Key Advances in the Treatment
and Management of Asthma

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 December 15, 2016 to December 31, 2017

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This presentation is supported by an educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals




As progress is made in the scientific understanding of airway inflammation and narrowing, the prevalence of asthma continues to rise, and there is a clear need for improved diagnosis and more aggressive and effective treatment. Consequently, many studies show insufficient patient adherence to prescribed and behavioral treatment regimens, leading to a major cause of poor clinical outcomes. Patients with asthma often do not have their asthma well controlled due to many different barriers including: age, socioeconomic status, complexity of the treatment plan and lack of education. For improved asthma management, these factors must be addressed and solutions sought, so that adherence can be more accurately targeted and treated through increased assessment.

While there is no cure for asthma, it is possible to manage the disease successfully through a number of behavioral changes and therapies, such as decreasing exposure to allergens and by using an inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and/or long-acting beta-2 agonists. There are also several new therapies emerging in clinical trials which aim to help control and treat asthma. These treatments have shown to improve lung function and decrease rescue bronchodilator use. The treatment goals for most asthmatic patients are to reduce the frequency and intensity of symptoms and reduce the risk of future asthma attacks, as these attacks lead to the decline in lung function.

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

  • Assess recent clinical data on the efficacy and safety of current and emerging treatment options for asthma, including the mechanisms of action for biologic drugs

  • Examine the evidence base for disease monitoring tools and appropriate treatment selection for asthma control

  • Discuss appropriate and effective ways to assess asthma control to improve patient adherence, self-management, and overall quality of life in asthma patients

  • Analyze different options for improving asthma control in patients with uncontrolled, persistent allergic asthma

  • Identify the potential benefits and the role of therapies that target the inflammatory component of allergic asthma

Faculty: David Lang, MD
Professor of Medicine & Chair
Department of Allergy & Clinical Immunology; Co-Director of the Asthma Center
Cleveland Clinic


Dr. Lang has received honoraria from, has carried out clinical research with, and/or has served as a consultant for Adamis, AstraZeneca, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and Novartis. This presentation does not include discussion of off-label uses of FDA approved products, but does mention agents that are not FDA approved. His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  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.

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This presentation is supported by an educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals

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