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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211646/observational-study-on-the-dispensing-of-cough-syrups-to-children-with-acute-cough-by-community-pharmacists-in-france
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François-André Allaert, Stéphanie Villet, Stéphane Vincent, Laurent Sauve
BACKGROUND: Over-the-counter medicines may be proposed by pharmacists for children with acute cough. Study objectives were to describe the sociodemographic profile of children who were proposed a cough syrup by a pharmacist, the nature of the cough and type(s) of cough syrup proposed and to assess the evolution of the cough, tolerance and satisfaction with treatment. METHODS: Observational, prospective, longitudinal, multicentre study with 157 pharmacies in France...
February 17, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210864/pharmacy-benefit-management-companies-do-they-create-value-in-the-us-healthcare-system
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Alan Lyles
Pharmacy benefit management companies (PBMs) perform functions in the US market-based healthcare system that may be performed by public agencies or quasi-public institutions in other nations. By aggregating lives covered under their many individual contracts with payers, PBMs have formidable negotiating power. They influence pharmaceutical insurance coverage, design the terms of coverage in a plan's drug benefit, and create competition among providers for inclusion in a plan's network. PBMs have, through intermediation, the potential to secure lower drug prices and to improve rational prescribing...
February 16, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210531/the-daniel-k-inouye-college-of-pharmacy-scripts-updates-on-clostridium-difficile-infection-advances-in-laboratory-testing-to-aid-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Louis Lteif
Clostridium difficile remains a major source of nosocomial infections and associated diarrhea. More recently, community-acquired cases are on the rise creating a concern for a serious public health threat. Appropriate infection control precautions as well as prevention and optimal management may help to avoid detrimental outbreaks. A key step is utilizing laboratory testing for quick and accurate diagnosis of potential cases. This overview article describes Clostridium difficile infection control and prevention methods and updates the most recent management strategies including a focus on the utilization and interpretation of laboratory diagnostic testing and appropriate treatment...
February 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209173/moving-from-legality-to-reality-how-medical-abortion-methods-were-introduced-with-implementation-science-in-zambia
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Tamara Fetters, Ghazaleh Samandari, Patrick Djemo, Bellington Vwallika, Stephen Mupeta
BACKGROUND: Although abortion is technically legal in Zambia, the reality is far more complicated. This study describes the process and results of galvanizing access to medical abortion where abortion has been legal for many years, but provision severely limited. It highlights the challenges and successes of scaling up abortion care using implementation science to document 2 years of implementation. METHODS: An intervention between the Ministry of Health, University Teaching Hospital and the international organization Ipas, was established to introduce medical abortion and to address the lack of understanding and implementation of the country's abortion law...
February 16, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202384/implementing-take-home-naloxone-in-an-urban-community-pharmacy
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Joshua L Akers, Ryan N Hansen, Ryan D Oftebro
OBJECTIVE: Morbidity and mortality associated with opioid use have increased across the nation, growing into what can only be described as an epidemic. SETTING: In Washington State between 2002 and 2004, the statewide death rate attributed to any opioid was 6.6 per 100,000 people, but between 2011 and 2013 it increased to 8.6 per 100,000 people. Pharmacies provide a unique access point for harm reduction services to patients due to their ease of accessibility in the community...
