Delays in diagnoses and early intervention of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), can cause unnecessary disease progression, reduce chances of remission, decrease patients' quality of life, increase co-morbidities, reduce life expectancy, and increase the added cost burden on global healthcare systems. A growing body of evidence supports the concept of a window of opportunity (3 to 6 months after onset of symptoms) during which initiating treatment for RA can relieve symptoms, minimize comorbidities, and reduce the risk for progression and long-term disability. Global medical society guidelines have been revised recently to underscore the importance of earlier diagnosis of RA and to encourage the earlier use of disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) involving a treat-to-target strategy. Clinicians need education about these developments, about the use of established and emerging therapeutic agents for RA, and about strategies for preparing their practices to better manage patients earlier in the course of rheumatic disease.
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This activity was released on December 28, 2017 and is valid for one year. Requests for credit must be made no later than December 27, 2018. Instructions for Obtaining Credit
In order to receive credit, participants must complete the online evaluation and post-test at the end of this program. Participants must also score at least a 70% on the post-test. Statements of credit will be issued upon completion of the evaluation and post-test. Fee Information & Refund/Cancellation Policy
There is no fee for this educational activity. Disclosure Declarations
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME/CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
|Name of Faculty or Presenter ||Reported Financial Relationship |
|Marc Cohen, MD ||Has nothing to disclose. |
|Iain McInnes, FRCP, PhD, FRSE, FMedSci ||Consultant: AbbVie; Galapagos Pharma; Lilly; Pfizer. Grant/Research Support: Bristol- Myers Squibb; Janssen; Pfizer; UCB. |
|Jeffrey Curtis, MD ||Consultant: AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol- Myers Squibb, Crescendo Bioscience, Inc, CORRONA, Ortho-McNeil- Janssen Pharmaceutical Company, Pfizer Inc., and UCB. Grant/Research Support: AbbVie Inc, Amgen, Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Crescendo Bioscience, Inc, CORRONA, Ortho-McNeil- Janssen Pharmaceutical Company, Roche/Genentech, Pfizer Inc., and UCB. |
The planners and managers
reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME/CE activity:
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
|Name of Planner or Manager ||Reported Financial Relationship |
|Mike LoPresti ||Nothing to disclose |
|Margaret McLaughlin, PhD ||Nothing to disclose |
|Ron Schaumburg ||Nothing to disclose |
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Commercial Support Statement
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
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