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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451468/health-care-resource-use-and-costs-pre-and-post-treatment-initiation-with-linaclotide-retrospective-analyses-of-a-u-s-insured-population
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Douglas Ca Taylor, Jessica L Abel, Tim Bancroft, Paul Buzinec, Alyssa Goolsby Hunter, Robyn T Carson, Carolyn Martin
As expected, pharmacy costs increased with the introduction of this new treatment in a market dominated by over-the-counter and generic treatments. On the other hand, outpatient GI-related and irritable bowel disease health care resource use and costs substantially decreased among commercial and Medicare patients following linaclotide treatment initiation.
February 2018: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451420/integration-of-clinical-pharmacists-into-an-ambulatory-pediatric-hematology-oncology-transplant-clinic
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Kimberly D Defoe, Jennifer Jupp, Tara Leslie
Objectives To describe key activities performed by a newly deployed clinical pharmacist in an outpatient pediatric hematology, oncology, transplant clinic. To demonstrate how utilization of the pharmacist evolved, as indicated by changes in frequency of key activities, during the first four months of integration. Design Clinical pharmacists were made consistently available in an outpatient clinic serving hematology, oncology, transplant patients and their families. A list of key activities, based on provincial clinical pharmacist standards, was created to provide a framework for the role...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450864/real-world-evaluation-of-direct-and-indirect-economic-burden-among-endometriosis-patients-in-the-united-states
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Ahmed M Soliman, Eric Surrey, Machaon Bonafede, James K Nelson, Jane Castelli-Haley
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of endometriosis and the need for treatment in the USA has led to the need to explore the contemporary cost burden associated with the disease. This retrospective cohort study compared direct and indirect healthcare costs in patients with endometriosis to a control group without endometriosis. METHODS: Women aged 18-49 years with endometriosis (date of initial diagnosis = index date) were identified in the Truven Health MarketScan ® Commercial database between 2010 and 2014 and female control patients without endometriosis were matched by age and index year...
February 15, 2018: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450244/characteristics-of-adherence-to-methadone-maintenance-treatment-over-a-15-year-period-among-homeless-adults-experiencing-mental-illness
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Milad Parpouchi, Akm Moniruzzaman, Stefanie N Rezansoff, Angela Russolillo, Julian M Somers
Background: Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) has important protective effects related to reduced illicit opioid use, infectious disease transmission, and overdose mortality. Adherence to MMT has not been examined among homeless people. We measured MMT adherence and reported relevant characteristics among homeless adults experiencing mental illness in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Material and methods: Homeless adults living with mental illness who had received MMT prior to the baseline interview of the Vancouver At Home study ( n = 78) were included in analyses...
December 2017: Addictive Behaviors Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450233/pharmacogenomics-guided-policy-in-opioid-use-disorder-oud-management-an-ethnically-diverse-case-based-approach
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Earl B Ettienne, Edwin Chapman, Mary Maneno, Adaku Ofoegbu, Bradford Wilson, Beverlyn Settles-Reaves, Melissa Clarke, Georgia Dunston, Kevin Rosenblatt
Introduction: Opioid use disorder (OUD) is characterized by a problematic pattern of opioid use leading to clinically-significant impairment or distress. Opioid agonist treatment is an integral component of OUD management, and buprenorphine is often utilized in OUD management due to strong clinical evidence for efficacy. However, interindividual genetic differences in buprenorphine metabolism may result in variable treatment response, leaving some patients undertreated and at increased risk for relapse...
December 2017: Addictive Behaviors Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448243/impact-of-health-authority-control-measures-aimed-at-reducing-the-illicit-use-of-anabolic-androgenic-steroids
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Raquel Vázquez-Mourelle, Eduardo Carracedo-Martinez, Adolfo Figueiras
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate two interventions on anabolic-androgenic-steroids (AAS) dispensation in retail pharmacies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted in a north-western region of Spain. Data were the AAS supplied by wholesale drug distributors to retail pharmacies over a period of 102 months. It is designed as an ecological time-series study; the dependent variables were daily defined doses per 1,000 inhabitants per day of each drug. The two interventions evaluated were: (1) an inspection program intended for those retail pharmacies where there was an irregular dispensation and (2) a regulation put forth forcing these pharmacies to carry out additional registers...
