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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449379/naloxone-rescheduling-in-australia-processes-implementation-and-challenges-with-supply-of-naloxone-as-a-pharmacist-only-over-the-counter-medicine
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Angelo Pricolo, Suzanne Nielsen
ISSUES: Numerous studies and systematic reviews have concluded that naloxone for take-home use is an effective intervention to reduce overdose morbidity and mortality, with few side effects and no abuse potential. One barrier to supply is that naloxone has traditionally been a prescription medication. In May 2015, the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia announced the intention to down-schedule naloxone when used for the treatment of opioid overdose, enabling sale in pharmacies without a prescription...
April 27, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448777/effect-of-an-advanced-pharmacy-practice-experience-on-medication-therapy-management-services-in-a-centralized-retail-pharmacy-program
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Joseph P Vande Griend, Melissa Rodgers, Wesley Nuffer
BACKGROUND: Medication therapy management (MTM) delivery is increasingly important in managed care. Successful delivery positively affects patient health and improves Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services star ratings, a measure of health plan quality. As MTM services continue to grow, there is an increased need for efficient and effective care models. The primary objectives of this project were to describe the delivery of MTM services by fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students in a centralized retail pharmacy system and to evaluate and quantify the clinical and financial contributions of the students...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439135/assessment-of-direct-oral-anticoagulant-prescribing-and-monitoring-pre-and-post-implementation-of-a-pharmacy-protocol-at-a-community-teaching-hospital
#3
Christina Miele, Mary Taylor, Aditi Shah
Background: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have become popular alternatives to vitamin K antagonists for the treatment and prevention of thromboembolic diseases; however, there are limited data regarding the appropriate use of DOACs in clinical practice. To ensure safety and efficacy of these medications, it is important that decisions regarding their use in patients rely on the available evidence. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the appropriateness of DOAC prescribing in adult patients before and after the implementation of a pharmacist-driven DOAC protocol...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438827/implementing-a-pharmacist-consultation-model-for-multimodal-insulin-therapy
#4
Angela Hodges, James Hall, Esther Castellanos, Edward Laue, Tammy Ellis, LaDonna Oelschlaeger
PURPOSE: The implementation of pharmacist-managed insulin dosing for selected hospitalized patients under a multimodal insulin protocol (MMIP) is described. SUMMARY: Hyperglycemia has been linked to increased thrombosis, decreased wound healing, and decreased immune response. Current recommendations support the use of multimodal (basal-bolus) insulin therapy in noncritically ill inpatients. As part of a systemwide quality-improvement initiative to improve glycemic management, the pharmacy department of a community hospital initiated a service to provide protocol-directed insulin dosing for selected patients under a pharmacist consultation model...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438152/a-cluster-randomised-control-trial-to-evaluate-the-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-the-italian-medicines-use-review-i-mur-for-asthma-patients
#5
Andrea Manfrin, Michela Tinelli, Trudy Thomas, Janet Krska
BACKGROUND: The economic burden of asthma, which relates to the degree of control, is €5 billion annually in Italy. Pharmacists could help improve asthma control, reducing this burden. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Medicines Use Reviews provided by community pharmacists in asthma. METHODS: This cluster randomised, multi-centre, controlled trial in adult patients with asthma was conducted in 15 of the 20 regions of Italy between September 2014 and July 2015...
April 24, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435233/patient-opinions-on-medicine-use-review-exploring-an-expanding-role-of-community-pharmacists
#6
Sirinya Aimaurai, Atthapinya Jumpated, Ines Krass, Teerapon Dhippayom
BACKGROUND: Current evidence supports the benefit of medicine-use review (MUR) for the safe and effective use of medicines. However, little is known about opinions of consumers regarding their preference for undertaking MUR, especially in the developing world, eg, in some Asian countries. We aimed to explore patients' opinions about potential MUR and other enhanced services provided by community pharmacists. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A qualitative study using focus groups was conducted at Naresuan University's community pharmacy, Phitsanulok, Thailand...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434119/cost-analysis-for-the-implementation-of-a-medication-review-with-follow-up-service-in-spain
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Aranzazu Noain, Victoria Garcia-Cardenas, Miguel Angel Gastelurrutia, Amaia Malet-Larrea, Fernando Martinez-Martinez, Daniel Sabater-Hernandez, Shalom I Benrimoj
Background Medication review with follow-up (MRF) is a professional pharmacy service proven to be cost-effective. Its broader implementation is limited, mainly due to the lack of evidence-based implementation programs that include economic and financial analysis. Objective To analyse the costs and estimate the price of providing and implementing MRF. Setting Community pharmacy in Spain. Method Elderly patients using poly-pharmacy received a community pharmacist-led MRF for 6 months. The cost analysis was based on the time-driven activity based costing model and included the provider costs, initial investment costs and maintenance expenses...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420596/the-behaviors-and-experiences-of-the-community-pharmacy-team-on-the-provision-of-multi-compartment-compliance-aids
#8
Derek Stewart, Craig McDonald, Joan MacLeod, Katie MacLure, Gwen Gray, Trudi McIntosh
BACKGROUND: Multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) are repackaging systems for solid dosage form medicines. Acknowledging the lack of evidence that MCAs improve adherence or clinical outcomes, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has expressed concern that MCAs have 'become regarded as a panacea for medicines use'. OBJECTIVES: To determine the behaviors and experiences of the community pharmacy team around MCA provision. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 26 community pharmacies in the north east of Scotland...
