Release Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023
       Expiration Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2024


Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is a debilitating consequence of narcolepsy that can result in diminished quality of life and daily functioning while adversely impacting family, social, and work aspects. EDS symptoms include the inability to stay awake and alert throughout the day, daily periods of an irrepressible need for sleep, and unintended lapses into drowsiness or sleep. EDS is associated with a higher risk of work-related errors and accidents as well as motor vehicle accidents leading to injury and death. Cataplexy, experienced by up to two-thirds of individuals with narcolepsy, is the most debilitating symptom of the condition and can range from drooping of the eyelids to a total body collapse. Despite the impact of EDS on an individual’s overall well-being, the condition often goes unnoticed. Primary care providers (PCPs) are positioned to improve the long-term outcomes of patients with narcolepsy and experiencing EDS with/without cataplexy by increasing awareness of the symptoms and utilizing available screening tools as part of their overall evaluation process. With the availability of these easy-to-use screening tools, PCPs can be essential in the early recognition of narcolepsy symptoms and hasten a referral to sleep specialists to make a definitive diagnosis. Educational programs are needed to improve PCP knowledge and understanding in recognizing the signs of sleep disorders and pursuing further evaluation through screening and specialist referral. After participating in this educational activity, PCPs can take a proactive role in co-management of patients diagnosed with narcolepsy, including the appropriate use of pharmacologic approaches to mitigate EDS and cataplexy.


This continuing medical education activity is planned to meet the needs of primary care providers including internists, family physicians, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, who are ideally positioned to play an integral role in improving the outcomes of patients with narcolepsy through recognition of symptoms, screening, referral, and co-management.


At the conclusion of the educational activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss the potential impact of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) on a patient’s overall health, quality of life, and daily functioning
  • Utilize communication techniques and evidence-based screening tools to hasten a narcolepsy diagnosis among patients experiencing EDS
  • Implement guideline recommendations to individualize therapeutic selection in managing the symptoms of narcolepsy and improve quality of life


Richard K. Bogan, MD, FCCP, FAASM
Associate Clinical Professor
University of South Carolina Medical School
Columbia, SC
Medical University of South Carolina
Principal, Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
Charleston, SC 


Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Center for Independent Healthcare Education (Center) and Vemco MedEd. Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Center designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Physician Assistants 

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Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners will receive certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ as this is an ACCME accredited program and its accreditation is recognized by Nurse Practitioner boards.

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Method of Participation and Instruction for Credit

  1. Review the entire CME information including target audience, learning objectives, and disclosures.
  2. Review the activity in its entirety.
  3. Complete the Online Post Test, Evaluation, and Credit Application form
  4. Please note that to receive credit you must achieve a score of at least 75%.
  5. Certificate of Credit will be emailed to you within 4 weeks.

Disclosure of Financial Relationships with Ineligible Companies

Center for Independent Healthcare Education and Vemco MedEd fully comply with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education in development of CME/CPE activities. We require the full disclosure of financial relationships with ineligible companies from all individuals in a position to influence the content of a certified activity, in any amount occurring within the past 24 months. All relevant financial relationship is identified by the provider and mitigated to prevent inserting commercial bias into content. All identified relevant financial relationships are disclosed to the learners prior to the activity. The faculty is further required to disclose discussion of off-label uses in their presentations.  


Richard Bogan, MD has relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose:
Consultant: Takeda Advisory
Board: Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Axsome
Speakers Bureau: Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Idorsia

Dr. Bogan does not discuss off-label uses of any products.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated. No (other) speakers, authors, planners or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.  

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This activity is supported through an independent educational grant from Harmony Biosciences


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