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2006

Please note that due to a change in management companies, the contact information found in all press releases prior to January 1, 2008 is no longer applicable.

Dermatology Nursing News Briefs Released: December 28, 2006
Patient education is increasingly important in treating allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis and mycosis fungoides. These topics and others are covered in the December 2006 issue of the journal.
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Dermatology Nurses Will Look to the Future of the Specialty at Annual Convention Released: December 7, 2006
Dermatologic RNs, LPNs, nurse practitioners and medical assistants will gather in Washington, DC, to discover the latest patient care practices and celebrate the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) 25th Anniversary Convention, February 1-4, 2007.
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Dermatology Nursing Publishes Supplement on Psoriatic Disease and Psoriatic Arthritis Released: October 23, 2006
Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) can have a host of negative consequences for patients. To educate nurses on diagnosing and treating these conditions, Dermatology Nursing has published the supplement "Psoriatic Disease and Psoriatic Arthritis: Assessment and Treatment" featuring three CNE articles.
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Michael V. Brennan Appointed Executive Director of the Dermatology Nurses Association Released: August 10, 2006
Michael V. Brennan, BS, CMP, executive director and director of conventions and meetings at Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ), has been appointed executive director of the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) and the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board (DNCB).
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Dermatology Nursing Journal Wins Gold Circle Award from ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership Released: August 3, 2006
Dermatology Nursing was selected as a Gold Circle Award winner in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership s 2006 Communication Gold Circle Awards Program. Dermatology Nursing won in the peer-reviewed journal category for associations with a budget of $2 million or less.
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Dermatology Nurses' Association Attracts Record Numbers to Host Sold Out Convention Released: April 13, 2006
The Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) held its first-ever sold out Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA, March 2-5, 2006, for a crowd of over 1,150 nurses and dermatologic health care professionals. This was DNA's 24th Annual Convention.
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Dermatology Nursing Journal Presents Writer's Award Released: March 17, 2006
Deborah L. Phelan, BSN, RN, OCN, a clinical research nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Outpatient Ambulatory Clinic, New York, NY, and two co-authors have won the Dermatology Nursing journal s 2005 Writer s Award for an article on self-evaluation for skin cancer.
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Dermatology Nurses' Association Supports American Academy of Dermatology Association's Efforts to Resolve Problems with iPLEDGE Program Released: February 24, 2006
The Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) today announced its support of the American Academy of Dermatology Association's (AAD) efforts to resolve inconsistencies and shortcomings with the iPLEDGE program for isotretinoin patients, scheduled for a March 1, 2006, start date.
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New Society Opens Doors for Nurse Practitioners in Dermatology Released: February 17, 2006
Responding to the growing number of nurse practitioners (NPs) in dermatology and the unique needs of its nurse practitioner members, the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) has formed the Nurse Practitioner Society of DNA. NPs will have opportunities to participate in education activities, pursue research activities and advocate for patients through the new Society.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 28, 2006
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411;
linda@ajj.com

Dermatology Nursing News Briefs
Patient education is increasingly important in treating allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis and mycosis fungoides. These topics and others are covered in the December 2006 issue of the journal.

With New Allergens Emerging, Patch Testing, Patient Education Needed
Patch testing is necessary to determine specific allergens causing a patient’s allergic contact dermatitis. As new chemicals are introduced into the environment, additional patch testing is needed to diagnose patient sensitivity to these potential allergens. In the December 2006 issue of Dermatology Nursing, Christen M. Mowad, MD, describes common and emerging allergens that cause allergic contact dermatitis. These include fragrances, botanicals, bacitracin (an over-the-counter topical antibiotic), corticosteroids and cocamidopropyl betaine (a thickening or foaming agent found in cosmetics, shampoos, and other personal care products).

Mowad says educating patients on possible sources of allergen exposure, synonyms for the allergens and common uses for the allergens is critical to managing patients and resolving their dermatitis. (Allergens of New and Emerging Significance; Christen M. Mowad, MD; Dermatology Nursing; December 2006; www.dermatologynursing.net)

Patient Education Key to Managing Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic, itching, inflammatory skin disease that affects infants, children and adults. In the December 2006 issue of Dermatology Nursing, Jennifer D. Peterson, MD, and Lawrence S. Chan, MD, discuss the latest knowledge for detecting AD and common triggers, prognosis, treatment, prevention and patient education.

