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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921172/-european-network-of-official-medicines-control-laboratories-international-omcl-working-group-combating-counterfeit-and-other-illegal-medicines
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REVIEW
Richard Wanko, Uwe Unkelbach
Official medicines control laboratories (OMCLs) have for a long time been involved in testing activities related to suspected counterfeit or other illegal medicines in a number of European countries in support of national enforcement authorities. With the secretarial support of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM), from 2005 onwards, the General European OMCL Network (GEON) has gradually introduced for its members tailored tools, joint test programmes and information/discussion platforms in the field of falsified medicines testing...
September 18, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918448/a-systematic-review-of-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-screening-interventions-for-assessing-the-risk-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-women-considering-combined-oral-contraceptives
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REVIEW
Zanfina Ademi, C Simone Sutherland, Joris Van Stiphout, Jöelle Michaud, Goranka Tanackovic, Matthias Schwenkglenks
Use of combined oral contraceptives (COCs) by women increases the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which can have a major impact on an individuals' quality of life. VTE is also associated with an increase in healthcare costs. Our aim was to systematically review cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) considering any screening for risk of VTE in women using COCs. The quality of reporting in each study was assessed, a summary of results was prepared, and the key drivers of cost effectiveness in each of the eligible CEAs were identified...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862129/duration-of-intravenous-antibiotic-therapy-for-children-with-acute-osteomyelitis-or-septic-arthritis-a-feasibility-study
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Hans de Graaf, Priya Sukhtankar, Barbara Arch, Nusreen Ahmad, Amanda Lees, Abigail Bennett, Catherine Spowart, Helen Hickey, Annmarie Jeanes, Kate Armon, Andrew Riordan, Jethro Herberg, Scott Hackett, Carrol Gamble, Delane Shingadia, Ann Pallett, Stuart C Clarke, Philip Henman, Marieke Emonts, Mike Sharland, Adam Finn, Andrew J Pollard, Colin Powell, Peter Marsh, Claire Ballinger, Paula R Williamson, Nicholas Mp Clarke, Saul N Faust
BACKGROUND: There is little current consensus regarding the route or duration of antibiotic treatment for acute osteomyelitis (OM) and septic arthritis (SA) in children. OBJECTIVE: To assess the overall feasibility and inform the design of a future randomised controlled trial (RCT) to reduce the duration of intravenous (i.v.) antibiotic use in paediatric OM and SA. DESIGN: (1) A prospective service evaluation (cohort study) to determine the current disease spectrum and UK clinical practice in paediatric OM/SA; (2) a prospective cohort substudy to assess the use of targeted polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in diagnosing paediatric OM/SA; (3) a qualitative study to explore families' views and experiences of OM/SA; and (4) the development of a core outcome set via a systematic review of literature, Delphi clinician survey and stakeholder consensus meeting...
September 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851781/protocol-for-a-nationwide-survey-of-primary-health-care-in-china-the-china-peace-patient-centered-evaluative-assessment-of-cardiac-events-mpp-million-persons-project-primary-health-care-survey
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Meng Su, Qiuli Zhang, Jiapeng Lu, Xi Li, Na Tian, Yun Wang, Winnie Yip, Kar Keung Cheng, George A Mensah, Ralph I Horwitz, Elias Mossialos, Harlan M Krumholz, Lixin Jiang
INTRODUCTION: China has pioneered advances in primary health care (PHC) and public health for a large and diverse population. To date, the current state of PHC in China has not been subjected to systematic assessments. Understanding variations in primary care services could generate opportunities for improving the structure and function of PHC. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This paper describes a nationwide PHC study (PEACE MPP Primary Health Care Survey) conducted across 31 provinces in China...
August 28, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812385/increased-acetaminophen-related-calls-to-finnish-pic-better-reflect-acetaminophen-sales-than-serious-poisonings
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Mikko J Parry, Helena Isoniemi, Anna-Maria Koivusalo, Kalle Hoppu
OBJECTIVE: Acetaminophen (APAP) or paracetamol is a commonly encountered medicine in poisonings. We studied the changes in APAP related calls to the Finnish poison information centre (FPIC), and serious intoxications, involving hepatotoxicity or death in 2001-2014. These data were compared with paracetamol sales in Finland. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of the FPIC database calls, national cause of death registry, registries of liver transplantations and molecular adsorbent recycling system (MARS)-treated patients from Helsinki University Hospital together with the National Institute of Health and Welfare registry of patients hospitalized...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774667/the-current-status-of-exposure-driven-approaches-for-chemical-safety-assessment-a-cross-sector-perspective
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REVIEW
Fiona Sewell, Manoj Aggarwal, Gerald Bachler, Alan Broadmeadow, Nichola Gellatly, Emma Moore, Sally Robinson, Martijn Rooseboom, Alexander Stevens, Claire Terry, Natalie Burden
For the purposes of chemical safety assessment, the value of using non-animal (in silico and in vitro) approaches and generating mechanistic information on toxic effects is being increasingly recognised. For sectors where in vivo toxicity tests continue to be a regulatory requirement, there has been a parallel focus on how to refine studies (i.e. reduce suffering and improve animal welfare) and increase the value that in vivo data adds to the safety assessment process, as well as where to reduce animal numbers where possible...
August 15, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747237/mental-health-care-utilisation-among-internally-displaced-persons-in-ukraine-results-from-a-nation-wide-survey
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B Roberts, N Makhashvili, J Javakhishvili, A Karachevskyy, N Kharchenko, M Shpiker, E Richardson
Aims There are an estimated 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine because of the armed conflict in the east of the country. The aim of this paper is to examine utilisation patterns of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) care among IDPs in Ukraine. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey design was used. Data were collected from 2203 adult IDPs throughout Ukraine between March and May 2016. Data on mental health care utilisation were collected, along with outcomes including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety...
July 27, 2017: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653291/patients-perspectives-on-adverse-drug-reaction-reporting-in-a-developing-country-a-case-study-from-ghana
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George Tsey Sabblah, Delese Mimi Darko, Hudu Mogtari, Linda Härmark, Eugène van Puijenbroek
INTRODUCTION: Recent efforts to introduce direct patient reporting into pharmacovigilance systems have proved that patient reports contribute significantly to medicine safety, but there is a paucity of information relating to patients' perspectives regarding adverse drug reaction reporting in developing countries. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to explore patients' knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and opinions on spontaneous adverse drug reaction reporting in Ghana...
June 26, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623550/antibiotic-susceptibility-profiles-among-campylobacter-isolates-obtained-from-international-travelers-between-2007-and-2014
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A Post, D Martiny, N van Waterschoot, M Hallin, U Maniewski, E Bottieau, M Van Esbroeck, E Vlieghe, S Ombelet, O Vandenberg, J Jacobs
Campylobacter infection is a common cause of diarrhea among international travelers. We studied antibiotic resistance patterns among Campylobacter isolates obtained from international travelers according to travel destination. Three collections of isolates obtained from international travelers between 2007 and 2014 (Institute of Tropical Medicine, the "Laboratoire Hospitalier Universitaire de Bruxelles "and the Belgian National Reference Centre for Campylobacter) were used. Isolates were tested for minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) values (E-test macromethod) for fluoroquinolones, macrolides, tetracyclines, amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, and meropenem...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588969/it-is-time-to-revise-the-international-good-clinical-practices-guidelines-recommendations-from-non-commercial-north-south-collaborative-trials
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Raffaella Ravinetto, Halidou Tinto, Ermias Diro, Joseph Okebe, Yodi Mahendradhata, Suman Rijal, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Pascal Lutumba, Alain Nahum, Katelijne De Nys, Minne Casteels, Marleen Boelaert
The Good Clinical Practices (GCP) codes of the WHO and the International Conference of Harmonization set international standards for clinical research. But critics argue that they were written without consideration for the challenges faced in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Based on our field experience in LMICs, we developed a non-exhaustive set of recommendations for the improvement of GCP. These cover 3 domains: ethical, legal and operational, and 8 specific issues: the double ethical review of 'externally sponsored' trials; the informed consent procedure in minors and in illiterate people; post-trial access to newly-developed products for the trial communities; the role of communities as key research actors; the definition of sponsor; and the guidance for contractual agreements, laboratory quality management systems, and quality assurance of investigational medicinal products...
November 2016: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555704/transdisciplinary-research-in-frailty-knowledge-translation-to-inform-new-models-of-care
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M Archibald, A Kitson, D Frewin, R Visvanathan
Transforming care for frail older adults requires more than rigorous research. While preventing, identifying and managing frailty are critical to reducing the personal and health systems impact of frailty worldwide, collaborative approaches to research and research application that reflect stakeholder perspectives and priorities are necessary to create meaningful solutions to frailty-related challenges. In South Australia, a new Centre for Research Excellence in Frailty was recently launched with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia...
2017: Journal of Frailty & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554932/the-role-of-academic-health-centres-in-building-equitable-health-systems-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Alexandra Edelman, Judy Taylor, Pavel V Ovseiko, Stephanie M Topp
INTRODUCTION: Academic health centres (AHCs) are complex organisations often defined by their 'tripartite' mission: to achieve high standards of clinical care, undertake clinical and laboratory research and educate health professionals. In the last decade, AHCs have moved away from what was a dominant focus on high impact (clinical) interventions for individuals, towards a more population-oriented paradigm requiring networked institutions and responsiveness to a range of issues including distribution of health outcomes and health determinants...
May 29, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447134/-poisonings-in-germany-poisons-centres-medical-management-and-national-monitoring
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REVIEW
Herbert Desel, Helmut Hentschel, Andreas Stürer
BACKGROUND: Illnesses caused by exposure to extracorporeal artificial substances play a major role in emergency medicine, family medicine, and environmental medicine. OBJECTIVE: The current situation of medical poisoning management and national reporting of poisonings in Germany are described. MATERIALS UND METHODS: The information and data presented here are derived from a literature review and from stakeholder interviews. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Eight poison centres (PCs) offer consultation supporting the diagnosis and treatment of poisoning cases in Germany today...
April 26, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392735/evaluating-performance-in-sweat-testing-in-medical-biochemistry-laboratories-in-croatia
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Merica Aralica, Jasna Lenicek Krleza
INTRODUCTION: Sweat test has a diagnostic role in evaluation of cystic fibrosis. Its performance includes sweat stimulation, collection and analysis. All listed may be sources of inconsistencies in everyday practice. The aim of this study was an evaluation of external quality assessment (EQA) of sweat chloride measurement including sweat test performance in medical biochemistry laboratories in Croatia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: EQA for sweat chloride measurement was provided by Croatian Centre for Quality Assessment in Laboratory Medicine (CROQALM) in five consecutive exercises to medical biochemistry laboratories (MBL) that offered sweat testing...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385575/intersecting-worlds-of-transfusion-and-transplantation-medicine-an-international-symposium-organized-by-the-canadian-blood-services-centre-for-innovation
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REVIEW
Kendra M Hodgkinson, Jeffrey Kiernan, Andrew W Shih, Ziad Solh, William P Sheffield, Nicolas Pineault
The principal theme of the symposium was centered on how the world of regenerative medicine intersects with that of transfusion medicine, with a particular focus on hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and stem cell therapies. The symposium highlighted several exciting developments and identified areas where additional research is needed. A revised map of human hematopoietic hierarchy was presented based on the functional and phenotypic analysis of thousands of single stem and progenitor cells from adult bone marrow and fetal liver...
July 2017: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271567/the-welsh-blood-service-70-years-of-continuous-change
#16
REVIEW
G D Poole
The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in England and Wales was established as a single entity in 1946 and operated as such for almost half a century. During those 50 years, the blood service in Wales, as in the rest of the UK, saw many technological and operational changes. The automation of donation testing, the introduction of successive layers of microbiological screening, the creation of the Tissue Typing Laboratory (later renamed the Welsh Transplantation and Immunogenetics Laboratory) and the development of information technology brought - over a relatively long period - highly significant improvements to an organisation that had begun life as an Emergency Medical Service...
March 8, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253540/payment-methods-for-outpatient-care-facilities
#17
REVIEW
Beibei Yuan, Li He, Qingyue Meng, Liying Jia
BACKGROUND: Outpatient care facilities provide a variety of basic healthcare services to individuals who do not require hospitalisation or institutionalisation, and are usually the patient's first contact. The provision of outpatient care contributes to immediate and large gains in health status, and a large portion of total health expenditure goes to outpatient healthcare services. Payment method is one of the most important incentive methods applied by purchasers to guide the performance of outpatient care providers...
March 3, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209677/narratives-in-family-medicine-a-global-perspective-the-besrour-papers-a-series-on-the-state-of-family-medicine-in-the-world
#18
REVIEW
Christine Gibson, Robert Woollard, Videsh Kapoor, David Ponka
OBJECTIVE: To explore the development of family medicine postgraduate training in countries with varying levels of resources at different stages of development of the discipline. COMPOSITION OF THE COMMITTEE: Since 2012, the College of Family Physicians of Canada has hosted the Besrour Conferences to reflect on its role in advancing the discipline of family medicine globally. The Besrour Narrative Working Group was conceived in 2012 at the first Besrour Conference...
February 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198342/-career-development-of-medical-school-graduates-comparison-of-medical-students-from-utrecht-leiden-and-groningen
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V van Dee, B M van der Klis, M R van Dijk
OBJECTIVE: To gain insight in the career development of Utrecht medical school graduates. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. METHOD: In November 2015, we investigated the achieved academic title, occupation and position for 281 graduates who had started their medical education at University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU) in the academic year 2003-2004. Information was gathered from the BIG-register for medical professionals, through social media and Google, and if necessary through private messaging...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145024/psychopharmacologic-treatment-and-blood-transfusion-in-fast-track-total-hip-and-knee-arthroplasty
#20
MULTICENTER STUDY
Silas Hinsch Gylvin, Christoffer Calov Jørgensen, Anders Fink-Jensen, Pär I Johansson, Henrik Kehlet
BACKGROUND: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other psychotropics are receiving increasing attention due to reports on inhibition of thrombocyte function and an increased bleeding risk in surgical settings. Studies in total hip and total knee arthroplasty (THA and TKA, respectively) have shown conflicting results, questioning whether the potential increased bleeding risk is of clinical importance. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Prospective consecutive collection of data on preoperative comorbidity in patients undergoing primary unilateral THA or TKA was cross-referenced with regional transfusion databases and The Danish National Database of Reimbursed Prescriptions for information regarding blood transfusions and psychopharmacologic treatment...
April 2017: Transfusion
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