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Program Detail

Release Date: September-01-07
Credit Expiration Date: September-01-08


Todd A. Mahr, MD
Director, Pediatric Allergy
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Gabriel R. Ortiz, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Pediatric Pulmonary Services, El Paso, Texas
Co-founder American Academy of Physician Assistants – Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
AAPA Liaison to American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology Liaison to AAPA

Credit Hours



Podcast (MP3 & PDF)

Program Description


This is the first part of a 3 part series.

Up to 40% of Americans suffer from some form of allergic rhinitis, a syndrome often characterized by a collection of symptoms that include sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal itching, and rhinorrhea. When poorly controlled, the condition is often associated with other comorbidities, such as asthma and sinusitis. Allergic rhinitis and its comorbidities significantly affect the quality of life in those affected by restricting the patient’s daily activities. This results in decreases in performance and productivity while at school or work and increases in absenteeism. This presentation will help physician assistants to understand how allergic rhinitis impacts their patients.

Program Developer/Facilitator


Target Audience

This program is designed for physician assistants caring for patients with allergic rhinitis.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of allergic rhinitis.
  2. Describe the quality of life issues associated with rhinitis in children and adults.


Todd A. Mahr, MD discloses that he has received honoraria, consultant fees, and research support, and is a member of speakers’ bureaus for GlaxoSmithKline, Alcon Laboratories, Genentech, Merck, Novartis, Schering-Plough, sanofi-aventis, and Verus Pharmaceuticals.

Gabriel Ortiz, MPAS, PA-C discloses that he is a consultant for Altana Pharma, AstraZeneca, Genentech, sanofi-aventis, and Schering-Plough, and is a member of speakers’ bureaus for Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Genentech, Novartis, sanofi-aventis, Schering-Plough, and Pfizer.

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents for the treatment of allergic rhinitis. The FDA may not have approved some uses of these agents. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Credit Statements

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of .25 hours of AAPA Category I (Preapproved) CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid for 1 year(s) from the issue date of September 1, 2007. Participants may submit the self-assessment at any time during that period.

This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.

Successful completion of the self-assessment is required to earn Category I CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70 percent correct.

Commercial Support Statements

Supported by an educational grant from Schering-Plough.


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  5. After listening to the audio, complete the post-test and evaluation by clicking on the link to the online post-test or by completing the post-test and evaluation found on the last two pages of the PDF document. Successful completion of the online post-test will permit you to immediately print a certificate of credit. If you choose to mail the completed printed post-test, a certificate of credit for satisfactory completion (70% or better) will be mailed within 4 to 6 weeks.

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© 2007, Medical Communications Media, Inc. None of the contents may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher. The opinions expressed in this activity are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, or Schering Plough. Any medications or other diagnostic or treatment procedures discussed by the program speakers should not be utilized by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or risks, and without a review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information and comparison with the recommendations of other authorities.

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