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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926636/the-expected-and-unexpected-benefits-of-dispensing-the-exact-number-of-pills
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Carole Treibich, Sabine Lescher, Luis Sagaon-Teyssier, Bruno Ventelou
BACKGROUND: From November 2014 to November 2015, an experiment in French community pharmacies replaced traditional pre-packed boxes by per-unit dispensing of pills in the exact numbers prescribed, for 14 antibiotics. METHODS: A cluster randomised control trial was carried out in 100 pharmacies. 75 pharmacies counted out the medication by units (experimental group), the other 25 providing the treatment in the existing pharmaceutical company boxes (control group)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926592/polish-physicians-cooperation-with-the-pharmaceutical-industry-and-its-potential-impact-on-public-health
#2
Marta Makowska
OBJECTIVE: This article aims to describe how Polish physicians cooperate with the pharmaceutical industry and show how this relationship may pose a threat to public health. METHODS: It considers the results of an online survey of 379 physicians. The survey was hosted by surveymonkey.com with links from a Polish physicians' website (Medycyna Praktyczna) between 29 October 2013 and 31 December 2013. The sample was purposive, respondents having to be physicians working in Poland...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926565/a-snp-panel-and-online-tool-for-checking-genotype-concordance-through-comparing-qr-codes
#3
Yonghong Du, Joshua S Martin, John McGee, Yuchen Yang, Eric Yi Liu, Yingrui Sun, Matthias Geihs, Xuejun Kong, Eric Lingfeng Zhou, Yun Li, Jie Huang
In the current precision medicine era, more and more samples get genotyped and sequenced. Both researchers and commercial companies expend significant time and resources to reduce the error rate. However, it has been reported that there is a sample mix-up rate of between 0.1% and 1%, not to mention the possibly higher mix-up rate during the down-stream genetic reporting processes. Even on the low end of this estimate, this translates to a significant number of mislabeled samples, especially over the projected one billion people that will be sequenced within the next decade...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926562/generics-for-the-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-in-monoinfected-and-hiv-coinfected-patients-pros-and-cons
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Dario Cattaneo, Alessandro Fossati, Chiara Resnati, Massimo Galli, Cristina Gervasoni
The treatment of hepatitis C virus in monoinfected and HIV-coinfected patients has greatly changed over recent years as a result of the introduction of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs), which have revolutionized clinical outcomes and led to sustained virological response rates above 90-95%. The discovery of new molecules and the subsequent competition between pharmaceutical companies, together with the negotiated price policies pursued by many national health systems, have led to a gradual reduction in the cost of DAAs, and expand their use to an increasing number of patients, including those with mild liver damage...
September 19, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925813/what-patients-think-about-choice-in-healthcare-a-study-on-primary-care-services-in-finland
#5
Anna-Mari Aalto, Marko Elovainio, Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen, Eeva Reissell, Tuulikki Vehko, Miisa Chydenius, Timo Sinervo
BACKGROUND: The ongoing Finnish health and social service reform will expand choice by opening the market for competition between public and private service providers. This study examined the attitudes of primary care patients towards choice and which patient-related factors are associated with these attitudes. METHODS: A sample of attenders during one week in health centres of 12 big cities and municipal consortiums (including seven outsourced local units) and in primary care units of one private company providing outsourced services for municipalities (aged 18-95, n=8128) was used...
September 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925605/predictivity-of-nonclinical-male-reproductive-findings-for-human-effects
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Anthony R Scialli, Richard V Clark, Robert E Chapin
BACKGROUND: Testing of pharmaceutical products for reproductive toxicity in male laboratory animals is required for registration. METHODS: We evaluated whether the results of studies showing male reproductive toxicity in experimental animals was predictive of reproductive effects in men participating in clinical trials. We surveyed companies for information on pharmaceutical candidates that had shown male reproductive toxicity in nonclinical studies for which there was information on male reproductive effects in clinical trials...
September 19, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924945/hydrogen-fluoride-hf-substance-flow-analysis-for-safe-and-sustainable-chemical-industry
#7
Junbeum Kim, Yongwoo Hwang, Mijin Yoo, Sha Chen, Ik-Mo Lee
In this study, the chemical substance flow of hydrogen fluoride (hydrofluoric acid, HF) in domestic chemical industries in 2014 was analyzed in order to provide a basic material and information for the establishment of organized management system to ensure safety during HF applications. A total of 44,751 tons of HF was made by four domestic companies (in 2014); import amount was 95,984 tons in 2014 while 21,579 tons of HF was imported in 2005. The export amount of HF was 2180 tons, of which 2074 ton (China, 1422 tons, U...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923813/bidirectional-text-messaging-to-improve-adherence-to-recommended-lipid-testing
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Laura-Mae Baldwin, Caitlin Morrison, Jonathan Griffin, Nick Anderson, Kelly Edwards, Jeff Green, Cleary Waldren, William Reiter
BACKGROUND: Synergies between technology and health care in the United States are accelerating, increasing opportunities to leverage these technologies to improve patient care. METHODS: This study was a collaboration between an academic study team, a rural primary care clinic, and a local nonprofit informatics company developing tools to improve patient care through population management. Our team created a text messaging management tool, then developed methods for and tested the feasibility of bidirectional text messaging to remind eligible patients about the need for lipid testing...
September 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923406/negative-environmental-impacts-of-antibiotic-contaminated-effluents-from-pharmaceutical-industries
#9
Ana Bielen, Ana Šimatović, Josipa Kosić-Vukšić, Ivan Senta, Marijan Ahel, Sanja Babić, Tamara Jurina, Juan José González Plaza, Milena Milaković, Nikolina Udiković-Kolić
Effluents from pharmaceutical industries are recognized as significant contributors to aquatic pollution with antibiotics. Although such pollution has been mostly reported in Asia, knowledge on industrial discharges in other regions of the world, including Europe, and on the effects associated with such exposures is still limited. Thus, we performed chemical, microbiological and ecotoxicological analyses of effluents from two Croatian pharmaceutical industries during four seasons. In treated effluents of the company synthesizing macrolide antibiotic azithromycin (AZI), the total concentration of AZI and two macrolide by-products from its synthesis was 1-3 orders of magnitude higher in winter and springtime (up to 10...
September 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923044/cost-benefit-of-investment-on-quality-in-pharmaceutical-manufacturing-who-gmp-pre-and-post-certification-of-a-nigerian-pharmaceutical-manufacturer
#10
Chimezie Anyakora, Obinna Ekwunife, Faith Alozie, Mopa Esuga, Jonathan Ukwuru, Steve Onya, Jude Nwokike
BACKGROUND: Pharmaceutical companies in Africa need to invest in both facilities and quality management systems to achieve good manufacturing practice (GMP) compliance. Compliance to international GMP standards is important to the attainment of World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification. However, most of the local pharmaceutical manufacturing companies may be deterred from investing in quality because of many reasons, ranging from financial constraints to technical capacity. This paper primarily evaluates benefits against the cost of investing in GMP, using a Nigerian pharmaceutical company, Chi Pharmaceuticals Limited, as a case study...
September 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922704/direct-acting-antivirals-for-chronic-hepatitis-c
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REVIEW
Janus C Jakobsen, Emil Eik Nielsen, Joshua Feinberg, Kiran Kumar Katakam, Kristina Fobian, Goran Hauser, Goran Poropat, Snezana Djurisic, Karl Heinz Weiss, Milica Bjelakovic, Goran Bjelakovic, Sarah Louise Klingenberg, Jian Ping Liu, Dimitrinka Nikolova, Ronald L Koretz, Christian Gluud
BACKGROUND: Millions of people worldwide suffer from hepatitis C, which can lead to severe liver disease, liver cancer, and death. Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), e.g. sofosbuvir, are relatively new and expensive interventions for chronic hepatitis C, and preliminary results suggest that DAAs may eradicate hepatitis C virus (HCV) from the blood (sustained virological response). Sustained virological response (SVR) is used by investigators and regulatory agencies as a surrogate outcome for morbidity and mortality, based solely on observational evidence...
September 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921437/expression-of-glycosylated-proteins-in-bacterial-system-and-purification-by-affinity-chromatography
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Carlos Alexandre Breyer, Marcos Antonio de Oliveira, Adalberto Pessoa
The bacterial expression of glycoproteins has experienced significant progress in recent years, particularly in regard to the production of conjugate vaccines against pathogens. In this case, a protein carrier conjugated with glycosides is used to produce intense stimulation of the immune system. Glycoconjugate vaccines account for 35% of the global vaccine market, and consequently, several biotechnological companies have developed products for the purification of glycosylated proteins to attain homogeneity...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921017/the-german-arthroscopy-registry-dart
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Ralf Mueller-Rath, Oliver Miltner, Alfred Hochrein, Philipp Niemeyer
In Germany, more than 400,000 arthroscopic procedures are performed each year. The DART registry is designed to study the outcome of arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle joint under everyday clinical circumstances using patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). DART aims at identifying patient-specific factors correlated with therapy-associated complications and treatment failure and will help study the influence of concurrent joint diseases and procedures. To achieve these tasks, a Web-based remote data entry system will be applied and adapted to the needs of DART...
September 18, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920966/-prevention-of-cardiovascular-diseases-prophylactic-program-in-a-selected-enterprise
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Jadwiga Siedlecka, Elżbieta Gadzicka, Agata Szyjkowska, Patryk Siedlecki, Wiesław Szymczak, Teresa Makowiec-Dąbrowska, Alicja Bortkiewicz
BACKGROUND: In Poland cardiovascular diseases (CVD), classified as work-related diseases, are responsible for 25% of disability and cause 50% of all deaths, including 26.9% of deaths in people aged under 65 years. The aim of the study was to analyze employee expectations regarding CVD- oriented prophylactic activities in the selected enterprise. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A questionnaire, developed for this study, consists of: socio-demographic data, job characteristics, occupational factors, and questions about the respondents' expectations concerning the prevention program...
