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  1. Hussar, DANIEL A. PHD


IN THIS ARTICLE, you'll learn about nine new drugs that hit the market recently, including:


* daptomycin, first in a new class of antibiotics for complicated skin infections


* vardenafil HCl and tadalafil, prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction


* enfuvirtide, emtricitabine, and atazanavir sulfate, three antiretroviral drugs.


Unless otherwise specified, the information in the following summaries applies to adults, not children. Consult the package insert for information about each drug's safety during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Also consult the package insert, a pharmacist, or a comprehensive drug reference for more details on precautions, drug interactions, and adverse reactions* for all these drugs.




Drug Facts and Comparisons. St. Louis, Mo., Facts and Comparisons, Inc., 2004.


Nursing2004 Drug Handbook. Springhouse, Pa., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004.


Physicians' Desk Reference, 58th edition. Montvale, N.J., Medical Economics, 2004.


The author has disclosed that he has no significant relationship with or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.