FDA Drug Topics: Overview of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for Health Care Providers
June 22, 2021
FDA's Division of Drug Information in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) sponsors a series of educational webinars targeting the needs of health care professionals and students. The webinars cover a broad range of FDA drug regulation and medication safety topics. These focused webinars support FDA's mission of promoting and protecting public health through interaction and education to strengthen current and future partnerships and relationships with clinicians and researchers.
This webinar will provide an overview of REMS and discuss how the REMS safety requirements impact prescribers, dispensers and patients. Participants should gain an understanding of the REMS authorities, how REMS are implemented, and the entities that provide oversite and support. REMS is a drug safety program that the FDA can require for certain medications with serious safety concerns to help ensure the benefits of the medication outweigh its risks. REMS are designed to reinforce medication use behaviors and actions that support the safe use of that medication. While all medications have labeling that informs health care stakeholders about medication risks, only a few medications require a REMS.
- Title 21-FOOD AND DRUGS 21 USC335-1 Risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=%28title:21%20section:355-1%20edition:prelim%29%20OR%20%28granuleid:USC-prelim-title21-section355-1%29&f=treesort&edition=prelim&num=0&jumpTo=true. Accessed April 25, 2021.
- FDA Website: Approved Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS). https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/rems/index.cfm. Accessed April 25,2021.
- FDA Website: REMS Resources. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/risk-evaluation-and-mitigation-strategies-rems Accessed April 25, 2021.
- Explain how to utilize FDA's Drug Information, medication safety resources, and regulatory guidances to improve delivery of patient care and optimize outcomes.
- Describe and inform health care providers of recent labeling, policy and regulatory changes which would impact prescribing and medication management to optimize patient care.
- Describe when the FDA can require a REMS.
- List the different elements of Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies.
- Identify REMS resources available to healthcare professionals.
- Discuss the possible enforcement actions by the FDA.
This activity is intended for physicians, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, Certified Public Health (CPH), and physician assistants.
Lecture 1 June 22, 2021
|1:00 - 2:00 PM||Overview of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for Health Care Providers||
Cynthia LaCivita, PharmD
Physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, pharmacist techs, and those claiming non-physician CME: participants must attest to their attendance and complete the final activity evaluation via the CE Portal (ceportal.fda.gov). For multi-day activities, participants must attest to their attendance and complete the faculty evaluation each day. Final activity evaluations must be completed within two weeks after the activity - no exceptions.
Attention Pharmacists and Pharmacy Techs: Failure to provide your correct NABP AND Date of Birth information, in the required format, may result in the loss of credit for this activity. NABP profile number should be the 6-7 digit profile number assigned by the CPE Monitor and your birth date should be in the MMDD format (e.g. 0721) Do not provide your pharmacy license number. Please click the "My Account" tab and then navigate to "Edit Contact Information" to verify that your information is correct.
Attendees have 14 days from the last day of the activity to log in, complete the required evaluation(s) and attest to your attendance to claim credit.Physicians, physician assistants, and nurses may then view/print statement of credit. Pharmacists should log into the CPE monitor 8 weeks after the last session of the activity to obtain their CE credit.
- Kalra, Dipti, safety evaluator, FDA nothing to disclose
- LaCivita, Cynthia, PharmD, Director, Division of Risk Management, FDA nothing to disclose
- Burke, Kara, PharmD, Team Leader/Pharmacist, FDA/CDER/OCOMM/DDI nothing to disclose
- Cao, Christian, MPAS, PA-C, Safety Evaluator Team Leader, FDA/CDER/OSE/DPV nothing to disclose
- DeFronzo, Kimberly, RPh, MS, MBA, Consumer Safety Officer, FDA/CDER/OCOMM/DDI nothing to disclose
- Kapoor, Rama, MD, Medical Officer, FDA nothing to disclose
- Navin, Lesley, RN, MSN, Consumer Safety Officer, FDA/CDER/DDI nothing to disclose
- Nguyen-Chu, Thanh Tam, PharmD, Pharmacist, FDA/CDER/OCOMM/DDI nothing to disclose
- Paraoan, Dianne, MPH, RN, Associate Director for Regulatory Affairs, FDA/ CDER/ OMP nothing to disclose
CE Consultation and Accreditation Team
- Bryant, Traci, M.A.T., CE Consultant, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
- Zawalick, Karen, CE Team Leader, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
Registration is complimentary, therefore refunds are not applicable.
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