Dr. Richard Channick Addresses a New Treatment in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
In this video, Richard Channick, MD, Director, Pulmonary Hypertension and Thromboendarterectomy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, speaks about the use of Macitentan for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Dr Channick says that Macitentan, compared to placebo, significantly improved morbidity in PAH. The results demonstrated in the SERAPHIN clinical trial also proved that Macitentan decreased hospitalizations in patients with PAH.
This video was taken on May 20, 2013, at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
llicit drug use continues to be a prevalent and growing problem in the United States, and the use of newer substances is on the rise. Because of the increasing prevalence and “tweaking” of compounds to avoid detection, the identification of drug abuse by practitioners often relies on signs and symptoms. In this session, presenters reviewed some of these agents, including their history and their impact on those abusing them.
Retired general and former secretary of state Colin Powell discussed his thoughts on the US healthcare system and the role pharmacists play within it during his keynote address at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
In this session, a sustainable business model for pharmacists practicing in an accountable care organization environment was described by Kelly Boesen, PharmD, BCPS, and Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, CDE, FAPhA, of the El Rio Health Center in Tucson, Arizona.
Progress in treating multiple myeloma, or cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow, has advanced significantly over the past decade. Today, questions about the disease often involve finding a treatment that balances the goal of putting a patient into remission – especially if stem cell transplantation is a possibility – against the toxicity of the treatment itself.
With grants from government sources looking less certain, partnerships between academic research center and pharmaceutical companies are more important than ever to keep breakthrough hematology therapies in the pipeline, said Burt Adelman, MD, a hematologist who serves as executive vice president and chief medical officer for Dyax Inc.
New therapies to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) will receive plenty of attention this week at the 55th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans. At an education session that opened the meeting Saturday, a physician with the Mayo Clinic made it clear that cost considerations are a reality for many older patients.