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Understanding the costs and treatments of alcohol abuse and dependence (PDF)

In late May, voriconazole (Vfend) received approval for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and as salvage therapy for treatment of Scedosporium apiospermum and Fusarium infections. In addition to these infections, voriconazole has excellent invitro activity against both Candida and Aspergillus species, including good activity against fluconazole- and itraconazole-resistant species. This Focus article reviews the antifungal's pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy in clinical trials, safety, dosing, price, and place in therapy.

Finding optional ways to manage patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - the fourth leading cause of death in the US became a priority for this large mid-western collaborative of health care organizations. This this end, a guideline was developed to help clinicians identify, evaluate and manage COPD. This article provides an overview of the guideline development process and implementation approach, key guideline components, and the step-by-step pharmacologic treatment strategy.

The House leadership succeeded in toting up just enough votes in late June to approve a Medicare reform bill that provides some coverage of pharmaceuticals for seniors.