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Moving Beyond the Burden of Influenza: Achieving Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment

Moving Beyond the Burden of Influenza: Achieving Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment

Format

Slide Lecture Series

Time to Complete

1.50 hours

Released

July 23, 2019

Expires

July 23, 2020
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Maximum Credits

1.50 / AAPA Category 1 CME Credits

Accredited Provider


This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education

Commercial Supporter

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

Program Description

The administration of influenza vaccines remains the most effective way to prevent seasonal influenza. However, vaccines have been known to provide suboptimal protection in high-risk groups. Moreover, they may be ineffective when there is an antigenic mismatch among viruses in the seasonal vaccine and those circulating in the community. Comparatively, antiviral drugs for influenza typically remain effective against antigenic drift variants or newly emerged pandemic viruses, as they target highly stable or conserved components of the virus. Clinical trials and observational data show that early antiviral treatment can shorten the duration of fever and illness symptoms and may reduce the risk of complications from influenza. Three classes of antiviral drugs are currently available for the prevention and treatment of influenza: neuraminidase inhibitors, adamantanes, and the polymerase inhibitor, baloxavir marboxil. This CME activity evaluates emerging and recently approved antiviral agents with respect to their novel mechanisms of action, ability to reduce duration of clinical illness and complications, and cessation of viral shedding. A provider–patient video highlights the importance of patient assessment and shared decision-making.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for the activity is physician assistants and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with influenza.

Educational Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Review the burden of influenza and how it affects patients’ quality of life, productivity, and outcomes.
  • Incorporate diagnostic assays into practice that have demonstrated improved sensitivity, specificity, and convenience for the detection of influenza.
  • Assess new and emerging treatments for influenza, based on their mechanisms of action, efficacy, and safety.
  • Incorporate antiviral therapies into practice for prophylaxis, prevention, and treatment of influenza to reduce the duration of illness as well as complications.

Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control. Relationship information appears below.

Faculty

Charles P. Vega, MD – Activity Chair
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
University of California, Irvine
Santa Ana, CA


Dr. Vega discloses the following
Consulting Fee: Genentech

Laura Gunder McClary, DHSc, MHE, PA-C
Professor
Rocky Mountain University Doctor of Medical Science Program
Provo, UT


Dr. McClary has no relevant financial relationships to disclose

Julio A. Ramirez, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, KY


Dr. Ramirez has no relevant financial relationships to disclose

Patient Advocate:
Cyndi Watkins
has no relevant financial relationships to disclose

Reviewers:
Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose

Accredited Provider Disclosure

Vindico Medical Education Staff have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed Disclosure(s) are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Credit

1.50

Type

AAPA Category I CME credit

Accreditation Statement


This activity was planned in accordance with AAPA CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.

Designation Statement

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Physician Assistants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, July 23, 2019, to July 23, 2020.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The audience is advised that this continuing education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage.

Disclaimer

The material presented at or in any Vindico Medical Education continuing education activity does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the FDA. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

Instructions

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, listen to the recorded lectures and accompanying slides, complete the CME posttest, and complete the registration form and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 3 out of 4 (75%) posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AAPA Category 1 CME Certificate.

If you have CME Questions, please contact Vindico Medical Education at cme@vindicoCME.com.

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Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2019 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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