Chronic Inflammatory Disease: An Introduction

This activity is available for free to members of NASP. Visit the top section of for details.

Activity Description

This educational activity will provide an overview of the chronic inflammatory process. Chronic Inflammatory disease is a major cause of morbidity and often leads to reduced quality of life. This activity will review the pathophysiology and etiology of the inflammatory process along with identifying some of the pharmacological approaches to treating chronic inflammatory disease. A summary of treatments available for rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, and crohn’s disease will also be presented.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity includes pharmacists. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize available treatments for the chronic inflammatory diseases (CIDs) rheumatoid arthritis (RA), plaque psoriasis, and Crohn's disease
  • Describe the etiology of CIDs
  • Outline the pathophysiology of CIDs
  • Explain the pharmacologic approach to treating CIDs


Mike Crowe, PharmD, MBA, CSP, FMPA
Senior Manager, Clinical Services
Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
Flint, MI


It is the policy of ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship with the manufacturer of any commercial product(s) discussed in an educational presentation. Mike Crowe does not have any relevant commercial and/or financial relationships to disclose.

Please note: The opinions expressed in this activity should not be construed as those of the CME/CE provider. The information and views are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include unlabeled indications. Use of drugs and devices outside of labeling should be considered experimental and participants are advised to consult prescribing information and professional literature.

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 02-27-2017
Expiration Date: 02-27-2020


This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-19-082-H01-P has been assigned to this knowledge-based, home-study activity. This CE activity is approved for 0.75 contact hour (0.075 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers, and is provided at no cost to participants. Completion of an evaluation and post-test with a score of 70% or higher is required to receive CE credit. Proof of completion will be posted in NABP CPE Monitor profiles. No partial credit will be given.


No external support has been received for this activity.


The material presented in this CE activity does not reflect the views of ProCE, Inc. or the commercial sponsor. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.