IJMSC: NARCOMS and Other Registries in Multiple Sclerosis: Issues and Insights

Release Date: December 1, 2021

Valid for Credit Through: December 1, 2022

NARCOMS and Other Registries in Multiple Sclerosis: Issues and Insights

Ruth Ann Marrie, MD, PhD; Gary R. Cutter, PhD; Robert J. Fox, MD, MSc; Timothy Vollmer, MD; Tuula Tyry, PhD; Amber Salter, PhD

Target Audience:

The target audience for this activity is physicians, physician assistants, nursing professionals, and other health care providers involved in the management of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what constitutes a registry.
  2. Discuss the difference(s) between clinician-driven and patient-driven registries, including potential advantages of patient-driven registries


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. The 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.

Physician Credit: The CMSC designates this journal-based activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Credit: The CMSC designates this enduring material for 1.0 contact hour of nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) (none in the area of pharmacology).


Francois Bethoux, MD, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of MS Care (IJMSC), has served as Physician Planner for this activity. He has disclosed relationships with Springer Publishing (royalty), Qr8 (receipt of intellectual property rights/patent holder); Biogen (receipt of intellectual property rights/patent holder, speakers’ bureau); MedRhythms (consulting fee, contracted research); GW Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Helius Medical Technologies, Osmotica, Ipsen (consulting fee); and Adamas Pharmaceuticals (contracted research).

Ruth Ann Marrie, MD, PhD, has disclosed being a co-investigator on a study funded by Biogen and Roche.

Gary R. Cutter, PhD, has disclosed serving on the data/safety monitoring committees for AstraZeneca, Avexis Pharmaceuticals, BioLineRx, BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, Bristol Myers Squibb/Celgene, CSL Behring, Galmed, Green Valley Pharma, Mapi Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Merck/Pfizer, Mitsubishi Tanabe, OPKO Biologics, Neurim, Novartis, Orphazyme, Sanofi, Reata, Teva, Viela Bio, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Protocol Review Committee), and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Unit Oversight Committee); serving on consulting/advisory boards for Alexion, Antisense Therapeutics, Biodelivery Sciences International, Biogen, Clinical Trial Solutions LLC, Genzyme, Genentech, GW Pharmaceuticals, Immunic, Klein Buendel, MedImmune/Viela Bio, MedDay, Merck/Serono, Neurogenesis Ltd, Novartis, Osmotica, Perception Neuroscience, Protolix Biotherapeutics, Recursion/Cerexis Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron, Reckover Pharmaceuticals, Roche, SAB Biotherapeutics, and TG Therapeutics; and being president of Pythagoras, Inc, a private consulting company

Robert J. Fox, MD, MSc, has disclosed receiving consulting fees from AB Science, Biogen, Celgene, EMD Serono, Genentech, Genzyme, Immunic, Janssen, Novartis, Sanofi, and TG Therapeutics; research funding from Biogen, Novartis, and Sanofi; and royalties from Demos Publishing.

Timothy Vollmer, MD, has disclosed receiving compensation for lectures and consultancy from Biogen, Genentech/Roche, Viela Bio, Celgene, EMD Serono, and Novartis; and research support from Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, Celgene, Biogen, Anokion, Genentech, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, GW Pharmaceuticals, and TG Therapeutics Inc.

Tuula Tyry, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Amber Salter, PhD, has disclosed serving as a statistical editor for Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.

The staff at IJMSC, CMSC, and Delaware Media Group who are in a position to influence content have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP, Continuing Education Director CMSC, has served as Reviewer for this activity. She has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

One peer reviewer for IJMSC has disclosed relationships with Alexion (consulting fee, speakers’ bureau); Biogen, Bristol Myers Squibb, EMD Serono, Genentech (consulting fee, speakers’ bureau, contracted research); Celgene, Novartis, Sanofi Genzyme (consulting fee, contracted research); Viela Bio (consulting fee); National MS Society, PCORI, Atara Biotherapeutics, Roche (contracted research); and Taro Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Inovio, GlaxoSmithKline, Viatris, Gilead, Altimmune Inc, CytoDyn Inc (ownership interest [common stocks]).

The other peer reviewer has disclosed relationships with Celgene (speakers’ bureau, contracted research); and Merck, EMD Serono, Roche, AbbVie (contracted research).

Note: Financial relationships may have changed in the interval between listing these disclosures and publication of the article.

Method of Participation:

Release Date: December 1, 2021

Valid for Credit Through: December 1, 2022

In order to receive CME/NCPD credit, participants must:

  1. Review the continuing education information, including learning objectives and author disclosures.
  2. Study the educational content.
  3. Complete the post-test and evaluation, which are available at

Statements of Credit are awarded upon successful completion of the evaluation and the post-test with a passing score of >70%. The post-test may be retaken if necessary. There is no fee to participate in this activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use:

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the FDA. The CMSC and Delaware Media Group do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the CMSC or Delaware Media Group.


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 medications, diagnostic procedures, or treatments discussed in this publication should not be used by clinicians or other health care professionals without first evaluating their patients’ conditions, considering possible contraindications or risks, reviewing any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparing any therapeutic approach with the recommendations of other authorities.