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Synergies Within the MS Care Team: Optimizing Outcomes and Increasing Patient Adherence with Initial Therapies

This activity is provided by the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL)


Dhruv Soni, PharmD
Senior Pharmacist
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Stephen Krieger, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS
Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Amy Perrin Ross, APN, MSN, CNRN, MSCN
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Loyola University Medical Center/MS Center
Maywood, IL
Marlene Hilton
Professional Moderator

Activity Description

This web-based clinical roundtable endeavors to provide MS healthcare team members with strategies to use their specialized skill sets collaboratively in order to improve patient outcomes in MS.

The activity will educate members of the MS healthcare team on the following 3 themes: 1) the need to optimize first-line DMT therapies; 2) strategies that can be employed by each caregiver to minimize adverse events and increase patient medication adherence and 3) approaches that can be utilized by the comprehensive care team to ensure seamless patient transitions, thereby improving patient outcomes.

The Clinical Commentary will help to individualize care by providing clinicians with current data to aid them in providing the best possible care to their patients with relapsing and remitting multiple sclerosis.

Statement of Need

Due to a lack of formalized algorithms, clinicians are left to their own devices to choose the best initial therapy, and to manage treatment switches for patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. A panel of clinical experts in MS will share best practices for the treatment of patients with MS and draw from recently issued statements from the AAN and MS Coalition, data from clinical trials, and their own clinical experiences in an effort to synergize treatment strategies.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Review position statements outlined in the MS Coalition 2014 Consensus Update with regard to the initiation of DMT use in newly diagnosed patients and the management of adverse events. 
  • Employ strategies tailored by the healthcare team and for use with the patient that can be used to minimize adverse events associated with DMTs.
  • Illustrate how technologies and coordinated care can be used in concert to help improve patient medication adherence and quality of life.

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed for neurologists, MS specialists, specialty pharmacists, MS nurses, and other clinicians involved in the management of patients with relapsing and remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 Minutes

Instructions to Receive Credit

To receive credit, participants are required to complete the pre-test, view the faculty roundtable and complete the post-test and evaluation. To receive credit, 70% must be achieved on the post-test. A statement of participation will be immediately available and pharmacist credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor within 60 days of completion. There is no fee to participate in the activity or for the generation of the certificate.

Disclosures of Conflict of Interest

ACHL requires that the faculty participating in a CME/CE activity disclose all affiliations or other financial relationships (1) with the manufacturers of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (2) with any commercial supporters of the activity. All conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this CME/CE activity.

The following financial relationships have been provided:

Marlene Hilton and Dhruv Soni, PharmD
No relevant affiliations or financial relationships to disclose.

Stephen Krieger, MD
Consultant: Acorda Therapeutics, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biogen Idec, EMD Serono, Inc, Genentech, Genzyme Corporation, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals,  Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc, Teva Pharmaceuticals

Amy Perrin Ross, APN, MSN, CNRN, MSCN
Advisor, Consultant, Speakers Bureau: Acorda Therapeutics, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biogen Idec, EMD Serono, Inc, Genzyme Corporation, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer, Inc, Teva Pharmaceuticals.

ACHL staff members and others involved with the planning, development, and review of the content for this activity have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation and Credit Designation

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

ACPE Universal Activity Number: 0396-0000-15-044-H04-P
Activity Type(s): Application
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Expiration Date: November 16, 2016

Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.


The content for this activity was developed independently of the commercial supporter. All materials are included with permission. The opinions expressed are those of the faculty and are not to be construed as those of the publisher or grantor.

This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, Policies, and Standards for Commercial Support. Recommendations involving clinical medicine in a continuing medical education (CME/CE) activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME/CE in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

This CME/CE activity might describe the off-label, investigational, or experimental use of medications and/or devices that may exceed their FDA-approved labeling. Physicians should consult the current manufacturers' prescribing information for these products. ACHL requires the speaker to disclose that a product is not labeled for the use under discussion.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Please ensure the computer you plan to use meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 98 or higher & Macintosh 2.2 or higher
  • Internet Browser (Mac &/ Windows): Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0.6 or higher, Firefox 3.0.3 or higher & Opera 5 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible
  • Peripherals: Computer speakers or headphones
  • Monitor Screen Resolution: 320 x 480 or higher
  • Media Viewing Requirements: Adobe Reader, Microsoft Powerpoint, Flash Player & HTML5

Contact Information

Vanessa Senatore
Program Director, ACHL
773-714-0705 ext. 189