence in the cystic fibrosis patient population

  • Identify cystic fibrosis patients who would potentially benefit from a CFTR modulator therapy

Faculty: Manu Jain, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Director of Adult CF
Northwestern University


Dr. Jain serves as a consultant for Gilead and Vertex. He serves on the speaker's bureau for Gilead and Vertex. His 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.
Will Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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nursing credit.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hour toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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