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Pharmaceutical economics & health policy

Editorial Comment In this issue, readers will find four original research articles and an in-journal supplement featuring three podium presentations from the first annual international meeting of the Association for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 12-15, 1996. The “Pharmaceutical Economics & Health Policy” section is pleased to provide timely coverage of international conferences that focus on the economic appraisal, regulatory oversight, and patient outcomes involving pharmacotherapy. In the first of four original research articles, Dr. Yawn and coworkers (p. 877) present a cost-of-illness model for the treatment of otitis media, including direct and indirect expenditures. Health-related quality-of-life instrumentation as applied to end-stage renal disease is reviewed by Dr. Edge11 and associates (p. 887). Contributions to the medical literature are evaluated in terms of comprehensiveness, reliability, and validity. Dr. Marchetti and colleagues (p. 953) assess adverse events and financial outcomes with the use of fosphenytoin versus phenytoin in hospitalized patients with seizures. Finally, Dr. Thomas and associates (p. 939) present a retrospective health service utilization review of patients prescribed nedocromil sodium for the treatment of asthma. I trust the readership will find these articles to be of interest and value. David Alexander Section Editor Sclar, BPharm, PhD http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Clinical Therapeutics Elsevier

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