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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

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Editorial Board

Recent Issues

June 2006


Clinical Update

Rituximab for the Treatment of Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis: New Information from Clinical Trials

The authors present new data from the DANCER and REFLEX trials on Rituxan.
Angela Singh, PharmD, Patty Ghazvini, PharmD, Marlon Honeywell, PharmD, and Phillip Treadwell, PharmD

Cover Story

Cost Implications of Using Unfractionated Heparin or Enoxaparin in Medical Patients at Risk for Venous Thromboembolic Events

Using “real-world” data, the authors present a comparison of costs of unfractionated heparin and a low-molecular-weight heparin (enoxaparin) in preventing thromboembolism in hospitalized patients.
Richard M. Weinberg, MD, CPE, Leo K. Lichtig, PhD, Joseph A. Caprini, MD, MS, Geno J. Merli, MD, and F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD

Pharmaceutical Approval Update

Dr. Goldenberg reviews rituximab (Rituxan) for rheumatoid arthritis, alglucosidase alfa (Myzozyme) for Pompe disease, and docetaxel (Taxotere) for advanced stomach cancer.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS

Meeting Highlights

58th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology

The authors review interferon beta-1b for emerging multiple sclerosis, a rotigotine patch as adjunctive therapy in Parkinson’s disease, levetiracetam for epileptic seizures, a new sumatriptan formulation and botulinum A for migraine, donepezil for severe Alzheimer’s disease, pramipexole for restless legs syndrome, atomoxetine for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and comorbid Tourette syndrome, and pregabalin for pain relief.
Lawrence M. Prescott, PhD, and Sharon L. Prescott

Book Review

“When a Family Member Has Dementia”

A new book by Susan McCurry, PhD — When a Family Member Has Dementia — offers practical suggestions for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Reviewed by David A. Casey, MD



Buying into Biomedical Informatics

David Nash, MD, MBA discusses Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, a new Master’s program for teachers and researchers in medical care and drug therapy.
David B. Nash, MD, MBA

Medication Errors

Intimidation Presents Serious Safety Problems

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, focuses on how abusive behavior and intimidation in the workplace can interfere with appropriate drug prescribing.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Seeking Redemption by Reorganizing: FDA to Give Drug Safety Higher Profile with New Office, Titles

Stephen Barlas discusses the FDA’s efforts to ensure improved drug safety by reorganizing itself and by promoting workers—but is this enough?
Stephen Barlas

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

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

Drug Forecast

Entecavir (Baraclude) for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Infection

Dr. Marzella reviews entecavir (Baraclude) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
Nino Marzella, BS, PharmD