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P&T® Journal contents for March 2004


Health Care & Law
The author reviews the recent progress in the area of stem cell technology and discusses the obstacles to further development in the U.S..
Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD
Three antineoplastic agents are described: intravenous cetuximab for metastatic colorectal cancer, injected pemetrexed for malignant pleural mesothelioma, and injected oxaliplatin for recurrent or metastatic colorectal cancer.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS
Dr. Howden reviews tegaserod maleate (Zelnorm™) and its role in patients with multiple gastrointestinal problems.
Colin W. Howden, MD
Pharmacists respond to a nationwide survey about their likes and dislikes on the job.
Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, Neil I. Goldfarb, and Christine W. Hartmann, MSS
Meeting Highlights
Dr. Prescott reports on a combined thrombolytic/glycoprotein receptor blocker therapy for middle cerebral artery occlusion, a thrombin inhibitor, a low-dose thrombolytic agent, an astrocyte activation modulator, a new investigational agent, amphetamine therapy plus physiotherapy, statins for brain infarction, and recombinant factor VIIa for correcting warfarin anticoagulation.
Lawrence M. Prescott, PhD


David Nash, MD, MBA, discusses articles that followed up on themes in earlier P&T editorials on ALLHAT and counterfeit drugs.
David Nash, MD, MBA
Editorial Board Spotlight
Matthew Grissinger discusses his background in pharmacy and his role at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Sonja Sherritze
Prescription Washington
Stephen Barlas comments on the FDA’s draft guidance calling for clearer language in the “brief” summaries in drug package inserts.
Stephen Barlas
Medication Errors
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, describes a mix-up that occurred when sodium acetate was confused with potassium acetate.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP
Drug Forecast
Yvonne Ho and Larisa Chagan review memantine (Namenda™) for moderate-to-severe Alzheimer’s disease.
Yvonne Ho, PharmD Candidate, and Larisa Chagan, BS, PharmD, BCPS