New Hope on the Horizon - Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Idiopathic Hypersomnia

Idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) is a chronic neurological disorder that has significant impacts on daily functioning, with symptoms that include, but often go beyond excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). Overall awareness about IH remains low, which contributes to the suboptimal recognition of this condition, which is often exacerbated by insufficient diagnostic criteria leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment. Until recently, there was no FDA approved treatment option for IH, and historically, although IH is not the same as narcolepsy, the same treatment options were offered, leading to suboptimal treatment response and exacerbation of disease burden. Recent advances, with a new option now approved and other agents in development, can help close some of the current gaps.

In this activity, experts will offer expert perspectives on the impact of IH, as well as best practices and advances for its screening, diagnosis, and treatment. The information is presented in an easy and digestible format, accompanied by additional resources and suggested readings.

Target Audience

US-based healthcare professionals, including cardiologists, endocrinologists, lipidologists, primary care clinicians (PCPs), sleep specialists, registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals involved in the management and treatment of cardiometabolic patients.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Review the pathophysiology, definitions, and the burden of idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) on patients’ quality of life.
  • Summarize the clinical features and the current and emerging diagnostic parameters for IH.
  • Discuss the burden of IH and practical approaches to assess the severity of IH symptoms.
  • Describe conventional treatment options for IH and challenges with current treatments.
  • Outline the rationale, efficacy and safety of new and emerging therapies for the treatment of IH.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.75 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.75 ANCC
  • 1.75 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Michael J. Thorpy, MD

Professor of Neurology 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Director, Sleep-Wake Disorders Center 
Department of Neurology 
Montefiore Medical Center 
Bronx, NY

Dr. Thorpy discloses the following: 
•    Consultant/Advisory Board: Axsome, Balan


Yves Dauvilliers, MD, PhD 
Professor of Neurology and Physiology 
University of Montpellier 
Director, Sleep-Wake Disorders Centre 
Department of Neurology 
Gui de Chauliac Hospital 
Montpellier, France

Dr. Dauvilliers discloses the following: 
•    Consultant: JAZZ, Takeda, orexia, Avadel, Idorsia

1.75 hours


Supported by an educational grant from Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Partners for Advancing Clinical Education (PACE) and Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC).  PACE 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.


PACE designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.75 contact hours. Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advance Practice Registered Nurses will be designated on your certificate.


PACE designates this continuing education activity for 1.75 contact hour(s) (0.175 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Universal Activity Number - JA4008073-9999-23-225-H01-P Type of activity: Application

For Pharmacists: Upon completing the post-test and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4 – 6 weeks.

There are no registration fees for this activity. During the period November 9, 2023 through November 9, 2024, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, study the educational activity, obtain a score of 75% or better on the post-test, and complete the evaluation.  Upon completing, your certificate will be available for print. For questions about receiving certificates, please contact us at

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For Pharmacists: Please complete the evaluation instructions above. Upon registering and completing the activity evaluation, your transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4-6 weeks.

The PACE planners and others have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies. The CMHC planners and others have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies.

PACE requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all financial relationships they may have with ineligible companies. All relevant financial relationships are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PACE policy. PACE is committed to providing learners with high-quality accredited CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.


This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. 


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Available Credit

  • 1.75 ACPE Pharmacy
  • 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.75 ANCC
  • 1.75 Participation
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