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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

July 2004


Meeting Highlights

Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care: The P&T Society’s Response to the Challenges of Medication Errors

The author summarizes the P&T Society’s Task Force Report in support of the initiatives undertaken by the Institute of Medicine to reduce medical errors. Opportunities for improvement, “practices of excellence,” and the Society’s perspective are outlined.
Joseph Eichenholz

Meeting Highlights

Fourth Annual Conference of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Society: Charting the Future

Presentations focused on improving the quality of health care and reducing the occurrence of medical errors. Also included were such topics as the role of the P&T Society, the Institute of Medicine’s agenda for health care quality and the P&T Society’s response, the findings of the Society’s Working Group, the impact of P&T committee decision strategies, the challenges of the economic environment, the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, and formulary management.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS

Meeting Highlights

Highlights of the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology

Recent advances in the treatment of musician’s dystonia, epilepsy, restless legs syndrome, Tourette syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and migraine are presented.
Lawrence M. Prescott, PhD

Cover Story

The Use of COX-1–Sparing Agents in the Federal Health System

Dr. Silver reviews the potential benefits of COX-1–sparing drugs. When compared with traditional NSAIDs, the judicious use of the COX-1–sparing agents can have improved effects on the GI tract and provide efficacious pain relief.
David S. Silver, MD


Letters to the Editor


The Pulse of the Nation

David Nash, MD, MBA, presents the results of a survey detailing the public’s concern about medical errors and the quality of health care.
David Nash, MD, MBA

Medication Error

Pain, Paralysis, and Other Dangers of Intrathecal Drugs

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, explains the adverse consequences of unintended intrathecal therapy and the precautions to take in order to avoid near-fatal errors.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Promise and Peril in Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Stephen Barlas discusses the need for research on Alzheimer’s disease in today’s climate of restricted funding.
Stephen Barlas

Drug News

New Drugs/Drug News

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

Drug Forecast

Optimizing Adherence to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy: A Focus on Fosamprenavir

The authors review fosamprenavir (Lexiva™) for the treatment of HIV infection.
Nathaniel Eraikhuemen, PharmD, Natalie Perry, PharmD, Evans Branch III, PharmD, Daryl Norwood, PharmD, and Marlon Honeywell, PharmD