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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

July 2009


Literature Review

Antidepressants and Suicide in Adolescents and Adults

A Public Health Experiment with Unintended Consequences?

The addition of black-box warnings to antidepressants may have led to ­unintended consequences, including a decline in diagnosis and treatment for depression and perhaps even an end to decreasing rates of suicide.
Jack Alan McCain

A Review of Cardiovascular Risks Associated with Medications Used to Treat Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus

Patients with type-2 diabetes face a high risk of heart disease. Although insulin, sulfonylureas, metformin, and thiazolidinediones (TZDs) help with glycemic ­control, caution is needed when these agents are prescribed for patients with existing cardiovascular disease.
Erin L. St. Onge, PharmD, Carol Anne Motycka, PharmD, and Shannon A. Miller, PharmD

Meeting Highlights

American Society of Clinical Oncology, 45th Annual Meeting

Some of the topics covered at the ASCO sessions included therapies for gastro­-intestinal tumors; gastric cancer; chronic myeloid leukemia; advanced melanoma, metastatic breast cancer; and ovarian, fallopian, and peritoneal cancer. A com­parison of the effects of letrozole (Femara) and tamoxifen (Nolvadex) on ­cognitive function in patients with postmenopausal breast cancer is also ­presented.
Walter Alexander

Pharmaceutical Approval Update

Topics include iloperidone (Fanapt) for the acute treatment of schizophrenia; bromocriptine mesylate tablets (Cycloset) for glycemic control in type-2 diabetes; and tolvaptan (Samsca) for patients with hyponatremia.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS

P&T Snapshot

Chart Review: Prophylaxis of Pneumocystis Pneumonia at a Large Metropolitan HIV Clinic

An evaluation of electronic medical records was undertaken to determine whether optimal prophylactic therapy was being provided for HIV-infected patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia.
Amesh A. Adalja, MD, and Emanuel N. Vergis, MD, MPH



The Ergonomics of Innovation

David B. Nash, MD, MBA, discusses the “ergonomics of innovation,” encouraging organizations to create something new from existing ideas, breaking down goals into manageable pieces, and ­making it easier to promote change.
David B. Nash, MD, MBA

Medication Errors

Fentanyl Transdermal Patches

More Protection Needed for Patients and Their Families

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, explains how patients can prevent accidental exposure to and misuse of fentanyl transdermal patches.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Obama Team Brings ‘Consumerist,’ Public Interest Attitude to Drug Issues

Stephen Barlas discusses the potential impact of “consumer-centric” and public interest attitudes on health care reform in the Obama administration.
Stephen Barlas

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

From Besivance eyedrops to the Qutenza patch, P&T presents the latest studies about FDA approvals, new indications, recalls, and industry updates.