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About P&T Journal
Editorial: Sonja Sherritze, Editor
Advertising: Maureen Dwyer Liberti,
    Vice President, Group Publisher

Production: Mary Ellen Curry,
    Director of Production Services

Circulation: Jackie Ott, Circulation Manager

Statement of Purpose
Guidelines for Authors
Editorial Board

Recent Issues

July 2006


Letter to the Editor

Statins and Diabetes

Reena Patel, PharmD Candidate

P&T Around the World

Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Outcomes: Evaluating the Impact of Counseling in Hospitalized Diabetic Patients in India

The authors experiment with educating diabetic patients about their illness, medications, and lifestyle changes. Knowledge scores, but not practices, improved.
Subish Palaian, MPharm, Leelavathy D. Acharya, MPharm, Padma Guru Madhva Rao, MPharm, PhD, P. Ravi Shankar MD, Nidin Mohan Nair, MPharm, and Nibu P. Nair, MPharm

An Overview of Medicated Shampoos Used in Dandruff Treatment

Various keratinolytic, antimicrobial, and homeopathic therapies for dandruff of the scalp are presented.
Angela Sanfilippo, MD, and Joseph C. English III, MD

Meeting Highlights

Digestive Disease Week

The author discusses the addition of esomeprazole (Nexium) to low-dose aspirin therapy to prevent gastroduodenal and esophageal ulceration; the treatment of ulcerative colitis with MMX mesalamine (SPD-476) and infliximab (Remicade); and the use of sargramostim granulocyte–macrophage colony-stimulating factor (Leukine) for Crohn’s disease.
Walter Alexander

Pharmaceutical Approval Update

The author reviews Gardasil, the first vaccine against human papillomavirus (types 6, 11, 16, 18), intended to prevent cervical cancer, precancerous cervical lesions, and genital warts; extended-release bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD); and varenicline (Chantix), an aid in smoking cessation.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS



By the Numbers

David Nash, MD, MBA, discusses PhRMA’s 2006 Pharmaceutical Industry Profile, which comments on the drug industry’s commitment to research and development, providing access to medications, and ensuring relief for Hurricane Katrina victims.
David Nash, MD, MBA

Medication Errors

IV Connection to Tracheostomy Cuff Inflation Port Reflects Larger Problem

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, explains how to avoid errors when attaching an intravenous fluid line to the intended port.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Choppy Seas Persist for Medicare Outpatient Drug Plan: PBMs and Community Drugstores Fight over Medication Management Programs

Stephen Barlas discusses an unintended consequence of the Medicare Part D drug benefit: how community drugstores might be shortchanged when drug plans funnel most prescription business to mail-order and big-name chain pharmacies.
Stephen Barlas

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

P&T presents the latest information about FDA approvals, drug indications, and devices.

Drug Forecast

Natalizumab (Tysabri) for Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

The authors discuss natalizumab (Tysabri) for MS.
Sarah R. Erlanger, PharmD, and Michael T. Inzerillo, MBA, RPh