Seizure & Epilepsy Care

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session at the 2016 Fall Forum. If you participated in
the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017

Instructions for CME/CNE: Complete the pre-test, listen to the audio and view the slides, complete the post test, complete the evaluation form and hit submit. You will be asked to enter your name and email address on the pre-test, evaluation and post-test. If you close your internet browser without completing the post test, you will have ONE more opportunity to complete. A score of 70% must be achieved on the post test to receive continuing education credits. If you do not pass the post test after two attempts, you will not be eligible to try again. Once you complete the evaluation form and score 70% or higher on your post test, you will automatically be given your certificate.  To print or save your certificate, you will need to click on the “download” button and either print or save.
 

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

This activity is supported by educational grants from
Lundbeck LLC, Supernus, and UCB Inc.

Description:
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder where the nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior. Epilepsy affects about 3 million people in the United States and accounts for about $15 billion in medical costs. Some drugs are more effective for specific types of seizures and the goal for neurologists is to achieve a seizure-free status for their patients without adverse effects. Treatment of epilepsy involves reducing the number of seizures by administering various antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and about 60% of patients require treatment with anticonvulsants. Unfortunately, more than one-third of people who experience seizures continue to have issues despite the medication given. Many patients do not have all the treatments available to them because their seizures are not adequately controlled, or because they experience severe adverse effects. The development of new AEDs continues to increase and drug therapies can now be individualized to the patient’s symptoms and needs. It is also important to understand the mechanisms of action and the pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs so that these agents can be used effectively in clinical practice, especially in the combined therapeutic strategies.

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

  • Discuss the latest clinical data on efficacy and safety on current and emerging antiepileptic drugs

  • Examine the diagnostic classifications of epilepsy

  • Analyze appropriate clinical data pertaining to available and emerging antiepileptic therapies

  • Assess effective treatment strategies and follow-up plans for patients with seizures

  • Identify the differences among antiemetic therapies used for the prevention and treatment of epilepsy
     

Faculty: Gregory Krauss, MD
Professor of Neurology
Johns Hopkins University

Disclosure:

Dr. Krauss serves as a consultant to Eisai Labs and receives research support from Pfizer, SK LifeScience, UCB Pharma and Upsher Smith. His presentation has been peer reviewed.
 
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jacquelyn Smith, RN, BSN, MA, CMCN has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Katie Eads has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Will Williams has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.

NAMCP and/or the presenter has copyright or has received permissions for use of materials provided in this activity.

Accreditation & Designation
The National Association of Managed Care Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The National Association of Managed Care Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses who complete this activity and turn in a validation form will receive up to 1 credit in continuing nursing education.

The American Board of Managed Care Nurses has approved this activity for a maximum of 1 contact hour towards CMCN recertification.

This activity is supported by educational grants from
Lundbeck LLC, Supernus, and UCB Inc.

NAMCP and/or this website does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. NAMCP does not endorse or imply endorsement of the content on any linked website. This website is to be used as an informational resource. With any health related concern, consult with your physician or healthcare professional.

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