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Editorial: Sonja Sherritze, Editor
Advertising: Maureen Dwyer Liberti,
    Vice President, Group Publisher

Production: Mary Ellen Curry,
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Circulation: Jackie Ott, Circulation Manager

Statement of Purpose
Guidelines for Authors
Editorial Board

Recent Issues

February 2009



Pushing an Expanded Role for Pharmacists: Medicare, SCHIP, and Health Insurance Debates Present Ample Opportunities

With a new administration in place, pharmacists may play a larger advisory role.
Stephen Barlas

Better Asthma Management with Advanced Technology: Creation of an Asthma Utilization Rx Analyzer (AURA) Tool

The AURA tool enables health plans to evaluate quality and use of resources for their members with asthma by analyzing medical and pharmacy claims.
James H. Jackson, PharmD, MPH; Benjamin Gutierrez, PhD; Orsolya E. Lunacsek, PhD, MBA; and Sulabha Ramachandran, PhD

Pharmaceutical Approval Update

Products include fospropofol for se­dation; plerixafor to prepare patients for transplantation; and fenofibric acid for improving triglycerides and cholesterol.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS

Meeting Highlights

58th Annual Meeting, American Society of Human Genetics, 2008

The authors report on a project to sequence the genomes of more than 1,000 people; Gaucher’s disease; warfarin genetics; and Huntington’s disease.
Safiya Abouzaid, PharmD; Joseph E. Couto, PharmD, MBA; and Marc B. Royo

Meeting Highlights

American Society of Hematology, 50th Annual Meeting and Exposition

Topics include leukemias, myelodysplastic disorder, multiple myeloma, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
Walter Alexander

Meeting Highlights

2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Summaries discuss zoledronic acid, everolimus, lapatinib, and letrozole.
Walter Alexander

Book Review

Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology, 3rd Edition

Third edition of a classic psychopharmacology text
Reviewed by David A. Casey, MD



National Priorities and Goals

David B. Nash, MD, MBA, describes the goals of the National Quality Forum in improving health care in six key areas as well as eliminating unnecessary services.
David B. Nash, MD, MBA

Medication Errors

End the “Ice Age” Is Glacial Acetic Acid Really Needed?

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, explains how patients can be harmed when glacial (pure) acetic acid, instead of a diluted form, is dispensed.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Pharmacy Distribution of Consumer Drug Information Emerges as a Problem

Stephen Barlas discusses the long-simmering debate over the content of consumer medication information.
Stephen Barlas

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

From Mozobil to Zolpimist, P&T presents the latest studies and information about FDA approvals, new indications, recalls, and industry updates.

Drug Forecast

Bendamustine (Treanda) for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Hoyee Leong, PhD, and Mary Ellen Bonk, PharmD, review bendamustine (Treanda), a therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Hoyee Leong, PhD, and Mary Ellen Bonk, PharmD