This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Biogen and EMD Serono, Inc.
Although the multifactorial causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) are not known, an improved understanding of the neuroimmunologic pathogenesis has led to the development of a wide variety of disease-modifying treatments (DMTs). While there is no cure for MS, these treatments can reduce disease activity and delay MS progression and disability.
However, having more DMT options than ever, and more still in clinical development, further complicates treating an already complex condition. With a wide variety of mechanisms of action (MOAs), selecting the optimal DMT is a formidable challenge with the opportunity to improve short-and long-term outcomes. Yet, using a treatment that is unsuitable to the patient’s individual disease activity, prognosis, and preferences is likely to lead to intolerable adverse events (AEs) and nonadherence. Given an MS patient’s immunosuppressed status and increased risk of infection. Adherence issues are further compounded during the pandemic as a result of stay-at-home orders.
Personalized treatment incorporates patient preferences for selecting, starting, switching, and stopping therapies as the patient’s circumstances change, as the disease progresses, and as the patient ages. Parsing the therapeutic alternatives can yield the most benefit when an interdisciplinary shared decision-making (SDM) approach is used. MS is a therapeutic area that is rapidly evolving and neurology clinicians need to remain updated on emerging therapies.
Through this initiative, participants will gain the knowledge and competence to develop early, aggressive plans that balance the benefits and risks of MS treatment options in order to optimize patient management through SDM.
Aaron Boster, MD
Founder and President
The Boster Center for Multiple Sclerosis
Patricia K. Coyle, MD
Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs
Director, MS Comprehensive Care Center
Department of Neurology
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York
This program is intended for MS specialists, neurologists, internists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who are involved in the care of patients with MS.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
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Aaron Boster, MD
Consulting Fees: EMD Serono, Genentech, Genzyme, Novartis
Speakers’ Bureaus: EMD Serono, Genentech, Genzyme
Patricia K. Coyle, MD
Consulting Fees: Accordant, Biogen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Genzyme/Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Novartis, Viela Bio
Speakers’ Bureaus: Biogen, Janssen
Contracted Research: Actelion, Alkermes, Corrona LLC, Genetech/Roche, MedDay, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Novartis
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