Print Issue: January 01, 2007

New Medication Improves PCa Outcomes

NEW YORK—A high-dose oral formulation of calcitriol, called DN 101 and used in combination with docetaxel, is associated with longer survival in men with hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC), according to a recent study.

Metformin Improves Survival

SAN DIEGO—Treatment of type 2 diabetes with metformin alone or in combination with other hypoglycemic agents is associated with decreased all-cause mortality compared with anti-diabetic regimens that do not contain metformin, data suggest.

Marginal Kidneys Are Okay

SAN DIEGO—Kidneys from marginal and ideal deceased kidney donors are associated with similar patients and graft survival, a team of researchers concluded.

Brain-Damaged Man Receives $217 Million Award

A jury awarded nearly $217 million in damages to a Tampa man left brain-damaged when emergency-room doctors misdiagnosed stroke symptoms. After a three-week civil trial, just over $100 million in punitive damages were added to the original verdict of $116.7 million for compensatory damages.

Verbal Drug Orders Often Misunderstood

Patients are at greater risk of medication errors when clinicians order drugs in person or via telephone, according to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory, an independent state agency. It recommends a read-back procedure in which the person receiving the order writes it down, reads it back, and gets confirmation that the prescription was understood correctly.

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