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About P&T Journal
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

Statement of Purpose
Guidelines for Authors
Editorial Board

Recent Issues

October 2004


Editor’s Memo

The Problem of Planning and Procuring

Sometimes “special” issues just happen.
Sonja Sherritze


Francis Crick and the Race to Discover the “Secret of Life”

Dr. Lawless presents a timely tribute to the late Dr. Crick, who discovered the double helix and DNA with a little help from his friends.
Grant D. Lawless, MD, RPh

Meeting Highlights

The 80th Annual Meeting of the Western Section of the American Urological Association

Some advances in urology include the use of leuprolide and zoledronic acid for prostate cancer; lidocaine for therapy-induced penile aching; alprostadil, vardenafil, and tadalafil for erectile dysfunction; tolterodine and solifenacin for overactive bladder; and a gelatin sealant for tubeless percutaneous nephrolithotomy.
Lawrence M. Prescott, PhD

Gabapentin and Improved Health Status in Elderly Patients with Postherpetic Neuralgia: A Pooled Analysis of Three Clinical Studies

The antiepileptic agent gabapentin (Neurontin®) can be helpful in treating a painful condition that commonly affects older patients.
Brett Stacey, MD, Bruce Parsons, MD, PhD, Sue Huang, Shoshana Peyser, PhD, and Ellen Dukes, PhD

Continuing Education Credit

Optimal Understanding of Warfarin: Beyond the Nomogram

The authors review the guidelines for and the complexities of administering warfarin, a commonly used antithrombotic agent.
Randolph E. Regal, BS, PharmD, and Vanna Tsui, PharmD



Of CABGs and Things

Karl Matuszewski MS, PharmD, describes a physician’s account of his experience with coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
Karl Matuszewski MS, PharmD

Medication Errors

Therapy for Acute Myocardial Infarction: There’s Simply No Room for Error

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, stresses the importance of appropriate use of fibrinolytic agents in patients with acute myocardial infarction.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Formulary Fireworks: Draft USP Guidelines Draw Flak from All Sides

Stephen Barlas discusses the “formulary fireworks” surrounding the draft Medicare guidelines issued by the United States Pharmacopeia.
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

Alfuzosin HCl (Uroxatral®): An Extended-Release Alpha1-Adrenergic Receptor Antagonist for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Drs. Gonzales and Edwards review alfuzosin HCl (Uroxatral®) for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Michelle Gonzales, PharmD, and Deidree Edwards, PharmD