April 9, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420595/using-an-array-of-implementation-strategies-to-improve-success-rates-of-pharmacist-initiated-medication-therapy-management-services-in-community-pharmacies
#9
Rachel Stafford, Jeremy Thomas, Nalin Payakachat, Tiffany Diemer, Michele Lang, Brooke Kordsmeier, Geoffrey Curran
BACKGROUND: With the introduction of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Stars Measure program has come a greater expectation of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services from community pharmacies. To meet the growing demand of these services, pharmacies have sought out various methods of engaging pharmacists to provide MTM. Barriers for completing MTM include inadequate time to complete the services, insufficient staffing, lack of sufficient compensation, billing difficulty, lack of interest among patients (including refusing MTM services when offered), inadequate training/experience, and lack of support from management...
April 8, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420395/characteristics-of-first-time-varenicline-users-a-cross-sectional-study-in-finnish-quitters
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Hanna E Tervonen, Juha H O Turunen, Christine L Baker, Juha Laine, Kari Linden
BACKGROUND: Varenicline is an efficacious medicine for smoking cessation (SC) but little is known about the characteristics of varenicline users. This study examined the characteristics of first-time (naïve) varenicline users in Finland and compared those who had previously used SC pharmacotherapy to those who were trying SC pharmacotherapy for the first time. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Finnish community pharmacies between February 2014 and January 2015...
April 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420365/social-determinants-of-antibiotic-misuse-a-qualitative-study-of-community-members-in-haryana-india
#11
Anna K Barker, Kelli Brown, Muneeb Ahsan, Sharmila Sengupta, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance is a global public health crisis. In India alone, multi-drug resistant organisms are responsible for over 58,000 infant deaths each year. A major driver of drug resistance is antibiotic misuse, which is a pervasive phenomenon worldwide. Due to a shortage of trained doctors, access to licensed allopathic doctors is limited in India's villages. Pharmacists and unlicensed medical providers are commonly the primary sources of healthcare. Patients themselves are also key participants in the decision to treat an illness with antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414006/unit-cost-of-common-illness-management-a-comparison-between-a-primary-care-unit-and-a-community-pharmacy-in-thailand
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Kritsanee Saramunee, Chanuttha Ploylearmsang, Surasak Chaiyasong, Wiraphol Phimarn, Phayom Sookaneknun
Aim This study was to perform unit cost analysis of managing common illnesses comparing between a primary care unit (PCU) and a community pharmacy. BACKGROUND: PCU is a key point of access for primary care in Thailand. Although a community pharmacy is an ideal setting, it has not been successfully incorporated in Thailand's health service. Common illnesses are encountered everyday by community pharmacists, an appropriate compensation for this service has not been established. METHODS: A primary care service of one educational institution was a study site...
April 17, 2017: Primary Health Care Research & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413108/moisturisers-in-scar-management-following-burn-a-survey-report
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Tanja Klotz, Rochelle Kurmis, Zachary Munn, Kathryn Heath, John Greenwood
Scar management is a recognised key component of rehabilitation following burn. Moisturising often combined with massage is commenced once healing tissue has gained sufficient strength to tolerate surface friction, with the aim being to hydrate the dry scar. The studies on various moisturisers and creams provide some guidance on moisturiser selection, but many are inconclusive. OBJECTIVE: This survey aimed to determine the current expert opinion regarding moisturiser recommendations, including the basis for these recommendations, across the burns community...
