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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212657/pharmacists-views-and-reported-practices-in-relation-to-a-new-generic-drug-substitution-policy-in-lebanon-a-mixed-methods-study
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Fadi El-Jardali, Racha Fadlallah, Rami Z Morsi, Nour Hemadi, Mounir Al-Gibbawi, Magda Haj, Suzan Khalil, Youssef Saklawi, Diana Jamal, Elie A Akl
BACKGROUND: Governments in both developed and developing countries have adopted generic drug substitution policies to decrease pharmaceutical expenditures and improve access to medicine. In August 2015, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in Lebanon introduced generic drug substitution and a unified medical prescription form as policy instruments to promote generic drug use. The objective of this exploratory study was to examine the attitudes of community pharmacists and the reported practices in relation to the implementation of the new generic drug substitution policy...
February 17, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211842/assessment-of-upper-limb-musculoskeletal-pain-and-posture-in-workers-of-packaging-units-of-pharmaceutical-industries
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Yasser Labbafinejad, Hossein Danesh, Zahra Imanizade
BACKGROUND: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are defined as the disabling or painful injury to the muscles, nerves or tendons that are caused by work or aggravated by it. Some studies confirm the association between working in packaging units in various industries and the pain in the upper limb, but also there are controversies about the possible risk factors among different working populations. OBJECTIVE: The present study aims to define the potential ergonomic risk factors for musculoskeletal pain in the upper limb...
February 17, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194338/development-of-medical-writing-in-india-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Suhasini Sharma
Pharmaceutical medical writing has grown significantly in India in the last couple of decades. It includes preparing regulatory, safety, and publication documents as well as educational and communication material related to health and health-care products. Medical writing requires medical understanding, knowledge of drug development and the regulatory and safety domains, understanding of research methodologies, and awareness of relevant regulations and guidelines. It also requires the ability to analyze, interpret, and present biomedical scientific data in the required format and good writing skills...
January 2017: Perspectives in Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192219/a-qualitative-study-of-overweight-and-obese-australians-views-of-food-addiction
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A J Cullen, A Barnett, P A Komesaroff, W Brown, K S O'Brien, W Hall, A Carter
The concept of food addiction is increasingly used in the academic literature and popular media to explain some forms of overweight and obesity. However, there is limited evidence on how this term is understood by and impacts overweight and obese individuals. This qualitative study investigated the views of overweight and obese individuals on food addiction, and its likely impact upon stigma, treatment-seeking, and support for public policies to reduce overeating. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 23 overweight and obese individuals (Mage = 38, MBMI = 33, 74% female) and analysed thematically...
February 10, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191318/structured-pharmaceutical-care-improves-the-health-related-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-asthma
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Philip O Anum, Berko P Anto, Audrey G Forson
BACKGROUND: Asthma as a chronic health condition can be controlled when in addition to clinical care, adequate education and support is provided to enhance self-management. Like many other chronic health conditions improved self-management positively impacts the health-related quality of life (HRQoL). It can therefore be said that a well-structured pharmaceutical care delivery that addresses the issues related to patient education and support towards self-management stands a good chance of positively impacting asthma control...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190479/a-global-picture-of-pharmacy-technician-and-other-pharmacy-support-workforce-cadres
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Tamara Koehler, Andrew Brown
INTRODUCTION: Understanding how pharmacy technicians and other pharmacy support workforce cadres assist pharmacists in the healthcare system will facilitate developing health systems with the ability to achieve universal health coverage as it is defined in different country contexts. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the present global variety in the technician and other pharmacy support workforce cadres considering; their scope, roles, supervision, education and legal framework...
March 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182663/dihydrobenz-e-1-4-oxazepin-2-3h-ones-a-new-anthelmintic-chemotype-immobilising-whipworm-and-reducing-infectivity-in-vivo
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Frederick A Partridge, Emma A Murphy, Nicky J Willis, Carole J R Bataille, Ruth Forman, Narinder Heyer-Chauhan, Bruno Marinič, Daniel J C Sowood, Graham M Wynne, Kathryn J Else, Angela J Russell, David B Sattelle
Trichuris trichiura is a human parasitic whipworm infecting around 500 million people globally, damaging the physical growth and educational performance of those infected. Current drug treatment options are limited and lack efficacy against the worm, preventing an eradication programme. It is therefore important to develop new treatments for trichuriasis. Using Trichuris muris, an established model for T. trichiura, we screened a library of 480 novel drug-like small molecules for compounds causing paralysis of the ex vivo adult parasite...
February 9, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181087/fasting-diabetes-and-optimizing-health-outcomes-for-ramadan-observers-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Hadi A Almansour, Betty Chaar, Bandana Saini
INTRODUCTION: Globally, and in Australia, diabetes has become a common chronic health condition. Diabetes is also quite prevalent in culturally and linguistically diverse pockets of the Australian population, including Muslims. There are over 90 million Muslims with diabetes worldwide. Diabetes management and medication use can be affected by religious practices such as fasting during Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from oral or intravenous substances from sunrise to sunset...
February 8, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179712/identifying-best-practices-for-and-utilities-of-the-pharmacy-curriculum-outcome-assessment-examination
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REVIEW
Timothy Y Mok, Frank Romanelli
Objective. A review was conducted to determine implementation strategies, utilities, score interpretation, and limitations of the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcome Assessment (PCOA) examination. Methods. Articles were identified through the PubMed and American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts databases using the following terms: "Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment," "pharmacy comprehensive examination," and "curricular assessment." Studies containing information regarding implementation, utility, and predictive values for US student pharmacists, curricula, and/or PGY1/PGY2 residents were included...
December 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161117/new-drugs-for-rare-diseases-in-children
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Klaus Rose
PURPOSE: United States (US) Pediatric Legislation (PL) was introduced in 1997 to improve children's health. The European Union PL (EUPL) has been in force since 2007. Both PLs facilitate additional pediatric research on primarily adult drugs. The EUPL declares that the forces of the market are not sufficient for children. Without a pediatric investigation plan, new drugs can no longer be registered with the European Union. New ways on how to facilitate drug development for rare pediatric diseases are being proposed...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160820/a-systematic-review-of-interventions-to-promote-work-participation-in-older-workers
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Ivan Steenstra, Kimberley Cullen, Emma Irvin, Dwayne Van Eerd
PURPOSE: The objective of this systematic review was to synthesize evidence on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at promoting work participation in older workers. METHODS: We followed a systematic review process developed by the Institute for Work & Health and a best evidence synthesis that ranked evidence as strong, moderate, limited, or insufficient. RESULTS: Seven electronic databases were searched from inception to March 2014. Evidence from 14 studies were synthesized in 4 different intervention categories: multi-component, exercise, medication and other interventions...
February 2017: Journal of Safety Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132655/defining-roles-for-pharmacy-personnel-in-disaster-response-and-emergency-preparedness
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Mohammad Alkhalili, Janice Ma, Sylvain Grenier
Ongoing provision of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies is of key importance during and following a disaster or other emergency event. An effectively coordinated response involving locally available pharmacy personnel-drawing upon the efforts of licensed pharmacists and unlicensed support staff-can help to mitigate harms and alleviate hardship in a community after emergency events. However, pharmacists and their counterparts generally receive limited training in disaster medicine and emergency preparedness as part of their initial qualifications, even in countries with well-developed professional education programs...
January 30, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119134/erythropoietin-as-a-performance-enhancing-drug-its-mechanistic-basis-detection-and-potential-adverse-effects
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Olivier Salamin, Tiia Kuuranne, Martial Saugy, Nicolas Leuenberger
Erythropoietin (EPO) is the main hormone regulating red blood cell (RBC) production. The large-scale production of a recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) by biotechnological methods has made possible its widespread therapeutic use as well as its misuse in sports. Since the marketing of the first epoetin in 1989, the development has progressed to the third-generation analogs. However, the production of rHuEPO is costly, and the frequent administration of an injectable formula is not optimal for compliance of therapeutic patients...
