Attacking the Mechanisms of Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis With Targeted Therapy

Online Course | Specialties: Allergy and Immunology, Dermatology
Released: 10/8/2020
Expires: 10/7/2021
Max Credits: 1.0

Peck Ong, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Los Angeles, CA

Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Research
Director of Patch Testing
Department of Dermatology
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Washington, DC
Activity Planners
Erin Mooney, MS
Clinical Content Manager
Baltimore, MD

Lisa R. Rinehart, MS, ELS
Director, Editorial Services
Baltimore, MD

Samantha Gordon, MS
Accreditation Manager
Baltimore, MD

Amy Sison
Director of CME
Baltimore, MD

Katherine Kahn
Holyoke, MA
Learning Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Use validated disease severity and quality of life assessment measures to identify patients with moderate-to-severe AD who may benefit from targeted biologic therapy
  • Define the role of inflammatory cytokines in the pathophysiology of and as treatment targets in moderate-to-severe AD
  • Evaluate the impact of recent clinical data for novel, targeted biologics on personalized treatment decisions for moderate-to-severe AD

Target Audience
This activity is intended for dermatology and allergy physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and fellows.
Statement of Need
Currently available validated, clinician-based and patient-reported atopic dermatitis (AD) assessment tools, used together, capture different pictures of this highly symptomatic disease and are important for more completely and accurately assessing disease severity and symptom burden. It has also been demonstrated that there can be discordance between clinician- and patient-reported control of AD symptoms, especially for patients with darker skin.

For appropriate patients with moderate-to-severe AD, numerous topical and systemic targeted agents have been approved by the FDA or are in late-stage development that suppress cytokine pathways central to AD pathogenesis.

Although several cytokine signaling pathways play a role in acute and chronic lesion formation, the Th2 cytokines IL-4 and IL-13 are key players in AD chronicity, and agents targeting these signaling pathways have proven to be the most efficacious as well as safe in clinical trials. The integration of FDA-approved targeted agents, or those likely to receive approval in the future, should be considered for patients with moderate-to-severe disease in a stepwise fashion, only after basic management strategies and topical treatment have been maximized and adherence to and failure of therapy have been confirmed.

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Med-IQ designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME MOCSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity will receive a Statement of Participation indicating the maximum credits available.

Medium/Method of Participation
This is a 1.0-credit CME activity. To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, complete all of the modules, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.

Initial Release Date: October 8, 2020
Expiration Date: October 7, 2021
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 1 hour

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Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation.

Peck Ong, MD
Consulting fees/advisory boards: AbbVie Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Contracted research: Incyte Corporation, Pfizer, Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH
Consulting fees/advisory boards: AbbVie Inc., Asana, Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bluefin, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Celgene Corporation, Dermavant, Dermira, Eli Lilly and Company, Galderma Laboratories, L.P., GlaxoSmithKline, Glenmark, Incyte Corporation, Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., LEO Pharma, Inc., Luna Pharma, Menlo Therapeutics, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer, Inc., Realm Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc.
Fees received for promotional/non-CME activities: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc.
Contracted research: Galderma Laboratories, L.P., GlaxoSmithKline

The writer, peer reviewers, and activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
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This activity is supported by educational grants from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi Genzyme.
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