Brainstorming with the Experts:
Practical Approaches to the Complex World of HCV
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CHAIR
Ira M. Jacobson, MD Ira M. Jacobson, MD
Vincent Astor Professor of
  Clinical Medicine
Chief, Division of
  Gastroenterology
  and Hepatology
Medical Director of the Center
  for the Study of Hepatitis C
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

MODERATOR

Ira Flatow Ira Flatow
Executive Producer/Host
Talk of the Nation: Science   Friday®
New York, New York


FACULTY

Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Department of Gastroenterology
Baylor College of Medicine
  and Houston VA Medical Center
Houston, Texas

Fred Poordad, MD Fred Poordad, MD
Chief, Hepatology and Liver
  Transplantation
Associate Professor of Medicine
Comprehensive Transplant
  Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH
Executive Director of Research,
  Inova Health System
Executive Director, Center for   Liver Diseases, Inova Fairfax   Hospital
Professor of Medicine,
  VCU-Inova Campus
Affiliate Professor of Biomedical   Sciences
George Mason University
Falls Church, Virginia

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This stimulating and thought-provoking webcast features a renowned faculty panel—led by Ira Jacobson, MD—who shape their experience and the latest research data into presentations that clarify the state of the science. Moderating is Ira Flatow, host of Talk of the Nation: Science Friday® on National Public Radio, who practices his notable art of transforming science into discussion. The result: science made useable, complexity made manageable.


AGENDA
Introduction
Ira Flatow
Ira M. Jacobson, MD
Reducing the Health Burden of HCV: Moving from Efficacy to Effectiveness
Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH
Panel Discussion/Q&A
Ira Flatow/Faculty Panel
Why Is Standard of Care Falling Short?
Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH
Panel Discussion/Q&A
Ira Flatow/Faculty Panel
Challenges Posed by Nonresponders and Relapsers
Fred Poordad, MD
Panel Discussion/Q&A
Ira Flatow/Faculty Panel
Can We Do Better? Role of Emerging STAT-C Drugs
Ira M. Jacobson, MD
Panel Discussion/Q&A
Ira Flatow/Faculty Panel
Closing Remarks
Ira M. Jacobson, MD
Meeting Adjourns

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TARGET AUDIENCE

This CME/CE activity is designed for gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and other clinicians who treat patients with HCV infection.

ACTIVITY GOAL

The goal of this CME/CE activity is to present state-of-the-science, clinically relevant information that will provide clinicians with new insights into managing hepatitis C infection, including scope of disease burden, goals of therapy, barriers to treatment and response, and potential role of emerging specifically-targeted antiviral therapies for HCV.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Evaluate standard-of-care therapies and their shortcomings in the treatment and management of HCV infection in order to optimize viral eradication in HCV-infected patients, thereby reducing disease burden.
  • Identify factors associated with nonresponse, null response, and relapse in patients receiving anti-HCV treatment in order to select and apply strategies that improve treatment response.
  • Assess the potential of emerging HCV therapeutic strategies for improving treatment response and outcomes in HCV-infected patients by analyzing preliminary efficacy and safety data of the protease and polymerase inhibitors.

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DISCLOSURE INFORMATION
The Disclosure Policy of Projects In Knowledge requires that presenters comply with the Standards for Commercial Support. All faculty are required to disclose any personal interest or relationship they or their spouse/partner have with the supporters of this activity or any commercial interest that is discussed in their presentation. Any discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices will also be disclosed in the course materials.

For complete prescribing information on the products discussed during this CME/CE activity, please see your current Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR).

Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, has received grant/research support from AstraZeneca and Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals Corporation; is a consultant for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc; and is on the advisory boards of AstraZeneca and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. El-Serag will not be referencing any unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices in this presentation.

Ira Flatow has no significant relationships to disclose.

Ira M. Jacobson, MD, has received grant/research support from Coley Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences, Inc, GlobeImmune, Human Genome Sciences, Idenix Pharmaceuticals, InterMune Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Schering-Plough Corporation, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc; is a consultant for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Coley Pharmaceuticals, Dynavax Technologies Corporation, Gilead Sciences, Inc, GlaxoSmithKline, GlobeImmune, Human Genome Sciences, Idenix Pharmaceuticals, InterMune Inc, Merck & Co, Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Nucleonics Inc, Pfizer Inc, Pharmasset Pharmaceuticals Inc, Schering-Plough Corporation, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc; and is on the speakers bureaus of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Inc, Idenix Pharmaceuticals, and Schering-Plough Corporation. Dr. Jacobson will be discussing novel treatments for HCV, some or all of which may be unlabeled or unapproved for use in the treatment of patients with HCV.

Fred Poordad, MD, has received grant/research support from Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Human Genome Sciences, Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Schering-Plough Corporation, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc; is a consultant for Gilead Sciences, Inc, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Schering-Plough Corporation, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc; is on the speakers bureau of Gilead Sciences, Inc, and Schering-Plough Corporation; and is on the advisory boards of Gilead Sciences, Inc, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Schering-Plough Corporation, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Poordad will be referencing unlabeled/unapproved uses of peginterferon (alfa-2a and -2b), ribavirin, consensus interferon, and colchicine.

Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH, FACP, FACG, has received grant/research support from Axcan Pharma, Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Schering-Plough Corporation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Younossi will not be referencing any unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices in this presentation.

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Physicians / Pharmacists
Release Date:
  
November 3, 2008

Termination Date:
  
November 3, 2009

Nurses
Release Date:
  
November 21, 2008

Termination Date:
  
November 30, 2009


Estimated time for completion
of this activity:
CME: 1.75 hours
CE: 1.86 hours
CPE: 1.5 hours

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