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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634699/cost-effective-analysis-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Ashit Syngle, Sudeep Kaur, Inderjeet Verma, Tanya Syngle, Vijaita Syngle
The main objective of the study was to perform the pharmacoeconomic analysis of synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs in rheumatoid arthritis patients. A prospective, observational study was conducted in 98 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients meeting 2010 Rheumatoid Arthritis Classification Criteria. Treatment-naive RA patients were initiated on synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARD/s) and followed up for 3 months. Average cost-effectiveness analysis was done by taking Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index (HAQ-DI) score as a measure of effectiveness...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630217/effectiveness-of-conservative-interventions-including-exercise-manual-therapy-and-medical-management-in-adults-with-shoulder-impingement-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-rcts
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REVIEW
Ruedi Steuri, Martin Sattelmayer, Simone Elsig, Chloé Kolly, Amir Tal, Jan Taeymans, Roger Hilfiker
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of conservative interventions for pain, function and range of motion in adults with shoulder impingement. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials. DATA SOURCES: Medline, CENTRAL, CINAHL, Embase and PEDro were searched from inception to January 2017. STUDY SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials including participants with shoulder impingement and evaluating at least one conservative intervention against sham or other treatments...
June 19, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625004/distribution-weighted-cost-effectiveness-analysis-using-lifetime-health-loss
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Ulrikke J V Hernæs, Kjell A Johansson, Trygve Ottersen, Ole F Norheim
BACKGROUND: It is widely acknowledged that concerns for the worse off need to be integrated with the concern for cost effectiveness in priority setting, and several countries are seeking to do so. In Norway, a comprehensive framework for priority setting was recently proposed to specify the worse off in terms of lifetime loss of quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). However, few studies have shown how to calculate such health losses, how to integrate health loss into cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) and how such integration impacts the incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs)...
June 17, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615973/can-biosimilars-help-achieve-the-goals-of-us-health-care-reform
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REVIEW
Ralph Boccia, Ira Jacobs, Robert Popovian, Gilberto de Lima Lopes
The US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to expand health care coverage, contain costs, and improve health care quality. Accessibility and affordability of innovative biopharmaceuticals are important to the success of the ACA. As it is substantially more difficult to manufacture them compared with small-molecule drugs, many of which have generic alternatives, biologics may increase drug costs. However, biologics offer demonstrated improvements in patient care that can reduce expensive interventions, thus lowering net health care costs...
2017: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603636/make-up-a-missed-lesson-new-policy-to-ensure-the-interchangeability-of-generic-drugs-in-china
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Baobin Huang, Sarah L Barber, Mingzhe Xu, Shuanghong Cheng
Generic drugs should be interchangeable with originators in terms of quality and efficacy. With relative lower prices, generic drugs are playing an important role in controlling health expenditures and ensuring access. However, the widespread understanding of "cheap price equals low quality" has a negative impact on the acceptance of generic drugs. In China, medical doctors doubt the efficacy and quality of generic drugs manufactured domestically. To address these concerns, the Chinese State Council released a policy in 2016 to ensure the interchangeability by re-evaluating the quality and efficacy of generic drugs...
June 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570572/optimal-costs-of-hiv-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-for-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Jennie McKenney, Anders Chen, Karen W Hoover, Jane Kelly, David Dowdy, Parastu Sharifi, Patrick S Sullivan, Eli S Rosenberg
INTRODUCTION: Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately affected by HIV due to their increased risk of infection. Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effictive HIV-prevention strategy for MSM. Despite evidence of its effectiveness, PrEP uptake in the United States has been slow, in part due to its cost. As jurisdictions and health organizations begin to think about PrEP scale-up, the high cost to society needs to be understood. METHODS: We modified a previously-described decision-analysis model to estimate the cost per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) gained, over a 1-year duration of PrEP intervention and lifetime time horizon...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549799/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-the-impact-of-pharmacist-led-patient-centered-pharmaceutical-care-on-patients-medicine-therapy-related-quality-of-life
#7
Phantipa Sakthong, Todsaporn Sangthonganotai
BACKGROUND: Due to a lack of pharmaceutical care (PC)-specific measures for health-related quality of life, a novel generic questionnaire "Patient-Reported Outcomes Measure of Pharmaceutical Therapy for Quality of Life (PROMPT-QoL) was developed. Little was also known about an impact of pharmaceutical care on medicine therapy-related quality of life. OBJECTIVE: First, evaluate the impact of PC on medicine therapy-related QoL using the PROMPT-QoL in Thai patients...
