SPOKANE, Wash — A new pharmacy journal edited by faculty at Washington State University Spokane has just been published. Advances in Pharmacy, published by Facts and Comparisons, is edited by Danial Baker, professor of pharmacotherapy and director of the Drug Information Center. Assistant editor is clinical assistant professor Terri Levien, assistant director of the DIC.

The quarterly journal focuses on new aspects of the practice of pharmacy, such as new drug delivery systems. The first issue included articles on medical informatics, telepharmacy, prescriber order entry, new delivery systems for contraceptives and a review of new drug applications recently filed with the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Contributing editors include Patrick Malone, PharmD, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director, Web-based pharmacy pathway, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University Medical Center; Steven Pickette, PharmD, assistant director of pharmacy services at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane; and Brian Gates, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, WSU College of Pharmacy.

The second issue of the journal will be available online at www.drugfacts.com, in January 2003. Subscriptions are available from Facts and Comparisons, (800)223-0554. An annual subscription is $79.95 ($39.95 for students).

Facts and Comparisons, a Wolters Kluwer company, is located in St. Louis, Mo., and is the leading source of unbiased drug information, comparative drug information and pharmacotherapeutic decision support tools for pharmacists. Facts and Comparisons publishes a broad scope of drug information and has been the leading resource for pharmacists for more than 50 years.

Facts and Comparisons also publishes Hospital Pharmacy, a monthly peer-reviewed journal devoted to the dissemination of high-quality information on all areas of interest to pharmacists practicing in the inpatient and outpatient setting within hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care and other health-system settings.

The Drug Information Center directed by Baker is housed at WSU Spokane and serves health care professionals throughout Washington by answering critical questions on drug use and its possible side effects. The DIC is the only source of its type for the state’s more than 20,000 licensed doctors and pharmacists, and answers several thousand questions each year.