February 15, 2018: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446874/transplant-recipients-are-vulnerable-under-the-medicare-part-d-benefit
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Lisa M Potter, Angela Q Maldonado, Krista L Lentine, Mark A Schnitzler, Zidong Zhang, Gregory P Hess, Edward Garrity, Bertram L Kasiske, David A Axelrod
Transplant immunosuppressants are often used off-label due to insufficient randomized prospective trial data to achieve organ-specific US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Transplant recipients who rely on Medicare Part D for immunosuppressant drug coverage are vulnerable to coverage denial for off-label prescriptions, unless use is supported by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-approved compendia. An integrated data set including national transplant registry data and 3 years of dispensed pharmacy records was used to identify the prevalence of immunosuppression use that is both off-label and not supported by CMS-approved compendia...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446829/injection-testosterone-and-adverse-cardiovascular-events-a-case-crossover-analysis
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J Bradley Layton, Dongmei Li, Christoph R Meier, Julie L Sharpless, Til Stürmer, M Alan Brookhart
CONTEXT: Exogenous testosterone administration may affect blood clotting, polycythemia, and may increase atherosclerosis, though any association with cardiovascular events is unclear. While the literature is inconclusive, some studies have suggested testosterone use may increase short-term risk of cardiovascular events and stroke, and injection testosterone may convey higher risks than other dosage forms. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the short-term cardiovascular risk of receiving injection testosterone...
February 15, 2018: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446064/roles-of-community-pharmacists-in-improving-oral-health-awareness-in-plateau-state-northern-nigeria
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Olaniyi Olufemi Taiwo, Raymond Panas
INTRODUCTION: There is poor oral health awareness in Nigeria because of limited access to correct information on oral health as well as a lack of oral health-care providers. The purpose of this study was to describe the roles of community pharmacists (CPs) in Plateau State, Northern Nigeria, as sources of oral health information in their communities. METHODS: A quantitative cross-sectional study on CPs spanning the entire State. Data collection was a survey method using a structured paper-based self-administered questionnaire...
February 15, 2018: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446063/direct-and-indirect-healthcare-resource-utilization-and-costs-among-migraine-patients-in-the-united-states
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Machaon Bonafede, Sandhya Sapra, Neel Shah, Stewart Tepper, Katherine Cappell, Pooja Desai
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this analysis was to provide a contemporary estimate of the burden of migraine, incorporating both direct and indirect costs, by comparing the costs of migraine patients to a matched group of patients without migraine in a large, nationally representative sample of commercially insured patients in the United States. BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that the economic burden of migraine in the United States is substantial for payers, patients, and employers...
February 15, 2018: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445942/market-structure-and-competition-in-the-healthcare-industry-results-from-a-transition-economy
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Martin Lábaj, Peter Silanič, Christoph Weiss, Biliana Yontcheva
The present paper provides first empirical evidence on the relationship between market size and the number of firms in the healthcare industry for a transition economy. We estimate market-size thresholds required to support different numbers of suppliers (firms) for three occupations in the healthcare industry in a large number of distinct geographic markets in Slovakia, taking into account the spatial interaction between local markets. The empirical analysis is carried out for three time periods (1995, 2001 and 2010) which characterise different stages of the transition process...
February 14, 2018: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445453/the-european-falsified-medicines-directive-in-poland-background-implementation-and-potential-recommendations-for-pharmacists
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Piotr Merks, Damian Swieczkowski, Michal Byliniak, Mariola Drozd, Katarzyna Krupa, Milosz Jaguszewski, David A Brindley, Bernard D Naughton
By February 2019, the Polish pharmaceutical industry, community and hospital pharmacies, wholesalers and parallel traders must all comply with the EU-wide Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) legislation (2011/62/EU), to ensure that no medicinal product is dispensed to a patient without proper tracking and authentication. Here we describe how Poland is complying with the new EU regulations, the actions that have been taken to incorporate the FMD into Polish Pharmaceutical Law and whether or not these actions are sufficient...
January 2018: European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. Science and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445304/prevalence-of-medication-errors-in-primary-health-care-at-bahrain-defence-force-hospital-prescription-based-study
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Fatema Aljasmi, Fatema Almalood, Ahmed Al Ansari
Background: One of the important activities that physicians - particularly general practitioners - perform is prescribing. It occurs in most health care facilities and especially in primary health care (PHC) settings. Objectives: This study aims to determine what types of prescribing errors are made in PHC at Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospital, and how common they are. Methods: This was a retrospective study of data from PHC at BDF Hospital...
