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Su Lee, Chan-Duck Kim, Kyu Huh, Baik-Hwan Cho, Man Ju, Dong Lee, Hong Cho, Jong-Won Park, Jung Lee, Samuel Lee, Byung So, Chang-Kwon Oh, Yu Kim
AIMS: The tablet form (500 mg) of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) provides more convenience of taking drugs and cost-effectiveness than the capsule form (250 mg). We examined the efficacy and safety of MMF in its different forms combined with tacrolimus in kidney transplant recipients. METHODS: This multicenter, 26-week, randomized trial was performed to compare the efficacy and safety of the tablet form of MMF versus the capsule form of MMF in 156 kidney transplant recipients...
October 26, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Harold S Minkowitz, David Leiman, Timothy Melson, Neil Singla, Karen DiDonato, Pamela P Palmer
BACKGROUND: Results from a phase-3, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating sufentanil sublingual tablet 30 mcg (SST) for the management of pain after ambulatory abdominal surgery are presented. METHODS: Adults with American Society of Anesthesiologists status 1 - 3 scheduled to undergo abdominoplasty, open tension-free inguinal hernioplasty, or laparoscopic abdominal surgery under general or spinal anesthesia that did not include intrathecal opioids during the operation were eligible...
October 26, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Andrew M Hill, Anton L Pozniak
Mass production of low-cost antiretrovirals (ARVs) has already allowed over 17 million individuals to access treatment for HIV infection, mainly in low-income countries. It is possible to manufacture combination ARVs for $110 per person-year, using tenofovir (TDF), lamivudine (3TC) and efavirenz (EFV). New combinations of ARVs costing as little as $60 per person-year will be available in the near future. Pre-exposure prophylaxis using TDF in combination with either 3TC or emtricitabine (FTC) could also be provided for less than $90 per person-year...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Virus Eradication
Selma Emre, Hilal Ahsen, Akın Aktaş
BACKGROUND: Fixed drug eruption is a special variant of drug reaction which is seen on skin or mucous membrane and typically recurs at the same location. Ornidazole-induced fixed drug eruption cases have been reported extremely rare. CASE: The 48-years old female patient was diagnosed as ornidazole-induced fixed drug reaction on the sole. The patient's history revealed that the lesion occurred for the third time in the last 6 months and she was administered ornidazole tablet by the gynecologist for 3 times due to genitourinary tract infection in the last 6 months...
October 26, 2016: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
Mengdan Xu, Ying Wu, Hao Wang, Xin Xu, Shuiping Zhao, Mei Zhang, Huigen- Jin, Jinchuan Yan, Bangning Wang, Jianbin Gong, Xiang Lu, Jianqiang Peng, Qiuyan Dai
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of lercanidipine with felodipine in patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension on day-to-day home blood pressure variability. METHODS: This is a sub-study of a multicenter, randomized, open-label, parallel group and active controlled clinical trial. Hypertensive patients aged 18-75 (i.e. diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mmHg and <110 mmHg; systolic blood pressure ≥140 mmHg and <180 mmHg) and 24 h mean BP >130/80 mmHg) were eligible for this study...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Takeshi Tomoda, Hironari Kato, Sho Mizukawa, Shinichiro Muro, Yutaka Akimoto, Daisuke Uchida, Kazuyuki Matsumoto, Naoki Yamamoto, Shigeru Horiguchi, Koichiro Tsutsumi, Hiroyuki Okada
Acute pancreatitis is the major complication of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). A preliminary research suggested that the administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with nitroglycerin might reduce the incidence of post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP) more effectively than NSAIDs alone. We conduct a two-arm, multicenter, prospective, randomized, superiority trial to evaluate the additional effect of nitroglycerin for prevention of PEP. A total of 900 patients randomly receive 50 mg diclofenac suppository either alone or with 5 mg isosorbide dinitrate sublingual tablet...
2016: Acta Medica Okayama
Tomohiro Bito, Mariko Bito, Yusuke Asai, Shigeo Takenaka, Yukinori Yabuta, Kazunori Tago, Masato Ohnishi, Toru Mizoguchi, Fumio Watanabe
Vitamin B12 was determined and characterized in 19 dried Chlorella health supplements. Vitamin contents of dried Chlorella cells varied from < 0.1 μg to approximately 415 μg per 100 g dry weight. Subsequent liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry analyses showed the presence of inactive corrinoid compounds, a cobalt-free corrinoid, and 5-methoxybenzimidazolyl cyanocobamide (factor IIIm) in four and three high vitamin B12-containing Chlorella tablets, respectively. In four Chlorella tablet types with high and moderate vitamin B12 contents, the coenzyme forms of vitamin B12 5'-deoxyadenosylcobalamin (approximately 32%) and methylcobalamin (approximately 8%) were considerably present, whereas the unnaturally occurring corrinoid cyanocobalamin was present at the lowest concentrations...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
F Lee Cantrell, James Sherrard, Michael Andrade, Bethann Schaber, Iain M McIntyre
BACKGROUND: Death due to prescription opioid exposure has increased dramatically in North America. Currently, there is a lack of literature detailing potentially lethal doses as well as postmortem tissue analysis concentrations from prescription opioid fatalities in children. We report a pediatric hydromorphone fatality with postmortem peripheral blood, central blood, liver, and gastric concentrations. CASE REPORT: A 3-year-old male was found unresponsive on a couch...
October 24, 2016: Clinical Toxicology
Naren P Tallapragada
In August 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the marketing rights to Daraprim (pyrimethamine), a drug used to treat parasitic infections like malaria and toxoplasmosis. Soon after, Turing caused an uproar when it announced that it would raise the price per tablet of Daraprim from [Formula: see text], a 5500% price hike for a drug that has been on the market for over 60 years and off patent since the 1970s. Old, off-patent drugs are becoming increasingly expensive; Daraprim is the archetypal example. Turing had the power to set a high price for Daraprim because the drug's limited patient population, the absence of competing manufacturers, and a lack of therapeutic alternatives all created an effective monopoly...
April 2016: Journal of Law and the Biosciences
Dimitrios Venetsanos, Sofia Sederholm Lawesson, Eva Swahn, Joakim Alfredsson
AIMS: To provide pharmacodynamic data of crushed and chewed ticagrelor tablets, in comparison with standard integral tablets. METHODS: Ninety nine patients with stable angina were randomly assigned, in a 3:1:1 fashion, to one of the following 180mg ticagrelor loading dose (LD) formulations: A) Integral B) Crushed or C) Chewed tablets. Platelet reactivity (PR) was assessed with VerifyNow before, 20 and 60min after LD. High residual platelet reactivity (HRPR) was defined as >208 P2Y12 reaction units (PRU)...
October 15, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Steffen Rehbein, Martin Knaus, Yasmina Mallouk, Tatjana Breiltgens, Emanuele Brianti, Balázs Capári, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Michel Gau, Anja Joachim, Karl-Heinz Kaulfuß, Zvezdelina Kirkova, Joerg Lechner, Andrei D Mihalca, Rosamaria Mirabito, Saulius Petkevičius, Dhimitër Rapti, Enstela Shukullari, Michel Sedeilhan, Doris Dollhofer, Katrin Kley, Wilfried Lebon, Martin Visser, Philippe Jeannin
Afoxolaner (AFX) plus milbemycin oxime (MO) combination chewable tablets (NexGard Spectra®, Merial) were evaluated for safety and efficacy against naturally acquired nematode infections in domestic dogs in a multi-centre, positive control, blinded field study using a randomized block design based on the order of presentation for allocation. In total, 408 dogs confirmed positive for naturally acquired infections of intestinal nematodes by pre-treatment faecal examination were studied in ten countries in Europe (Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia)...
October 22, 2016: Parasitology Research
Alexandra S Atkins, Vicki Davis, Tina Tseng, Adam Vaughan, Philip Harvey, Tom Patterson, Meera Narasimhan, Richard S E Keefe
Computerized tests benefit from automated scoring procedures and standardized administration instructions. These methods can reduce the potential for rater error. However, especially in patients with severe mental illnesses, the equivalency of traditional and tablet-based tests cannot be assumed. The Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia (BACS) is a pen-and-paper cognitive assessment tool that has been used in hundreds of research studies and clinical trials, and has normative data available for generating age- and gender-corrected standardized scores...