Peterson and Chan note it is crucial to ask patients about possible AD triggers as this will help determine the type of AD and course of treatment. Topical steroids remain the first line of therapy for AD; this treatment is low-cost with proven clinical effectiveness, with a variety of options including creams, lotions, ointments, solutions, gels and foams. Peterson and Chan recommend tailoring steroid treatment to each patient based on potency, age and location of disease. Topical inhibitors, which have anti-inflammatory effects but do not contain steroids, are also available.

Health care providers should work with patients to prevent AD from occurring in individuals at risk for the disease and also intervene to decrease the likelihood of recurrence. The authors say patient and family education is an integral part of managing AD and is vital for patient compliance and overall clinical improvement. (A Comprehensive Management Guide For Atopic Dermatitis; Jennifer D. Peterson, MD; Lawrence S. Chan, MD; Dermatology Nursing; December 2006; www.dermatologynursing.net)

Ongoing Therapy and Education Needed for Mycosis Fungoides Patients
Mycosis fungoides, a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in which T-cell malignancies develop in the skin, causes great physical and psychological stress for patients. In addition to treating the lesions and tumors that appear, patients must also deal with the highly visible nature of the disease. Sareeta R.S. Parker, MD, and Bridget Bradley, RN, FNP, discuss the disease, therapeutic options and expectations of therapy in the December issue of Dermatology Nursing.

Therapies include topical treatments, phototherapy, retinoids, radiation and photopheresis, and clinical trials are being conducted throughout the country to investigate new therapies, say the authors. Parker and Bradley also recommend patients join support groups to share experiences and concerns.

The authors note the cause of mycosis fungoides is unknown and there is no cure; however, with the many therapeutic options available, patients often experience partial or complete remissions. Parker and Bradley encourage dermatology nurses to continue educating these patients about the disease and treatment options, as lifelong therapy and monitoring are needed. (Treatment of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma/Mycosis Fungoides; Sareeta R.S. Parker, MD; Bridget Bradley, RN, FNP; Dermatology Nursing; December 2006; www.dermatologynursing.net)

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Members of the media: Feel free to use these news briefs as filler in your publications. For more information, or if you would like to interview one of the authors, contact Linda Alexander at linda@ajj.com or 856-256-2300, ext. 2411.

Dermatology Nursing is the official journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA). The journal is nursing's premier skin care resource and contains state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of skin and wound care.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2006
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411;
Linda@ajj.com

Dermatology Nurses Will Look to the Future of the Specialty at Annual Convention
The Dermatology Nurses' Association will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in Washington, DC.

Pitman, NJ – Dermatologic RNs, LPNs, nurse practitioners and medical assistants will gather in Washington, DC, to discover the latest patient care practices and celebrate the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) 25th Anniversary Convention, February 1-4, 2007.

Participants, from novice to experienced practitioners, can expect to hear from experts in the nursing, medical and research communities during education sessions on such topics as general dermatology, lasers, professional practice, cosmetic dermatology, research and advanced practice. Program planners have also incorporated roundtable and panel discussions, increased interactivity with the faculty and additional panel presentations into this year’s program.

In addition to education sessions, participants will network with colleagues, attend special events, earn continuing education credits and explore the latest products and technologies in the expanded exhibit hall.

Throughout the convention, attendees will focus on the future of dermatology nursing as DNA celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Members will look back to when DNA was formed in 1982 and reflect on memorable moments in the association’s history. DNA will also recognize those who have been DNA members for 25 years.

The complete registration brochure is available on DNA’s Web site, www.dnanurse.org.

Program
On Thursday, February 1, seven pre-convention education activities will be offered, including the Nurse Practitioner Forum, a speaker panel designed for the advanced practitioner. A renowned group of dermatology experts will discuss medical/legal issues, systemic disease in the pediatric population and nail disorders. The Forum will continue on Friday, February 2, with discussions of contact and allergic dermatitis, patch testing and lasers.

Other pre-convention workshops will cover dermatology nursing basics, dermatology surgery, phototherapy, dermatology nursing certification, wound care and cosmetics.