February 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188221/successful-use-of-laboratory-monitoring-to-facilitate-an-invasive-procedure-for-a-patient-treated-with-dabigatran
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Mackenzie Byron, Sara Zochert, Thaddaus Hellwig, Marioara Gavozdea-Barna, Michael P Gulseth
PURPOSE: A case in which novel and traditional laboratory markers were successfully used to determine surgical intervention timing in an elderly patient receiving dabigatran for atrial fibrillation is reported. SUMMARY: An 86-year-old woman who was taking dabigatran for atrial fibrillation suffered a right femoral neck fracture requiring surgical intervention. Dabigatran was withheld once the patient was admitted to the hospital, and the pharmacy inpatient anticoagulation management team was consulted for guidance on determining appropriate scheduling of surgical intervention with regard to the time since her most recent dabigatran dose to minimize bleeding complications...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186715/adoption-of-the-nova-scotia-canada-community-pharmacy-medication-management-program-1-year-post-initiation
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Heidi J Deal, Charmaine A Cooke, Ethel M Langille Ingram, Ingrid S Sketris
BACKGROUND: Pharmacists conduct medication reviews to optimize drug therapy. Each jurisdiction implements and funds these programs differently. OBJECTIVE: To describe the uptake of the first year of a community pharmacy medication review program reimbursed by the publically insured seniors' drug benefit program in Nova Scotia, Canada. METHODS: This retrospective analysis included 294 pharmacies and 105,000 beneficiaries enrolled in the Nova Scotia Seniors' Pharmacare Program...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186386/investigating-self-efficacy-disease-knowledge-and-adherence-to-treatment-in-adolescents-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Nicholas R Faint, Janelle M Staton, Stephen M Stick, Juliet M Foster, André Schultz
AIM: Patient adherence is integral to the effectiveness of prescribed treatment, and is associated with beneficial disease outcomes, yet in adolescents with cystic fibrosis, adherence is often sub-optimal. Multiple factors may contribute to treatment adherence, including disease knowledge and self-efficacy. In adolescents with cystic fibrosis: (i) to compare the disease knowledge of adolescents and their parents before transition to adult care; (ii) to determine the relationship between disease knowledge (adolescent, parent) and adherence; and (iii) to evaluate self-efficacy and its association with disease knowledge and adherence...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184172/practically-prepared-pre-intern-student-views-following-an-education-package
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Susan McKenzie, Craig Mellis
BACKGROUND: Graduating medical students enter their internship with varied levels of practical experience in procedural skills. To address this problem, many medical schools have introduced intensive skill training courses immediately prior to graduation. This study examines the impact of a pre-intern (PrInt) education package, consisting of a short intensive course, followed by a one-month clinical attachment. METHODS: In September 2014, all PrInt students (n = 53) at the Central Clinical School (Sydney, NSW, Australia) attended three days of intensive training...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179741/innovations-in-medication-preparation-safety-and-wastage-reduction-use-of-a-workflow-management-system-in-a-pediatric-hospital
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Stephen Jerome Davis, Josephine Hurtado, Rosemary Nguyen, Tran Huynh, Ivan Lindon, Cedric Hudnall, Sara Bork
Background: USP <797> regulatory requirements have mandated that pharmacies improve aseptic techniques and cleanliness of the medication preparation areas. In addition, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recommends that technology and automation be used as much as possible for preparing and verifying compounded sterile products. Objective: To determine the benefits associated with the implementation of the workflow management system, such as reducing medication preparation and delivery errors, reducing quantity and frequency of medication errors, avoiding costs, and enhancing the organization's decision to move toward positive patient identification (PPID)...
January 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179722/student-perceptions-of-learning-through-an-international-comparison
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Phillip Woods, Jason Perepelkin, Amary Mey, Rodney Gapp, Michelle King
Objective. To broaden pharmacy students' international perspectives through a teaching and learning method involving international comparison. Design. Four topics within a pharmacy law and practice course were taught in-person by collaborating faculty members representing two international perspectives (Australian and Canadian). The assessed learning objective was for students to be able to synthesize an international comparative analysis that reflected an international perspective. Assessment. Approximately 70% (n=44) of the class completed an online survey instrument that explored students' perceptions of their own learning...
December 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179716/a-modified-delphi-process-to-define-competencies-for-assessment-leads-supporting-a-doctor-of-pharmacy-program
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Kristin K Janke, Katherine A Kelley, Burgunda V Sweet, Sarah E Kuba
Objective. To define the competencies for individuals designated as assessment leads in colleges and schools of pharmacy. Methods. Twenty-three assessment experts in pharmacy participated in a modified Delphi process to describe competencies for an assessment lead, defined as the individual responsible for curricular assessment and assessment-related to doctor of pharmacy program accreditation. Round 1 asked open-ended questions about knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Round 2 grouped responses for comment and rating for consensus, which was prospectively set at 80%...
December 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173993/implementing-an-integrated-care-management-program-in-community-pharmacies-a-focus-on-medication-management-services
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Megan G Smith, Stefanie P Ferreri, Patrick Brown, Kristen Wines, Christopher M Shea, Trista M Pfeiffenberger
OBJECTIVES: To describe the initiation of a community pharmacy medication management service within a statewide integrated care management program. SETTING: One hundred twenty-three community and community health center pharmacies in 58 counties of North Carolina. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Independent and community health center pharmacies offering medication management as part of an integrated care management program to Medicaid, Medicare, dually eligible Medicare-Medicaid, and NC Health Choice beneficiaries in North Carolina...
February 4, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173992/pharmacy-characteristics-associated-with-the-provision-of-medication-management-services-within-an-integrated-care-management-program
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Megan G Smith, Christopher M Shea, Patrick Brown, Kristen Wines, Joel F Farley, Stefanie P Ferreri
OBJECTIVES: To examine pharmacy operational and personnel characteristics that influence engagement in providing a community pharmacy medication management service within a statewide integrated care management program. METHODS: Before the program launch, all of the pharmacies were surveyed to collect demographic, operational, and personnel characteristics such as weekly prescription volume and number of staff, respectively. Those data were then compared with engagement in the program...
