Is this Multiple Myeloma?

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Release Date: February 18, 2014
Expiration Date: February 18, 2015

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes
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Program Overview

What is often referred to as multiple myeloma is actually a disease spectrum, spanning a continuum from monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) to smoldering (asymptomatic) myeloma, both asymptomatic plasma cell dyscrasias with a heterogeneous propensity to progress from one to the other and finally on to various cytogenetic entities referred to as active symptomatic myeloma. One of the most crucial first steps in establishing a care and management plan for multiple myeloma patients is the appropriate diagnosis of the patient since these entities are treated differently in today’s practice.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, physician assistants, and pharmacists who have an interest in enhancing their clinical skills in treating patients with multiple myeloma.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize diagnostic criteria for plasma cell disorders
  • Summarize current guidelines regarding when to begin treatment


Is This Multiple Myeloma? – Parameswaran Hari, MD

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through February 18, 2015. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

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Faculty Biography

Parameswaran Hari, MD
Professor of Medicine
Section Head - Hematological Malignancies and BMT
Division of Hematology Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dr. Parameswaran Hari received his medical degree at Central University of Pondicherry, India, and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and hematology in the United Kingdom. In addition, Dr. Hari completed a residency in internal medicine at Jefferson Health, Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia, as well as a fellowship in oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is professor, Department of Medicine, and director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Hari is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians (internal medicine), Royal College of Pathologists (clinical and laboratory hematology), and holds membership in the American Society of Hematology. He is also the scientific director of the plasma cell disorders and lymphoma working committees of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). Dr. Hari’s primary interests are in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and plasma cell disorders, multiple myeloma, AL amyloidosis and other monoclonal gammopathies.


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Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Parameswaran Hari has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities and consultant fees from Celgene Corporation and Onyx, as well as consultant fees from Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and Sanofi. He has received grant support related to research activities from Celgene, Millennium, and Onyx.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individuals listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, executive director, and Eugene R. Tombler, PhD, FACME, medical director, oncology, have no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer Disclosure

In accordance with MediCom Worldwide, Inc. policy, all content is reviewed by external independent peer reviewers for balance, objectivity and commercial bias. The peer reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.

Dr. Hari has indicated that he does not intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the US.

Dr. Hari has indicated that he does not intend to discuss investigational drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the US.

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