Most published studies of IV PCA do not include the full range of costs associated with this therapy. The author reviews some of the important cost drivers.
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P&T® Journal contents for July 2005
Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Bisoprolol on Chronic Heart Failure Related to Rheumatic Heart Disease and Atrial Fibrillation
Bisoprolol appears to have the potential to improve New York Heart Association class and exercise tolerance in patients with heart failure.
The authors discuss recent findings on anastrozole for the treatment of localized breast cancer, trastuzumab for HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, zolendronic acid and bone density in women with breast cancer, gemcitabine for non–small cell lung cancer, oblimersen sodium for advanced malignant melanoma, bevacizumab for recurrent ovarian cancer, standard therapy plus oxaliplatin for colorectal cancer, lenalidomide for myelodysplastic syndromes, and raloxifene for endometrial cancer.
Mr. Alexander summarizes presentations on the relationship between paroxetine (Paxil®) and suicidal ideation, escitalopram (Lexapro®) for depression and comorbid anxiety, and a specialized form of methylphenidate HCl (OROS® MPH/Concerta®) for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Dr. Goldenberg reviews exenatide injection (Byetta™) for diabetes, pregabalin (Lyrica™) for partial-onset seizures in adults with epilepsy, and tigecycline (Tygacil™) for skin and intra-abdominal infections.