Ritlecitinib as a Treatment for Severe Alopecia Areata

Pharmacist CEU
Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)

Course Summary

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that is characterized by limited, moderate, or severe hair loss in patients. No treatment for patients as young as 12 with moderate to severe alopecia areata had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration prior to its approval of ritlecitinib to treat severe alopecia areata. This course will briefly discuss alopecia areata and its epidemiology, definition, prevalence, and risk factors. In addition, ritlecitinib will be reviewed as an option to treat patients with severe alopecia areata, and counseling and coping tips will be mentioned. This discussion will include a review of the role of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians within an interdisciplinary approach to treating severe alopecia areata.

Course Objectives

Recognize the signs and characteristics of alopecia areata

Identify adverse effects associated with ritlecitinib use

Identify special populations who require a cautious approach when prescribing ritlecitinib

Review recommended dosing and monitoring guidelines for ritlecitinib

I. Introduction

II. Etiology of Alopecia Areata

III. Prevalence of Alopecia Areata

IV. Risk Factors of Alopecia Areata

V. Management and Treatment Options for Alopecia Areata

VI. Ritlecitinib as a Treatment Option for Severe Alopecia Areata

1. Mechanism of Action
2. Clinical Studies
3. Indications
4. Dosing and Administration
5. Contraindications, Warnings, and Precautions
6. Adverse Reactions
7. Drug Interactions
8. Special Populations
9. Overdosage
10. Storage and Handling

VII. Interdisciplinary Approach and Collaboration

VIII. Summary

How to Earn Credit:
To earn credit for this course, participants must:
  1. Read the course objectives and faculty planner disclosure
  2. Read the course material
  3. Complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70% and complete the course evaluation form.
  4. Results are automatically submitted to CPE Monitor

Faculty Planner Disclosure

The following individuals were involved in developing this activity: Steven Malen, PharmD, MBA, and Pamela Sardo, PharmD, BS. Pamela Sardo, Pharm.D., B.S., was an employee of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals until March 2022 and has no conflicts of interest or relationships regarding the subject matter discussed. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.

Unlabeled Use Disclosures

The information provided in this course is general in nature and it is solely designed to provide participants with continuing education credit(s). This course and materials are not meant to substitute for the independent, professional judgment of any participant regarding that participant’s professional practice, including but not limited to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Medical and pharmacy practices, rules, and laws vary from state to state, and this course does not cover the laws of each state; therefore, participants must consult the laws of their state as they relate to their professional practice. Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, must consult with their employer, healthcare facility, hospital, or other organization, for guidelines, protocols, and procedures they are to follow. The information provided in this course does not replace those guidelines, protocols, and procedures but is for academic purposes only, and this course’s limited purpose is for the completion of continuing education credits. Participants are advised and acknowledge that information related to medications, their administration, dosing, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, warnings, precautions, or accepted uses are constantly changing, and any person taking this course understands that such person must make an independent review of medication information prior to any patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Any discussion of off-label use of any medication, device, or procedure is informational only and such uses are not endorsed hereby. Nothing contained in this course represents the opinions, views, judgments, or conclusions of RxCe.com LLC. RxCe.com LLC is not liable or responsible to any person for any inaccuracy, error, or omission with respect to this course, or course material.

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  • Target Audience: Pharmacist
  • Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 1/24/2024
  • Activity Expiration Date: 1/24/2027
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-24-005-H01-P
  • Topic: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
  • CeBroker Number: 20-1164584


Steve Malen, PharmD, MBA



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