On Friday, February 2, keynote speaker Alvin Law will open the conference with his inspiring address “Everybody Counts... And So Do You.” Law, a Thalidomide baby, was born without arms. He will share his life story, how his family taught him he could be whatever he wanted, and how he uses his feet to do just about everything. His humor, seriousness and honesty are sure to elevate the attendee experience.

Concurrent sessions will run from Friday, February 2, through Sunday, February 4. Topics include:

Nurses’ roles in treating patients with skin cancer
Basic and advanced wound care
Nursing image in the media
Protecting skin for life
Incorporating cosmetic procedures into practice
Connections between psychiatry and dermatology
Influencing legislative change

Special Events
DNA will hold a special celebration for its 25th Anniversary during the opening reception on Thursday, February 1. DNA believes professional networking is key to the success and future of the organization, and welcomes all attendees to participate and enjoy music, light hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

In addition to the pre-convention workshops, attendees may participate in two half-day workshops on Saturday, February 3. The Skin Cancer Workshop will cover the latest in research, education and management. Attendees will hear from experts on sun protection, diagnosing and managing melanoma and sun safety curricula used for school-age children. The Patch Testing Workshop will orient dermatology nurses to the role of patch testing in diagnosing and managing contact dermatitis.

Throughout the convention, participants may attend several corporate-sponsored breakfast, lunch and dinner symposia. Topics include dermatology care for skin of color, managing psoriasis with TNF therapies and the benefits of a daily skin care regimen.

Certification Exam
The Dermatology Nurse Certification Exam will be offered on Saturday, February 3. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit DNA’s Web site, www.dnanurse.org/certification, or contact C-NET at 800-463-0786.

DNA will also be pilot-testing a certification exam for nurse practitioner members of DNA at this year’s convention. The deadline to apply for the test sitting is December 15, 2006. After this date, those interested in registering for the pilot exam may apply on-site, Saturday, February 3, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Theater, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

Continuing Education
This educational activity is provided by the Dermatology Nurses' Association. Contact hours will be given for the pre-convention education activities, education sessions, special education workshops, and sponsored symposia.

DNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

DNA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP5708.

Registration
Complete conference registration information and on-line registration are available on DNA’s Web site, www.dnanurse.org. For additional information, contact DNA’s National Office, East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone: 800-454-4DNA or 856-256-2330; e-mail: dna@ajj.com.

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The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is a professional nursing organization comprised of a diverse group of individuals committed to quality care through sharing knowledge and expertise. DNA’s core purpose is to promote excellence in dermatologic care.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2006
Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
(856) 256-2422
janetd@ajj.com

Michael V. Brennan Appointed Executive Director of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association

Pitman, NJ – Michael V. Brennan, BS, CMP, executive director and director of conventions and meetings at Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ), has been appointed executive director of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) and the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board (DNCB).

AJJ (www.ajj.com), located in Pitman, NJ, is a full-service association management, marketing, and publishing company serving the health care industry and specialty nursing associations. DNA (www.dnanurse.org), one of AJJ’s nursing association clients, is a professional nursing organization comprised of over 3,000 members and 22 local chapters. DNCB (www.dnanurse.org/certification) establishes the specialty’s credentialing mechanism.

Mr. Brennan resides in Mullica Hill, NJ, and has worked at AJJ since 1996. He has over 18 years experience in association and convention management and has been DNA’s conference manager since 1998. He is currently the executive director of the Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates and was also executive director for the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Mr. Brennan, who assumed his new duties on July 5, 2006, will work with DNA’s and DNCB’s Boards of Directors managing the organizations’ day-to-day operations.

Mr. Brennan began his management career at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. While at the Sands, he received the 1995 “Excellence in Leadership Award.” Mr. Brennan became a conference manager for AJJ in 1996, overseeing eight national conferences. He then transitioned to the convention director role with direct supervision of all aspects of AJJ’s Conference Department and 26 national meetings. Mr. Brennan holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Widener University .

“AJJ has provided excellent management services to DNA for over 25 years,” DNA President Melodie Young, MSN, RN, A/GNP, said. “We are pleased to have Michael’s expertise and leadership as executive director.”

“Michael’s vision and management experience will help continue to fuel both organizations’ growth and success,” AJJ President Anthony J. Jannetti, said. “I am confident he will lead the management team in continuing our service excellence to DNA and DNCB.”

