Five medications have been approved for use in patients with Alzheimer’s disease; nonetheless, there remains an urgent need for new and effective drugs. This article describes the role of these agents, with an emphasis on their efficacy, effectiveness, costs, and associated controversies.
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P&T® Journal contents for April 2010
Hospital administrators are beginning to focus on bar-code scanning as a part of a multi-pronged strategy to reduce medication errors. The experience with bar-coding technology at four medical institutions is described.
Caveat Emptor! (and Other Advice from Cyberspace)
The decades-old debate over generic versus brand-name drugs, once mainly the stuff of medical journals, is now a hot topic on the blogosphere as well. The author provides a sampling of postings from bloggers.
Topics include liraglutide injection (Victoza) for type-2 diabetes; Prevnar 13 vaccine for protection against invasive pneumococcal diseases in children; and olmesartan medoxomil (Benicar) for children with elevated blood pressure.
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Clinical Considerations for the Health System Pharmacist
Targeted therapies are improving outcomes in patients with colorectal, non–small-cell lung cancer, and pancreatic cancer. The authors evaluate the efficacy of these agents and suggest strategies for preventing and managing adverse effects from these treatments to ensure optimal patient care.