Expert Roundtable The Fork in the Road: An Examination of Nonstatin Therapies and Guideline Reassessment


Release Date: April 21, 2023
Expiration Date: April 21, 2024 
Time to Complete: 0.50 hour
*This activity expired for credit on April 21, 2024 and is no longer available for credit

Lead Faculty

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASPC, FNLA 
Gerald S. Berenson Endowed Chair in Preventive Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
John W. Deming Department of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA


Contributing Faculty

Daniel E. Soffer, MD, FNLA, FACP
President Elect, National Lipid Association
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Internal Medicine/Clinical Lipidology
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Program Overview

Keeping current can be challenging as the lipid landscape continues to evolve. Join Drs Ferdinand and Soffer in this engaging discussion that sheds light on current guidelines and new expert consensus recommendations.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of cardiologists, cardiology nurses, lipid specialists, and primary care clinicians, including internists, family medicine physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs, and dietitians. It may also benefit other healthcare providers who manage patients with hypercholesterolemia.

Type of Activity

Internet Activity - Enduring


Learning Objectives

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

  • Formulate evidence-based treatment plans for patients who require additional low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering beyond statin therapy, while engaging in shared decision-making to facilitate adherence 
  • Recognize the role of diet in patients with elevated LDL-C, including those currently prescribed pharmacotherapy
  • Discuss the role of team-based care and shared decision-making in applying the guideline to various clinical practice settings


Statements of credit will be awarded based on the participant’s attendance and submission of the activity evaluation form. Partial credit may be awarded for ACPE credit. A statement of credit will be available upon completion of an online evaluation/claimed credit form at the end of this activity. The deadline to claim credit is April 21, 2024.

For assistance regarding credit, please contact

For pharmacists: Upon receipt of the completed activity evaluation form, transcript information will be available at within 4 weeks.

Pharmacists MUST request credit before April 21, 2024. Credit requested after this date will be subject to a fee.


Disclosure of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.



CME/CE credit provided by the National Lipid Association 
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by The National Lipid Association. The National Lipid Association 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 healthcare team.

Physician Credit Designation Statement 

The National Lipid Association designates this enduring internet activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Pharmacist Accreditation Statement

Universal Activity Number JA0007192-9999-23-010-H01-P
This activity has been approved for 0.50 contact hour (0.050 CEU) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.



The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 0.50 contact hours.
For the advanced practice nurse, pharmacotherapy contact hours will be determined on your certificate.


Dietitian Credit

The National Lipid Association is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians registered (DTRs) will receive .50 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program/ materials. 
CDR Accredited Provider #NL0002.


Educational Provider

This activity is provided by the National Lipid Association. Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC is the educational partner.

Instructions for Participation 

To receive a CME certificate of participation, you should:
•    Follow instructions to register or log in with your professional information and complete the preactivity assessment
•    View the online activity in its entirety
•    Complete and submit the online posttest and evaluation. You must answer 70% of the posttest questions correctly to earn credit. You will have 3 opportunities to successfully complete the posttest

A certificate of participation will be available for download/printing immediately following your successful completion of the posttest and evaluation.

There is no fee required for participation in this activity.


Hardware/Software Requirements

This certified CME activity is designed using HTML5 web components. As you navigate the video using the supplied controls, the slides will sync to the speaker.

Supported Browsers (Desktop/Mobile)
Chrome 45+, Firefox 40+, Edge, Edge Chromium, Safari 8+, Opera 31+

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Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASPC, FNLA
Consultant: Amgen Inc; Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH; Eli Lilly and Company; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Novartis AG; Sanofi

Daniel E. Soffer, MD, FNLA, FACP
Author: Novartis AG
Contracted Research: Amgen Inc; Amryt Pharma plc; AstraZeneca; Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Novartis AG; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc; REGENXBIO Inc; Verve Therapeutics, Inc.
Consultant: Akcea Therapeutics, Inc.; Novartis AG; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc

John C. Elkins, DNP, MEd, NP-C, CLS, FNLA
Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The National Lipid Association and Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC staff members have no financial relationships to disclose. 



This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

It is the policy of NLA to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. Planners, faculty, reviewers, and staff have disclosed any financial relationships with commercial interests as defined by the ACCME.  

This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. The NLA specifically disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through reader’s misunderstanding of content.

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