Narcolepsy: Awakening to a New Day in Its Management

Narcolepsy: Awakening to a New Day in Its Management

Narcolepsy: Awakening to a New Day in Its Management

Hear from a patient with narcolepsy and find out how you can minimize delays in care by more quickly identifying patients with sleep disorders.

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Time to complete: 15 minutes


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  • Overview

    Excessive sleepiness is a common, highly impactful problem not commonly reported and frequently misdiagnosed by physicians. While prevalence reports of narcolepsy vary, patients often do not seek medical advice for their symptoms or, if they do, they receive inaccurate diagnoses. Because of this, it’s possible that more than 1 in 2000 people are living with narcolepsy. It may even take 10 to 15 years to be diagnosed, during which time these patients are impaired. What signs and symptoms are both clinicians and patients missing?

    Tune in to hear a patient, Julie Flygare, JD, recount her bizarre symptoms and receive clinical tips on how to improve your identification of overlooked sleep disorders and narcolepsy. Drs. Zee, Doghramji, and Kuritzky provide their clinical insight and expertise on this serious medical condition that continues to be grossly misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed, and undermanaged. By improving your ability to detect, accurately diagnose, and appropriately manage narcolepsy, you can improve the quality of life and health outcomes for your patients. Find out what subtle signs and red flags you need to be on the lookout for and what exciting therapies are now available for these patients.

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, Global Learning Collaborative (GLC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. GLC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.

    Louis Kuritzky, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus
    Department of Community Health and Family Medicine
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL

    Faculty has nothing to disclose.

    Karl Doghramji, MD, FAASM, DFAPA
    Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Medicine
    Director, Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center
    Program Director, Fellowship in Sleep Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA

    Consulting Fees: Eisai, Harmony, Imbrium, Inspire, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Purdue
    Contracted Research: Inspire, Nyxoah, Sommertrics
    Ownership Interest: Merck

    Julie Flygare, JD
    President & CEO
    Project Sleep
    Los Angeles, CA

    Faculty has nothing to disclose.

    Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD
    Director, Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine
    Chief of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology
    Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
    Chicago, IL

    Consulting Fees: Eisai, Jazz, Harmony, Takeda, Sanofi
    Contracted Research: Vanda
    Ownership Interest: Teva

    Reviewers/Content Planners/Authors:

    • Sean T. Barrett has nothing to disclose.
    • Amanda Hilferty has nothing to disclose.
    • Estelle Perera has nothing to disclose.
    • Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP, has nothing to disclose.
    • Robert Schneider, MSW, has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Describe the symptoms, basis for referral, and diagnostic testing for narcolepsy
    • Evaluate the efficacy and safety of available and emerging therapies in improving outcomes for patients with narcolepsy
    • Define the strategies by which patients and clinicians can more effectively communicate about the goals of treatment and utilize a shared decision-making approach to optimize therapeutic outcomes
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of sleep medicine specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, pulmonologists, and otolaryngologists.

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    Global Learning Collaborative is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Global Learning Collaborative designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Avadel Pharmaceuticals.

  • Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of GLC and Prova Education. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of Prova Education you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restrict

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