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P&T® Journal contents for June 2006


Clinical Update
The authors present new data from the DANCER and REFLEX trials on Rituxan.
Angela Singh, PharmD, Patty Ghazvini, PharmD, Marlon Honeywell, PharmD, and Phillip Treadwell, PharmD
Cover Story
Using “real-world” data, the authors present a comparison of costs of unfractionated heparin and a low-molecular-weight heparin (enoxaparin) in preventing thromboembolism in hospitalized patients.
Richard M. Weinberg, MD, CPE, Leo K. Lichtig, PhD, Joseph A. Caprini, MD, MS, Geno J. Merli, MD, and F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD
Dr. Goldenberg reviews rituximab (Rituxan) for rheumatoid arthritis, alglucosidase alfa (Myzozyme) for Pompe disease, and docetaxel (Taxotere) for advanced stomach cancer.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS
Meeting Highlights
The authors review interferon beta-1b for emerging multiple sclerosis, a rotigotine patch as adjunctive therapy in Parkinson’s disease, levetiracetam for epileptic seizures, a new sumatriptan formulation and botulinum A for migraine, donepezil for severe Alzheimer’s disease, pramipexole for restless legs syndrome, atomoxetine for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and comorbid Tourette syndrome, and pregabalin for pain relief.
Lawrence M. Prescott, PhD, and Sharon L. Prescott
Book Review
A new book by Susan McCurry, PhD — When a Family Member Has Dementia — offers practical suggestions for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Reviewed by David A. Casey, MD


David Nash, MD, MBA discusses Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, a new Master’s program for teachers and researchers in medical care and drug therapy.
David B. Nash, MD, MBA
Medication Errors
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP, focuses on how abusive behavior and intimidation in the workplace can interfere with appropriate drug prescribing.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP
Prescription: Washington
Stephen Barlas discusses the FDA’s efforts to ensure improved drug safety by reorganizing itself and by promoting workers—but is this enough?
Stephen Barlas
P&T presents the latest studies and information about FDA approvals, drug indications, industry updates, and new devices.
Drug Forecast
Dr. Marzella reviews entecavir (Baraclude) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
Nino Marzella, BS, PharmD