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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 2013


Letter to the Editor

Linaclotide Pharmacodynamics

Key Senator Scrutinizes Pharmacy 340B Selling Practices

Federal Office in Charge of Drug Discounts Begins to Feel the Heat

Upselling takes place when a safety-net hospital increases its profits by selling discounted drugs to privately insured patients at full price. Senator Charles Grassley is on the case to increase transparency and to curtail the misuse of 340B purchases.
Stephen Barlas

Health Care & Law

Drug Shortages Pose Problems for P&T Committees in Accountable Care Organizations

Drugs in short supply, especially those needed in oncology, can create legal and patient-safety problems for risk-bearing providers.
James T. O’Donnell, PharmD; and F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD

Drug Class Review

Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) Inhibitors In the Management of Erectile Dysfunction

Sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn), tadalafil (Cialis), and avanafil (Stendra) have proved to be safe and effective for men with erectile problems. These first-line therapies are easy to use, have a quick onset of action, and are well tolerated.
Sharon A. Huang; and Janette D. Lie, PharmD, BCACP

Meeting Highlights

2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology

Therapies for pancreatic, breast, lung, and skin cancers were some of the hot topics at this year’s ASCO meeting.
Walter Alexander

Meeting Highlights

New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists

2013 52nd Annual Assembly: Medication Safety

The Emily Jerry Foundation was instrumental in requiring training and certification for pharmacy technicians; and a representative from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices discusses “off-the-beaten-track” areas of medication use.
Michele B. Kaufman, PharmD, RPh


Medication Errors

Hyponatremia And Death In Healthy Children From Plain Dextrose And Hypotonic Saline Solutions After Surgery

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP

Prescription: Washington

Congress Moves on Drug Track-and-Trace Bill

Hospital Pharmacies Will Need to Read 2D Bar Codes

Stephen Barlas

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

Pharmaceutical Approval Update

Fluticasone furoate/vilanterol inhalation powder (Breo Ellipta) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; atorvastatin/ezetimibe tablets (Liptruzet) for reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; and radium 223 dichloride (Xofigo) injection for late-stage, castration resistant prostate cancer
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS

Drug Forecast

Aclidinium Bromide Inhalation Powder (Tudorza)

A Long-Acting Anticholinergic for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Michele Pisano, PharmD; and Nissa Mazzola, PharmD, CGP, CDE