Counseling Women with MS in Middle Age and the Postmenopausal Years

Release Date: January 31, 2020

Valid for Credit Through: January 31, 2021

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, and advanced practice clinicians who manage patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Program Description

As the lifespan of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) continues to expand and disease management improves, women with MS are entering their middle-age years and beyond with greater functional abilities and improved quality of life. The role of hormones and impact of menopausal changes are of concern for the clinician, as are the risk of comorbid diseases and issues relating to long-term care planning. A key question that has arisen is whether these patients should discontinue their disease-modifying therapy after a certain age, or after a long period of apparently low disease activity. The faculty panel will discuss the research evidence and real-world practice, with an emphasis on wellness and helping patients to remain functional and independent for as long as possible.


Amy Perrin Ross, APN, MSN, CNRN, MSCN
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL

Maria Houtchens, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Associate Neurologist, Director, Women’s Health Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Marie Moore, MSN, FNP-C, MSCN
Nurse Practitioner
Neurosciences Institute/Carolinas Multiple Sclerosis Center
Charlotte, NC

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Medical Writer/Editor
Katherine Wandersee

Art Director
James Ticchio

Disclosure Statements

Amy Perrin Ross has received consultant fees from Alexion, Biogen, Celgene, EMD Serono, Genentech, Merck, Novartis, Roche, Sanofi Genzyme, Teva, and TG Therapeutics, and has served on speakers’ bureaus for Biogen, EMD Serono, Genentech, Genzyme, Novartis, and Teva.

Maria Houtchens has received consultant fees from Biogen, Celgene, EMD Serono, Genentech, Mallinckrodt, and Sanofi Genzyme.

Marie Moore has received consultant fees from Celgene, EMD Serono, and Sanofi Genzyme, and serves on a speakers’ bureau for Sanofi Genzyme.

Reviewer/Nurse Planner
Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP served as Planner for this activity and has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

The following planners and managers have disclosed no relevant financial relationships: Joseph J. D’Onofrio, Frank Marino, Katherine Wandersee.

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss health issues affecting women with MS as they transition through peri- and postmenopausal stages.

2. Analyze pros/cons of continuing disease-modifying therapy in older patients and those with secondary progressive MS.

3. Adapt MS patient care and counseling approaches to meet the changing needs of aging female patients with MS

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Delaware Media Group. CMSC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The CMSC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The CMSC designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education nursing credit (1.0 in the area of pharmacology).

This webinar is supported by educational grants from Celgene and Sanofi Genzyme.

Method of Participation

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Release Date: January 31, 2020

Valid for Credit Through: January 31, 2021

There is no fee to participate in this educational activity.

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