Conference Coverage

Drs. James F. Donohue and Gary T. Ferguson address the following questions:

  • What are the changes regarding general assessment and management of COPD?
  • Should you ever think of using more than one long-acting bronchodilator as initial therapy (LAMA vs LABA/LAMA)?
  • What are the changes in the new recommendations regarding the use of ICS?


CME/CE Information

Activity Title What’s the 2017 GOLD standard for managing patients with COPD?
Topic COPD
Accreditation Type AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Release Date June 2, 2017
Expiration Date June 1, 2018 – No longer available for credit
Estimated Time to Complete Activity 15 minutes


Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Examine data and expert recommendations concerning the use of ICS in patients with COPD
  • Evaluate data on the use of single and combination bronchodilators in patients with stable COPD
  • Discuss clinical scenarios in which, based on current evidence and/or recommendations, ICS should or should not be considered


James F. Donohue, MD
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Gary T. Ferguson, MD
Pulmonary Research Institute of Southeast Michigan


  1. There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  2. Review the activity objectives and CME/CE information.
  3. Complete the CME/CE activity.
  4. Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  5. Complete the CME/CE evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  6. Your CME/CE certificate will be available for download.



This activity is provided by The France Foundation.



These activities will target pulmonologists, critical care specialists, hospitalists, fellows and other health care providers who manage patients with COPD.


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Faculty Disclosures

The following faculty report that they have relevant financial relationships to disclose:

  • James F. Donohue, MD, has served as a consultant for AstraZeneca, Circassia, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Novartis, and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Gary T. Ferguson, MD, has served as a consultant for AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Innoviva, Meda Pharmaceuticals, Mylan, Novartis, Pearl Therapeutics, and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has also received honoraria from AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Meda Pharmaceuticals, and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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