This presentation briefly reviews the science and pharmacology that led to the development of ketamine and esketamine as a treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders. It specifically focuses on major issues to be contemplated when considering recommending treatment with ketamine or esketamine to treat severe and persistent major depressive disorder. And, critically reviews the existing data from a wide range of clinical trials and attempt to incorporate this data into clinical decision making processes.
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- Explain indications for use of ketamine in the treatment of serious and persistent mood disorders
- Evaluate clinical trials examining the efficacy and safety of ketamine and esketamine
- Describe challenges to implementing ketamine into practice
Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychiatrist, Pharmacist
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: April 16, 2020
Program End Date: April 16, 2021
How to Earn Credit
Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, nursing continuing professional development pharmacology contact hours (NCPD, formerly CNE), or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), NCPD certificate (nursing), or certificate of participation (other professions) showing the completion date and hours earned.
Continuing Education Credit
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA 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 American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Yale Depression Research Program, Yale University. Disclosures - Off-label medication use will be discussed; Stock: Biohaven Pharmaceuticals; Consultant: Allergan, Alkermes, AstraZeneca, Avanier, Axsome Therapeutics, Pharmaceuticals, Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, BristolMyers Squibb, Clexio Biosciences, EMA Wellness, Epiodyne, Intra-Cellular Therapies, Janssen, Merck & Co., Naurex, Navitor, NeruoRx, Novartis, Noven Pharmaceuticals, Otsuka, Perception Neuroscience, Praxis Therapeutics, Sage Pharmaceuticals, Servier Pharmaceuticals, Taisho Pharmaceuticals, Teva, Valeant, and Vistagen Therapeutics; Grant/Research: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Hoffman La-Roche, Merck, Naurex, and Servier over the last 36 months. Free medication was provided to GS for an NIH-sponsored study by Sanofi-Aventis.Other: Co-inventor on a patent ‘Glutamate agents in the treatment of mental disorders’ (Patent number: 8778979), and a U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 047162-7177P1 (00754) filed on August 20, 2018 by Yale University Office of Cooperative Research OCR 7451 US01.
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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