Optimizing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Polycythemia Vera


Presented by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and

the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing.

Supported by an educational grant from Incyte Corporation.

OVERVIEW
Polycythemia vera (PV), a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN), is associated with a significant number of symptoms and complications, with thrombosis, fibrotic progression, and leukemic transformation representing the most life-threatening complications. Although there are clear criteria typically required to diagnose patients with PV, including the presence of a mutation in the Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) gene, PV still presents many diagnostic challenges. Managing patients with PV is primarily based on the risk of thromboembolic events, which can be major life-threatening complications. Evaluating PV patients to determine if they are high- or low-risk can greatly influence their course of therapy, making this step essential to the treatment process. In addition, recently approved tyrosine kinase inhibitors targeting the JAK2 protein can address unmet needs in the treatment of PV. This interactive case-based activity will provide the most up-to-date information to facilitate efficient diagnosis of patients with PV, risk stratification, and the assessment of symptom burden associated with PV. Furthermore, through an updated knowledge of efficacy and safety profiles of approved and recommended first- and second-line treatments for PV, this activity will help clinicians develop individualized treatment plans for patients based on risk stratification, treatment history, and patients’ preferences and needs.

GOAL
The goal of this activity is to provide healthcare providers with the most current information regarding diagnostic criteria for and symptoms of patients with PV, strategies for determining whether patients are high- or low-risk, and based on the latest clinical research, form a customized treatment plan for each patient.

TARGET AUDIENCE
This activity is intended for oncology healthcare providers on the oncology care team (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses) involved in immune- oncology, precision medicine and treatment decision making in cancer. No prerequisites required.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
After participating in this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:
  •   • REVIEW the diagnostic criteria, symptom burden and NCCN risk stratification guidelines in polycythemia vera (PV).
  •   • ASSESS the efficacy and safety of approved and recommended first- and second-line treatments for patients with PV.
  •   • IMPLEMENT individualized strategies for patients with PV based on risk stratification, treatment history and patients’ needs and goals.

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing take responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME/CNE activity.

CE INFORMATION
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint accme_logo providership of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Credit Designation Statements – The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine designates this enduring material internet activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This .5 contact hour educational activity is provided by the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing. Claim only those contact hours actually spent in the activity. Statements will be awarded for this educational activity until November 11, 2020.

The estimated time to complete this activity: 30 minutes.

Release date: November 12, 2019     Expiration date: November 12, 2020

Policy on Presenter and Provider Disclosure
It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing that the presenter and provider globally disclose conflicts of interest. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine OCME has established policies that will identify and resolve conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made prior to presentation of the education.

Full Disclosure Policy Affecting CME Activities
As a provider approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) requires attested and signed global disclosure of the existence of all financial interests or relationships with commercial interest from any individual in a position to control the content of a CME activity sponsored by OCME. The following relationships have been reported for this activity:

Planner Disclosures
Dr. Ettinger reports serving as a consultant for BeyondSpring Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Guardant Health, Inc, Genentech, Inc, and Sanofi-Aventis US, LLC.

Participating Faculty Disclosures
Dr Moliterno reports serving as a principal investigator for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

No other individual with the opportunity to affect this educational content has indicated any financial interests or relationships with a commercial entity.

Note: Grants to investigators at the Johns Hopkins University are negotiated and administered by the institution that receives the grants, typically through the Office of Research Administration. Individual investigators who participate in the sponsored project(s) are not directly compensated by the sponsor, but may receive salary or other support from the institution to support their effort on the project(s).

FACULTY
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Chair and Planner
David S. Ettinger, MD

Alex Grass Professor of Oncology
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer
Baltimore, Maryland

Faculty Author
Alison R. Moliterno, MD
Associate Professor of Hematology
Department of Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Peer Reviewer
Daniel Suzman, MD

Department of Oncology
Sibley Memorial Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Nurse Planner
Rebecca Barshick, RN, MSN
Nurse Educator
The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing
Baltimore, Maryland

Nurse Reviewer
MiKaela Olsen, APRN-CNS, MS, AOCNS, FAAN
Oncology and Hematology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Ambulatory Oncology
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Greenspring Oncology
Baltimore, Maryland

Non-Endorsement of Products
The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center do not endorse the use of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.

OFF-LABEL PRODUCT DISCUSSION – No faculty member has indicated that their presentation will include information on off-label products.

DISCLAIMER – The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty and other experts whose input is included in this activity are their own. This activity is produced for educational purposes only. Use of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine name implies review of educational format, design, and approach. Please review the complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combinations of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings, and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.

CONFIDENTIALITY DISCLAIMER FOR CME ACTIVITY PARTICIPANT
I certify that I am participating in this Johns Hopkins School of Medicine activity for CME-accredited training and/or educational purposes.

I understand that while I am participating in this capacity, I may be exposed to "protected health information," as that term is defined and used in Hopkins policies and in the federal HIPAA privacy regulations (the “Privacy Regulations”). Protected health information is information about a person's health or treatment that identifies the person.

I pledge and agree to use and disclose any of this protected health information only for the training and/or educational purposes of my visit and to keep the information confidential. I agree not to post or discuss this protected health information, including pictures and/or videos, on any social media site (eg, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), in any electronic messaging program or through any portable electronic device.

I understand that I may direct to the Johns Hopkins Privacy Officer any questions I have about my obligations under this Confidentiality Pledge or under any of the Hopkins policies and procedures and applicable laws and regulations related to confidentiality. The contact information is: Johns Hopkins Privacy Officer, telephone: 410-735-6509, e-mail: HIPAA@jhmi.edu.

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HARDWARE & SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
Pentium 800 processor or greater, Windows 98/NT/200/XP or Mac OS 9/X or later, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Windows Media Player 9.0 or later Flash player, 128 MB of RAM Monitor settings: High color at 800 x 600 pixels, Sound card and speakers, Adobe Acrobat Reader.

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS
The following is an interactive case module designed to help you gauge your basic knowledge of the topic and then direct you to areas you may need to focus on. It consists of 3 sections: an unaccredited preassessment, an interactive case study, and a CE postassessment and evaluation. All 3 sections must be completed to receive CE credit. A certificate of participation will be available online immediately following successful completion of the activity.

Preassessment

Optimizing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Polycythemia Vera
Alison R. Moliterno, MD

Postassessment and Evaluation

This activity was developed in collaboration with ASiM.


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