Title: "Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on MS Care"
Presented by: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Release Date: September 7, 2022
Expiration Date: September 7, 2023
Estimated time to complete this activity: 3 hours and 25 minutes. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Fees and Prerequisites: There are no fees or prerequisites.
Acknowledgement of Commercial Support: Supported by an independent educational grant from Biogen MA, Inc., Genentech, Inc., and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
This activity is intended to meet the educational needs of healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with multiple sclerosis.
After participating in this activity, learners will demonstrate the ability to:
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Credit Designation Statement
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Program accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
American Academy of PAs (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. PAs may receive a maximum of 3.25 AAPA Category 1 Credit for completing this program.
Statement of Need
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reservations regarding the risks of using immunosuppressive or immunomodulating agents to treat patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) in case these treatments increase infectious disease risk or reduce vaccine efficacy. Many MS patients take disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) to prevent new symptoms such as muscle weakness, poor coordination, and/or impaired vision while mitigating disease progression. For many years, the treatment paradigm has been to “treat early and never stop,” but given the spread of COVID-19, this idea has become much less clear. MS treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic has been exceptionally challenging. Accordingly, healthcare providers have had reservations and concerns regarding deciding what are the safest and most effective treatment strategies taking into consideration all of the risks and potential complications when addressing both MS and the risk of COVID-19. Clinicians caring for patients with MS during this period of COVID-19 risk require educational programs to stay informed of the recommended best use of DMTs and to be aware of the latest guidelines for safely treating MS given the risk for COVID-19. This collaborative social learning platform establishes a network of providers who can support each other locally, as well as those from different communities, with the goal of learning and sharing best practices that will improve outcomes for patients with multiple sclerosis and COVID-19.
Johns Hopkins Faculty:
Shiv Saidha, MD
Professor of Neurology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Shiv Saidha, MD – Consulting Fee: Biogen Idec, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Genentech, Inc. Novartis AG, TG therapeutics; Grant or research support: Biogen Idec, Genentech, Inc., MedDay Pharmaceuticals; Stocks or stock options, excluding diversified mutual funds: June Brain LLC
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