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The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is a professional nursing organization comprised of a diverse group of individuals committed to quality care through sharing knowledge and expertise. DNA’s core purpose is to promote excellence in dermatologic care.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) is an association management, marketing, and publishing company serving the health care industry and specialty nursing associations. Visit us on the Web at www.ajj.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2006
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411;
linda@ajj.com

Dermatology Nursing Journal Wins Gold Circle Award from ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership

PITMAN, NJ – Dermatology Nursing was selected as a Gold Circle Award winner in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership’s 2006 Communication Gold Circle Awards Program. Dermatology Nursing won in the peer-reviewed journal category for associations with a budget of $2 million or less.

The Gold Circle Awards recognize leadership and achievement within the association community. According to the judges, Dermatology Nursing stood out from more than 250 entries and was recognized as a good reference and resource for readers. In addition, judges noted Dermatology Nursing designs its content in a straightforward, readable way and uses images to add relevance and usefulness to the reader.

“We strive to provide comprehensive, clinical information our readers can use to enhance their patient care and practice, and we are thrilled ASAE & The Center has recognized our efforts with this prestigious award,” said Dermatology Nursing Editor Marcia Hill, MSN, RN.

Dermatology Nursing, the official journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA), publishes state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of skin and wound care. The journal supports DNA’s mission to develop and foster the highest standards of dermatology nursing skin and wound care through education and research.

“As readers of the journal, we have all long enjoyed the excellent articles Dermatology Nursing produces, and this award reflects that quality, as well as the passion and creativity of our contributors, editorial team and staff,” said DNA President Melodie Young, MSN, RN, A/GNP.

The Gold Circle Awards will be presented at the Communication, Marketing and Membership reception on Saturday, August 19, during ASAE & The Center’s annual meeting in Boston, MA. The Gold Circle Award winning entries will also be on display throughout the meeting.

For more information about Dermatology Nursing, visit www.dermatologynursing.net; for more information about DNA, visit www.dnanurse.org.

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Dermatology Nursing is dedicated to advancing dermatology nursing practice, research, and professional development. The journal’s goal is to enhance the clinical knowledge and skills of dermatology nurses and other health care professionals. Using a disease management model emphasizing skin disorders as a foundation, the journal strives to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2006
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411;
linda@ajj.com

Dermatology Nurses’ Association Attracts Record Numbers to Host Sold Out Convention

Pitman, NJ – The Dermatology Nurses Association (DNA) held its first-ever sold out Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA, March 2-5, 2006, for a crowd of over 1,150 nurses and dermatologic health care professionals. This was DNA’s 24th Annual Convention.

The exhibit hall was also sold out with over 80 exhibitors filling more than 100 booths. In addition to visiting the exhibit hall, attendees also participated in networking opportunities and special events and attended education sessions on wound healing, phototherapy, genetic skin disorders, skin care products and dermatologic lasers.

During the convention, DNA inaugurated the Nurse Practitioner Society of DNA, an entity within DNA formed specifically to support the unique needs of its nurse practitioner (NP) members. According to Janice Chussil, MSN, ANP, DNC, the first chair of the Society, nurse practitioners are the fastest-growing component of DNA’s membership. NP’s will have opportunities to participate in education activities, pursue research activities and advocate for patients through the new Society.

“DNA is growing in number, scope and influence, and this year’s conference reflected that growth with large numbers of attendees, exhibitors and programs,” said DNA’s new President, Melodie Young, MSN, RN, A/GNP. “The feedback from attendees and speakers was overwhelmingly positive, especially regarding the new NP Society.” Young was inducted into office, along with other DNA board members for 2006-07.

On Friday, March 3, LeAnn Thieman, MPN, CSP, opened the conference with her keynote address, “Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul.” Thieman shared many of her own life stories from the book Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, including her experience as a nurse sent to Vietnam to rescue orphans during the fall of Saigon. She inspired attendees to see how their work as nurses matters and reminded colleagues to care for themselves as they care for others.

Awards
Several awards were presented during DNA’s Business Meeting/Recognition Luncheon on Friday, March 3.

Robin Weber, MN, RN, FNP-C, DNC, received the President’s Award, given each year to an individual for outstanding contributions to DNA. Weber, a DNA past president, is a medical science liaison, dermatology, at Genentech, Portland, OR.

