With the recession affecting everyone’s wallets, many people are forgoing some basic needs and rethinking their priorities. Instead of opting for expensive, aggressive therapies, for example, some cancer patients are deciding against lifesaving treatment. This shift in thinking is sure to have a significant effect on physicians, insurance companies, employers, and the patients themselves.
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P&T® Journal contents for January 2009
Topics include fesoterodine fumarate extended-release tablets (Toviaz) for patients with overactive bladder; rufinamide (Banzel) as an adjunctive therapy for seizures associated with Lennox–Gastaut syndrome; and eltrombopag (Promacta) to treat thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic immune (idiopathic) thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
American Heart Association 2008 Scientific Sessions; United European Gastroenterology Week; American College of Rheumatology Scientific Meeting
Some of the topics covered at the AHA sessions included therapies for acute coronary syndromes, C-reactive protein levels, and familial hypercholesterolemia. NSAID-related GI events, presented at the European meeting, are still a significant concern. News on the radiology front featured golimumab for patients with psoriatic arthritis, tocilizumab for rheumatoid arthritis, and infliximab (Remicade) plus methotrexate, also for rheumatoid arthritis.
Continuing Education Credit
Rosacea, a common inflammatory condition of the facial skin, affects between 0.5% and 10% of the population. The authors review the wide array of available FDA-approved and non–FDA-approved treatment options and emphasize the importance of the pharmacist’s role in prescribing appropriate medications for the various presentations of this dermatological ailment.