A Virtual Reality View—New Biologics and the Evolution of Psoriasis Treatment: Improving Patient Outcomes and Quality of Life with Targeted Therapy

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Junko Takeshita, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology
Department of Dermatology
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


This online activity is focused on the care of patients with psoriasis. We aim to help learners review recent discoveries in psoriasis pathophysiology; discuss the mechanisms, efficacy, and safety of new and emerging biologics; review
symptoms, quality of life, and therapeutic goals for optimal psoriasis management; and evaluate the relationship
between psoriasis and cardiovascular disease.


This activity is intended for dermatologists and other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients
with psoriasis.


After completing the CME activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Explain how recent discoveries in psoriasis pathophysiology have informed on potential therapeutic targets.
  • Describe the relationship between psoriasis and CVD and best practices for screening and management of CVD
    in patients with psoriasis.
  • Discuss mechanisms of action and efficacy/safety profiles of new and emerging biologics for patients with
    moderate-to-severe psoriasis.
  • Review assessments of response kinetics, symptoms, quality of life, and overall therapeutic goals in patients
    with psoriasis, based on approved and investigational targeted biologics.


Med Learning Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Med Learning Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the enduring activity.


Purpose: This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the care of patients with psoriasis.

Credits: 1.0 ANCC Contact Hours

CNE Accreditation Statement:
Ultimate Medical Academy/CCM is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Awarded 1.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education of RNs and APNs.


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objectivity, and scientific rigor. All faculty, authors, editors, staff, and planning committee members participating in a MLG-sponsored activity are required to disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the
manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services that are discussed in an
educational activity.


Dr. Takeshita has received a research grant (to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania) from Pfizer Inc. and
received payment for CME work related to psoriasis that was supported indirectly by Eli Lilly and Novartis.

CME Content Review
The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed.
The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.

CNE Content Review
The content of this activity was peer reviewed by a nurse reviewer.
The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.

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approved indications.


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1. Read the CME/CNE information and faculty disclosures.
2. Participate in the enduring activity.
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RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2018

EXPIRATION DATE: June 14, 2019

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This educational activity provides training necessary for licensed attendees to maintain state licensing requirements. The tuition for this educational activity is subsidized in part by unrestricted educational grants, including for those attendees who have successfully completed the state licensing requirements for their respective fields. This subsidy is reflected in the registration fees for this activity.

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