Individualizing Therapy in the Management of
Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis: Expert Strategies
for Improved Patient Outcomes

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 educational grants from
Celgene and Sanofi Genzyme

Description:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic progressive disease and is the most common neurological cause of disability among young adults in the United States with a prevalence of approximately 400,000 cases. Multiple sclerosis may not be diagnosed for months to years after the onset of symptoms and some strategies for diagnosis include a careful medical history, a neurologic exam and various tests, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), evoked potentials (EP) and spinal fluid analysis. Although there is no cure for MS, many advances in treatment options have arrived in recent years, allowing patients to manage these symptoms and improve their quality of life. A number of factors must be considered when selecting a treatment regimen for patients with MS, including variations in clinical and MRI evidence of disease. Treatment is focused on disease-modifying agents, which helps lessen the frequency and severity of relapses, reduce lesions in the brain, and help slow or stop disability. Many therapeutic and technological advances are improving our understanding of the complex mechanisms involved in multiple sclerosis (MS) immunopathophysiology. Several investigational agents that have recently completed clinical trials that focus on Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) signaling. S1P-based therapeutics in current clinical trials have shown improved efficacy, safety and deliverability.

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

  • Examine the mechanisms of action, efficacy, and safety profiles of current and emerging relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies and their effect on staging and sequencing

  • Review evidence-based data for the rationale of sequencing, switching, and/or escalating MS therapeutics

  • Assess the individualized factors involved when establishing MS therapeutic strategies including patient, disease, and treatment characteristics that factor into MS treatment selection and considerations for predicting treatment response and identifying when to switch therapies

  • Analyze the most recent clinical trial data of S1P therapeutics for the management of patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis

  • Analyze guideline updates on the role of MRI in evaluating prognosis, disease progression and therapeutic decision-making for improved relapsing MS patient outcomes

  • Implement value-based approaches that will balance costs with improved outcomes in relapsing MS management
     

Faculty: Lily Jung Henson, MD
Chief of Neurology
Piedmont Healthcare

Disclosure:

Dr. Henson owns stock in Merck. 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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Accreditation & Designation
The National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM.

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 achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in continuing
nursing credit.

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

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
Celgene and Sanofi Genzyme

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