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Program Detail

Release Date: July-15-11
Credit Expiration Date: July-15-12


Joan M. Von Feldt, MD, MSEd
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
University of Pennsylvania
Associate Chief of Staff, Education
Philadelphia Veterans Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA

Gary Owens, MD
Gary Owens Associates
Medical Management and Pharmaceutical Consulting
Glen Mills, PA

Credit Hours

Physicians CME: 1 credit
Nursing CE: 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU)


Online Presentation

Program Description

Each year approximately 3 million U.S. adults are affected by gout, and the incidence and prevalence are rising. This rise in gout and hyperuricemia has been attributed to the increasing at-risk population, including patients with hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, chronic kidney disease, and the metabolic syndrome. Notwithstanding, gout is still one of the most treatable forms of arthritis; and, with proper treatment, patients are likely to avoid serious consequences. However, advanced age, comorbidities, and drug-drug interactions can complicate treatment and often lead to medical errors in the treatment of gout.

The progression of gout can be slowed with earlier, more accurate diagnosis. However, gout is frequently misdiagnosed or diagnosed late in the course of the illness. In addition, suboptimal management of gout is recognized as a likely contributor to the recent rise in symptomatic, chronic gout. Clinical management of gout continues to lag behind recent advances and the current evidence-based best practices, underscoring the need for continuing education on gout management.

Program Developer/Facilitator


Target Audience

This educational activity has been designed for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals interested or involved in the care of patients with gout and hyperuricemia.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the health and economic consequences that can occur when chronic gout is not managed appropriately.
  2. Discuss risk factors for gout in specific patient populations, including factors contributing to the increasing prevalence of gout in women and patients with metabolic syndrome.
  3. Summarize criteria recommended in current guidelines to improve the accurate diagnosis of gout.
  4. Compare the risks and benefits of pharmacologic agents currently available to treat acute gout and underlying hyperuricemia.
  5. Outline the steps required to appropriately monitor patients with gout and hyperuricemia.


It is the policy of NAMCP to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all continuing education programs. Faculty must disclose to program participants the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship with the manufacturer of any commercial product(s) discussed in an educational presentation.

Dr. Von Feldt discloses that she has no current financial relationships with commercial interests and/or the opportunity to affect content relevant to the products or services of those commercial interests.

Dr. Owens discloses that he has served as a Consultant to Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, OncoMed, Allergan, Eyetech, and Johnson & Johnson; has served on Advisory Boards for Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Amgen; and has conducted Market Research for Centocor Ortho Biotech and Pfizer.

Planning committee:
Katie Eads of NAMCP has no financial relationships that present a real or perceived conflict of interest.
Sara Thier of Medical Communication Media has no financial relationships that present a real or perceived conflict of interest.
Beth Paczolt, MD of Medical Communication Media currently has no financial relationships that present a real or perceived conflict of interest. Prior to joining Medical Communications Media she served as a Medical Director of a promotional medical communications company where her organization received funding from Gilead Sciences, Novartis, Merck, and Ortho-Mcneil Janssen.

Please note: The opinions expressed in this program should not be construed as those of the CME/CNE provider. The information and views are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this program may include the use of drugs for unlabeled indications. Use of drugs outside of labeling should be considered experimental, and participants are advised to consult prescribing information and professional literature.

Credit Statements

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) and Medical Communications Media, Inc. The NAMCP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: The American Association of Managed Care Nurses has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA). VNA is accredited as an approver of Continuing Education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded to nurses who complete this activity.

Commercial Support Statements

Supported through an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.


Minimum Hardware/Software Requirements: • Pentium III, 600 MHz or Equivalent Processor • 512 MB of RAM • Windows XP, Vista, or 7. Or, Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers • High-speed internet connection • Internet Explorer 6.x or higher, Firefox 2.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser • Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML5 capable browser may be required for video or audio playback • Adobe Acrobat Reader

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©2011, NAMCP and Medical Communications Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This activity is designed to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. None of the contents may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from NAMCP and the publisher. The opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, NAMCP, or Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America. 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 or without a review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information and comparison with the recommendations of other authorities.

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