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This activity is supported by educational grants from Biogen and Novartis.
Despite decades of progress in the management of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), notable challenges remain. With a growing armamentarium of treatment options, clinicians are faced with the need to understand the full range of risk-benefit profiles so as to select the most appropriate therapy based on individual patient characteristics. Of particular concern are the large numbers of patients who fail to respond adequately to initial treatment with a disease-modifying therapy (DMT). Prompt recognition of such patients is crucial to prevent the accumulation of disability and delay disease progression. Clinicians must have the requisite knowledge to identify clinical and MRI findings suggestive of a suboptimal response that necessitates switching to another treatment strategy. The process of deciding which DMT should be chosen when switching therapy mandates consideration of the mode of actions, efficacy and safety, and individual patient factors. Clinicians must be competent in addressing these issues if the best possible outcomes are to be achieved. The potential advent of additional treatments also highlights the need for clinicians to stay up to date on developments that may impact the management of RRMS in the future.
This initiative is intended to meet the educational needs of neurologists and other healthcare practitioners involved in the care of patients with multiple sclerosis.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
Explain the mechanisms of action of available and emerging multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies as well as implications for treatment selection
Discuss the efficacy and safety of current treatments for MS and available data on investigational therapies
Review perspectives on MRI and clinical findings that may prompt consideration of switching therapy for MS
Analyze knowledge about MS therapies and aspects of a patient’s presentation to make an informed decision when switching MS therapies
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Johns Hopkins Chair and Activity Director Shiv Saidha, MBBCh, MD, MRCPI Associate Professor of Neurology Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD
Dr. Saidha discloses the following: Contracted Research: Genentech, Inc. Consulting Fee: Biogen Idec, EMD Serono, Genzyme Corporation, Novartis AG Equity: 2% JuneBrain
Faculty Robert Bermel, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine Director, Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Cleveland, OH
Dr. Bermel discloses the following: Contracted Research: Biogen Idec Consulting Fee: Genentech, Inc., Genzyme Corporation, Novartis AG
Scott Newsome, DO, MSCS, FAAN Associate Professor of Neurology Director, Neurology Outpatient Services Director, Neurology Infusion Center Director, Stiff Person Syndrome Center Member, Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence Division of Neuroimmunology and Neuroinfectious Diseases Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD
Dr. Newsome discloses the following: Contracted Research: Biogen Idec, Genentech, Inc., Novartis AG Consulting Fee: Biogen Idec, Celgene, Genentech Inc.
Publishing Staff Disclosures
Michael Speidel and Joanne Jeffers, Medical Logix, LLC, and Nancy Baxter, Baxter Medical Communications, have no relationship with any commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned during this presentation.
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Robert Bermel, MD, Scott Newsome, DO, and Shiv Saidha, MBBCh, MD: cladribine, high-dose biotin, ofatumumab, opicinumab, ponesimod, siponimod
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