Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 1.0 contact hour.
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
AXIS Medical Education requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by AXIS for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.
AXIS will identify, review, and resolve all conflicts of interest that faculty, authors, activity directors, planners, managers, peer reviewers, or relevant staff disclose prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation. Disclosure information for speakers, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, and/or relevant staff is provided with this activity.
The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:
Theresa Wicklin Gillespie, PhD, MA, RN, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.
The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:
The following AXIS planners and managers, Linda Gracie-King, MS: Jocelyn Timko, BS; Marilyn Haas, PhD, RN, CNS, ANP-BC and Stephanie Sutphin, PharmD hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest of any amount during the past 12 months.
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of agents that are not approved for use by the FDA and/or investigational (“off-label”) uses of agents that are approved by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of its labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each agent for information on its approved indications, contraindications, warnings, and other, related information.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. 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 patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
Open Payments Program
As of August 1, 2013, pharmaceutical companies are required by the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments program (aka, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act) to account for certain transfers of value provided to physicians, including certain meals served to attendees of CME activities, unless specific factors are met.
AXIS and its partners have systems in place to fully comply with the Open Payments system.
Safeguards Against Commercial Bias
AXIS Medical Education affirms that the content and format of the certified activity and its related materials promote improvements and quality in healthcare and do not promote a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial entity. To this end, AXIS employs several strategies to ensure the absence of commercial bias, including, but not limited to, review of all planned content for certified activities to ensure adherence to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s content validation guidelines, and resolution of any actual or perceived conflicts of interest that exist.
We employ several metrics during review of content materials, including:
- Fair balance
a. Recommendations must be based on a reasonable and valid interpretation of the information available on the subject matter
b. No single product or service is overrepresented when other equal, competing products or services are available for inclusion
- Scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the activity or used as the basis for content development
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals and by an educational grant from Lilly. For further information concerning Lilly grant funding visit www.lillygrantoffice.com
There is no fee for this educational activity.