COVID-19 Frontline TeleECHO Series: A New Light in the Darkness: New Virus-neutralizing Monoclonal Antibodies and Other Point-of-Care Therapies Recently Granted Emergency Use Authorization for Patients with COVID-19

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April 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2021-04-09T18:00:00+00:00
2021-04-09T19:00:00+00:00

COVID-19 Frontline TeleECHO Series: A New Light in the Darkness: New Virus-neutralizing Monoclonal Antibodies and Other Point-of-Care Therapies Recently Granted Emergency Use Authorization for Patients with COVID-19

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Friday, April 9, 2021

6:00PM – 7:00PM ET

Please note this TeleECHO program is 6:00PM Eastern, 5:00PM, Central, 4:00PM Mountain and 3:00PM Pacific.

Program Features:

Project ECHO® is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. The heart of the ECHO model™ is its expansive knowledge-sharing network, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, ECHO® fosters problem solving and interactive case discussion amongst doctors, nurses, and other clinicians, imparting invaluable insight to providing excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities.

The Project ECHO® format fosters dialogue and asking any questions you may have on the topic or a patient case in a HIPAA compliant manner is encouraged.

Program Overview:

The COVID-19 FRONTLINE TeleECHO series provides a comprehensive and up-to-date perspective on the ever-changing management of patients with COVID-19. Each TeleECHO session features in-depth case studies to encourage retention of the lessons and provide new perspectives on the management of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The case studies will focus on different issues facing clinicians, such as identifying  patients who would benefit from monoclonal antibody therapy and best practices for incorporating agents authorized for emergency use into the care of hospitalized and non-hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Strategies for administering neutralizing monoclonal antibodies, such as referral to local infusion centers or developing in-clinic infusion capabilities, will also be discussed.

Presenting Faculty:

Shyam Kottilil, MD, PhD (PROGRAM CHAIR)
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Institute of Human Virology
University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Learning Objectives

After completing the CME activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Assess the rationale for the use of neutralizing monoclonal antibody therapies in recently diagnosed COVID-19 patients to prevent the development of severe disease
  • Critique the efficacy and safety of new virus-neutralizing monoclonal antibody therapies and other therapies approved for emergency use in all patients who test positive for COVID-19
  • Develop in-clinic infusion capability in order to administer new virus-neutralizing monoclonal antibodies to patients with COVID-19 at the point-of-care

Target Audience

This CME initiative is designed for HCPs who are involved in the care and treatment of patients with COVID-19 in an outpatient setting, including physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses, pharmacists and paramedics.

Accreditation Statement

Med Learning Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT

Med Learning Group designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the live activity.

NURSING CREDIT INFORMATION

Purpose:
This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.

Credits:
1.0 ANCC Contact Hour

Accreditation Statement:

Ultimate Medical Academy/CCM is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Awarded 1.0 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education of RNs and APNs.

ABIM Maintenance of Certification 

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Medical Knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

DISCLOSURE POLICY STATEMENT

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support, educational programs sponsored by Med Learning Group must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All faculty, authors, editors, staff and planning committee members participating in a MLG-sponsored activity are required to disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services that are discussed in an educational activity.

DISCLOSURE OF UNLABELED USE

Med Learning Group requires that faculty participating in any CME activity disclose to the audience when discussing any unlabeled or investigational use of any commercial product or device not yet approved for use in the United States.

DISCLAIMER

Med Learning Group makes every effort to develop CME activities that are scientifically based.
This activity is designed for educational purposes. Participants have a responsibility to utilize this information to enhance their professional development in an effort to improve patient outcomes. Conclusions drawn by the participants should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information. The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision-making before applying any information, whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

For CME questions, please contact: Med Learning Group at [email protected]

Contact this CME provider at Med Learning Group for privacy and confidentiality policy statement information at: http://www.medlearninggroup.com/privacy-policy/

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

Staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs. Please contact Med Learning Group prior to participating at [email protected]

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This activity is provided by Med Learning Group. This activity is co-provided by Ultimate Medical Academy/CCM.
This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie, Astellas, Genentech, Lilly, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Updates in the Treatment and Prevention of COVID-19​

Subcutaneous Administration of Casirivimab and Imdevimab Reduced the Risk of Symptomatic COVID-19 by 81% Among Household Contacts

Top-line results from a phase 3 trial showed that the combination of casirivimab and imdevimab reduced the risk of symptomatic infections by 81% among household contacts of SARS-CoV-2 infected individuals. The trial enrolled 1,505 individuals who did not have COVID-19 symptoms or anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, but who lived in the same household as an individual who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 within the prior 4 days. A single subcutaneous injection of casirivimab and imdevimab provided rapid protection to those with exposure to SARS-CoV-2 at home, with protection against symptomatic infections ranging from 72% in the first week to 93% in subsequent weeks. Individuals who developed symptomatic infections despite casirivimab and imdevimab therapy had a shorter duration of symptoms compared with those who received placebo (1 week vs 3 weeks, respectively). Infected individuals who received therapy also cleared the virus faster. Adverse events (AEs) occurred in 20% of patients receiving casirivimab and imdevimab and 29% of patients receiving placebo. Injection site reactions, all of which were grades 1-2, occurred in 4% of patients in the treatment group and 2% of placebo participants.

Casirivimab and Imdevimab Significantly Reduced Progression to Symptomatic COVID-19 in Recently Infected Asymptomatic Patients

In a phase 3 trial of 204 recently infected asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, subcutaneous administration of casirivimab and imdevimab reduced the overall risk of progressing to symptomatic COVID-19 by 31%, and by 76% after the third day. In addition to reducing the risk of symptomatic infections, the top-line results report that the combination of casirivimab and imdevimab shortened the total number of weeks patients experienced symptoms by 45% and reduced the viral burden by more than 90%. No patients withdrew from the trial due to AEs in either group. Casirivimab and imdevimab are investigational drugs with emergency use authorization for the treatment of individuals with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high-risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 or hospitalization. Casirivimab and imdevimab (REGEN-COV™) continues to be evaluated in clinical trials in multiple settings for COVID-19, including the open-label RECOVERY trial of hospitalized patients in the UK.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Paused

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) are recommending a pause in the use of the Ad26.COV2.S vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) as they review data involving 6 reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after vaccination. The vaccine has been administered to more than 6.8 million individuals in the US. In all 6 reported cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) occurred in combination with low platelet levels (thrombocytopenia). Treatment of CVST differs from other blood clots and administration of heparin may be dangerous in these patients. All 6 cases occurred among women aged 18 to 48 years and symptoms usually occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. People who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within 3 weeks after vaccination should contact their healthcare provider.

References:

Regeneron Press Release. Phase 3 Prevention Trial Showed 81% Reduced Risk of Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections with Subcutaneous Administration of REGEN-COV™ (Casirivimab and Imdevimab). April 12, 2021. Available at: https://investor.regeneron.com/news-releases/news-release-details/phase-3-prevention-trial-showed-81-reduced-risk-symptomatic-sars

Regeneron Press Release. Phase 3 Treatment Trial in Recently Infected Asymptomatic Patients Showed REGEN-COV™ (Casirivimab and Imdevimab) Significantly Reduced Progression to Symptomatic COVID-19. April 12, 2021. Available at: https://investor.regeneron.com/news-releases/news-release-details/phase-3-treatment-trial-recently-infected-asymptomatic-patients

FDA Statement. Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine. April 13, 2021. Available at: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/joint-cdc-and-fda-statement-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine