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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

February 2007


Inpatient Economic Burden of Postoperative Ileus Associated with Abdominal Surgery in the United States

A study that was conducted to determine the incidence of postoperative ileus found that this complication was the major cause of delay in the discharge of patients from the hospital, with annual costs totaling $1.46 billion.
Jay L. Goldstein, MD, Karl A. Matuszewski, MS, PharmD, Conor P. Delaney, MD, Anthony Senagore, MD, Evelyn F. Chiao, PharmD, MPH, Manan Shah, PharmD, PhD, Kellie Meyer, PharmD, MPH, and Thomas Bramley, RPh, PhD

Chronic Constipation: Overview and Treatment Options

Although chronic constipation is a common digestive complaint in North America, physicians and patients have very different definitions of this disorder. The authors discuss the three pathophysiological subtypes; complications; pharmacological therapies and their limitations; as well as the potential impact on quality of life and the economy.
Ashok K. Tuteja, MD, MPH, and Joseph E. Biskupiak, PhD, MBA

Meeting Highlights

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

The benefits of telbivudine (Tyzeka) and lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B are compared.
Walter Alexander

First North American Regional Epilepsy Congress

Advances in therapies for seizure disorders are presented, including levetiracetam for elderly patients, carbamazepine for partial-onset seizures in children, pregabalin for refractory epilepsy, vigabatrin for infantile spasms, oxcarbazepine for control of seizure frequency, lacosamide for partial seizures, valproate for status epilepticus and serial attacks, and lamotrigine for tonic–clonic seizures.
Lawrence M. Prescott, PhD, and Sharon L. Prescott



Toot Your Own Horn Two

David Nash, MD, MBA, provides an update on the achievements of Thomas Jefferson University’s medication quality subcommittee and its efforts to promote drug safety.
David Nash, MD, MBA

Medication Errors

Intrathecal Injection of Ionic Contrast Material Is Sometimes Fatal

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, explains how injections of the inappropriate type of contrast media have sometimes resulted in fatalities.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Medicare Drug Bill Passes the House but Will Likely Crash in the Senate; Another Bill Might Fly

Stephen Barlas discusses the shortcomings of the Medicare Prescription Drug Negotiation Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives in an attempt to address the hot topic of Medicare Part D drug pricing.
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

Human Insulin Inhalation Powder (Exubera) for Diabetes

Drs. Hilas and Ezzo review inhaled insulin powder (Exubera) for patients with diabetes.
Olga Hilas, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, and Danielle C. Ezzo, PharmD, BCPS