In Pursuit of Clinical Remission: Optimizing the Pharmacologic Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Vivian Bykerk, MD
Associate Attending Rheumatologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director, Inflammatory Arthritis Center of Excellence
New York, New York

Daniel E. Furst, MD
Professor of Rheumatology at the University of California in Los Angeles
Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Washington in Seattle Washington
Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Florence in Florence Italy.
Director of Research at Pacific Research Associates in Los Angeles, California


This enduring activity is focused on use of biologics and targeted therapies in the management of rheumatoid arthritis.


This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of primarily rheumatologists with a secondary audience of internists and allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of inflammatory cytokines, both articularly and systemically, in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Review the clinical trials data supporting the medical society pharmacologic recommendations for patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis
  • Discuss the use of interleukin-6 inhibition as a treat-to-target strategy in patients with moderate-to-severe RA


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 online activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the online activity.


This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the treatment and management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

CNE Credits:
1.25 ANCC Contact Hour(s)

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 1.25 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education of RNs and APNs.


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Dr. Vivian Bykerk has received consulting fees from Amgen, fNIH, Pfizer, UCB, Scipher, and Sanofi Regeneron.
Dr. Daniel E Furst is on the speakers’ bureaus for CMC Connect McCann Health Company. He has received consulting fees from AbbVie, Actelion, Amgen, BMS, Cytori, Novartis, Pfizer, and
Roche/Genentech. Dr Furst has received grant/research support from AbbVie, Actelion, Amgen, BMS Corbus, NIH, and Novartis.

The staff, planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME/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.
Cathy Herbert, Medical and Scientific Services for Med Learning Group has nothing to disclose.
Melissa Johnson, Sr. Program Manager for Med Learning Group has nothing to disclose.
Lauren Welch, MA, VP, Accreditation and Outcomes, has nothing to disclose.


Med Learning Group requires that faculty participating in any CME 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 the course of this lectures, Drs. Bykerk and Furst may mention the use of medications for both FDA-approved and non-approved indications.


There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this enduring activity. To receive CME/CNE credit participants must:
1. Read the CME/CNE information and faculty disclosures.
2. Participate in the online activity.
3. Submit the evaluation form to Med Learning Group.

Participants will receive their certificate as a downloadable file.


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RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2019

EXPIRATION DATE: February 25, 2020

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