Mastering the Art of Prior Authorization to Improve Patient Access to PCSK9 Inhibitors

Release date: June 19, 2019
Expiration date: June 19, 2020
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 0.75 Hour(s)



James A. Underberg MS, MD, FACP, FNLA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
NYU School of Medicine
NYU Center for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Director Bellevue Hospital Lipid Clinic
New York, New York

Kevin C. Maki, PhD
Adjunct Faculty in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
DePaul University
Chief Scientist
Midwest Biomedical Research/Center for Metabolic & Cardiovascular Health
Chicago, Illinois


This program is designed to summarize the latest clinical trial evidence regarding PCSK9i, as well as the latest clinical recommendations for the use of PCSK9i. It will include a discussion of common barriers to PCSK9i prescription approval and recommend potential solutions to overcome these obstacles and improve patient access to PCSK9i.


This educational activity is directed toward lipidologists, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other specialty healthcare providers (HCPs) interested in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia.


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

  • Summarize the findings from CV outcomes studies of PCSK9i
  • Identify specific patient populations that would benefit from LDL-C lowering utilizing PCSK9i therapies
  • Apply the guidance from the latest clinical recommendations for the use of PCSK9i
  • Implement strategies to overcome common obstacles and potential solutions to increase patient access to PCSK9i

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of June 19, 2019 through June 19, 2020, participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.




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Integrity Continuing Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the enduring activity.


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Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of these CME activities:

James Underberg, MD
Consulting Fees: Amarin, Amgen
Fees for non-CME Services: Amarin, Alexeron, Amgen, Regeneron, Sanofi
Contracted Research: Aegerion, Pfizer and Sanofi
Other (Steering Committee Member): Aegerion Lower Registry Trial

Kevin C. Maki, PhD
Consulting Fees: Abbott, Amegen, Corvidia Therapeutics, Matinas BioPharma, Pharmavite
Contracted Research: Abbott, Amgen
Ownership Interest: Amgen, Amarin

The Integrity CE planners/managers have nothing to disclose.


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This CME activity is provided by Integrity Continuing Education.


This activity is supported by educational funding provided by Amgen.

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