Improving Beta-thalassemia Outcomes
Jointly Provided by: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center and
Medical Logix, LLC
2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 2.75 ANCC contact hours
Release Date: September 23, 2021
Expiration Date: September 23, 2022
Estimated time to complete this activity: 2.75 hours
Acknowledgement of Commercial Support: This activity is supported by an educational grant from Bristol Myers Squibb.
Statement of Need
Beta-thalassemia is a heritable red blood cell (RBC) disorder caused by mutations in beta-globin genes, resulting in defective hemoglobin production. The spectrum of disease ranges from no clinical effect, to relatively small decreases in beta-globin chain production, to severe effects due to the total elimination of beta-globin production. These may manifest as chronic anemia, downstream multiorgan morbidity, and increased mortality. Globally, beta-thalassemia is an increasing problem that affects roughly 23,000 births annually. In the United States, there are greater than 1000 patients afflicted with the most extreme form of this condition: beta-thalassemia major. Currently, the mainstay of beta-thalassemia treatment is RBC transfusion. Unfortunately, chronic RBC transfusion results in iron overload. This in turn leads to damage to the heart, liver, bone, and endocrine glands. This educational program will educate clinicians involved in the care of these patients with beta-thalassemia on these crucial topics in a novel learning environment. Sub-specialists in beta-thalassemia will work together with general hematologists and other clinicians to explore and dive deeply into these educational needs.
This educational activity is directed toward members of the beta-thalassemia care team including adult and pediatric hematologists and nurses practicing within thalassemia centers and community practices. It will also include NPs/PAs, navigators, and pharmacists actively involved in the care of patients with beta-thalassemia.
After participating in this activity, you will demonstrate the ability to:
ACCME Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and Medical Logix, LLC. Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit Designation Statements
Physicians: Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this other (blended live and enduring curriculum) activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses: The activity is awarded 2.75 contact hours (based on 60 minutes per contact hour).
IPCE Credit: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 2.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
Method of Participation and Obtaining Credit
There is no fee to participate in this activity. To obtain credit, you must review all activity information, including the learning objectives and disclosure statements, complete the components below, the final assessment and the evaluation at the conclusion of the activity. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 70% of the post-assessment questions correctly. Your certificate can be printed immediately.
If you have questions about this activity, please contact Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conflict of Interest Statement
The “Policy on Collection of Relevant Financial Relationships and Resolution of COI” of Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any ineligible company*during the past 24 months. Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure objectivity, independence, balance and scientific rigor in all their educational activities. Any presenter whose disclosed relationships prove to create a conflict of interest with regard to their contribution to the activity will not be permitted to present. All relevant financial relationships and potential conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the activity.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center also requires that faculty participating in this IPCE activity disclose to the audience when discussing the unlabeled or investigational use of any commercial product or device not yet approved for use in the United States.
*The ACCME defines ineligible companies as those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
This educational activity discusses the unapproved use of Gene therapy products, Mitapivat, Etavopivat, IMR-687, and Hepcidin mimetics for the treatment of beta-thalassemia. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center and the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Sujit Sheth, MD
Harold Weil Professor of Pediatric Hematology
Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Vice Chair for Clinical Research,
Department of Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY
Consultant: Agios, Celgene/BMS, Bluebird, Chiesi
Research funding for multicenter trial: Agios, Celgene/BMS, Dispersol, Imara, La Jolla
Clinical Trial Steering Committee: CRISPR/Vertex
Dr. Sheth has indicated that his relationships will not impact his ability to present material that is that is independent, objective, balanced and scientifically rigorous.
Dorothy Kleinert, DNP, MPH, MA, ANP, CPNP
Pediatrics – Thalassemia Clinical Research
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY
Disclosure: Advisory Board: Chiesi, Novartis
Dr. Kleinert has indicated that her relationships will not impact her ability to present material that is independent, objective, balanced and scientifically rigorous.
Peer Reviewers and Planners
Henny Billett, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology)
Professor, Department of Pathology
Chief, Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center
Disclosure: Dr. Billett has no relevant conflicts of interest with any ACCME-defined ineligible company.
Rhoda San Jose, DNP, MS, RN, NPD-BC, CHSE
Manager of Clinical Learning, Continuing Education, and Simulation
Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
Montefiore Learning Network
Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center
Disclosure: Dr. San Jose has no relevant conflicts of interest with any ACCME-defined ineligible company.
Victor B. Hatcher, PhD
Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
Disclosure: Dr. Hatcher has no relevant conflicts of interest with any ACCME-defined ineligible company.
John Gentile, Megan Gentile and Joshua Hwang of Medical Logix, LLC have indicated they do not have any relevant conflicts of interest with any ACCME-defined ineligible company.
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