October 19, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
N S Al-Maskari, D A McAdams, J N Reddy
Nacre is a tough yet stiff natural composite composed of microscopic mineral polygonal tablets bonded by a tough biopolymer. The high stiffness of nacre is known to be due to its high mineral content. However, the remarkable toughness of nacre is explained by its ability to deform past a yield point and develop large inelastic strain over a large volume around defects and cracks. The high strain is mainly due to sliding and waviness of the tablets. Mimicking nacre's remarkable properties, to date, is still a challenge due in part to fabrication challenges as well as a lack of models that can predict its properties or properties of a bulk material given specific constituent materials and material structure...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Viviane Nart, André O'Reilly Beringhs, Maria Terezinha França, Brenda de Espíndola, Bianca Ramos Pezzini, Hellen Karine Stulzer
Mini-tablets are a new tendency in solid dosage form design for overcoming therapeutic obstacles such as impaired swallowing and polypharmacy therapy. Among their advantages, these systems offer therapeutic benefits such as dose flexibility and combined drug release patterns. The use of lipids in the formulation has also drawn considerable interest as means to modify the drug release from the dosage form. Therefore, this paper aimed at developing sustained release mini-tablets containing the highly soluble drugs captopril and metformin hydrochloride...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Sarsvat Patel, Xiang Kou, Hao Helen Hou, Ye Bill Huang, John C Strong, Geoff G Z Zhang, Changquan Calvin Sun
Amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) consisting of acetaminophen (APAP) and copovidone were systematically studied to identify effects of drug loading and moisture content on mechanical properties, thermal properties, and tableting behavior. ASDs containing APAP at different levels were prepared by film casting and characterized by differential scanning calorimetry and nanoindentation. The glass transition temperature (Tg) continuously decreased with increasing amount of APAP, but the hardness of ASDs was increased at a low APAP content and reduced at high APAP content...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tomasz Czaja, Sylwester Mazurek, Roman Szostak
Diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS) is a fast, reliable and cost effective analytical method, requiring minimal or no sample preparation. It is commonly used in the course of qualitative and quantitative analysis of pharmaceutical ingredients and food. We demonstrate that simpler and cheaper specular reflectance (SR) accessory working in a DRIFTS like mode (SR-DL) can be an alternative for DIRFTS attachment. An application of a modified SR accessory for quantitative analysis of solids samples is presented...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Wei Fan, Yanyun Li, Qing Sun, Tengjiao Ma, Bing Fan
BACKGROUND: In infected periapical tissues, Enterococcus faecalis is one of the most common dominant bacteria. Chlorhexidine has been proved to show strong antibacterial ability against E. faecalis but is ineffective in promoting mineralization for tissues around root apex. Mesoporous calcium-silicate nanoparticles are newly synthesized biomaterials with excellent ability to promote mineralization and carry-release bioactive molecules in a controlled manner. In this study, mesoporous calcium-silicate nanoparticles were functionalized with chlorhexidine and their releasing profile, antibacterial ability, effect on cell proliferation and in vitro mineralization property were evaluated...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Tamer M S Salama, Karim Sabry, Yaser El Ghamrini
PURPOSE: Single anastomosis sleeve ileal bypass (SASI) procedure appears as a new metabolic and bariatric surgery based on Santoro's operation, in which a sleeve gastrectomy is followed by a side-to-side gastroileal anastomosis. The study is aimed to evaluate the short-term outcomes of laparoscopic single anastomosis sleeve ileal bypass with respect to postoperative weight loss and metabolic and nutritional effects on patients. METHODS: Forty-five morbidly obese patients with a mean age of 31...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Tzu-I Lee, Tsu-Hsin Howe, Hao-Ling Chen, Tien-Ni Wang
This study investigates handwriting characteristics and potential predictors of handwriting legibility among typically developing elementary school children in Taiwan. Predictors of handwriting legibility included visual-motor integration (VMI), visual perception (VP), eye-hand coordination (EHC), and biomechanical characteristics of handwriting. A total of 118 children were recruited from an elementary school in Taipei, Taiwan. A computerized program then assessed their handwriting legibility. The biomechanics of handwriting were assessed using a digitizing writing tablet...
November 2016: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Ryan J Anderson, Bryan Corbett, Binh T Ly
A 37-year-old male presented with sharp, severe chest pain following seven days of intravenous injection of crushed morphine tablets. The chest pain was positional and pleuritic in nature and resolved with leaning forward. Work-up was notable for an ECG with inferior and anterolateral PR depressions as well as a CT chest with diffuse centrilobular nodules. Per radiology, the CT findings along with the patient's history were concerning for pulmonary granulomatosis from deposition of talc or some other foreign body...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
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