Robert Walther, MD, was honored in recognition of his 20 years of outstanding support and education activities for DNA. Walther has been a faculty member of DNA’s Dermatology Nursing Basics Course for the last 20 years. He is vice chair, department of dermatology, Columbia University.

2006-07 DNA Board of Directors
DNA’s 2006-07 Board of Directors (BOD) was inducted at the convention. They are:
President - Melodie Young, MSN, RN, A/GNP, Dallas, TX
President-Elect - Susan Tofte, RN, MS, FNP-C, Portland, OR
Immediate Past President - Cathy Boeck, RN, CCRC, DNC, St. Paul, MN
Secretary/Treasurer - Barbara Sinni-McKeehen, MSN, ARNP, DNC, Largo, FL
Director - Trudy Adamson, BSN, RN, DNC, Byron, MN
Director - Karen M. Fairbrother, BSN, RN, DNC, Helena, MT
Director - Laura Musse, MS, RN, ANP-C, Silver Spring, MD
Director - Marianne C. Tawa, MSN, RN, ANP, Medfield, MA
Senior Staff
Executive Director - Cyndee Nowicki-Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, Pitman, NJ
Association Services Manager - Eileen Schnapp, Pitman, NJ

DNA will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at the 25th Annual Convention to be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA, February 1-4, 2007. For more information about DNA and its conferences, visit www.dnanurse.org or contact the National Office at East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071; phone: 800-454-4DNA (4362) or 856-256-2330; e-mail: dna@ajj.com.

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The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is a professional nursing organization comprised of a diverse group of individuals committed to quality care through sharing knowledge and expertise. DNA’s core purpose is to
promote excellence in dermatologic care.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2006
Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
856-256-2422
janetd@ajj.com

Dermatology Nursing Journal Presents Writer's Award
Writers from Sloan-Kettering clinic in New York cited for skin cancer monitoring program.

PITMAN, NJ – Deborah L. Phelan, BSN, RN, OCN, a clinical research nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Outpatient Ambulatory Clinic, New York, NY, and two co-authors have won the Dermatology Nursing journal’s 2005 Writer’s Award for an article on self-evaluation for skin cancer.

Phelan received the award during the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) 24th Annual Convention, March 2-5, 2006, in San Francisco, CA, during an awards luncheon ceremony on Friday, March 3.

The article, “Patient Experiences with Photo Books in Monthly Skin Self-Examinations,” was published in the April 2005 issue of the journal. Phelan’s co-authors were Susan A. Oliveria, ScD, an epidemiologist at Sloan-Kettering, and Allen C. Halpern, MD, Sloan-Kettering’s chief of dermatology service. The authors described Sloan-Kettering’s program that teaches patients to monitor their skin for possible cancer using digital photographs, which they keep in a designated photo book.

To receive guidelines for the 2006 Writer’s Awards, contact Lori Ann Tornatore, Editorial Assistant, Dermatology Nursing at 856-256-2300, ext. 2344, or tornatol@ajj.com.

Dermatology Nursing is DNA’s official journal. For more information about the journal, visit www.dermatologynursing.net; for more information about DNA, visit www.dnanurse.org.

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Dermatology Nursing is the official journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA). The journal is nursing’s premier skin care resource and contains state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of skin and wound care.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2006
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411; linda@ajj.com
or
Janet D’Alesandro
856-256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

Dermatology Nurses' Association Supports American Academy of Dermatology Association's Efforts to Resolve Problems with iPLEDGE Program
iPLEDGE program for isotretinoin patients slated to start March 1 amid concerns about program flaws.

PITMAN, NJ – The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) today announced its support of the American Academy of Dermatology Association’s (AAD) efforts to resolve inconsistencies and shortcomings with the iPLEDGE program for isotretinoin patients, scheduled for a March 1, 2006, start date.

Isotretinoin (Accutane and its generics) is a highly effective drug for severe acne, but it carries a significant risk of birth defects if taken during pregnancy. The iPLEDGE program was designed by the Isotretinoin Product Manufacturers Group (IPMG) and its chosen vendor, Covance, under the direction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to prevent use of the drug during pregnancy. iPLEDGE, a mandatory risk-management system, tracks doctors, patients, wholesalers and pharmacies to ensure women of childbearing age do not become pregnant while taking isotretinoin.

