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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ronald N. Cohen, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: The first section of this book includes overviews of all medications used to treat hyperglycemia and diabetes. For each medication, extensive prescribing information and drug interactions are included. Next, two sections discuss strategies for managing both macrovascular and microvascular diseases associated with diabetes. The final section discusses novel antidiabetic medications in development that may be available in the future
Purpose: The purpose is to provide in-depth but easy to use summaries of medications and treatment strategies used in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. As a collaboration between the ADA and PDR, it is meant to be an authoritative and definitive reference on this important topic.
Audience: The book is written to provide physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, dietitians, and patients all the information they need to understand why and how antihyperglycemic medications are used. I think the book will be especially useful to physicians (particularly endocrinologists) who care for patients with diabetes.
Features: All classes of medications used to treat diabetes are covered. There are also nice overviews of diabetes management strategies. Important prescribing information is included, as well as extensive tables of potential drug interactions.
Assessment: This is an excellent, worthwhile reference for physicians who take care of patients with diabetes. While there are other places to obtain prescribing information, I found this to be a helpful, well written, and organized book. It is particularly nice to have extensive medication information combined with useful discussions of treatment strategies for both diabetes and its complications.