Rheumatoid Arthritis is a complex and ever-changing disease with treatment options that are just as intricate. Treatment regimen is based on disease severity, location of injury, comorbidities or contraindications, cost of drug, and the need for monotherapy or a combination of drugs. Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis educational activity will review the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis of RA. The current ACR guidelines for treatment will be reviewed along with the current therapies. Methods used to measure and monitor the effectiveness of treatment, along with patient education, will also be discussed.
Upon completion of Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis course, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be able to:
- Discuss lifestyle changes and non-pharmacologic treatments, particularly exercise and changes in diet, that can slow disease progression
- Review presenting symptoms in early and late stages of RA
- Recognize treatment goals and the importance of monitoring
- Identify novel and upcoming agents in therapy
- Describe the pathophysiology and etiology of rheumatoid arthritis and associated mechanisms of inflammation, joint swelling, and cartilage damage
- Consider differences between different DMARDs (traditional or non-biologic, biologic, and combination regimens), including mechanisms of action, side effects, and routes of administration
- List the benefits of precision medicine and individualized therapy on treatment outcomes
- Define guidelines for tapering and potentially discontinuing DMARD therapy in disease remission
- Categorize disease severity
- Assess a patient’s risk of CVD once diagnosed with RA
- Understand diagnostic criteria and parameters for remission
- Distinguish between disease stages (early and established) and identify pharmacologic treatments appropriate for each
Author: Alyssa Yousif, PharmD
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Activity Type: Knowledge-Based Home Study
Instructional Methods: Online Independent Self-Study (Training + Post-Test)
Target Audience: Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians
Cost: $20 / Participant
UAN: Pharmacist: 0384-9999-23-096-H01-P Technicians: 0384-9999-23-096-H01-T
Release Date: 10/06/2023 Expiration Date: 10/06/2026
Course Completion Certificate: A minimum passing score of 70% is required for course completion. A Printable (PDF) Certificate By Email. Credit will be reported to CPE monitor within 30 days of completion.
National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing education.
Biologix Solutions LLC is approved as a Joint Provider of continuing pharmacy education by NPTA. Approval
Disclaimers: Philip Gregory has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program. This program received no commercial support and has been peer-reviewed to ensure non-commercialization.
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