Information about physician behavior, including malpractice judgments, is becoming more public now, especially on the Internet, and many health care professionals are concerned about Web-based patient critiques. Two court cases show that although physician privacy has prevailed, it is expected to face ongoing challenges.
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P&T® Journal contents for April 2009
Health Care & Law
Pharmacoeconomic Analysis of Micafungin (Mycamine) 100mg and 150mg Daily In the Treatment of Candidemia
In a retrospective study, 100 mg of micafungin given once daily was as cost-effective as the 150-mg dose and yielded significant savings of $300 per patient.
Topics include febuxostat (Uloric) in managing excess uric acid in gout; Hylan G-F 20 (Synvisc-One) for treating pain in osteoarthritis; and fibrinogen concentrate (RiaSTAP), an orphan drug to treat acute bleeding in patients with congenital fibrinogen deficiency, including afibrinogenemia and hypofibrinogenemia.
Cancer and Chronic Lyme Disease
Discussions include supplements and herbs for breast cancer; chemoprotectant ribosomal RNA for advanced cancer; and conventional drugs with complementary therapies for patients with Lyme disease and other tick-borne disorders.
Continuing Education Credit
A Review of Treatment Options
Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) often affects patients with cirrhosis and ascites. The authors review the pathogenesis and diagnosis of SBP, differentiate between primary SBP and secondary peritonitis, and discuss current therapies.