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Letter from the Editor #512

Mar 14, 2010

March 15, 2010 — SPECIAL NEWSFLASH!:

Amylin, Lilly and Alkermes received a Complete Response Letter from FDA for Exenatide Once Weekly. New drug to be called BYDUREON (exenatide for extended-release injectable suspension). For more information, click on this link:


Exenatide Once Weekly FDA Update


Steve, Andrew and I are in Washington, DC, this week, attending the American Pharmacy Association conference, and seeing some of the newest concepts in patient care. There seems to be a groundswell of efforts to get pharmacists more involved with patients and clinicians to help manage increasingly complex drug regimens. And with the developments in the science of “pharmacogenomics,” it is almost a given that pharmacists will become more involved in the future, and that technology will play an even bigger role.

During one of the breakout sessions on electronic prescribing there were multiple comments about how well this is working for pharmacists and how it had decreased errors and office calls.

Over the past six weeks I have had the opportunity to delivery continuing education to over 1,300 nurses and pharmacists including 300 at the APhA conference. After the programs, pharmacists, nurses and other medical professionals ask me how they can learn more and get involved with diabetes. Recently I had a chance to review the new DM EducateTM Continuing Education program offered by the University of Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy and now am recommending this course used by over 85 other universities, to everyone who wants to work with patients. To get an idea of what you can learn in this updated 2nd edition, follow this link, DM EducateTM Continuing Education program.

This week one of our articles points to a study that shows the modest decrease in cardiac risk when vigorous activity is undertaken. Our resident activity guru, Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM, thinks that for most patients vigorous activity is not necessary and they should learn How to Easily Reap the Health Benefits of Physical Activity.


Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD): Kalispell, Montana, March 20
The TCOYD team will be in Kalispell, Montana, at the Hilton Garden Inn for the TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, March 20. TCOYD is a not for profit organization dedicated to informing and empowering people with diabetes to become actively involved in their own health care. For more 2010 upcoming conference details, please go to TCOYD.org.

dLife.com: March 14, 7PM ET on CNBC
Topics: Are they the next best hope for a cure?  dLife reports on islet cell transplantation.  Plus, understanding prediabetes, and beyond insulin — a look at the other injectable drugs for diabetes.  And, Michel Nischan cooks up a savory slow cooker favorite in the dLife kitchen. Make the most of your dLife and don’t miss an episode: Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief