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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107670/pharmaceutical-opioid-use-among-oral-and-intravenous-users-in-australia-a-qualitative-comparative-study
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George Dertadian, Jenny Iversen, Thomas C Dixon, Katrina Sotiropoulos, Lisa Maher
BACKGROUND: Between 1992 and 2012 dispensing episodes for pharmaceutical opioids (PO) in Australia increased from 500000 to 7500000. In the US, increases in the prescription of PO have been linked to increases in opioid-related morbidity and mortality and transitions to heroin injection. However, Australian data indicate that morbidity and mortality related to PO are relatively low, particularly when compared to heroin and other drugs. This paper explores the characteristics and patterns of non-medical pharmaceutical opioid (NMPO) use among a sample of young people in Sydney, Australia...
January 17, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107295/healthcare-transformation-and-changing-roles-for-nursing
#2
Susan W Salmond, Mercedes Echevarria
Factors driving healthcare transformation include fragmentation, access problems, unsustainable costs, suboptimal outcomes, and disparities. Cost and quality concerns along with changing social and disease-type demographics created the greatest urgency for the need for change. Caring for and paying for medical treatments for patients suffering from chronic health conditions are a significant concern. The Affordable Care Act includes programs now led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aiming to improve quality and control cost...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107257/perceived-stress-as-a-risk-factor-for-dyspepsia-a-register-based-cohort-study
#3
Ulrik Deding, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Henrik Bøggild
OBJECTIVE: Dyspepsia is a common condition and has a huge impact on quality of life and working capacity, but its causes are not well understood. An association between stress and dyspepsia has been debated for decades, but the issue has not been resolved. We examined the 3-year risk of redeeming a proton-pump inhibitor or an H2-receptor antagonist as a proxy of dyspepsia according to the level of perceived stress. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Perceived stress was measured in a general health survey of 16 124 Danes aged older than 16 years of age in 2010 using Cohen's Perceived Stress Scale...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107250/evaluating-excessive-burden-of-depression-on-health-status-and-health-care-utilization-among-patients-with-hypertension-in-a-nationally-representative-sample-from-the-medial-expenditure-panel-survey-meps-2012
#4
Hui Shao, Mir Umer Mohammed, Nick Thomas, Saleh Babazadeh, Shuang Yang, Qian Shi, Lizheng Shi
Depression and hypertension frequently present together in clinical practice. Evaluating the interaction between depression and hypertension would help stakeholders better understand the value of depression prevention in primary care. This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the excessive burden of depression on overall health and on health care utilization expenditure among hypertensive patients. A total of 7019 hypertensive patients (ICD-9-CM: 401) were identified from the 2012 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS 2012) data, of which 936 patients had depression (ICD-9-CM: 311)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105332/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-interferon-therapy-a-population-based-study
#5
Ravikanth Papani, Alexander G Duarte, Yu-Li Lin, Yong-Fang Kuo, Gulshan Sharma
BACKGROUND: Isolated cases of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) with interferon α or β therapy have been reported, but no population-based estimates of the incidence of the disease after interferon exposure are available. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of PAH after initiation of interferon therapy, using a large commercial insurance database. METHODS: Using National Drug Codes (NDCs) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes, we utilized the Clinformatics™ Data Mart (CDM) database to identify subjects between 20 and 65 years old who received α or β interferon therapy between April 2001 and December 2012...
2017: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104972/utilization-study-of-antihypertensives-in-a-south-indian-tertiary-care-teaching-hospital-and-adherence-to-standard-treatment-guidelines
#6
Supratim Datta
AIM: Hypertension represents a major health problem primarily because of its role in contributing to the initiation and progression of major cardiovascular diseases. Concerns pertaining to hypertension and its sequelae can be substantially addressed and consequent burden of disease reduced by early detection and appropriate therapy of elevated blood pressure. This cross-sectional observational study aims at analyzing the utilization pattern of antihypertensives used for the treatment of hypertension at a tertiary care hospital in perspective of standard treatment guidelines...
December 2016: Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104970/geriatric-prescription-in-a-nigerian-tertiary-hospital
#7
Nwani Paul Osemeke, Onwukwe Chikezie Hart, Nwosu Maduaburochukwu Cosmas, Isah Ambrose Ohumagho
OBJECTIVES: To assess the medications prescribed for elderly inpatients on specific days during hospital admission with a view to detecting areas of irrational prescription. METHODS: It was a prospective study of all patients aged 65 years and above admitted to the medical wards of a Nigerian tertiary hospital over a 12-month period. The World Health Organization/International Network of Rational Use of Drugs (WHO/INRUD) drug use indicators were used to assess drug prescriptions on various days of admission...
