Target Audience
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare providers interested in developing a greater expertise in the area of hepatitis C screening, diagnosis and management.

Statement of Need/Program Overview
The purpose of this activity is to help healthcare providers to properly screen patients for HCV, and link the patients that require follow-up care with the appropriate resources.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this initiative, participants will do the following:
• Recognize the burden of disease and risk factors associated with hepatitis C infection
• Describe the new point-of-care testing for hepatitis C anti-bodies
• Compare the dosing strategies of telaprevir and boceprevir in treatment-naive HCV patients
• Explain treatment terminology terms like "SVR", "RGT" and "eRVR"

Physician Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and the Chronic Liver Disease Foundation. The Annenberg Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is an enduring material and consists of a web activity. Successful completion is achieved by reading and viewing the material, reflecting on its implications in your practice, and completing the assessment component.

The estimated time to complete the activity is fifteen minutes.

Cost of activity
There is no charge for this activity.

Faculty Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the Annenberg Center to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all programming. All faculty and planners participating in sponsored programs are expected to identify and reference off-label product use and disclose any relationship with those supporting the activity or any others with products or services available within the scope of the topic being discussed in the educational presentation.

The Annenberg Center assesses conflict of interest with its instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME/CE activities. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by the Annenberg Center for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity, and patient care recommendations. The Annenberg Center is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME/CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Annenberg Center policy, the following disclosures have been made:

Paul Gaglio, MD: Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Grants/ Research Support: Gilead Sciences, Inc., Boehringer-Ingelheim, Genentech USA, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Consultant: Gilead Sciences, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Bayer-Onyx Pharmaceuticals
Speaker Bureau: Gilead Sciences, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Bayer-Onyx Pharmaceuticals

Additional content planners: In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Annenberg Center policy, the following disclosures have been made.

All staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have nothing to disclose.

The ideas and opinions presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Annenberg Center and/or its agents. As in all educational activities, we encourage practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account that patient's unique clinical situation. The Annenberg Center disclaims all liability and cannot be held responsible for any problems that may arise from participating in this activity or following treatment recommendations presented.

Release: August 1, 2012 Expiration: August 1, 2013

 

Hardware/Software Requirements:
Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 2+, Safari 3+, or Chrome with JavaScript enabled

 

This activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from Merck & Co., Inc. and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.