Exciting Perspectives on Treating Psoriatic Arthritis: Exploring Personalized Treatment Strategies

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 July 6, 2018 to July 31, 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
Lilly USA LLC and Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a progressive, inflammatory disease that is associated with a number of dermatologic and musculoskeletal manifestations that often lead to extreme pain and joint damage that may affect a patient’s quality of life, physical function, and ability to work. This potentially disfiguring condition remains underdiagnosed and symptoms include fatigue, joint inflammation, and potentially progressive, irreversible joint damage. Diagnosing PsA can be very complex and may be easier to confirm if psoriasis coexists with symptoms of arthritis, however symptoms of PsA appear before symptoms of psoriasis. A careful medical history, physical examination, blood tests, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and x-rays of the involved joints along with a dermatologic evaluation may be used to diagnose PsA. The goals of treatment for PsA include early diagnosis, with early aggressive treatment aimed at limiting joint damage and clearing psoriasis. The treatment recommendations for PsA include the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and traditional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Fortunately, novel biologic treatments have been developed and proven to stop joint damage, pain, and swelling in moderate to severe disease. These treatments include adalimumab, etanercept, golimumab, certolizumab, and infliximab. Other biologics have been produced that help block proteins IL-12, IL-23, and IL-17. These biologics reduce inflammation, are given by a subcutaneous injection, and are producing results that treat the skin as well as arthritis.

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

  • Analyze the mechanisms of action, efficacy, and safety profiles of current and emerging treatment options for psoriatic arthritis, including investigational agents

  • Assess the latest developments in biologic therapies in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis

  • Describe the advanced strategies for accurate diagnosis and patient monitoring

  • Identify personalized treatment plans and the integration of patient preferences for psoriatic arthritis to maximize clinical and functional outcomes

  • Discuss the common comorbidities associated with psoriatic arthritis

Faculty: Allan Gibofsky, MD, JD, MACR, FACP, FCLM
Professor of Medicine, Healthcare Policy and Research
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Attending Rheumatologist Hospital for Special Surgery


Dr. Gibofsky serves on an advisory board for AbbVie, Celgene and Pfizer. He serves as a consultant for AbbVie, Celgene, Lilly and Pfizer. He serves on the speaker's bureau for AbbVie, Celgene and Pfizer. He owns stock in AbbVie, Amgen, BMS, Pfizer. 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.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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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
Lilly USA LLC and Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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