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P&T® Journal contents for December 2010


Part 3: Challenges Facing Health Care Plans in Implementing Coverage Policies for Pharmacogenomic and Genetic Testing
The final part of this series covers the usefulness of genetic testing, trends in insurance underwriting, and the anticipated pipeline for new biologics.
F. Randy Vogenberg, PhD, RPh; Carol Isaacson Barash, PhD; and Michael Pursel, RPh, MBA
Using a lower dose of valganciclovir, at 450 mg daily for six months instead of the recommended 900-mg daily dose, can be efficacious for patients and less expensive for hospitals. The result: reduced drug costs and fewer cases of leukopenia.
Vrinda Bhat, PharmD, Megan McIntyre, PharmD, and Tracey Meyers, PharmD
A Literature Review from a Global Health Systems Perspective
Although the burden of psoriatic arthritis has been described extensively in the literature, the burden of illness associated with PsA has not been as well qualified. The authors discuss the substantial economic and quality-of-life costs to patients and society.
Seina Lee, PharmD, MS; Alan Mendelsohn, MD; and Evelyn Sarnes, PharmD, MPH
Topics include onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) for migraine; dabigatran (Pradaxa) for reducing stroke and embolism risk; and lurasidone (Latuda) for schizophrenia.
Marvin M. Goldenberg, PhD, RPh, MS
Meeting Highlights
Selected sessions focused on incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin) for focal dystonias.
Walter Alexander


Isabel, a Web-based checklist system, could become a valuable aid to clinicians in reducing the number of incorrect diagnoses.
David B. Nash, MD, MBA
Medication Errors
Despite earlier precautions from drug companies and the FDA, health care professionals are still prescribing fentanyl patches inappropriately.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FASCP
Prescription: Washington
Hospitals Say Curtailed Payments Shouldn’t Apply to Them
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services needs to clarify its new reimbursement rules for "intentional overfill" of injectable drugs.
Stephen Barlas
FDA approvals, drug indications, and updates
Drug Forecast
An Aid to Walking in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
Raymond Lamore III, PharmD Candidate, Elsen Jacob, PharmD Candidate, Susan C. Jacob, PharmD Candidate, and Olga Hilas, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, CGP