February 4, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168358/patients-attitudes-and-approaches-to-the-self-management-of-hypertension-perspectives-from-an-australian-qualitative-study-in-community-pharmacy
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Beata Bajorek, Kate Lemay, Parker Magin, Christopher Roberts, Ines Krass, Carol Armour
INTRODUCTION: In the management of hypertension, blood pressure (BP) monitoring and medication use are key strategies, but they are dependent on patients' motivation to practice self-care. AIM: To gauge patients' approaches to monitoring their blood pressure, as well as explore their attitudes toward, and actions relating to, high blood pressure readings, as the key components of their self-management of hypertension. METHOD: This qualitative study, comprising individual telephone interviews, involved patients attending community pharmacies in Sydney (Australia)...
February 6, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167655/improving-community-access-to-terminal-phase-medicines-through-the-implementation-of-a-core-medicines-list-in-south-australian-community-pharmacies
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Paul Tait, Chris Horwood, Paul Hakendorf, Timothy To
OBJECTIVES: Difficulties accessing medicines in the terminal phase hamper the ability of patients to die at home. The aim of this study was to identify changes in community access to medicines for managing symptoms in the terminal phase throughout South Australia (SA), following the development of a 'Core Medicines List' (the List) while exploring factors predictive of pharmacies carrying a broad range of useful medicines. METHODS: In 2015, SA community pharmacies were invited to participate in a repeat survey exploring the availability of specific medicines...
February 6, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167571/pharmacoepidemiology-of-clinically-relevant-hypothyroidism-and-hypertension-from-sunitinib-and-sorafenib
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Christine M Walko, Ronald E Aubert, Ninh M La-Beck, Gosia Clore, Vivian Herrera, Helen Kourlas, Robert S Epstein, Howard L McLeod
BACKGROUND: Thyroid dysfunction and hypertension (HTN) have been sporadically reported with sunitinib (SUN) and sorafenib (SOR). Determination of the side effect incidence will enhance monitoring and management recommendations. METHODS: An observational cohort study was performed using deidentified pharmacy claims data from a 3-year period to evaluate patients prescribed SUN, SOR, or capecitabine (CAP; comparison group). The primary outcome was time to first prescription for thyroid replacement or HTN treatment...
February 6, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163082/implications-of-prostate-cancer-treatment-in-men-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Peter S Kirk, Shail Govani, Tudor Borza, Brent K Hollenbeck, Jennifer Davis, Dean Shumway, Akbar K Waljee, Ted A Skolarus
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the influences of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a rare but morbid disease with increasing incidence, on prostate cancer management decisions. We examined whether prostate cancer treatment differed for men with IBD, and whether treatment choice was associated with risk of IBD flare. METHODS: Using Veterans Health Administration cancer registry and administrative data, we identified 52,311 men diagnosed with prostate cancer from 2005 through 2008...
February 2, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154015/potential-ways-to-address-shortage-situations-of-mo-99-tc-99m
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Leah Filzen, Lacey Ellingson, Andrew Paulsen, Joseph Hung
: Technetium 99m (Tc-99m) is the most common radioisotope used in nuclear medicine, which is produced in a nuclear reactor from the decay of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). There are only a few aging nuclear reactors around the world that produce Mo-99 and one of the major contributors, the NRU (National Research Universal, Canada), will cease production on October 31, 2016. The NRU produces approximately 40% of the world's Mo-99 supply, so with its impending shut down, shortages of Mo-99/Tc-99m are expected...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152843/building-a-new-process-nursing-verification-of-pediatric-oral-chemotherapy
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Erin Santacroce, Mary Ann Zimmerman, Melissa Freeman, Teresa Lau Greenberg, Phuong Nguyen, Susan N Chi, Pratiti Bandopadhayay, Sharon Lane, Audrea Szabatura, Kathleen Houlahan, Amy Billett
: 199 Background: While team-based safety checks ensure safe prescribing of parenteral chemotherapy, oral chemotherapy is usually prescribed by a single clinician. With the growing use of oral chemotherapy, processes are needed to protect these vulnerable patients from prescription errors. METHODS: A team of nurses, clinicians, pharmacists and administrators developed a new process and checklist for nursing verification of oral chemotherapy prescriptions at Dana-Farber's pediatric neuro-oncology program...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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