COVID-19: Neutralizing Antibodies

Activity description

This activity focuses on monoclonal antibodies and how they are used in therapeutics, including clinical trials for COVID-19. It discusses the risks associated with using monoclonal antibodies in infectious disease treatment and provides detailed information regarding antibody therapies currently under investigation.

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This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealth Group.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, psychologists, social workers and physicians who have an interest in monoclonal antibodies and how they are used in therapeutics, including clinical trials for COVID-19.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the structure of antibodies/immunoglobulins and their mechanisms of action.
  • Explain how monoclonal antibodies are used as therapeutics including in clinical trials for COVID-19.
  • Recognize the risks associated with using monoclonal antibodies to treat an infectious disease.
  • List monoclonal antibody therapies that are currently under investigation.

Additional Information

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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Dr. Daniel GriffinDaniel Griffin, MD, PhD, CTropMed, CTH
Chief, Division of Infectious Disease, ProHEALTH
Senior Fellow for Infectious Disease, UnitedHealth Group R&D
Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
President, Parasites Without Borders

Dr. Griffin is a physician-scientist, educator, researcher, clinician and author who is board certified in Infectious Disease with expertise in global health, tropical medicine, parasitology, and virology including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). He is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at ProHEALTH New York, which is the largest physician-owned multispecialty practice in the United States with >1,000 physicians. He is a clinical instructor of medicine in the Department of Medicine–Division of Infectious Diseases at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, a researcher at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, President of Parasites Without Borders, Inc., the Senior Fellow for Infectious Disease – UnitedHealth Group and a provider of clinical inpatient and outpatient infectious disease care at ProHEALTH New York. Dr. Griffin is a speaker and educator who has lectured throughout the world on global health topics for the University of Glasgow, the Peace Corp, the University of Minnesota, the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Floating Doctors and Remote Care Education, as well as for other groups in Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and India. He is one of the co-hosts of the popular 5-star rated podcasts This Week in Parasitism and This Week in Virology and one of the authors of Parasitic Diseases, which is currently in its 7th edition with thousands of copies distributed in over 100 countries around the world.

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education requires all those in the control of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services relate to the activity content.

OptumHealth Education ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.

Dr. Griffin has reported no financial relationships.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealth Group. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
Interprofessional CEThis activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy technicians
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-21-106-H06-P/T

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credits.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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