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The Evolving Treatment Landscape of AMD and DME: Updates and Insights for Pharmacists (Archive)

This educational activity is sponsored by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE)
and supported by an educational grant from Genentech.


Sheldon J. Rich, RPh, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Ann Arbor, MI
SJR Associates, LLC
Sarasota, FL

John W. Kitchens, MD
Ophthalmologist, Vitreoretinal Surgeon & Partner
Retina Associates of Kentucky
Voluntary Faculty
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY


Dr. Rich has no relevant affiliations or financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Dr. Kitchens has disclosed that he has received consulting fees from Alcon, Allergan, Alimera, Apellis, Bayer, Biogen, Genentech, Kodiak, Optos, Outlook, Regeneron, Roche, and Zeiss; honoraria for non-CME (speaker bureau) from Biogen, Genentech, and Regeneron; and has stock ownership in Kodiak, Outlook and Vortex.

The clinical reviewer, Alisa Escano, PharmD, BCPS, has no relevant affiliations or financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Susanne Batesko, RN, BSN, Robin Soboti, RPh, and Susan R. Grady, MSN, RN as well as the planners, managers, and other individuals, not previously disclosed, who are in a position to control the content of Postgraduate Healthcare Education (PHE) continuing education (CE) activities hereby state that they have no relevant conflicts of interest and no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices during the past 12 months to disclose in relation to this activity. PHE is committed to providing participants with a quality learning experience and to improve clinical outcomes without promoting the financial interests of a proprietary business.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.


acpe Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

UAN: 0430-0000-23-012-H01-P
Credits: 1.0 hour (0.1 ceu)
Published: March 13, 2023
Expires: March 9, 2024

Type of Activity: Application
Media: Internet
Fee Information: There is no fee. This is a free continuing education activity. Estimated time to complete activity: 60 minutes


Managed care and specialty pharmacists

How to Earn Credit

During the period March 13, 2023 to March 9, 2024, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) view the educational activity; and 3) complete the posttest and evaluation form directly after the activity within a maximum of 60 days of participating in the activity. To answer the questions, click on your selected choice for each answer then proceed to the next question. Once completed, click on the Grade Exam button at the bottom of the page. Your posttest will automatically be graded. If you successfully complete the posttest (score of 70% or higher), your statement of participation will be made available immediately. Click on the View Statement of Participation link and print the statement for your records. If you receive a score lower than 70%, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the posttest. You will have 2 opportunities to pass the posttest. To receive Credit, you must provide your date of birth and NABP number. All Credit information will be uploaded into CPE monitor within 30 days.


The goal of this educational activity is to provide managed care and specialty pharmacists with advanced and up-to-date knowledge of the evolving AMD and DME treatment landscape, with a focus on novel agents and their role in therapy, to optimize patient care and improve outcomes and quality of life for patients with these conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the pathophysiology and epidemiology of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME) and their impact on patient quality of life
  • Compare current and novel AMD/DME therapies, including efficacy, safety, and administration
  • Discuss clinical trial and real-world evidence data to inform treatment decision making, thus optimizing outcomes
  • Recognize considerations in therapy selection and strategies to enhance compliance


Please ensure the computer system 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

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Disclaimer:

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC, or Genentech. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions, and possible contraindications on dangers in use, (review of any applicable manufacturer's product information) and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

The author, sponsor, and publisher of this continuing education activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of acceptance for publication. However, because information regarding drugs (their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions, etc.) is subject to constant change, the reader is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosages and potential problems and cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug. Special precautions should be taken when a drug is new, or highly toxic, or is unfamiliar to the dispenser or administrant. This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration