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Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology

Elena R Lungu, Orlando J Manti, Mitchell A H Levine, Douglas A Clark, Tanya M Potashnik, Carol I McKinley
BACKGROUND: Prescription drug expenditures represent a significant component of health care costs in Canada, with estimates of $28.8 billion spent in 2014. Identifying the major cost drivers and the effect they have on prescription drug expenditures allows policy makers and researchers to interpret current cost pressures and anticipate future expenditure levels. OBJECTIVES: To identify the major drivers of prescription drug costs and to develop a methodology to disaggregate the impact of each of the individual drivers...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Jennifer Corny, Elaine Pelletier, Denis Lebel, Jean-François Bussières
BACKGROUND: Only few medicines are licensed for children. The use of emerging drugs (unmarketed drug, off-label drug with poorly documented use, and/or costly drugs) might represent an essential alternative for pediatric patients. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to assess emerging drug uses rate and profile in our women's and children's centre to support the implementation of an appropriate policy. METHODS: We identified retrospectively emerging drugs used between 2013-01-01 and 2014-02-28, using computerized pharmacist software extraction of drugs used...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Heidi J Deal, Charmaine A Cooke, Ethel M Langille Ingram, Ingrid S Sketris
BACKGROUND: Pharmacists conduct medication reviews to optimize drug therapy. Each jurisdiction implements and funds these programs differently. OBJECTIVE: To describe the uptake of the first year of a community pharmacy medication review program reimbursed by the publically insured seniors' drug benefit program in Nova Scotia, Canada. METHODS: This retrospective analysis included 294 pharmacies and 105,000 beneficiaries enrolled in the Nova Scotia Seniors' Pharmacare Program...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Isabelle Goyer, Massimiliano Iseppon, Céline Thibault, Rachid Abaji, Maja Krajinovic, Julie Autmizguine
Children with cystic fibrosis are commonly colonized with multi-resistant bacteria. In such patients, infectious exacerbation may require salvage therapy with uncommonly used antimicrobials, including chloramphenicol. Chloramphenicol is rarely used nowadays because of the associated severe adverse events. We describe the case of a 15-year-old female with terminal cystic fibrosis who required intravenous (IV) chloramphenicol treatment for a Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) exacerbation. The child subsequently developed lactic acidosis and secondary respiratory compensation adding to her baseline respiratory distress...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Vincent C Smith, Phillip Matthias, Yasmin N Senturias, Renee M Turchi, Janet F Williams
BACKGROUND: Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is the United States' most common preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and developmental disabilities collectively referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to identify gaps in pediatric providers' knowledge and practices regarding FASD patient identification, diagnosis, management and referral, and to inform needs-based FASD resource development. METHODS: Pediatric providers (pediatricians, trainees, nurse practitioners) were exposed to survey links embedded in newsletters electronically distributed to the membership of two national professional societies...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Pendar Farahani
BACKGROUND: Use of SGLT-2 receptor inhibitors has been associated with weight loss and a low rate of hypoglycemia in comparison to sulfonylureas. These factors may improve health-related quality of life for patients with diabetes. OBJECTIVES: To systematically explore randomized controlled trials (RCTs) involving SGLT-2 receptor inhibitors that reported health-related quality of life changes. METHODS: A systematic review of SGLT-2 receptor inhibitors clinical trials, limited to RCTs and English language, was conducted utilizing PubMed databases...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Jason R Guertin, Elham Rahme, Jacques LeLorier
BACKGROUND: Many observational studies have found an association between the exposure to statins and the increased risk of diabetes, mostly through the use of intent-to-treat (ITT) like exposure measure (EM). ITT like EM may not adequately reflect the mechanism of action by which statins could cause diabetes. OBJECTIVES: To determine if continuous EMs can more accurately reflect the mechanism of action by which statins and incidence of diabetes would be associated than ITT like EM...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Ola S Norrie, Rose Dziadekwich, Raquel Fernandez, Colleen J Metge
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September 13, 2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Hiten Naik, Xin Qiu, M Catherine Brown, Mary Mahler, Henrique Hon, Kyoko Tiessen, Henry Thai, Valerie Ho, Christina Gonos, Rebecca Charow, Vivien Pat, Margaret Irwin, Lindsay Herzog, Anthea Ho, Wei Xu, Doris Howell, Soo Jin Seung, Geoffrey Liu, Nicole Mittmann
BACKGROUND: Health utility (HU) scores play an essential role in pharmacoeconomic analyses. Routine clinical administration of the EuroQol-5 Dimensions (EQ-5D) can allow for HU and health related quality of life (HRQOL) assessments in the real-world setting. OBJECTIVES: The primary goals of this study were to evaluate whether patients were willing to complete the EQ-5D instrument on a routine basis and which clinical or demographic factors influence this willingness...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Pendar Farahani
Evidence from literature illustrates that from a pathophysiological perspective, sulfonylureas (SU) may impact the heart three ways: directly by intrinsic properties from a pharmacological receptor perspective, indirectly by adverse effects related to hypoglycemia, and obesity. From a pharmacologlogical receptor perspective, SU can bind to ATP-sensitive potassium channels in cardiomyocytes. Channel binding by SU in cardiac tissue may prevent ischemia myocardial protective mechanisms. From a pathophysiological perspective, obesity is associated with cardiac issues such as pulmonary hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, arrhythmia, and atrial fibrillation...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Isabelle Goyer, Gabrielle Ferland, Ni Ruo, Caroline Morin, Marie-Sophie Brochet, Lucie Morin, Ema Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Since 2006, the empiric use of azithromycin in women at risk of premature birth has become prevalent in our institution without any evidence of its efficacy. Although antibiotics can prolong pregnancy in preterm prolonged rupture of membranes, no published data are available for women with intact membranes. OBJECTIVES: To describe the purpose of adding azithromycin to the usual treatments (cerclage, tocolysis, rest, etc.) to prolong pregnancy in women with intact membranes who are at risk of or already in preterm labour...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Suthakar Sabapathy, Cheryl Neslusan, Kim Yoong, Anna Teschemaker, Pierre Johansen, Michael Willis
BackgroundCanagliflozin, an agent that inhibits sodium glucose co-transporter 2, is approved as add-on to metformin plus sulfonylurea for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in Canada. Canagliflozin offers greater glycemic control, as well as important additional benefits such as weight loss and blood pressure reductions, versus dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors such as sitagliptin.  ObjectiveThis analysis evaluated the cost-effectiveness of canagliflozin 300 mg and canagliflozin 100 mg versus sitagliptin 100 mg in patients with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on metformin plus sulfonylurea from the perspective of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health...
