Reducing the Usage of Oral Corticosteroids in the Management of Asthma – A Part of the BREATHE Initiative


Mario Castro, MD, MPH
L.E. Phillips and Lenora Carr Phillips Professor
Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Frontiers Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Kansas
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Kansas City, KS

Anju T. Peters, MD, MSCI
Associate Chief of Clinical Practice and Innovation
Division of Allergy and Immunology
Director, Center for Clinical Research
Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS)
Chicago, IL


This enduring clinical conversation exchange educational series focuses on up-to-date understanding of the latest data in the management of moderate-to-severe asthma in addition to explaining the short and long-term burdens to which chronic OCS leads. Engagement with both a pulmonologist and immunologist through expert, case-based discussion will highlight unique perspectives from each of these specialists on the patient with moderate-to-severe asthma. Discussion will cover immune characterization of asthma patients to the clinical evidence supporting the use of approved and investigational biologics in these challenging populations.


This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of community primary care clinicians, allergists, immunologists, pulmonologists, otolaryngologists (ENT specialists), and other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure an up-to-date understanding of the latest data in management of moderate-to-severe asthma.


Upon the completion of this program, attendees should be able to:

  • Explain the burden chronic OCS usage imparts on achieving treatment goals, daily QoL, and associated toxicities in managing asthma
  • Discuss the clinical evidence for approved and investigational biologics for the treatment of moderate-to-severe asthma
  • Detail strategies to improve appropriate referrals to implement multidisciplinary care effectively


In support of improving patient care, Med Learning Group is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


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


Med Learning Group designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 ANCC contact hour.


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, educational programs sponsored by Med Learning Group must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All faculty, authors, editors, staff, and planning committee members participating in an 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.


Faculty Member Disclosures
Mario Castro, MD, MPH Discloses that he has received consulting fees from Genentech, Teva, Sanofi-Aventis, Merck, Novartis, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Allakos, Amgen, OM Pharma, Pfizer, Pioneering Medicines, and GlaxoSmithKline. He has served on the Speakers’ Bureau for Amgen, AstraZeneca, Genentech, Regeneron, Sanofi-Aventis and Teva. Dr. Castro has conducted Contracted Research for AstraZeneca, Gala Therapeutics, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Pulmatrix, Sanofi-Aventis, Shionogi and Theravance. In addition, he has stock options from Aer Therapeutics.
Anju T. Peters, MD Discloses that she has received consulting fees from Sanofi, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., AstraZeneca, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, and Chiesi. She has conducted contracted research for Sanofi, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., AstraZeneca, and Merck.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Content Review

The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed by a physician and nurse reviewer.

Individuals in Control of the Content of the Activity

The individuals in control of the content of this activity have reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they have with ineligible companies related to the content of this CE activity:

  • Matthew Frese, MBA, General Manager of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Christina Gallo, SVP, Educational Development for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Dominque Barton, RN, has nothing to disclose.
  • Michael Milano, MD discloses that he has received royalties from Wolters Kluwer.
  • Dave Chatman, Medical Director for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Lauren Welch, MA, VP of Accreditation and Outcomes of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Aimee Meissner, Accreditation and Outcomes Coordinator of Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Ana Maria Albino, Senior Program Manager for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.
  • Jessica Feygin-Samuels, Associate Program Manager for Med Learning Group, has nothing to disclose.


Med Learning Group requires that faculty participating in any CE activity disclose to the audience when discussing any unlabeled or investigational use of any commercial product or device not yet approved for use in the United States. During this lecture, the faculty may mention the use of medications for both FDA-approved and non-approved indications.


There are no fees for participating and receiving CE credit for this activity. In order to obtain your certificate for the mentioned accreditation, participants need to successfully complete the associated pre/post activities and evaluation. Your certificate will be provided as a downloadable file.


Med Learning Group makes every effort to develop CE activities that are science based. This activity is designed for educational purposes. Participants have a responsibility to use this information to enhance their professional development in an effort to improve patient outcomes. Conclusions drawn by the participants should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information. The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision-making expertise before applying any information, whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

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RELEASED DATE: May 17, 2024

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