May 11, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545614/-hera-quest-hta-evaluation-of-generic-pharmaceutical-products-to-improve-quality-economic-efficiency-patient-safety-and-transparency-in-drug-product-changes-in-hospitals
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Miriam Gyalrong-Steur, Anita Kellermann, Rudolf Bernard, Georg Berndt, Meike Bindemann, Elfriede Nusser-Rothermundt, Steffen Amann, Myga Brakebusch, Jörg Brüggmann, Eva Tydecks, Markus Müller, Frank Dörje, Eberhard Kochs, Rainer Riedel
In view of the rising cost pressure and an increasing number of drug shortages, switches between generic drug preparations have become a daily routine in hospitals. To ensure consistently high treatment quality and best possible patient safety, the equivalence of the new and the previous drug preparation must be ensured before any change in the purchase of pharmaceutical products takes place. So far, no easily usable, transparent and standardized instrument for this kind of comparison between generic drug products has been available...
April 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539125/do-anti-malarials-in-africa-meet-quality-standards-the-market-penetration-of-non-quality-assured-artemisinin-combination-therapy-in-eight-african-countries
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Paul N Newton, Kara Hanson, Catherine Goodman
BACKGROUND: Quality of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) is important for ensuring malaria parasite clearance and protecting the efficacy of artemisinin-based therapies. The extent to which non quality-assured ACT (non-QAACT), or those not granted global regulatory approval, are available and used to treat malaria in endemic countries is poorly documented. This paper uses national and sub-national medicine outlet surveys conducted in eight study countries (Benin, Kinshasa and Kantanga [Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC], Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) between 2009 and 2015 to describe the non-QAACT market and to document trends in availability and distribution of non-QAACT in the public and private sector...
May 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531119/quality-attributes-and-in-vitro-bioequivalence-of-different-brands-of-amoxicillin-trihydrate-tablets
#10
Moawia M Al-Tabakha, Khairi M S Fahelelbom, Dana Emad Eddin Obaid, Sadik Sayed
Bacterial resistance and antibiotic drug effectiveness can be related to administering generic products with a subtherapeutic dose or poor in vivo drug release. The aim of this study was to investigate whether locally marketed amoxicillin tablets have the required chemical and physical attributes, including in vitro bioequivalence performance. Five generic products (T1, T2, T3, T4, and T5) containing combination of amoxicillin trihydrate and potassium clavulanate as 1 g strength present in immediate release tablets were compared to the reference listed drug product Augmentin® (R) for weight variation, friability, resistance to crushing, and chemical content of amoxicillin...
May 20, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497676/assessment-of-validity-and-reliability-of-drug-hypersensitivity-quality-of-life-questionnaire-the-dutch-experience
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M Moayeri, H Van Os-Medendorp, I Baiardini, H Röckmann
Drug Hypersensitivity Quality of Life Questionnaire (DrHy-Q) is the first questionnaire that captures health related quality of life impact in patients with drug hypersensitivity. The aim of this study was to translate and validate the original Italian 15-item DrHy-Q for use among Dutch-speaking residents. We also compared the DrHy-Q scores obtained across countries. In a prospective cohort study, the Dutch DrHy-Q was completed by 124 patients (65.3% female, age 56.8 ± 14.0) with a confirmed drug hypersensitivity...
May 2017: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485714/portugal-health-system-review
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Jorge de Almeida Simoes, Goncalo Figueiredo Augusto, Ines Fronteira, Cristina Hernandez-Quevedo
This analysis of the Portuguese health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. Overall health indicators such as life expectancy at birth and at age 65 years have shown a notable improvement over the last decades. However, these improvements have not been followed at the same pace by other important dimensions of health: child poverty and its consequences, mental health and quality of life after 65...
March 2017: Health Systems in Transition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462792/implementation-of-a-reimbursed-medication-review-program-corporate-and-pharmacy-level-strategies
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Linda D MacKeigan, Nadine Ijaz, Elizabeth A Bojarski, Lisa Dolovich
BACKGROUND: In 2006, the Ontario drug plan greatly reduced community pharmacy reimbursement for generic drugs. In exchange, a fee-for-service medication review program was introduced to help patients better understand their medication therapy and ensure that medications were taken as prescribed. A qualitative study of community pharmacy implementation strategies was undertaken to inform a mixed methods evaluation of the program. PURPOSE: To describe strategies used by community pharmacies to implement a government-funded medication review service...
March 31, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453627/patient-reported-physical-function-measures-in-cancer-clinical-trials
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Thomas M Atkinson, Angela M Stover, Daniel F Storfer, Rebecca M Saracino, Thomas A D'Agostino, Denise Pergolizzi, Konstantina Matsoukas, Yuelin Li, Ethan Basch
Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are increasingly used to monitor treatment-related symptoms and physical function decrements in cancer clinical trials. As more patients enter survivorship, it is important to capture PRO physical function throughout trials to help restore pretreatment levels of function. We completed a systematic review of PRO physical function measures used in cancer clinical trials and evaluated their psychometric properties on the basis of guidelines from the US Food and Drug Administration...
