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Mastering Multiple Sclerosis: Challenges and Opportunities for Managed Care Pharmacists
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Program Overview

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects nearly 400,000 people in the United States and over 2.5 million people worldwide. Its presentation and course are highly variable and often unpredictable, and the diagnostic criteria for MS continue to evolve, reflecting ongoing advancements in neuroimaging and neuroimmunology. The effects of MS can be devastating, and it remains the most common disabling neurologic condition in young adults.

Managed care pharmacists play a key role in the management of patients with MS, educating patients and fellow clinicians, and monitoring therapeutic efficacy while screening for potential adverse effects. In addition, the managed care pharmacist must make difficult and often complex decisions regarding the effects of MS and its treatment on health systems,managed care plans, and large patient groups.

This program, based on the proceedings from a roundtable discussion held in conjunction with AMCP’s 19th Annual Meeting in April, will provide managed care pharmacists with a thorough and timely update, including practical strategies for translating the latest medical and scientific developments into the best possible patient outcomes and unique perspectives in the managed care setting.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize recent developments in understanding the etiology, pathophysiology, and impact of multiple sclerosis
  • Review currently available treatment strategies for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, including their dosing and administration,as well as efficacy and safety data
  • Evaluate developing therapeutic approaches
  • Identify the unique challenges and opportunities of treating multiple sclerosis in the managed care setting


Jacci Bainbridge, PharmD (Chair)
Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Colorado at Denver
Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO

Jeffrey L. Bennett, MD, PhD Associate
Professor of Neurology
and Ophthalmology
University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO


Melody Ryan, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, CGP
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy
Practice and Science
Department of Neurology
University of Kentucky
College of Medicine and
College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Lexington VA Medical Center

CE Information

Target Audience: This activity is designed for managed care,VA, and DoD pharmacists. No prerequisites required.

Accreditation Statement: The Advanced Studies in Pharmacy initiative was established in cooperation withThe University ofTennessee College of Pharmacy (UTCOP), an institution fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).All funded programs executed by the Advanced Studies in Pharmacy initiative are, therefore,ACPE-accredited for continuing education by the UTCOP.

ACPECredit Designation Statement: This program is approved for 1.5 hours of credit (0.15 CEUs) and is sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy who is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Program #064-000-07-210-H01-P.This continuing education activity was produced under the supervision of Glen E. Farr, PharmD, Associate Dean for Continuing Pharmacy Education, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.

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Supported by and educational grant from Biogen Idec. and Elan Pharmaceuticals.
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