April 13, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412054/community-pharmacy-transition-of-care-services-and-rural-hospital-readmissions-a-case-study
#14
Allison P Patton, Yifei Liu, D Matthew Hartwig, Justin R May, Jessica Moon, Steven C Stoner, Kendall D Guthrie
OBJECTIVES: To explore community pharmacist involvement in the transition of care (TOC) process for patients discharged with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or elective total hip or knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA). SETTING: Patients discharged from a 60-bed acute care hospital located in rural Missouri were seen by a community pharmacist in 2 independent community pharmacy chain locations...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411015/pharmacist-contributions-to-the-ten-essential-services-of-public-health-in-three-national-association-of-boards-of-pharmacy-regions
#15
Mark A Strand, David M Scott, Teri Undem, Gabrielle Anderson, Andrea Clarens, Xiyuan Liu
BACKGROUND: Pharmacists have contributed to improved population health through the delivery of public health services, but their contributions often go unrecognized within the larger health care system. OBJECTIVES: To determine pharmacist perceptions of their contributions to the 10 essential services of public health and to compare those contributions among pharmacists in Iowa, North Dakota, and Manitoba. METHODS: Licensed pharmacists in Iowa, North Dakota, and Manitoba were sent an online survey of their perceived level of achievement of the 10 essential services of public health...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411014/impact-of-the-act-fast-stroke-campaign-delivered-by-student-pharmacists-on-the-primary-prevention-of-stroke
#16
Lucy Phan Vo, JoAnna Han Souksavong, Annie Tran, Janet Chang, Kajua B Lor
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of an Act FAST educational intervention performed by student pharmacists on knowledge of stroke recognition and management. DESIGN: Stroke preparedness and knowledge of primary prevention were assessed with the use of pre- and post-intervention surveys targeting community members at health fairs. The intervention was an Act FAST educational session with blood pressure and blood glucose screenings provided by student pharmacists...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411013/physician-reported-factors-that-encourage-collaboration-with-community-pharmacists
#17
Nicole C Pezzino, Macary Weck Marciniak, Megan G Smith, Stefanie P Ferreri
OBJECTIVE: To determine factors that encourage physicians to establish collaborative practice agreements with community pharmacists. METHODS: A 20-item cross-sectional survey was mailed to a random sample of 1000 family medicine physicians practicing in North Carolina. Two weeks after the initial mailing, a reminder was sent to physicians. Physicians were entered into a drawing to receive a gift card as an incentive for survey completion. The questionnaire collected demographic information, factors important to physicians for collaboration with a community pharmacist, and physician perceptions of pharmacist qualifications...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411011/managerial-skills-of-new-practitioner-pharmacists-within-community-practice
#18
Cortney M Mospan, Kristin A Casper, Ashley Coleman, Kyle Porter
OBJECTIVES: To identify managerial skills required in community pharmacy practice, explore new practitioners' previous exposure to these skills, and assess new practitioners' perceived preparedness to take on managerial responsibilities. METHODS: A survey was developed with the use of Qualtrics and distributed by state pharmacy associations using a convenience sample of pharmacists from Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Pharmacists not practicing in a community pharmacy setting at the time of the study were excluded...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408170/community-pharmacists-attitudes-toward-providing-care-and-services-to-patients-with-severe-and-persistent-mental-illness
#19
Alicia Watkins, Jerry McKee, Caitlin Hughes, Trista Pfeiffenberger
OBJECTIVES: To assess community pharmacists' attitudes toward working with patients who have severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and to identify perceived barriers to providing care and services to this population. DESIGN: This study was a cross-sectional survey of community pharmacists in North Carolina. The questionnaire, which was distributed electronically, included demographic questions about the responder and pharmacy in which they practiced, Likert-type scale questions assessing pharmacists' comfort and attitudes towards working with patients with SPMI, and barriers preventing provision of care...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408169/prescriber-acceptance-rate-of-pharmacists-recommendations
#20
Jonathan F Doellner, Rick W Dettloff, Susan DeVuyst-Miller, Katie L Wenstrom
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prescriber acceptance rates of pharmacists' recommendations, specifically related to 2 Medicare Part D Star ratings: appropriate use of high-risk medications (HRMs) in elderly patients and use of statins for primary prevention in patients with diabetes. The secondary objective was to assess factors associated with prescriber acceptance. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Medicare Part D beneficiaries at a regional grocery store chain pharmacy in Michigan from January 2014 to October 2015...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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