DNA has worked with AAD, the Inflammatory Skin Diseases Institute and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants to alert the FDA to significant flaws with the iPLEDGE program and encouraged the FDA to postpone the March 1 start date. The FDA recently announced the March 1 start date would remain in effect.

DNA members and others have repeatedly reported serious flaws, inconsistencies and confusion with the system, resulting in concerns that iPLEDGE will not work as intended and likely affect patient access to isotretinoin. DNA believes there isn’t enough time to resolve these problems prior to the mandatory start date, jeopardizing the health, safety and welfare of isotretinoin patients and others who are qualified to receive this valuable medication.

“We have worked together with other dermatology groups to make the FDA aware of the significant problems we’ve had with the iPLEDGE program, and it is disappointing to know that the program is moving forward as scheduled on March 1,” said DNA President Cathy Boeck, RN, CCRC, DNC. “The safety of our patients is a major concern, and we have not been assured that the program’s flaws will be corrected prior to the program’s launch.”

DNA members are very experienced with the drug and see firsthand the significant and often life-altering benefits isotretinoin offers. At the same time, DNA recognizes the importance of ensuring women of childbearing age do not become pregnant while taking the drug, and members work carefully to educate patients and prescribe the drug accordingly.

DNA is committed to promoting excellence in dermatologic care and will continue to work with AAD in hopes that the FDA, the IPMG and Covance will correct the serious problems with the iPLEDGE program. Maintaining patient safety remains of utmost importance, and correcting these issues will ensure that patients taking isotretinoin continue to receive safe, high-quality care.

Members of the media: Please contact Linda Alexander or Janet D’Alesandro (information at top of release) to set up interviews with DNA President Cathy Boeck.

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The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is a professional nursing organization comprised of a diverse group of individuals committed to quality care through sharing knowledge and expertise. DNA’s core purpose is to promote excellence in dermatologic care.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2006
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411;
linda@ajj.com

New Society Opens Doors for Nurse Practitioners in Dermatology
Dermatology Nurses' Association forms Nurse Practitioner Society to support members' education, research and advocacy.

Pitman, NJ - Responding to the growing number of nurse practitioners (NPs) in dermatology and the unique needs of its nurse practitioner members, the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) has formed the Nurse Practitioner Society of DNA. NPs will have opportunities to participate in education activities, pursue research activities and advocate for patients through the new Society.

All nurse practitioners who care for dermatology patients are eligible to join the Nurse Practitioner Society. Membership in the Society will be complimentary through December 2006; DNA membership fees will still apply. For more information on membership, visit www.dnanurse.org and click on “NP Society.”

The Nurse Practitioner Society of DNA will develop and provide education activities to maximize the competency of NPs caring for dermatologic patients. In addition, the Society aims to boost the image of NPs by promoting these specialty caregivers and their expertise.

“Our nurse practitioner members expressed a need to be recognized as an individual component of DNA, and we were able to realize those needs by creating the Nurse Practitioner Society,” said DNA President Cathy Boeck, RN, CCRC, DNC. “The NP Society is yet another example of DNA’s commitment to promoting excellence in dermatologic care.”

Janice Chussil, MSN, ANP, DNC, has been appointed chair of the Society. Chussil is a long-time member of DNA, served on the Board of Directors and is a past president of the association. She is currently a nurse practitioner in dermatology at Klein Dermatology & Associates in Portland, OR.

Cathleen Case, MS, ARNP, DNC, has been appointed chair-elect of the Society. Case has been a nurse practitioner for over 20 years and currently chairs DNA’s Dermatology Basics Course. She is a nurse practitioner in dermatology at Fallon Clinic in Worcester, MA.

Nurse practitioners in dermatology are registered nurses with advanced education and national certification. This expertise is achieved through physician-supervised specialty training and continuing education activities, such as those offered by DNA. NPs continue to flock to the dermatology specialty, increasing patient access to dermatologic health care and ensuring high-quality care for diverse patient populations.

For more information about DNA, visit the association’s Web site, www.dnanurse.org, or contact the National Office, phone: 800-454-4DNA or 856-256-2300; fax: 856-589-7463; or e-mail: dna@ajj.com.

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