December 2016: Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104562/assessing-patient-rated-vs-clinician-rated-adherence-to-the-therapy-in-treatment-resistant-schizophrenia-schizophrenia-responders-and-non-schizophrenia-patients
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Felice Iasevoli, Andrea Fagiolini, Maria Vittoria Formato, Emiliano Prinzivalli, Sara Giordano, Raffaele Balletta, Vincenzo De Luca, Andrea de Bartolomeis
The present study evaluated consistency, reliability, and determinants of two real-world measures of adherence to prescription in 57 schizophrenia and 61 non-schizophrenia patients. Treatment resistant schizophrenia (TRS) was additionally diagnosed in 28 of the schizophrenia patients. Patients were screened for clinical severity, cognitive functioning, and adherence by 10-item Drug Attitude Inventory (DAI-10) or Adherence-to-Therapy (AtT), a clinician-rated tool developed by our group. DAI-10 and AtT scores showed a significant correlation (p=0...
January 7, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104415/peri-operative-topical-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-for-macular-edema-prophylaxis-following-cataract-surgery
#9
Bobeck S Modjtahedi, John F Paschal, Michael Batech, Tiffany Q Luong, Donald S Fong
PURPOSE: To describe the effect of routine use of topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on the incidence of post-operative macular edema (PME) after cataract surgery. The role of diabetic retinopathy on the relationship between NSAID use and PME was further analyzed. DESIGN: Retrospective matched cohort study. METHODS: Patients undergoing cataract surgery between January 2007 and June 2014 were included in this study. 108,093 Kaiser Permanente Southern California patients underwent cataract surgery and 89,731 met inclusion criteria...
January 16, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103712/endogenous-and-antipsychotic-related-risks-for-diabetes-mellitus-in-young-people-with-schizophrenia-a-danish-population-based-cohort-study
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Anto P Rajkumar, Henriette Thisted Horsdal, Theresa Wimberley, Dan Cohen, Ole Mors, Anders D Børglum, Christiane Gasse
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes mellitus contributes to excessive cardiovascular deaths and reduced life expectancy in schizophrenia. This population-based cohort study investigated the endogenous risk for diabetes in antipsychotic-naive schizophrenia and evaluated the risks added by starting antipsychotic treatment in people with schizophrenia. METHOD: The study followed all people born in Denmark on or after Jan. 1, 1977, until Jan. 1, 2013 (N=2,736,510). The Danish Psychiatric Central Research Register ascertained schizophrenia diagnoses...
January 20, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103678/an-advance-in-prescription-opioid-vaccines-overdose-mortality-reduction-and-extraordinary-alteration-of-drug-half-life
#11
Atsushi Kimishima, Cody J Wenthur, Bin Zhou, Kim D Janda
Prescription opioids (POs) such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly effective medications for pain management, yet they also present a substantial risk for abuse and addiction. The consumption of POs has been escalating worldwide, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths due to overdose each year. Pharmacokinetic strategies based upon vaccination present an attractive avenue to suppress PO abuse. Herein, the preparation of two active PO vaccines is described that were found to elicit high-affinity antiopioid antibodies through a structurally congruent drug-hapten design...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102985/medicare-program-changes-to-the-medicare-claims-and-entitlement-medicare-advantage-organization-determination-and-medicare-prescription-drug-coverage-determination-appeals-procedures-final-rule
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This final rule revises the procedures that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) follows at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level for appeals of payment and coverage determinations for items and services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries, enrollees in Medicare Advantage (MA) and other Medicare competitive health plans, and enrollees in Medicare prescription drug plans, as well as appeals of Medicare beneficiary enrollment and entitlement determinations, and certain Medicare premium appeals...
17, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101955/prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-produce-a-limited-impact-on-painkiller-prescribing-in-medicare-part-d
#13
Courtney R Yarbrough
OBJECTIVE: To measure the impact of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) on prescribing of opioid and nonopioid painkillers. DATA SOURCE: 2010-2013 physician-level Medicare Part D prescribing data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Propublica. STUDY DESIGN: Using difference-in-differences models with physician-level fixed effects, the study compares prescribing in states with and without PDMPs for opioid and nonopioid analgesics, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and opioids by controlled substances Schedules II-IV...
January 18, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101910/a-practical-approach-to-vaccination-of-patients-with-autoimmune-inflammatory-rheumatic-diseases-in-australia
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Peter Kk Wong, Hanish Bagga, Claire Barrett, Paddy Hanrahan, Doug Johnson, Amel Katrib, Karin Leder, Mona Marabani, Peta Pentony, John Riordan, Ray White, Laurel Young
Autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIIRD) such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are often complicated by infection, which results in significant morbidity and mortality. The increased risk of infection is probably due to a combination of immunosuppressive effects of the AIIRD, comorbidities, and the use of immunosuppressive conventional synthetic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) and more recently, targeted synthetic DMARDS and biologic DMARDS which block specific pro-inflammatory enzymes, cytokines or cell types...
