Effective Disease-Modifying Therapy for Allergic Rhinitis: Improving Patient Outcomes Through Allergen-specific Immunotherapy

Allergy/ Immunology
Seasonal Allergens
1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
April 27, 2017
Expiration Date:
The accreditation for this activity has expired.

Primary Audience:

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of allergists, otolaryngologists, immunologists and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with grass-pollen induced allergic rhinitis.

Relevant Terms:

Allergic rhinitis, asthma

Deborah A. Gentile, MD

Deborah A. Gentile, MD
Adjunct Professor of Medicine
Drexel University School of Medicine
Director of Allergy/Asthma Research
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine; Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Peter S. Creticos, MD

Peter Socrates Creticos, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Director of Clinical Research
Creticos Research Group, LLC
Baltimore, Maryland

Ayesha N. Khalid, MD, MBA

Ayesha N. Khalid, MD, MBA
Clinical Instructor
Harvard Medical School
Otolaryngologist (ENT) Surgeon
Cambridge Health Alliance
Concord, Massachusetts

1. Conduct a complete patient interview and exam to establish history, triggers, lung health and a clinical diagnosis of allergic rhinitis
2. Perform allergy testing to establish a definitive trigger in patients with a clinical diagnosis of allergic rhinitis
3. Discuss evidence-based treatment approaches for patients who are mono- or polysensitized versus allergic to grasses and other allergens
4. Compare subcutaneous versus sublingual immunotherapy in terms of efficacy, safety, rates of systemic reactions and a patient's ability to adhere to the treatment course

Accreditor Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Policy:
Global Education Group (Global) 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 Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.
The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Name of Faculty or Presenter
Reported Financial Relationship
Peter Creticos, MD
Stallergenes Greer; Circassia; Allakos, Inc.; Anergis SA; Merck & Co., Inc.; WebMD LLC (Medscape)
Ayesha Khalid, MD
480 Biomedical; Castle Creek Pharma; Stallergenes Greer; Patient Doctor Technologies, Inc. (Doctella); Abbott; Lungpacer Medical Inc.
Deborah Gentile, MD
Stallergenes Greer
The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Name of Planner or Manager
Reported Financial Relationship
Amanda Glazar, PhD
Nothing to disclose
Andrea Funk
Nothing to disclose
Laura Gilsdorf
Nothing to disclose
Chris Blagden, PhD
Nothing to disclose
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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Consultants in Medical Education. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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Global Education Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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By reviewing the course content and successfully completing the post-test and evaluation, physicians are entitled to receive 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 credits™, and nurses are entitled to receive 1.00 CNE contact hours, all of which is pharmacology credit worthy. Statement of credit will be available to print from your user history page.
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