Case Discussions on Improving Outcomes in Neovascular AMD: Applying Research to Practice (CME Webcast)
Although the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) has made significant strides in the last several years, long-term visual acuity potential among affected populations still suffers due to delayed diagnosis and a high treatment burden leading to suboptimal patient adherence. Research demonstrates that earlier diagnosis of conversion from dry to wet age-related macular degeneration results in the best long-term visual outcomes. Although fixed, frequent dosing is also the gold standard for achieving and maintaining the best possible vision, accumulating research demonstrates that individualized dosing according to disease activity and fluid type can reduce the burden of treatment while maintaining vision. This approach is predicated on careful monitoring of retinal fluid on optical coherence tomography, which has been complicated by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Home monitoring of fluid dynamics has the potential to identify disease activity in real time while keeping vulnerable patients safer at home. In addition, newer anti–vascular endothelial growth factor agents have prolonged action, potentially enabling fewer injection visits compared with older agents. In this educational activity, experts in nAMD will discuss strategies for reducing the treatment burden in nAMD while identifying and treating fluid in an individualized manner. The desired results of this educational activity are for retina specialists and other ophthalmologists to use evidence-based diagnostic and treatment strategies for nAMD that minimize treatment burden while maximizing vision and quality of life outcomes for patients.
This educational activity is intended for retina specialists and other ophthalmologists who treat patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be better able to:
- Design and implement strategies for earlier diagnosis of conversion from dry to wet age-related macular degeneration
- Interpret comparative clinical trial data for approved treatments for neovascular age-related macular degeneration
- Develop individualized treatment strategies for patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration that optimize efficacy and safety while minimizing injection burden
- Incorporate recent clinical trial data into communication strategies to enhance patient adherence to treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration
|David Eichenbaum, MD (Co-Chair)
Collaborative Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida
Partner and Director of Research
Retina Vitreous Associates of Florida
|Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD (Co-Chair)
Director of Research
Retina Consultants of Houston
Deputy Chair for Ophthalmology
Blanton Eye Institute
Houston Methodist Hospital
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David Eichenbaum, MD, had a financial agreement or affiliation during the past year with the following commercial interests in the form of Consultant/Advisory Board: Allergan; EyePoint Pharmaceuticals; Genentech, Inc; Gyroscope; Kodiak Sciences Inc; and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Contracted Research: Alkahest, Inc; Allergan; Chengdu Kanghong Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd; Gemini Therapeutics; Genentech, Inc; Gyroscope; Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc; IVERIC Bio; Kodiak Sciences Inc; NGM Biopharmaceuticals; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; and Santen Inc; Honoraria from promotional, advertising or non-CME services received directly from commercial interests or their Agents (eg, Speakers Bureaus): Allergan; EyePoint Pharmaceuticals; Genentech, Inc; and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Ownership Interest (Stock options, or other holdings, excluding diversified mutual funds): Clearside Biomedical, Inc; and Hemera Biosciences.
Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD, had a financial agreement or affiliation during the past year with the following commercial interests in the form of Consultant/Advisory Board: Acucela Inc; Adverum; Alcon; Alimera Sciences; Allergan; Apellis Pharmaceuticals; Arctic Vision (Shanghai) Biotechnology Co, Ltd; Bausch & Lomb Incorporated; Bayer Corporation; Bionic Vision Technologies; Chengdu Kanghong Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd; D.O.R.C. Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (International) B.V.; F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd; Genentech, Inc; Gyroscope; IVERIC Bio; Kodiak Sciences Inc; Merck & Co., Inc; NGM Biopharmaceuticals; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; ONL Therapeutics; Opthea; Oxurion NV; Palatin Technologies, Inc; PolyPhotonix; Recens Medical, Inc; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Regenxbio Inc; Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc; and Thea Pharmaceuticals Limited; Contracted Research: Adverum; Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Aldeyra Therapeutics; Apellis Pharmaceuticals; Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH; Chengdu Kanghong Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd; Clearside Biomedical, Inc; F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd; Gemini Therapeutics; Genentech, Inc; GrayBug, Inc; Gyroscope; Ionic Pharmaceuticals, Inc; IVERIC bio; Kodiak Sciences Inc; Neurotech Pharmaceuticals; NGM Biopharmaceuticals; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Opthea; Outlook Therapeutics, Inc; Recens Medical, Inc; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Regenxbio Inc; Santen Inc; Senju Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd; Taiwan Liposome Company, Ltd; and Xbrane Biopharma AB; Honoraria from promotional, advertising or non-CME services received directly from commercial interests or their Agents (eg, Speakers Bureaus): Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Peer Review Disclosure
Gennady Landa, MD, has no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.
Editorial Support Disclosures
Erika Langsfeld, PhD; Cynthia Tornallyay, RD, MBA, CHCP; Barbara Aubel; and Michelle Ong have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.
The contributing physicians listed above have attested to the following:
- that the relationships/affiliations noted will not bias or otherwise influence their involvement in this activity;
- that practice recommendations given relevant to the companies with whom they have relationships/affiliations will be supported by the best available evidence or, absent evidence, will be consistent with generally accepted medical practice; and
- that all reasonable clinical alternatives will be discussed when making practice recommendations.
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This educational activity was developed and implemented in collaboration with MedEdicus LLC.
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The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This continuing medical education activity is supported through unrestricted educational grants from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Notal Vision, Inc.
This CME activity includes discussion of unlabeled and/or investigative uses of drugs. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each drug discussed in this activity for FDA-approved dosing, indications, and warnings.
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