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Editorial: Sonja Sherritze, Editor
Advertising: Maureen Dwyer Liberti,
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Circulation: Jackie Ott, Circulation Manager

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Recent Issues

February 2006


Book Review

“Drugs for Less: The Complete Guide to Free and Discounted Prescription Drugs”

F. Randy Vogenberg reviews a new book by Michael P. Cecil, MD, that should be a resource for consumers, health care professionals, and Medicare-eligible beneficiaries despite some complications brought about by the new Medicare Part D regulations.
F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD

Health Care and Law

Pharmacists Set to Become More Active Clinicians in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania becomes the newest state in which pharmacists will be playing a larger role in the drug prescription process: they will have the authority to adjust drug regimens, order laboratory and diagnostic tests, and administer medications.
Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD

Management of Community-Acquired Respiratory Tract Infections in an Era of Increasing Antibiotic Resistance

The authors discuss the extent of the problem of antibiotic resistance in the U.S., assess the clinical and economic ramifications of such resistance, and provide an overview of antibiotics currently available for the empirical treatment of out-patients with community-acquired RTIs.
John A. Sbarbaro, MD, MPH, David P. Nicolau, PharmD, and Carl Asche, PhD

Continuing Education Credit

Overview of Beta Blockers for Systolic Heart Failure

The author reviews the current understanding of the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure (CHF) and discusses the paradigm shift in thinking about the role of beta blockers in CHF management.
Steven D. Hanks, MD, MMM, FACP



NICEly Done!

David Nash, MD, MBA, discusses the work of NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom, and its implications for health care in the U.S.
David Nash, MD, MBA

Medication Errors

Survey on Perceptions of a Nonpunitive Culture Produces Surprising Results: Part 1

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, dispels the notion that not punishing staff members who make mistakes increases carelessness and absolves workers from personal responsibility for patient safety.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Trend toward Generics Puts Spotlight on Biopharmaceuticals: FDA Slow to Develop Guidelines as Congress and Public Wait Impatiently

Stephen Barlas discusses the reasons for the delay in bringing generic “biotech” drugs to the market.
Stephen Barlas

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

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

Drug Forecast

Duloxetine HCl (Cymbalta) for the Treatment of Depression, Neuropathic Pain, Fibromyalgia, and Stress Urinary Incontinence

Dr. Cruz and coauthors review duloxetine (Cymbalta) and its uses in depression, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and stress urinary incontinence.
Martin P. Cruz, PharmD, CGP, Michelle E. Gonzales, PharmD, Jennifer Jacobs, PharmD, and Melinda Constante LaFave, PharmD