Iron deficiency anemia in IBD: Prevalence and implications

Gary Lichtenstein, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Biography

Statement of need

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a common complication of IBD, affecting at least 40% of patients; however, it is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. There are various treatment options available for correcting iron deficiency and anemia and new formulations have recently been introduced. These include oral iron supplementation and intravenous (IV) regimens. This activity will provide an overview of the incidence of IDA and the recommendation for management from international panels/guidelines. A clinical insight into the treatment of IDA will be provided, including an evaluation of the different formulations of iron currently available and some of the differences between them.

Target audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of gastroenterologists and registered nurses involved in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Release date: September 29, 2014
Expiry date: September 29, 2015

Learning objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Describe the prevalence and impact of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in patients with IBD
  • Explain the physiologic processes controlling iron homeostasis in healthy patients and inflammatory disease states
  • Summarize the treatment of IDA, and the differences among available formulations of iron
  • Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.

Syllabus disclosure statement

Disclosure of conflicts of interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

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

Company

Relationship

Gary R. Lichtenstein

Abbott Laboratories, Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc., Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Inc., Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Procter & Gamble, Prometheus Laboratories Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Santarus, Inc., Schering-Plough Corporation, Shire, Therakos, Inc., UCB Pharma, Inc., Warner Chilcott, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Advisor or consultant

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc., Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Procter & Gamble, Prometheus Laboratories Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Shire, Therakos, Inc., UCB Pharma, Inc., Warner Chilcott

Grants for clinical research


The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

The following PIM planners and managers, Laura Excell, ND, NP, MS, MA, LPC, NCC, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CCMEP, and Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CCMEP, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

The following SCI planners and managers, Ian Morgan, MSc, and Elena Urso, BSc, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity or any amount during the past 12 months.

Accreditation

Physician continuing education

Accreditation statement

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 Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Strategic Consultants International. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material 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.

Nursing continuing education

Credit designation

This educational activity for 1.0 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Accreditation statement

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Estimated time to complete activity: 45 minutes

Disclosure of unlabeled use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity 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 planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

How to obtain credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period. Follow these steps to earn CME/CE credit:

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  2. Study the online educational content (can also be printed)
  3. Once the activity is complete, complete the online posttest, and the online evaluation.

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Media: Internet

Disclaimer

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 procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient's conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from
American Regent, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.,
US Region, UCB, Inc.