A Tailored Approach to Diagnosis and Early Treatment in Patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A Real-World View of Quality of Life

Program Introduction

A detailed, modern digest of key advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Learning Objective

After completing this educational activity, you should be able to: 

  • Use expert-guided treatment strategies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Target Audience

Neurologists, NPs & PAs in neurology settings, and other treaters of DMD 

Program Description

Join pediatric neurologist Dr. Aravindhan Veerapandiyan (Dr. Panda) from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital for an overview of best practices in the management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Through this presentation, viewers can gain a greater understanding of DMD pathophysiology, identify key signs suggestive of a diagnosis, and describe the benefits and limitations associated with the current standard of care. In the second half of this presentation, Dr. Veerapandiyan examines emerging therapeutic strategies poised to transform the management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which in recent years has transformed from a uniformly fatal pediatric disease into a more manageable, chronic condition. Interspersed throughout this video is the perspective of Amanda – a mother and caregiver of a child who lives with DMD. With this added voice, viewers can better appreciate the challenges faced by children with DMD and the need for coordinated, multidisciplinary care to optimize patient outcomes.  

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation
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Support Statement

Supported by an educational grant from Sarepta Therapeutics,Inc. 

Learning Objective

After completing this educational activity, you should be able to:

  • Use expert-guided treatment strategies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Release, Review, and Expiration Dates

This CME activity was published in June 2023 and is eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through June 30, 2024. 

Statement of Need and Purpose

One treatment goal for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is maintenance of current functioning and quality of life (QoL). Ambulation loss is one of the most common issues for patients with DMD, and mobility impairment negatively affects daily life. While there is no cure, the development of new maintenance therapies can help improve the function, QoL, and longevity of patients with DMD. Clinicians often vary widely in their application of recommended standards of care. With an expanded treatment armamentarium, clinicians need education on therapies for maintenance in patients with DMD.   

Unlabeled and Investigational Usage

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Review Process

The faculty members agreed to provide a balanced and evidence-based presentation and discussed the topics and CME objectives during the planning sessions. The faculty’s submitted content was validated by CME Institute staff, and the activity was evaluated for accuracy, use of evidence, and fair balance by the Chair and a peer reviewer who is without conflict of interest.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CME provider and publisher or the commercial supporter

© Copyright 2023 Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.

Faculty Affiliation

Photo of Aravindhan Veerapandiyan, MD

Aravindhan Veerapandiyan, MD  
Pediatric Neurologist  
Arkansas Children's Hospital 



Financial Disclosure

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The CME Institute has mitigated all relevant conflicts of interest prior to the commencement of the activity. None of the individuals involved in the content have relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies except the following:

Aravindhan Veerapandiyan, M.D., is a consultant for Biogen, Novartis, AveXis, Sarepta Therapeutics, PTC Therapeutics, Scholar Rock, Fibrogen, AMO pharma, Pfizer, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, and France Foundation. He has received grant and research funding from Pfizer, Sarepta, RegenxBio, PPMD, MDA, AMO, Teva, Lilly, Edgewise, Capricor and Octapharma. 

Bassam A. Bassam, M.D., FAAN 
Professor of Neurology 
University of South Alabama 
Mobile, Alabama 
Bassam A. Bassam, M.D., has received speaker honoraria from Argenx SE. 

Michael R. Page, PharmD, RPh
Independent Medical Director/Medical Writer
Plainsboro, New Jersey
Dr. Page is a consultant for BioCentric, Inc. and American Medical Communications, Inc.

None of the other planners, reviewers, and CME Institute staff for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Accreditation Statement

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Credit Designation

The CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation


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