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From the February ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright © 2002 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Book on drugs in renal failure available for handheld computers

The ACP-ASIM book, "Drug Prescribing in Renal Failure," is now available for handheld computers that use the Palm operating system.

The book contains information on more than 450 drugs, making it the most extensive collection of drug-dosing information for patients with impaired renal function.

The electronic version of the book allows physicians to determine drug dosages with the tap of a button. It also contains a tool to easily calculate glomerular filtration rate and ideal body weight.

The handheld application costs $19.95. The handheld application and the "Drug Prescribing in Renal Failure" book can be purchased together for $34.95 ($39.95 for nonmembers).

For more information and a free demo version, visit www.acponline.org/pda. Because the product is available only as a download from the Web, copies must be ordered online.

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Coming soon: free immunization toolkit

Later this spring, the ACP-ASIM Adult Immunization Initiative will release an electronic toolkit designed to help internists step up their use of immunizations.

The Adult Immunization Toolkit will be mailed in early April to all College members who are general internists. (The product will be available to all other members who request one.) The CD-ROM will include the following immunization resources:

  • immunization information from the CDC (CME credit is available);


  • electronic copies of all educational materials developed by the Adult Immunization Initiative;


  • vaccine reference information that can be used on handheld computers;


  • a guide for billing and coding for adult immunizations;


  • a presentation that includes slides and talking points for members who want to educate the public about adult immunization; and


  • the Adult Immunization Harmonized Schedule from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Copies of the CD-ROM Toolkit will also be available at the Adult Immunization Booth in the exhibit hall at Annual Session 2002.

For more information on the Adult Immunization Initiative, contact Matt Smith at msmith@acponline.org or 800-523-1546, ext. 2602.

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