September 18, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920682/carboxylate-assisted-formation-of-aryl-co-iii-masked-carbenes-in-cobalt-catalyzed-c-h-functionalization-with-diazo-esters
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Oriol Planas, Steven Roldán-Gómez, Vlad Martin-Diaconescu, Teodor Parella, Josep M Luis, Anna Company, Xavi Ribas
Herein we describe the synthesis of a family of aryl-Co(III)-carboxylate complexes and their reactivity with ethyl diazoacetate (EDA). Crystallographic, full spectroscopic characterization and theoretical evidence of unique C-metalated aryl-Co(III) enolate intermediates is provided, unraveling a carboxylate-assisted formation of aryl-Co(III) masked-carbenes. Moreover, additional evidence for an unprecedented Co(III)-mediated intramolecular SN2-type C-C bond formation in which the carboxylate moiety acts as a relay is disclosed...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919794/parenteral-nutrition-including-an-omega-3-fatty-acid-containing-lipid-emulsion-for-intensive-care-patients-in-china-a-pharmacoeconomic-analysis
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Yufei Feng, Chao Li, Tian Zhang, Lorenzo Pradelli
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Parenteral nutrition (PN) incorporating omega-3 fatty-acid-enriched lipid emulsions has been shown to be cost effective in Western populations. A pharmacoeconomic evaluation was performed within the Chinese intensive care unit (ICU) setting. This assessed whether the additional acquisition cost of PN with omega-3 fatty-acid-enriched lipid emulsion (SMOFlipid) vs standard PN was offset by improved clinical outcomes that can reduce subsequent costs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pharmacoeconomic discrete event simulation model was developed, based on an update to efficacy data from a previous international meta-analysis, with China-specific clinical and economic input parameters...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919062/progress-and-challenges-in-anti-obesity-pharmacotherapy
#17
REVIEW
Daniel H Bessesen, Luc F Van Gaal
Obesity is a serious and growing worldwide health challenge. Healthy lifestyle choices are the foundation of obesity treatment. However, weight loss can lead to physiological adaptations that promote weight regain. As a result, lifestyle treatment alone typically produces only modest weight loss that is difficult to sustain. In other metabolic diseases, pharmacotherapy is an accepted adjunct to lifestyle. Several anti-obesity drugs have been approved in the USA, European Union, Australia, and Japan including sympathomimetics, pancreatic lipase inhibitors, GABAA receptor activators, a serotonin 2C receptor agonist, opioid antagonist, dopamine-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists...
September 14, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918286/identifying-combinatorial-biomarkers-by-association-rule-mining-in-the-camd-alzheimer-s-database
#18
Balázs Szalkai, Vince K Grolmusz, Vince I Grolmusz
The concept of combinatorial biomarkers was conceived when it was noticed that simple biomarkers are often inadequate for recognizing and characterizing complex diseases. Here we present an algorithmic search method for complex biomarkers which may predict or indicate Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other kinds of dementia. We show that our method is universal since it can describe any Boolean function for biomarker discovery. We applied data mining techniques that are capable to uncover implication-like logical schemes with detailed quality scoring...
August 17, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918084/uranium-isotopes-in-tree-bark-as-a-spatial-tracer-of-environmental-contamination-near-former-uranium-processing-facilities-in-southwest-ohio
#19
Elise Conte, Elisabeth Widom, David Kuentz
Inappropriate handling of radioactive waste at nuclear facilities can introduce non-natural uranium (U) into the environment via the air or groundwater, leading to anthropogenic increases in U concentrations. Uranium isotopic analyses of natural materials (e.g. soil, plants or water) provide a means to distinguish between natural and anthropogenic U in areas near sources of radionuclides to the environment. This study examines the utility of two different tree bark transects for resolving the areal extent of U atmospheric contamination using several locations in southwest Ohio that historically processed U...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918016/therapeutic-mirna-and-sirna-moving-from-bench-to-clinic-as-next-generation-medicine
#20
REVIEW
Chiranjib Chakraborty, Ashish Ranjan Sharma, Garima Sharma, C George Priya Doss, Sang-Soo Lee
In the past few years, therapeutic microRNA (miRNA) and small interfering RNA (siRNA) are some of the most important biopharmaceuticals that are in commercial space as future medicines. This review summarizes the patents of miRNA- and siRNA-based new drugs, and also provides a snapshot about significant biopharmaceutical companies that are investing for the therapeutic development of miRNA and siRNA molecules. An insightful view about individual siRNA and miRNA drugs has been depicted with their present status, which is gaining attention in the therapeutic landscape...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
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