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February 2011

Features

New Options in Anticoagulation for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism and Stroke

Although warfarin and vitamin K antagonists have been a mainstay of therapy for preventing VTE and stroke, the risk of bleeding is a concern. Direct thrombin inhibitors, as well as factor Xa inhibitors, are discussed as promising replacements for warfarin.
Lisa R. Clayville, PharmD; Katherine Vogel Anderson, PharmD; Shannon A. Miller, PharmD; and Erin L. St. Onge, PharmD

Meeting Highlights

American Society of Hematology, 52nd Annual Meeting and Exposition

Agents discussed at the conference included dasatinib (Sprycel), imatinib (Gleevec), nilotinib (Tasigna) pralatrexate (Fotolyn), zoledronic acid (Zometa), thalidomide combinations, lenalidomide (Revlimid), deferasirox (Exjade), eculizumab (Soliris), and salmalizumab for leukemias, myeloma, and other malignancies.
Walter Alexander

Pharmaceutical Approval Update

Topics include Gardasil vaccine for anal cancer; testosterone gel (Fortesta) for men with hypogonadism; and baclofen injection (Gablofen) for patients with spasticity.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS

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Editorial

'Lucky' Seven Times Four

Out of seven countries, the U.S. ranked last in quality of health care, according to four reports published since 2004.
David B. Nash, MD, MBA

Medication Errors

Capping Intravenous Tubing and Disinfecting Intravenous Ports Reduce Risks of Infection

To reduce the risk of health care‚Äďassociated infections and mistakes in drug administration, medical staff members must make sure that intravenous (IV) tubing is capped correctly and that IV ports are properly sterilized.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Pharmacists Want to Become Part of Accountable Care Groups

Medicare to Define Which Professionals Can Join in 2012

Medicare will launch a pilot program to determine the best form for Accountable Care Organizations. Pharmacy groups are begging for an invitation to the party.
Stephen Barlas

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

FDA approvals, drug indications, and updates