Expert Perspectives: Focus on Managing Patients with Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis

Provided by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

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Release date: September 29, 2017

Valid through: September 28, 2018

Specialty: Dermatology, Primary Care Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses

Topic: Plaque Psoriasis

Media: Internet

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Target Audience

This activity was developed for dermatologists, dermatology fellows, advanced nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care professionals who have an interest in moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

Program Overview

Alan Menter, MD, discusses best practices in establishing disease severity in patients with plaque psoriasis, the efficacy and safety of established and newly approved systemic therapies for treating patients with moderate-to-severe disease, and how to optimize treatment for patients with chronic plaque psoriasis.

Content Areas:

  • Assessing psoriasis severity
  • Comorbidity evaluation
  • Tumor necrosis factor-alpha antagonists
  • Newly approved IL-17/IL-23 agents
  • Emerging oral therapies

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Assess psoriasis patients for disease severity
  • Discuss safety and efficacy of newly approved and emerging agents for the treatment of plaque psoriasis
  • Optimize treatment for patients with chronic psoriasis by tailoring therapy to meet individual health risk factors and comorbidities, prior treatment history, patient quality of life, and patient preferences

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • Nurse PractitionersAANP 1.0 contact hour(s)
  • Nurses1.0 Nursing contact hour(s)

All other health care professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.


Alan Menter, MD

Chair, Division of Dermatology
Baylor University Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Dermatology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education

Accreditation Statement

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 040207.

Credit Designation

This program is accredited for 1.0 contact hour. Program ID #5548-EM.

Nursing Continuing Education

Credit Designation

A maximum of 1.0 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.

Accreditation Statement

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13664, for 1.0 contact hour.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Alan Menter, MD
  • Research Support: AbbVie, Allergan, Amgen, Anacor, Boehringer Ingelheim, Celgene, Dermira, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Leo, Merck, Neothetics, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron, Symbio/Maruho, Xenoport
  • Consultant: AbbVie, Allergan, Amgen, Eli Lilly, Galderma, Janssen, Leo, Novartis, Pfizer, Vitae, Xenoport
  • Advisory Board: AbbVie, Allergan, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Leo
  • Speakers Bureau: AbbVie, Amgen, Janssen, Leo
Additional content planners
  • Eugene Cullen, MD (peer reviewer): no significant relationship to disclose
  • Alexandra Howson, PhD (medical writer): no significant relationship to disclose
  • Gabrielle Schwilk, PhD, FNP-BC, MSN (lead nurse planner): no significant relationship to disclose
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences
  • John Bayliss, VP, Business Development: spouse is an employee of Amgen, Inc.
  • Charles Willis, Director, Continuing Education: consults for Pfizer, Inc.
  • All other staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving credit for this activity. During the accredited period, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; study the educational activity; and complete the post-test and the evaluation form. If you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation, your certificate will be available immediately for download in PDF format.

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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The faculty for this activity has disclosed that there will be no discussion about the use of products for non-FDA approved applications.


The ideas and opinions presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Annenberg Center and/or its agents. As in all educational activities, we encourage practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account that patient’s unique clinical situation. The Annenberg Center disclaims all liability and cannot be held responsible for any problems that may arise from participating in this activity or following treatment recommendations presented.