2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
P G J Ter Horst, Mitko Madjunkov, Shahnaz Chaudry
BackgroundA safe amount of alcohol that can be ingested by suckling infants is not known. As a result, alcohol consumption by lactating mothers during this crucial time can potentially harm infants. ObjectiveThis article provides an overview of alcohol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in breast milk. Methods/DiscussionThis paper reviews literature on alcohol exposure as it relates to suckling infants. Intended and unintended alcohol exposure through breast milk may occur by skin contact, inhalation and by use of alcohol co-formulated drugs...
2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
B Alyahya, S Tamur, S Aljenedil, A Larocuque, E Holody, S Gosselin
BackgroundReduced gastrointestinal motility can alter the toxicokinetics of acetaminophen poisoning. We report a case of altered acetaminophen toxicokinetics due to delayed gastrointestinal absorption, likely secondary to intestinal trauma/surgery.  Case ReportA 37-year-old woman ingested an unknown amount of acetaminophen and ethanol then stabbed herself in the abdomen. The initial acetaminophen was 1,285.9 μmol/L and the time of ingestion was not known. Intravenous acetylcysteine protocol was started. She developed an ileus post-surgery for the stab wounds...
2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
J Daupin, G Rosseaux, D Lebel, S Atkinson, P Bedard, J-F Bussieres
BackgroundMedication reconciliation (MedRec) can improve patient safety. In Canada, most provinces are implementing electronic health records (EHR). The Quebec Health Record (QHR) can theoretically be used for medication reconciliation. However, the quantity and the quality of information available in this EHR have not been studied. ObjectivesThe main objective was to compare the quantity and quality of the information collected between the inpatient best possible medication history (BPMH) and the QHR.   MethodsThis is a descriptive prospective study conducted at CHU Sainte-Justine, a 500-bed tertiary mother-and-child university hospital center...
2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Jonathan Baskin, Jolie R Delja, Catherine Mogil, Clarissa M Gorospe, Blair Paley
BackgroundThere is a notable absence of evidence based early interventions for young children with FASD.  ObjectiveThis study examines clinicians' perspectives regarding the needs of caregivers of children with FASD and how such perspectives informed the development of a family-centered early intervention for young children with prenatal alcohol exposure.  Method19 professionals who work with children with prenatal alcohol exposure and / or in out-of-home care were recruited to participate in focus groups...
2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
R LeBlanc, S Hollmann, J Tay
BACKGROUND: Multiple myeloma (MM) is a cancer caused by malignant plasma cells that accumulate mostly in the bone marrow. In Canada, the most common maintenance therapy options after autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) are bortezomib and lenalidomide. OBJECTIVE: To determine the incremental cost between bortezomib and lenalidomide maintenance therapies for patients with MM post ASCT. METHODS: Analyses were conducted to compare the annual costs of bortezomib and lenalidomide maintenance treatments for patients with MM post ASCT in Canada...
2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Michel Perreault, El Hadj Toure, Marie-Josee Fleury, Serge Beaulieu, Jean Caron
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Antidepressants constitute one of the most consumed classes of psychotropic medication. This study aims to identify a typology of users based on their individual characteristics, such as presence of a mental disorder and use of other psychotropic medication during the last year. METHODS: Antidepressant use for residents in the epidemiological zone of South-West Montreal aged 15 years and older was documented in 2009, 2011, and 2013. Among the 2433 participants from the initial study, 249 had used antidepressants (10%)...
2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Raewyn C Mutch, Heather M Jones, Carol Bower, Rochelle E Watkins
BACKGROUND: People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can be involved in high risk, socially unacceptable and harmful behaviours and are at high risk of engaging with the justice system. OBJECTIVE: To obtain baseline data on Western Australian justice professionals' knowledge, attitudes and practice relating to FASD to inform the development of FASD resources. METHODS: Cross sectional study using on-line survey methods, descriptive analysis of quantitative data and content analysis methods for qualitative data...
2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Amos S Hundert, Anna Huguet, Courtney R Green, Amy J Hewitt, Christopher J Mushquash, Nazeem Muhajarine, Andre Sourander, Heather Caughey, Patricia Lingley-Pottie, Patrick J McGrath, James N Reynolds
BACKGROUND: In order to meet the need for accessible interventions and support for families affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), we have developed an Internet-based, distance intervention for caregivers of children with FASD between the ages of four and twelve, called Strongest Families™ FASD. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the usability of the Strongest Families FASD program content and website in terms of learnability, efficiency and acceptability. METHODS: A remote usability testing approach was conducted in two iterative cycles of participants...
2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
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