General Framework for Managing Multiple Sclerosis with Disease Modifying Therapies

Released On
April 5, 2018

Expires On
April 5, 2019

Media Type

Completion Time
60 minutes


Multiple Sclerosis

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This activity is jointly provided by Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and PlatformQ Health Education, LLC.


Supported by an educational grants from AbbVie, Biogen, Celgene, and Genzyme Corporation.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

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

Target Audience

Neurologists, internists, family physicians, primary care clinicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists involved in the care of patients with MS.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Compare and contrast established and emerging disease modifying therapies for patients with relapsing forms of MS in order to facilitate individualized treatment decisions
  • Develop an appropriate long-term treatment plan that considers the variable characteristics of each patient based on a model of personalized care and shared decision-making
  • Develop strategies that will enhance patient education and resultant treatment adherence that include technology and effective patient centered communication strategies that accommodate patient choice and lifestyle


James D. Bowen, MD

Medical Director, Multiple Sclerosis Center
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
University of Washington in Seattle

Jerry S. Wolinsky, MD

Emeritus Professor in Neurology
McGovern Medical School, UTHealth Houston

Amy Perrin Ross, APN, MSN, CNRN, MSCN

Advanced Practice Nurse, Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Loyola Medicine

Physician Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), and Platform Q Health Education. CMSC 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.

Physician Credit Designation

The CMSC designates this enduring material 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.

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion may be given upon completion of course requirements enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations. You may apply for other accreditations using the procedure established by the specific organization.

Disclosure of Financial Relationships

It is the policy of CMSC, NPA, and Platform Q Health Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. All faculty, activity planners, content reviewers, and staff participating in this activity have disclosed any relevant financial relationships they or their spouse/life partner have within the previous 12 months with manufacturers of any commercial products/devices and/or providers of commercial services included in this educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent a person with a relevant financial relationship from participating in the activity, but rather to provide participants with information on which they can base their own judgments. All presentations were reviewed by an independent clinician with no relevant financial relationships for the purpose of resolution of any identified conflict of interest and a determination of evidence-base and fair balance.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

The faculty reported the following financial relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

James D. Bowen, MD

  • Consulting Fees: Biogen IDEC, EMD Serono, Genentech, and Novartis.
  • Speaker’s Bureau: Acorda Therapeutics, Biogen IDEC, EMD Serono, Genentech, Novartis, and Teva Neuroscience
  • Funding for research: Alexion, Alkermes, Biogen IDEC, Celgene, Genzyme, Genentech, Novartis, and TG Therapeutics.
  • Ownership Interest: Amgen.

Jerry S. Wolinsky, MD

  • Royalties: Millipore (Chemicon International) Corporation
  • Consulting Fees: Actelion, Alkermes, Biogen, Celgene, Clene Nanomedicine, EMD Serono, Forward Pharma, GeNeuro, MedDay, Novertis, Otsuka, PTC Therapeutics, Roche Genentech, and Sanofi Genzyme.

Amy Perrin Ross, APN, MSN, CNRN, MSCN

  • Consulting Fees: Bayer, Celgene, EMD Serono, Genentech, Genzyme, Mallinckrodt, Roche, and TEVA.
  • Speaker’s Bureau : Acorda, Biogen, EMD Serono, Genentech, Genzyme, Mallinckrodt, Novartis, and TEVA.

June Halper, MSN, APN-C, MSCN, FAAN, served as planner and reviewer for this activity. She has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP, served as nurse planner and reviewer for this activity. She has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

All other CMSC and Platform Q Health Education staff who are in a position to influence content have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

CMSC and Platform Q Health Education require faculty to disclose to the attendees when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

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Course Viewing Requirements

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Supported Phones & Tablets:
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iPhone/iPad with iOS 6.1 or above.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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