January 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114624/patient-advocacy-organizations-industry-funding-and-conflicts-of-interest
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Susannah L Rose, Janelle Highland, Matthew T Karafa, Steven Joffe
Importance: Patient advocacy organizations (PAOs) are influential health care stakeholders that provide direct counseling and education for patients, engage in policy advocacy, and shape research agendas. Many PAOs report having financial relationships with for-profit industry, yet little is known about the nature of these relationships. Objective: To describe the nature of industry funding and partnerships between PAOs and for-profit companies in the United States...
January 17, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110618/expanding-ambulatory-care-pharmacy-residency-education-through-a-multisite-university-affiliated-model
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Sarah K Schweiss, Sarah M Westberg, Jean Y Moon, Todd D Sorensen
INTRODUCTION: As the health-care system evolves and shifts to value-based payment systems, there is a recognized need to increase the number of ambulatory care trained pharmacists. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to describe the administrative structure of the University of Minnesota Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency program and to encourage adoption of similar models nationally in order to expand ambulatory care residency training opportunities and meet the demand for pharmacist practitioners...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104570/high-risk-injecting-behaviour-among-people-who-inject-pharmaceutical-opioids-in-australia
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Jenny Iversen, George Dertadian, Louise Geddes, Lisa Maher
BACKGROUND: Use of opioid analgesic medicines has doubled globally over the past decade, with a concomitant increase in prevalence of injection of pharmaceutical opioids (PO), including in Australia. This study investigates types of PO injected, methods used to prepare PO for injection and correlates of recent (last 6 months) PO injection among a large national sample of people who inject drugs (PWID). METHODS: The Australian NSP Survey (ANSPS), conducted annually at ∼50 NSP services across Australia, consists of a brief self-administered questionnaire and provision of a capillary dried blood spot for HIV and hepatitis C antibody testing...
January 16, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097713/pharmacist-industry-relationships
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Keene Saavedra, Bonnie O'Connor, Adriane Fugh-Berman
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to document, in their own words, beliefs and attitudes that American pharmacists have towards the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacists' interactions with industry. METHODS: An ethnographic-style qualitative study was conducted utilizing open-ended interviews with four hospital pharmacists, two independent pharmacists, two retail pharmacists and one administrative pharmacist in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to elicit descriptions of and attitudes towards pharmacists' relationships with industry...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090718/an-analysis-of-policies-for-cotrimoxazole-amoxicillin-and-azithromycin-use-in-namibia-s-public-sector-findings-and-therapeutic-implications
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Dan Kibuule, Mwangana Mubita, Ester Naikaku, Francis Kalemeera, Brian B Godman, Evans Sagwa
BACKGROUND: Despite Namibia's robust medicine use systems and policies, antibiotic use indicators remain suboptimal. Recent medicine use surveys rank cotrimoxazole, amoxicillin and azithromycin (CAA) among the most used medicines. However, there is rising resistance to CAA (55.9%-96.7%). Unfortunately, to date, there have been limited studies evaluating policies to improve antibiotic use in Namibia. AIM: To evaluate public sector pharmaceutical policies and guidelines influencing the therapeutic use of CAA antibiotics in Namibia...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090100/description-and-evaluation-of-an-mpharm-practice-based-experience-pilot-program
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Philip Winn, Christopher J Turner
Objective. To determine the level of support among pharmacists in central Scotland to serve as mentors and provide practice-based experience to students enrolled in a master of pharmacy degree program. Methods. A study was conducted during the 2011-2012 academic year in which first-year MPharm students in Scotland were paired with practicing pharmacists for 2 half-day visits per month. The students were integrated into the pharmacy workflow and engaged in activities ranging from date checking to counseling patients...
November 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074749/students-use-stamp-out-program-to-advance-seniors-knowledge-of-drug-misuse
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Gabrielle Cozzi, Elisa Torres, Robert G Wahler
: This program assessed the impact of student presentations on 30 seniors and sought to improve their knowledge of prescription drug misuse and abuse. The six pharmacy students used the ASCP Foundation's "STAMP Out Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Tool Kit." Information presented to senior audiences included descriptions of drug misuse and abuse and preventive measures to uphold medication safety. Students assessed seniors' prior knowledge about the topics through audience participation...
December 1, 2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
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