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P&T® Journal contents for February 2006


Book Review
F. Randy Vogenberg reviews a new book by Michael P. Cecil, MD, that should be a resource for consumers, health care professionals, and Medicare-eligible beneficiaries despite some complications brought about by the new Medicare Part D regulations.
F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD
Health Care & Law
Pennsylvania becomes the newest state in which pharmacists will be playing a larger role in the drug prescription process: they will have the authority to adjust drug regimens, order laboratory and diagnostic tests, and administer medications.
Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD
The authors discuss the extent of the problem of antibiotic resistance in the U.S., assess the clinical and economic ramifications of such resistance, and provide an overview of antibiotics currently available for the empirical treatment of out-patients with community-acquired RTIs.
John A. Sbarbaro, MD, MPH, David P. Nicolau, PharmD, and Carl Asche, PhD
Continuing Education Credit
The author reviews the current understanding of the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure (CHF) and discusses the paradigm shift in thinking about the role of beta blockers in CHF management.
Steven D. Hanks, MD, MMM, FACP


David Nash, MD, MBA, discusses the work of NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom, and its implications for health care in the U.S.
David Nash, MD, MBA
Medication Errors
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, dispels the notion that not punishing staff members who make mistakes increases carelessness and absolves workers from personal responsibility for patient safety.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP
Prescription: Washington
Stephen Barlas discusses the reasons for the delay in bringing generic “biotech” drugs to the market.
Stephen Barlas
P&T presents the latest information about FDA approvals, drug indications, industry updates, and new devices.
Drug Forecast
Dr. Cruz and coauthors review duloxetine (Cymbalta) and its uses in depression, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and stress urinary incontinence.
Martin P. Cruz, PharmD, CGP, Michelle E. Gonzales, PharmD, Jennifer Jacobs, PharmD, and Melinda Constante LaFave, PharmD