2018: Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444752/a-review-of-international-pharmacy-based-minor-ailment-services-and-proposed-service-design-model
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REVIEW
Mariyam Aly, Victoria García-Cárdenas, Kylie Williams, Shalom I Benrimoj
BACKGROUND: The need to consider sustainable healthcare solutions is essential. An innovative strategy used to promote minor ailment care is the utilisation of community pharmacists to deliver minor ailment services (MASs). Promoting higher levels of self-care can potentially reduce the strain on existing resources. AIM: To explore the features of international MASs, including their similarities and differences, and consider the essential elements to design a MAS model...
January 5, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443649/use-of-charity-financial-assistance-for-novel-oral-anticancer-agents
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Adam J Olszewski, Andrew R Zullo, Christopher R Nering, Justin P Huynh
Novel oral targeted drugs are increasingly used for cancer therapy, but their extreme cost, often exceeding $10,000 per month, poses a significant barrier for patients and insurers alike, leading to the potential breakdown of traditional cost-sharing strategies. Insured patients' routine use of charity assistance to supplement their coverage would indicate a major deficiency in the current health care policies. By using data from a specialty pharmacy affiliated with an academic center (1,557 prescriptions dispensed between January 2014 and March 2017), we examined sources of payment for novel oral anticancer agents, distinguishing contributions from health insurance, patients, and from charitable assistance organizations...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442398/restricting-tobacco-sales-to-only-pharmacies-as-an-endgame-strategy-are-pharmacies-likely-to-opt-in
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Frederieke Sanne Petrović-van der Deen, Nick Wilson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2018: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442334/utilization-spending-and-price-trends-for-quinolones-in-the-us-medicaid-programs-25-years-experience-1991-2015
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Ziyad S Almalki, Xiaomeng Yue, Ying Xia, Patricia R Wigle, Jeff Jianfei Guo
BACKGROUND: Given that the quinolones is one of the antibacterial classes most frequently used to treat patients with bacterial infections in the United States, any change in prescribing patterns of quinolones will impact Medicaid medical expenditures. OBJECTIVES: This study was undertaken to examine trends in utilization, reimbursement, and prices of quinolone antibacterials for the US Medicaid population. METHODS: The publicly available Medicaid State Drug Utilization outpatient pharmacy files were used for this study...
June 2017: PharmacoEconomics Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442280/patient-satisfaction-with-a-chronic-kidney-disease-risk-assessment-service-in-community-pharmacies
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Pankti A Gheewala, Gregory M Peterson, Syed Tabish R Zaidi, Matthew D Jose, Ronald L Castelino
BACKGROUND: Patient satisfaction is an important determinant of the feasibility and sustainability of community pharmacy screening services. However, few studies have evaluated this, with no such study performed for a chronic kidney disease risk assessment service. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to determine patient satisfaction with a chronic kidney disease risk assessment service performed in community pharmacies. SETTING: Community pharmacies in the state of Tasmania, Australia...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442055/incidence-of-statin-drug-interactions-in-croatian-community-pharmacy
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I Samardzic, I Benkovic, V Bacic Vrca
Statins are among the most frequently issued drugs that patients usually need to take for a lifetime. They are often an integral part of a polytherapeutic approach in preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases. As such, they might often interact with drugs prescribed for treating acute and chronic conditions. A pharmacist is the final professional control before a drug reaches the patient and his role in preventing drug-drug interactions is crucial. The objective of this research was to analyse the incidence and relevance of potential drug interactions with statins in community pharmacy...
March 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441986/caspofungin-infusion-solutions-50-mg-100-ml-chemical-stability-and-antifungal-activity-against-candida-spp
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N Pinder, L H Pelzl, G Walther, J Backhaus, O Kurzai, T Hoppe-Tichy
BACKGROUND: Ready to use caspofungin infusion bags are centrally prepared in the Hospital Pharmacy, University Hospital of Heidelberg, for economic reasons and possibly occurring problems with drug shortages. The aim of this study was a quality control of the in-house preparation of caspofungin infusion bags and the preparation process. Caspofungin concentration with regard to chemical stability and antifungal activity of caspofungin preparations were defined as quality parameters. METHODS: Three caspofungin infusion bags (50 mg in 100 mL 0...
April 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
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