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Differentiating Steroids for Macular Edema
 

Baruch D. Kuppermann, MD, PhD

Presented by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

OVERVIEW

The retina specialty is morphing at extraordinary rates and is mainly being driven by the large-scale research efforts leading to new therapeutic strategies and several candidates in the clinical development pipeline. Results from 5 phase III studies on retinal vein occlusion (RVO) were recently announced. Namely, the National Institutes of Health’s SCORE (Standard Care vs Corticosteroid for RVO) study, 2 studies using dexamethazone intravitreal implant, the BRAVO (Efficacy and Safety of Ranibizumab Injection in Patients with Macular Edema Secondary to Branch RVO) trial, and the CRUISE (Efficacy and Safety of Ranibizumab Injection in Patients with Macular Edema Secondary to Central RVO) trial. Diabetic macular edema (DME) is another therapeutic area in which new data are emerging. Results from several clinical studies assessing the safety and efficacy of different steroids utilizing different delivery methods for the management of DME have been recently announced and others will be reported in the near future. There are also long-term data for a fluocinolone acetonide device as well as the upcoming data on a dexamethasone device for uveitis. In order for clinicians to effectively treat patients with RVO, DME, and uveitis, the educational gap between the most recent clinical research and results and then comparing and disseminating those results to clinicians must be filled. This CME activity is designed to help retina specialists aggregate, interpret, and apply the new data to their clinical practice.

GOAL

To provide retina specialists with up-to-date information on the management of RVO, DME, and uveitis.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This activity is designed for retina specialists. No prerequisites required.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After participating in this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Discuss the results of the latest clinical trials for the management of retinal vein occlusions.
  • Assess the safety and efficacy of ophthalmic steroid preparations.
  • Summarize the results of the latest clinical trials for the management of diabetic macular edema.
  • Summarize the results of the latest clinical trials for the management of uveitis.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

After reviewing this online activity, participants may receive credit by completing the CME test, evaluation, and responding to the post-test questions correctly.

The estimated time to complete this activity: 30 minutes.

Release date: December 15, 2010. Expiration date: December 15, 2012.

FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY AFFECTING CME ACTIVITIES

As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), it is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to require the disclosure of the existence of any relevant financial interest or any other relationship a faculty member or a provider has with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in an educational presentation. The Chairperson, Planners, and Participating Faculty reported the following:

Quan Dong Nguyen, MD, MSc (Chair)
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Diseases of the Retina and Vitreous, and Uveitis
Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Baruch D. Kuppermann, MD, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California

Planner Disclosures
Dr Kuppermann reports receiving grants/research support from Alcon, Alimera Sciences, Allergan, Inc, Genentech, Inc, GlaxoSmithKline, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Thrombogenics; and serving as a consultant for Allergan, Inc, Fovea Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Inc, GlaxoSmithKline, Glaukos, NeoVista, Inc, Neurotech, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Novagali Pharma, and Ophthotech Corporation.

Planner Disclosures
Dr Nguyen reports serving as a principal investigator on grants from Genentech, Inc, Heidelberg, Lux Biosciences, Inc, MacuSight, Inc, Novartis, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; and serving as a consultant for Bausch & Lomb, Incorporated and Santen Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd.

Dr Do reports serving as a principal investigator for grants/research support for Genentech Inc, Heidelberg, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; and serving as a consultant for Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.

No other planners have indicated that they have any financial interests or relationships with a commercial entity.

Grants to investigators at The Johns Hopkins University are negotiated and administered by the institution that receives the grants, typically through the Office of Research Administration. Individual investigators who participate in the sponsored project(s) are not directly compensated by the sponsor, but may receive salary or other support from the institution to support their effort on the project(s).

OFF-LABEL PRODUCT DISCUSSION

The following faculty members have disclosed that their presentation will reference unlabeled/unapproved use of drugs or products:

Baruch D. Kuppermann, MD, PhD—dexamethasone intravitreal implant, fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant, sustained-release fluocinolone acetonide, triamcinolone acetonide, triamcinolone, and triamcinolone topical.

DISCLAIMER

The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty and other experts whose input is included in this activity are their own. This activity is produced for educational purposes only. Use of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine name implies review of educational format, design, and approach. Please review the complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combinations of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings, and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.

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ACTIVITY

Instructions

Please complete the pre-test, listen to the following presentations, and complete the post-test and evaluation to receive CME credit for this activity.

Supported by an educational grant from Allergan, Inc.

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