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P&T March 2017


Will the Agency Relax Existing Industry-Opposed Restrictions?

The Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidances in January that tackled health care economic information and product labeling. Do these publications indicate a potential shift in on- and off-label policies for drugs and devices?

The authors review the historical use of medicinal cannabis and discuss the agent’s pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, select evidence on medicinal uses, and the implications of evolving regulations on the acute care hospital setting.

An antimicrobial stewardship program team presents their findings after reviewing the usage of ampicillin/sulbactam and assessing prescribing habits and accuracy at a 775-bed nonprofit research and teaching hospital.

Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is known to play a major role in the growth, differentiation, recruitment, and activation of eosinophils. The authors review the efficacy and safety of two IL-5–targeting agents used in the treatment of eosinophilic asthma.

Meeting Highlights

We present sessions on establishing key clinical trial outcomes in psoriatic arthritis and on delaying the radiographic progression of ankylosing spondylitis.


Medication Errors

Practice changes cause the mislabeling of batched drugs

Prescription: Washington

New FDA and GAO reports highlight compounding issues

Approvals, new indications, regulatory activities, and more

Insulin degludec/liraglutide (Xultophy 100/3.6) for type-2 diabetes; rucaparib (Rubraca) for the treatment of deleterious BRCA mutation-associated ovarian cancer; and nusinersen (Spinraza) for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy

Drug Forecast

Rolapitant (Varubi) for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

Research Briefs