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Safe and Effective Use of New Therapies for Diabetic Kidney Disease: Patient Selection Is Key

  • Authors: Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP; George Bakris, MD
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 11/8/2021
  • Valid for credit through: 11/8/2022
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for cardiologists, nephrologists, primary care physicians, and nurses.

The goal of this activity is to improve awareness of hyperkalemia risk with current and emerging diabetic kidney disease (DKD) therapies and to provide strategies for appropriate patient selection in relation to hyperkalemia risk for emerging mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA) therapies.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • The risk of hyperkalemia with nonsteroidal MRA use 
  • Have greater competence related to
    • Understanding strategies for patient selection to reduce the risk of hyperkalemia with the use of nonsteroidal MRA 


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  • Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP

    Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
    University of California
    Kushner Wellness Center
    Irvine, California


    Disclosure: Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Advisor or consultant for: AstraZeneca; Janssen; Lilly; Novo Nordisk
    Speaker or a member of a speakers bureau for: AstraZeneca; Bayer; Janssen; Lilly

  • George Bakris, MD

    Professor of Medicine
    Comprehensive Hypertension Center
    University of Chicago
    American Heart Association
    Chicago, Illinois


    Disclosure: George Bakris, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Advisor or consultant for: Alnylam; AstraZeneca; Bayer; Horizon; Ionis; KBP Biosciences; Merck; Novo Nordisk; Quantum Genomics; Vascular Dynamics
    Grants for clinical research from: Bayer; Novo Nordisk


  • Rita Moreira Da Silva, PharmD, MA, PhD

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC


    Disclosure: Rita Moreira Da Silva, PharmD, MA, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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Safe and Effective Use of New Therapies for Diabetic Kidney Disease: Patient Selection Is Key

Authors: Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP; George Bakris, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 11/8/2021

Valid for credit through: 11/8/2022


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