Patricia K. Coyle, MD Professor and Vice Chair Clinical Affairs Department of Neurology Director, MS Comprehensive Care Center Stony Brook University SUNY Stony Brook, NY
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
An estimated 350,000 to 500,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, neurologic disorder with potential for substantial negative impact on quality of life. A wide variety of neurological symptoms can occur with MS, including tingling and numbness, loss of balance, weakness in one or more limbs, and vision problems. Treatment is focused on returning function after an attack, preventing new attacks, and preventing disability.
The heterogeneity of the pathogenesis of MS and wide variation in the clinical course for each patient make management of MS challenging for clinicians. Neurologists have an opportunity to improve the treatment of MS by expanding their ability to individualize treatment decisions for each patient at each stage of MS.
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. Target Audience
The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of neurologists, neurological nurses, and other health care clinicians involved or interested in the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis.
In order to obtain credit, participants must complete the activity in full as well as the Post-Test and Evaluation. Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Outline the pertinent screening and monitoring tests to perform for patients on oral MS medications.
Describe ways to manage the most common side effects from oral MS medications.
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Patricia K. Coyle, MD, discloses that she is a consultant to Genzyme/Sanofi and Novartis; and has received honoraria from Accordant, Acorda, Bayer, Biogen, EMD Serono, Roche, and Teva.
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Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN: Nothing to disclose
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