The author outlines recent advances in the treatment of cancers of the brain, breast, colon, prostate gland, lung, and blood.
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P&T® Journal contents for August 2004
Increased Costs of Diabetes Therapy Not Related to Glycemic Control at Three Veterans Affairs Medical Outpatient Clinics
In the authors’ study of more than 4,000 veterans with diabetes, prescribing patterns, monthly total costs, and control of blood glucose levels differed according to hospital site. The authors show the relationships between the type of primary care provider, the intensity of treatment, monthly medication costs, monthly total costs, and glycemic control.
The author reviews a combination tablet for lowering cholesterol (Vytorin™™), a new use for botulinum toxin (Botox®) for severe underarm sweating, and levofloxacin (Levaquin®) for patients with multidrug-resistant strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae in community-acquired pneumonia.
Oral Linezolid as Alternative Therapy in Patients with Cellulitis Who Have Been Referred to an Infusion Center
Linezolid (Zyvox®), an oral antimicrobial agent, appears to be safe and effective for treating moderately severe cases of cellulitis.
Continuing Medical Education
Dr. Lin and Dr. English discuss some new approaches to the therapy for a rare skin condition.