Recognition of Narcolepsy in Your Patients

This activity is part of a series


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

Dr. Bogan is the President of Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC. He is also Associate Clinical Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Associate Clinical Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Bogan received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wofford College and his MD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He served his internship and residency, as well as Chief Medical Resident, at the University of Alabama Hospital and Clinics in Birmingham. Thereafter, he completed a fellowship and assistant professorship in the Pulmonary Division of the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He has been certified by the American boards of Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pulmonary Diseases.

Dr. Bogan has served as principal investigator on numerous clinical trials in the past and continues to do so now. He has a variety of publications and research interests that focus on topics such as narcolepsy, insomnia, sleep apnea, shift work sleep disorder, restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, and circadian rhythm abnormality.

Paul P. Doghramji, MD, FAAFP
Senior Family Physician
Collegeville Family Practice
Medical Director, Health Services
Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA
Paul P. Doghramji, MD, FAAFP

Paul P. Doghramji, MD, FAAFP, is a Senior Family Physician with Collegeville Family Practice and Medical Director of Health Services for Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Doghramji earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed residency in Family Practice at Chestnut Hill Hospital. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and was awarded the AAFP Fellowship Degree in 2005. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Doghramji has been the recipient of the American Medical Association’s Physician Recognition Award in every qualifying year for 8 years. He has extensively published his research in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Medicine, Current Medical Research and Opinion, and Postgraduate Medicine. He has authored articles for numerous websites on topics such as sleep disorders, gout, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), biology of leg disorders, depression, chronic pain, health literacy, and diabetes. He is a co-author of the textbook Clinical Management of Insomnia, now in its second edition.

Statement of Need

The diagnostic journey patients with narcolepsy face is complex and multifaceted. Plagued by the Hollywood stigma and trope of comedic relief, narcolepsy is often misunderstood by patients and health care professionals (HCPs) alike. Misdiagnosis and diagnostic delay result in an oftentimes tumultuous journey for patients with this rare condition, further impacting their lower quality of life (QoL) due to untreated symptoms. It is imperative that HCPs recognize the signs, symptoms, and related QoL impact of narcolepsy in order to aid the patient in their diagnostic journey and, if possible, discuss referral to a sleep specialist.

The first episode of this CMEO BriefCase series on narcolepsy focuses on screening for narcolepsy based on patient presentation, description of function, and changes in QoL to facilitate initiation of a treatment plan to optimize patient outcomes.

Learning Objective

Screen for narcolepsy based on patient presentation or patient or family/caregiver description of function and changes in QoL.

Financial Support

This program is supported by an independent medical education grant from Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

Target Audience

Sleep specialists, primary care practitioners, pulmonologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, and pharmacists

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Dr. Bogan reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: Avadel; Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.; Harmony Biosciences; Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Oventus; and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Research Support: Apnimed; Avadel; Bayer; Bresotec Medical; Eisai Inc.; Fisher Paykel Healthcare; FRESCA Medical; Idorsia Pharmaceuticals US Inc.; Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; LivaNova; Merck & Co., Inc.; NLS Pharmaceutics; Philips; Roche; Sanofi; Sommetrics, Inc.; Suven Pharma; Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; and Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Speakers Bureau: Eisai Inc.; Harmony Biosciences; Idorsia Pharmaceuticals US Inc.; and Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Dr. Doghramji reports the following financial relationships:

Advisory Board: Bayer; Eisai Inc.; and Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Speakers Bureau: AbbVie Inc.; Eisai Inc.; Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd; and Merck & Co., Inc.

Stock Shareholder (directly purchased): CVS Health Corporation and Pfizer Inc.

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  • Shirley Michelle Franks, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (peer reviewer)
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  • John Jones, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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Recognition of Narcolepsy in Your Patients
Event Date: 09/01/2023 at 4:00 am EST