Treat-to-Target and Targeted Therapy: The Evolving State of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patient Care
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Release date: 9/17/2018
Expiration date: 9/17/2019
Estimated time to complete: 1.0 hour
The complex and varied nature of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the absence of standard therapeutic options beyond corticosteroids and systemic immunosuppressive therapy make managing this disease an extreme clinical challenge. Achieving disease remission yields positive long-term outcomes, but only 2%–7% of patients reach this goal—and then only after long-term treatment. Recent clinical findings have demonstrated that, for patients with moderate to severe SLE, combining targeted and standard therapies can achieve meaningful reduction in both disease activity and the need for ongoing corticosteroid therapy. These results suggest that a significant expansion of the SLE armamentarium is likely imminent.
This activity has been developed to help rheumatologists and other clinicians who treat SLE patients stay current on new, fast-emerging options and strategies for SLE management (ie, personalized medicine and treat-to-target). Among the topics covered are the key immunopathogenic features of SLE, low disease activity as an outcome measure, and recent clinical advances in the use of new targeted biologic therapies.
Laura L. Tarter, MD
Member, Faculty of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of rheumatologists and other health care providers who are involved in the care of patients with SLE.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Outline key immunopathogenic features of SLE
- Evaluate the role of low disease activity as a possible outcome measure in SLE
- Review recent clinical advances in the use of new targeted biologic therapies for the management of SLE and their potential implications for clinical practice
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This activity was field-tested for time required for participation by Johnson C. Kay, DO, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Research, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
This activity was field-tested for time required for participation by Marion Sidor, MD and Roman Zuckerman, DO.
According to the disclosure policy of RBHS and to conform with Joint Accreditation requirements and FDA guidelines, individuals who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose to activity participants any relevant relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, with the exception of nonprofit or government organizations and non–health care related companies, within the past 12 months. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. Disclosures are as follows:
Laura L. Tarter, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Johnson C. Kay, DO, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Marion Sidor, MD and Roman Zuckerman, DO, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
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Unapproved Product Use
This educational activity contains discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It describes the investigational use of non-approved products including rituximab, abatacept, anifrolumab, and forigerimod for SLE. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and RedMedEd do not recommend the use of any agent outside the labeled indications.
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