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April 2012

Features

Health Care and Law

Impact of Federal and State Legal Trends on Health Care Services

Legal and policy changes implemented by the government affect all health care professionals, pharmacies, and insurers. The authors examine the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the hearings on the constitutionality of the ACA, and congressional efforts to reduce the nation’s health care–related deficits.
E. Paul Larrat, RPh, PhD; Rita M. Marcoux, RPh, MBA; and F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD

Pruritus in the Elderly

Clinical Approaches to the Improvement of Quality of Life

Pruritus is the most common skin disorder in elderly patients. The many causes of chronic itching, as well as topical, systemic, and nonpharmacological therapies, are reviewed.
Kenneth R. Cohen, PharmD, PhD; Jerry Frank, MD; Rebecca L. Salbu, PharmD, CGP; and Igor Israel, MD

Lupus: An Overview of the Disease and Management Options

As a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease, lupus affects many organ systems. The physiology, causes, types, diagnostic challenges, and treatments are discussed, with an emphasis on systemic lupus erythematosus.
William Maidhof, PharmD; and Olga Hilas, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, CGP

Meeting Highlights

2012 Integrative Healthcare Symposium

Treating the Pain of Lyme Disease and Adopting Lifestyle Change as Therapy

Topics include therapies for chronic Lyme disease, the new "great imitator," and Dr. Dean Ornish’s claim that modifications in lifestyle may enable patients to reverse coronary atherosclerosis without drugs or surgery.
Walter Alexander

Departments

Medication Errors

Color-Coded Syringes for Anesthesia Drugs — Use With Care

Labels on color-coded syringes for anesthetics must be read ­carefully.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

National Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease Aims to Jump-Start Drug Development

Federal Funding Levels Remain Uncertain

The Obama administration's draft plan for Alzheimer's disease includes urgently needed funding and an expansion of clinical trials.
Stephen Barlas

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

FDA approvals, drug indications, and updates

Pharmaceutical Approval Update

Ivacaftor (Kalydeco) tablets for cystic fibrosis; vismodegib (Erivedge) for metastatic basal cell carcinoma; and linagliptin/ metformin tablets (Jenta­­-dueto)
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS

Belimumab (Benlysta)

A Breakthrough Therapy for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Belimumab (Benlysta) for systemic lupus erythematosus
Raymond Lamore III, PharmD; Sapna Parmar, PharmD; Khilna Patel, PharmD Candidate; and Olga Hilas, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, CGP