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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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Guidelines for Authors
Editorial Board

Recent Issues

August 2007


Gastric Acid Suppression by Proton Pump Inhibitors as an Independent Risk Factor for Clostridium difficile–Associated Diarrhea

In a study that examined whether PPIs were associated with the development of CDAD in hospitalized patients, the authors found that PPIs did not raise the incidence of this disease, which is caused by a prevalent bacterial infection.
Keithen Branch, PharmD, Vince Yahl, PharmD, BCPS, Karen Kier, PhD, MSc, BSPharm, Nancy Mertz, BBA, and Suzanne Marques, PharmD, BCPS

Meeting Highlights

American Thoracic Society, Digestive Disease Week 2007, and American Society of Hypertension

Sessions from three meetings included discussions of arformoterol and indacatero­l for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pegylated interferon with or without ribavirin and its role in hepatitis C virus infection, ambrisentan for pulmonary­ arterial hypertension, and olmesartan/amlodipine combinations for hypertension.
Reuben B. David

Cover Story

Strategies for Treating Colorectal Cancer at Various Stages

The author presents a detailed account of the causes, diagnosis, prognosis, and therapies for colorectal cancer, including some promising biologic agents under development.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS

Book Review

Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation, and Compromise

Author: Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD
Reviewed by Sara Thier, MPH



Not Again!

David Nash, MD, MBA, describes the effectiveness of various interventions in the uphill battle to motivate patients to comply with prescribed medication regimens.
David Nash, MD, MBA

Medication Errors

Mix-ups with “Medrols”

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, shows how easy it is to confuse methyl­prednisolone acetate (Depo-Medrol) with methylprednisolone sodium succinate (Solu-Medrol).
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Pharmacies Dislike New Medicaid Reimbursement­ Formula for Generic Drugs

Stephen Barlas discusses a new Medicaid rule that may result in lower reimbursements to pharmacies for popular generic drugs.
Stephen Barlas

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

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

Drug Forecast

Ramelteon (Rozerem): A Novel Treatment Option for Patients with Insomnia

Drs. Sherwood, Rey, and Conwell review ramelteon (Rozerem) for patients with insomnia.
Devon A. Sherwood, PharmD, Jose A. Rey, PharmD, BCPP, and Michelle R. Conwell, PharmD