January 19, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101351/pro-inflammatory-effect-of-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-formula-with-potent-anti-cancer-activity-in-vitro-impedes-tumor-inhibitory-potential-in-vivo
#15
Lei Xia, Maksym Plachynta, Tangjingjun Liu, Xiao Xiao, Jialei Song, Xiaogang Li, Mu Zhang, Yao Yao, Heng Luo, Xiaojiang Hao, Yaacov Ben-David
Medicinal formulas are a part of the complex discipline of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries in China and East Asia. These formulas predominantly consist of the extracts isolated from herbal plants, animal parts and medicinal minerals. The present study aimed to investigate the impact of 150 formulas, used as non-prescription drugs in China, on the treatment of cancer. A formula was identified, C54, commonly used to treat sore throats, which exhibited marked growth inhibition in vitro, associated with cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100090/patterns-of-use-of-systemic-therapies-among-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma-a-retrospective-claims-database-analysis-in-the-united-states
#16
Qiufei Ma, Yaozhu Juliette Chen, Dionne M Hines, Julie Munakata, Nicolas Batty, Beth Louise Barber, Zhongyun Zhao
OBJECTIVES: This retrospective analysis of the IMS PharMetrics Plus claims database aimed to describe the current real-world treatment patterns for metastatic melanoma in the USA. METHODS: Included patients (aged ≥18 years) had ≥1 prescription for ipilimumab, vemurafenib, temozolomide or dacarbazine between 1 January 2011 and 31 August 2013; diagnosis of melanoma and metastasis before first use (index date); no index drug use prior to the index date; continuous health plan enrollment for ≥6 months before and ≥3 months after index date...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100012/characterization-and-management-of-patients-with-heroin-versus-non-heroin-opioid-overdoses-experience-at-an-academic-medical-center
#17
Kate M Morizio, Regan A Baum, Adam Dugan, Julia E Marin, Abby M Bailey
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To characterize the differences between patients who had heroin and non-heroin opioid overdoses and to determine whether there were any significant differences in their management with regard to the naloxone use. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Large, academic medical center. PATIENTS: A total of 923 patients admitted to the medical center who were identified for overdose by heroin or other opiate-related narcotics between January 2010 and September 2015; 480 patients experienced a non-heroin opioid overdose event, and 443 patients experienced a heroin overdose event...
January 18, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099791/mitigating-the-prescription-drug-abuse-epidemic
#18
Mike Midgley
Focused attention on the prescription drug abuse epidemic needs to include evidence-based training for clinicians who manage patients with pain to facilitate accurate screening with consideration of comorbid conditions, diagnosis, selection of the appropriate treatment regimen, and focused monitoring of adherence to the established course of therapy. DEA licensure requirements need to be amended to mandate targeted training focused on pain medication upon initial application and renewal of license. A nationwide mandated real-time dispenser database that requires verification every time a clinician prescribes opioids and other key controlled substances should be a top priority...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099349/development-of-diabetes-mellitus-associated-with-quetiapine-a-case-series
#19
Hideki Nanasawa, Akahito Sako, Tomohiko Mitsutsuka, Kaori Nonogaki, Tadayuki Kondo, Shuichi Mishima, Yoriyasu Uju, Toshihiko Ito, Tetsuro Enomoto, Tatsuro Hayakawa, Hidekatsu Yanai
We aimed to describe the characteristics and clinical course of patients who developed diabetes associated with the use of quetiapine.This study included patients who received quetiapine for over a month between April 2008 and November 2013, and were diagnosed as having new-onset diabetes after initiation of quetiapine. We excluded patients who developed diabetes more than 1 year after discontinuation of quetiapine. We identified new-onset diabetes by hemoglobin A1c or prescriptions of antidiabetic drugs.Among 1688 patients who received quetiapine, hemoglobin A1c had been measured in 595 (35...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098924/-hypernatremia-caused-by-treatment-with-ghb-obtained-via-a-doctor-s-prescription
#20
I M Rood, C G W Seijger, J A van Waarde, M M R de Maat, J C Verhave, M J Blans
In the last few years, gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) has been used increasingly as a party drug; this has led to a marked increase in the number of requests for professional help with the treatment of GHB addiction. Pharmaceutical GHB (sodium oxybate, the sodium-salt of GHB), registered for cataplexia in narcolepsy patients, is used off-label to treat the withdrawal symptoms associated with GHB addiction. Pharmaceutical GHB has a high sodium load. In this report we present the cases of two patients who developed symptomatic hypernatremia following treatment with pharmaceutical GHB and who thereafter needed intensive care for the severe withdrawal symptoms that they experienced...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
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