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February 11, 2010

National pharmacy journal publishes work of ULM professor and student

The February publication of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists features the work of a College of Pharmacy assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a former ULM student.

Assistant Professor David J. Caldwell, Pharm.D., of the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences, and Raghda K. Elsayed, Pharm.D., now a postgraduate pharmacy resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., reviewed existing research for the article, "Etravirine: A novel nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor for managing human immunodeficiency virus infection."

The article summarizes and analyzes the effects of an antiretroviral agent used in clinical trials seeking to improve the immune function of HIV-infected patients, and provides suggestions for how clinicians might use the drug in practice.

Caldwell and Elsayed wrote that etravirine, a second-generation non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, is effective in achieving viral suppression and improving the immune function in patients already undergoing treatment for HIV.

"Etravirine is a relatively new antiretroviral agent for the treatment of HIV, and at the time the article was written, there was not much information available in the way of review," said Caldwell.

The article cites that more than 56,000 individuals in the U.S. are newly infected with HIV every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I am especially pleased to see that one of our faculty co-authored the article with one of our students," said Dr. Greg Leader, interim dean of the College of Pharmacy. "This is great work and they are both to be congratulated."

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