Medical Crossfire®: Optimal Lipid Management for Primary Care Practitioners: An Update on PCSK9 Inhibitors


Released On
July 31, 2018

Expires On
July 31, 2019

Media Type

Completion Time
90 minutes

Lipidology, Cardiology

PCSK9 Inhibitors

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This activity is provided by Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC.


Supported by an educational grant from Amgen.


Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • Nurses — maximum of 1.5 contact hours

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

Target Audience

This CME activity is primarily intended for community clinicians, primary care clinicians, and cardiologists, as well as other professionals who treat patients with hyperlipidemia. These HCPs are in positions to educate patients and guide treatment decisions.

Program Overview

“Optimal Lipid Management for Primary Care Practitioners: An Update on PCSK9 Inhibitors: A Medical Crossfire® Activity” is designed to update primary care providers and other health care professionals on the evolving landscape of lipid-lowering therapy. During this Medical Crossfire®, expert faculty, including a lipidologist, cardiologist, primary care physician, and allied health care professional, will engage in a multidisciplinary roundtable discussion to discuss how to best optimize and individualize hypercholesterolemia management with newer therapies.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the latest guidelines and recommendations on cholesterol management from major clinical organizations.
  • Discuss potential cholesterol-lowering therapies beyond statins and explain when these nonstatin therapies should be considered.
  • Summarize in detail the indications for proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 inhibitor (PCSK9i) therapy.


Louis Kuritzky, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Seth S. Martin, MD, MHS

Director, Lipid Clinic
Division of Cardiology
Department of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland


Director, Division of Cardiology
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge, Illinois

Co-Director, Cardiology Service Line
Advocate Medical Group
Park Ridge, Illinois

Clinical Associate Professor
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
Maywood, Illinois

Kathleen H. Byrne, MSN, CRNP, FPCNA

Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner
Johns Hopkins University
Advanced Lipid Disorders Clinic
Pediatric Cardiology
Baltimore, Maryland

Accreditation Statement

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN).

Credit Designation Statement

Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and for 1.5 contact hours for nurses. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

The following contributors have relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose:

Seth S. Martin, MD, MHS

  • Consultant: Scientific advisory boards for Amgen and Sanofi/Regeneron
  • Spouse employment role: Pharmacist at Walgreens


  • Consultant: Amarin, Amgen, Kastle, Kowa, Pfizer, Regeneron
  • Speaker’s Bureau: Amgen Regeneron, Sanofi

Louis Kuritzky, MD and Kathleen H. Byrne, MSN, CRNP, FPCNA,have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

The staff of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC, have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Method of Participation

There are no fees to participate in the activity. Participants must review all activity information, including the learning objectives, disclosure statements, and content. To receive credit for participation, participants must complete the post-test (achieving a passing grade) and program evaluation. Certificates can be printed immediately.

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This activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label uses of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to the diagnostic, treatment, and management options for a specific patient’s medical condition.

The opinions expressed in the content are solely those of the individual faculty members and do not reflect those of Physicians’ Education Resource ®, LLC, or any of the companies that provided commercial support for this activity.