January 1, 2017: Epidemiologic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448593/benzodiazepines-z-drugs-and-the-risk-of-hip-fracture-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Karen Donnelly, Robert Bracchi, Jonathan Hewitt, Philip A Routledge, Ben Carter
BACKGROUND: Hip fractures in the older person lead to an increased risk of mortality, poorer quality of life and increased morbidity. Benzodiazepine (BNZ) use is associated with increased hip fracture rate, consequently Z-drugs are fast becoming the physician's hypnotic prescription of choice yet data on their use is limited. We compared the risk of hip fracture associated with Z-drugs and BNZ medications, respectively, and examined if this risk varied with longer-term use. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We carried out a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448138/the-idp-specific-force-field-ff14idpsff-improves-the-conformer-sampling-of-intrinsically-disordered-proteins
#16
Dong Song, Ray Luo, Hai-Feng Chen
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) or intrinsically disordered regions do not have a fixed tertiary structure but play key roles in signal regulation, molecule recognition, and drug targeting. However, it is difficult to study the structure and function of IDPs by traditional experimental methods because of their diverse conformations. Limitations of current generic protein force fields and solvent models were reported in the previous simulations of IDPs. We have also explored overcoming these limitations by developing the ff99IDPs and ff14IDPs force fields to correct the dihedral distribution for eight disorder-promoting residues often observed in IDPs and found encouraging improvements...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431584/monitoring-quality-and-coverage-of-harm-reduction-services-for-people-who-use-drugs-a-consensus-study
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Lucas Wiessing, Marica Ferri, Vendula Běláčková, Patrizia Carrieri, Samuel R Friedman, Cinta Folch, Kate Dolan, Brian Galvin, Peter Vickerman, Jeffrey V Lazarus, Viktor Mravčík, Mirjam Kretzschmar, Vana Sypsa, Ana Sarasa-Renedo, Anneli Uusküla, Dimitrios Paraskevis, Luis Mendão, Diana Rossi, Nadine van Gelder, Luke Mitcheson, Letizia Paoli, Cristina Diaz Gomez, Maitena Milhet, Nicoleta Dascalu, Jonathan Knight, Gordon Hay, Eleni Kalamara, Roland Simon, Catherine Comiskey, Carla Rossi, Paul Griffiths
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Despite advances in our knowledge of effective services for people who use drugs over the last decades globally, coverage remains poor in most countries, while quality is often unknown. This paper aims to discuss the historical development of successful epidemiological indicators and to present a framework for extending them with additional indicators of coverage and quality of harm reduction services, for monitoring and evaluation at international, national or subnational levels...
April 22, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425236/predictors-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-childhood-epilepsy-and-comparison-with-healthy-children-findings-from-an-indian-study
#18
Dipika Bansal, Chandrika Azad, Kapil Gudala, Anil Dasari
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children with epilepsy have reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL) due to disease and medications. We aimed to assess child-reported HRQOL in Indian children with epilepsy and compare it with that in healthy children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 256 children with epilepsy aged between 5 and 18 years on antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment for at least 3 months was performed and 125 age and sex matched healthy children were included...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416417/in%C3%A2-vitro-evaluation-of-nasogastric-tube-delivery-performance-of-esomeprazole-magnesium-delayed-release-capsules
#19
Alicia Hoover, Dajun Sun, Hong Wen, Wenlei Jiang, Minglei Cui, Xiaojian Jiang, David Keire, Changning Guo
Enteral feeding tubes are used to deliver food or drugs to patients who cannot swallow. To deliver delayed-release drugs that are formulated as enteric coated granules to these patients via feeding tubes requires that they be suspended in water before administration. Importantly, the suspension of enteric granules in water of varying pH can cause damage to the enteric coating and affect the bioavailability of the drug. Here, analytical methods for testing acid resistance stability and particle size distribution (PSD) of esomeprazole granules were used to monitor the integrity of the granule enteric coating after water pretreatment and delivery through an oral syringe and nasogastric (NG) tube...
July 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408012/comparing-generic-and-condition-specific-preference-based-measures-in-epilepsy-eq-5d-3l-and-newqol-6d
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Brendan Mulhern, Joshua Pink, Donna Rowen, Simon Borghs, Thomas Butt, Dyfrig Hughes, Antony Marson, John Brazier
BACKGROUND: There is debate about the psychometric characteristics of the three-level EuroQol five-dimensional questionnaire (EQ-5D-3L) for use in epilepsy. In response to the concerns, an epilepsy-specific preference-based measure (NEWQOL-6D) was developed. The psychometric characteristics of the NEWQOL-6D, however, have not been assessed. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the validity and responsiveness of the EQ-5D-3L and the Quality of Life in Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy Instrument-six dimensions (NEWQOL-6D) for use in the assessment of treatments for newly diagnosed focal epilepsy...
April 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
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