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IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:
December 2016

Botulinum Toxin for Borderline Personality Disorder?
In a small open-label case series, patients with borderline personality disorder benefited from botulinum toxin injections.

Lamotrigine: Brand-Name versus Generic
Two studies found no significant changes in blood levels or pharmacokinetic variables when patients with seizure disorders were switched between brand-name lamotrigine (Lamictal and others) and various generic formulations.

Drugs to Help Smokers Quit: New Data
A new study comparing varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban, and others) with a nicotine patch and placebo in smokers with and without psychiatric diagnoses reports no significant difference in neuropsychiatric adverse events among the four treatment groups.

Antipsychotics, Pneumonia, and Alzheimer Disease
A large study in Finland found that antipsychotic use was associated with an increased risk of pneumonia both in patients with and those without Alzheimer disease.

In Brief
Children with Hypertension Score Lower on Neurocognitive Tests; Use of Hormonal Contraception in Women Linked to Depression

BTP's 40th Year
The next issue of this newsletter, January 2017, will mark the start of our 40th annual volume.

CME 2016
Please be sure to submit the Continuing Medical Education (CME) posttest and evaluation for 2016. You can complete the test online or print it out and then submit by email or fax.

Continuing Medical Education credits available!

The CME posttest is now available!

Provided by The CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc. After reading this volume of Biological Therapies in Psychiatry (BTP), the learner will be able to (1) discuss new psychiatric drugs, including side effects and drug interactions, and (2) describe new information on older medications and new biological treatments.

The CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., designates this enduring material for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To obtain credit, you must answer 17 of 24 questions correctly and return the answer sheet to the CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., by March 31, 2017. The cost for this activity is $30.

Options for completion:

  1. Download the 2016 CME Posttest. Mail or fax in the completed posttest by 3/31/17. Certificate will be emailed within 4-6 weeks.
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