Erlotinib (Tarceva) for patients with pancreatic cancer; nelarabine (Arranon) injection for leukemia and lymphoma; and sodium oxybate oral solution (Xyrem) for the treatment of narcolepsy are highlighted.
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P&T® Journal contents for January 2006
Dr. Wittbrodt emphasizes the urgent need for effective therapies for prolonged postoperative ileus, which is often associated with increased hospital costs and an extended length of stay for patients.
The Prescotts report on the use of extended-release niacin for dyslipidemic patients with HIV infection, a lipid-lowering combination of fenofibrate/ezetimibe for mixed hyperlipidemia, omega-3 fatty acids for overweight children, low-dose pravastatin for mild hypercholesterolemia, a strategy for women with acute coronary syndrome, low-molecular-weight heparin for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (MI), pioglitazone for diabetic patients with previous MIs, and nesiritide and levosimendan (Simdax) for decompensated heart failure.
Advances in treating autism; Alzheimer’s disease; substance abuse; and movement disorders, including Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, by means of viral vector techniques, are presented.
This month, three of P&T’s editorial board members contribute reviews of books of interest to the health care community: Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies, Volumes 1 and 2, by Marilyn Barrett, PhD, Editor, reviewed by Robert L. Barkin, MBA, PharmD; Dictionary of Pharmacy, by Dennis B. Worthen, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, reviewed by F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD; and Flashback by Gary Braver, reviewed by Art Shinn, PharmD.