Tweetorial: CKD in Real-World Practice: Examine a Patient Case

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Experts examine a patient case study as a way of translating guideline-based screening recommendations and current therapies that protect T2D patients from CKD progression in real-world practice. 

Learning Objective

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

  • Explain the real-world use of therapies to protect patients from CKD progression in the context of novel mechanisms  

Target Audience

Nephrologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, and primary care physicians  

Program Description

One in 10 Americans have type 2 diabetes (T2D), and 40% of patients with T2D have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which significantly increases the risk for cardiovascular disease in this patient population. In today’s treatment landscape for the reduction of renal and cardiovascular risk in patients with T2D at risk for progressive kidney disease, clinicians have a number of therapeutic agents to choose from. Those include sodium-glucose Cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, acetyl-CoA Carboxylase (ACC) inhibitors, Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs). The latest drug to join the armamentarium is finerenone, an MRA which has been shown to reduce the risk of sustained eGFR decline, end stage kidney disease, cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and hospitalization for heart failure in adult patients with CKD. However, clinicians have been slow to implement guidelines in screening for CKD in patients with T2D, and clinicians need to know when and how to sequence these therapies in real-world practice. In this webinar Drs Erin Michos, MD, MHS, associate director of preventive cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Joel Topf, MD, FACP, assistant clinical professor of medicine at Oakland University, William Beaumont School of Medicine, discuss guideline-based recommendations for screening to evaluate CKD risk in patients with T2D, as well as real-world use of therapies that protect patients from CKD progression, including combination therapy with MRAs and other renoprotective agents, such as SGLT2 inhibitors. Finally, the two experts weigh in on three patient cases as a way of translating this knowledge into real-world practice.

Additional Information

Activity summary
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Support Statement

Supported by an educational grant from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals.

Learning Objective

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

  • Explain the real-world use of therapies to protect patients from CKD progression in the context of novel mechanisms  

Release and Expiration Dates

This CME activity was published in February 2023 and is eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through February 29, 2024. 

Statement of Need and Purpose

Few clinicians have implemented recent screening guidelines, with one large practice-based analysis finding that only 37% of patients with T2DM are receiving recommended screening. A 30% reduction in UACR has been identified as a marker of a 53% reduction in the risk of progression to end-stage kidney disease. Conversely, a 30% increase in UACR more than doubled the risk of progression to end-stage kidney disease in one large analysis of 1417 patients with albuminuria over a median follow-up of 2 years. Abundant clinical evidence now supports the use of finerenone in the management of patients with T2DM at risk for CKD, as well as the use of SGLT2 inhibitors. Reviewing key clinical data with these therapy important to understand, but there is also a need to understand when and how to use this information in real-world practice. Credible evidence exists supporting the importance of UACR reduction in patients with T2DM who are at risk for CKD with the addition of finerenone therapy to baseline therapy, whether added before an SGLT2 inhibitor, or after. Given these challenges and the advent of new data, the CME Institute is proposing an initiative to address these gaps with didactic material and three case-based discussions to translate clinical data into real-world practice.

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© Copyright 2023 Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.

Faculty Affiliation

Erin Michos, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD


Joel Topf, MD, FACP
Medical Director
Beaumont Hospital
Grosse Pointe, MI


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:

Dr Michos has served on the speakers/advisory boards for Astra Zeneca, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Novartis. 

Dr Topf has received grant/research support from Natera; has received honoraria for speaking/teaching from AstraZeneca; has served on advisory boards for Tricida, Vifor, Cara, Bayer and AstraZeneca.

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.

Susan B. Nicholas, MD, MPH, PhD 
Peer Review 
Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Nephrology; Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism 
Los Angeles, CA 

Dr. Nicholas has received consulting fees from Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim/Lilly; received grant/research support from Bayer AG, Goldfinch Bio, Travere and Terasaki Institute of Biomedical Innovation; received honoraria for speaking/teaching from AstraZeneca, Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim/Lilly; and received advisory board fees from Bayer AG, Gilead, NovoNordisk, Boehrigner Ingelheim/Lilly. 

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.


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