New Horizons in the Treatment of Psoriasis: Key Strategies to Target Optimal Patient Outcomes

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

This activity is an archive of the live session from the 2021 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 June 1, 2021 – August 1, 2022

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

This activity is supported by educational grants from
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and UCB

Psoriasis is a complex, chronic, immune-mediated inflammatory disease that affects approximately 7 million of the population in the United States. Psoriasis is a periodic flare-up of sharply defined red patches, covered by a silvery, flaky surface. The disease most commonly appears on the skin of the scalp, elbow, knees, and lumbosacral areas of the body. Psoriasis is a complex disease to manage, but the goal should be a patient-centered treatment that reduces disease burden, improves on quality-of-life, and addresses the risks of systemic complications and comorbid conditions. The under diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis continues to be a serious concern Once psoriasis is diagnosed through a physical examination and a skin biopsy, treatment of the disease will depend on which type of psoriasis, where it is, and the severity of it. Novel treatments, such as biologics, work by inhibiting different types of cytokines. The early biologics work by inhibiting tumor necrosis (TNF)-alpha, a protein broadly involved in inflammation. Newer biologics are more targeted to the inflammatory pathways involved in psoriasis, which works by blocking two proteins -- interleukin-17 and -23. These newer agents have been shown to be effective in treating psoriasis and could also be safer given their more specific action on the immune system. Recent research indicates that both IL-23 and IL-17 play important roles in the development of psoriatic plaques. Treatments that inhibit IL-23 and IL-17 have shown promising data in safety and efficacy in clinical trials of moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Recent breakthroughs, and a better understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis, have been translated into targeted and highly effective therapies providing fundamental insights into the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory diseases with a dominant IL-23/Th17 axis.

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

  • Describe how to use current guidelines for evidence-based approaches to the treatment of psoriasis

  • Explore strategies to assess psoriasis severity and optimal ways to diagnosis disease

  • Analyze the mechanism of action, safety, and efficacy of novel agents in targeting the underlying pathophysiology of psoriasis

  • Assess key clinical challenges and unmet needs in the management of psoriasis

  • Examine multidisciplinary and patient-focused strategies to improve patient outcomes in psoriasis and other comorbidities

  • Discuss the managed care considerations of psoriasis by exploring where novel agents fit into the current treatment paradigm


Faculty: Junko Takeshita, MD, PhD, MSCE
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine


Dr. Takeshita has received grants/research funding from Pfizer. Her presentation has been reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) and American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN). The National Association of Managed Care Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Each
physician should 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 nursing continuing professional development 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 nursing continuing professional development.

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

This activity is supported by educational grants from
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and UCB

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