In the third of a three-part series, topics such as drug approvals and shortages, therapeutic interchanges, and pharmacoeconomic assessments are discussed.
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An Interview Series with Members of the ASHP Expert Panel on Formulary Management. Part 3: Sabrina W. Cole, PharmD
An order form for subcutaneous insulin was created to improve blood glucose control in hospitalized diabetic patients. Although use of the form by the staff was relatively low, teaching health care personnel about hyperglycemia and proper use of the form may help reduce complications after patient discharge.
Alvimopan (Entereg) for the Management of Postoperative Ileus in Patients Undergoing Bowel Resection
Postoperative ileus is common after surgery, especially abdominal procedures. In clinical studies, alvimopan appeared to speed up gastrointestinal tract recovery, was associated with fewer adverse effects, and led to shorter hospital stays.
Sessions covered the ARBITER 6-HALTS trial of ezetimibe (Zetia) and niacin (Niaspan); the HEAAL study of losartan (Cozaar); the relationships between statins, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) levels, and cardiovascular events; and the association of higher HDL-C levels with lower rates of breast cancer.
Topics include ecallantide (Kalbitor) for hereditary angioedema; a capsaicin 8% patch (Qutenza) for pain management; and romidepsin (Istodax) for patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.