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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335763/identification-of-drug-combinations-administered-by-continuous-subcutaneous-infusion-that-require-analysis-for-compatibility-and-stability
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Andrew Dickman, Matthew Bickerstaff, Richard Jackson, Jennifer Schneider, Stephen Mason, John Ellershaw
BACKGROUND: A continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) delivered via syringe pump is a method of drug administration used to maintain symptom control when a patient is no longer able to tolerate oral medication. Several classes of drugs, such as opioids, antiemetics, anticholinergics, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines are routinely administered by CSCI alone or in combinations. Previous studies attempting to identify the most-common CSCI combinations are now several years old and no longer reflect current clinical practice...
March 23, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334910/evaluating-pharmacist-input-into-the-pharmaceutical-care-of-patients-in-dispensing-medical-practices-in-remote-and-rural-areas-of-scotland
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Derek Stewart, Breda Anthony, Clare Morrison, Yvonne MacRae, Lucy Dixon, Emer Friel, Evelyn Yoong, Scott Cunningham, Katie MacLure
Background.: The Highlands and the Western Isles are the two most remote and rural areas of Scotland, with many medical practices in areas where pharmacies would not be viable. Recent regulations state that that dispensing medical practices in these areas must receive pharmacist support for patients who would benefit. Objective.: This study aimed to evaluate pilot services, which centred on the provision of patient centred pharmaceutical care. Methods...
March 8, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327898/adherence-to-capecitabine-in-preoperative-treatment-of-stage-ii-and-iii-rectal-cancer-do-we-need-to-worry
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R Font, J A Espinas, L Layos, M Martinez Villacampa, J Capdevila, M Tobeña, A Pisa, C Pericay, C Lezcano, E Fort, I Cardona, N Berga, J Solà, J M Borras
Background: : Preoperative oral capecitabine plus radiotherapy has been progressively adopted in oncology units to provide more convenient care to patients with rectal cancer, but little is known about adherence to this therapy. Patients and methods: : Prospective, multicentre observational study in six hospitals in metropolitan Barcelona (Spain), in patients with stage II and III rectal cancer. Assessment of adherence was based on the medical report in the clinical history, a patient questionnaire and a pill count in the pharmacy service upon finalization of treatment...
March 6, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321136/procarbazine-lomustine-and-vincristine-pcv-regimen-for-central-nervous-system-tumors
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Dominic A Solimando, J Aubrey Waddell
The complexity of cancer chemotherapy requires pharmacists be familiar with the complicated regimens and highly toxic agents used. This column reviews various issues related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of antineoplastic therapy, and the agents, both commercially available and investigational, used to treat malignant diseases. Questions or suggestions for topics should be addressed to Dominic A. Solimando, Jr, President, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Inc., 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-545, Arlington, VA 22203, e-mail: OncRxSvc@comcast...
February 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302923/improving-medication-safety-and-diabetes-management-in-hong-kong-a-multidisciplinary-approach
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A Ys Chung, S Anand, I Ck Wong, K Cb Tan, C Ff Wong, W Cm Chui, E W Chan
INTRODUCTION: Patients with diabetes often require complex medication regimens. The positive impact of pharmacists on improving diabetes management or its co-morbidities has been recognised worldwide. This study aimed to characterise drug-related problems among diabetic patients in Hong Kong and their clinical significance, and to explore the role of pharmacists in the multidisciplinary diabetes management team by evaluating the outcome of their clinical interventions. METHODS: An observational study was conducted at the Diabetes Clinic of a public hospital in Hong Kong from October 2012 to March 2014...
March 17, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293768/the-utility-of-a-medical-admissions-pharmacist-in-a-hospital-in-australia
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Sally B Marotti, Rachael May Theng Cheh, Anne Ponniah, Helen Phuong
Background Medication-related hospital admissions in Australia have previously been estimated to account for approximately 3% of all hospital admissions, with hospital entry points being a point of vulnerability. The timely medication review and reconciliation by a pharmacist at the early stage of an admission for patients admitted to the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) would be beneficial. Setting The Emergency Department (ED) and AMU in a 300 bed tertiary teaching hospital, in South Australia. Objective To investigate the impact of a Medical Admissions (MA) pharmacist on the proportion of AMU patients who receive a complete and accurate medication history by a pharmacist prior to admission and within 4 h of presentation...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293104/factors-driving-customers-to-seek-health-care-from-pharmacies-for-acute-respiratory-illness-and-treatment-recommendations-from-drug-sellers-in-dhaka-city-bangladesh
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Fahmida Chowdhury, Katharine Sturm-Ramirez, Abdullah Al Mamun, A Danielle Iuliano, Mejbah Uddin Bhuiyan, Mohammod Jobayer Chisti, Makhdum Ahmed, Sabbir Haider, Mahmudur Rahman, Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner
BACKGROUND: Pharmacies in Bangladesh serve as an important source of health service. A survey in Dhaka reported that 48% of respondents with symptoms of acute respiratory illness (ARI) identified local pharmacies as their first point of care. This study explores the factors driving urban customers to seek health care from pharmacies for ARI, their treatment adherence, and outcome. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 100 selected pharmacies within Dhaka from June to December 2012...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292502/opioid-overdose-education-and-naloxone-distribution-development-of-the-veterans-health-administration-s-national-program
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Elizabeth M Oliva, Melissa L D Christopher, Daina Wells, Mark Bounthavong, Michael Harvey, Julianne Himstreet, Thomas Emmendorfer, Michael Valentino, Mariano Franchi, Francine Goodman, Jodie A Trafton
OBJECTIVES: To prevent opioid-related mortality, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) developed a national Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) program. SETTING: VHA's OEND program sought national implementation of OEND across all medical facilities (n = 142). PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: This paper describes VHA's efforts to facilitate nationwide health care system-based OEND implementation, including the critical roles of VHA's national pharmacy services and academic detailing services...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292501/indian-health-service-pharmacists-engaged-in-opioid-safety-initiatives-and-expanding-access-to-naloxone
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Hillary Duvivier, Samantha Gustafson, Morgan Greutman, Tenzin Jangchup, Ashlee Knapp Harden, Aimee Reinhard, Keith Warshany
OBJECTIVE: To develop effective pharmacy-based interventions to mitigate harm from opioid use disorders. Programs include responsible opioid prescribing, expanded access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), naloxone, and community interventions. SETTING: Clinical pharmacists practicing at Indian Health Service (IHS) locations in the Southwest, Midwest, and Great Lakes regions. These pharmacists serve culturally diverse American Indian populations throughout the United States and interface with tribal and federal programs to impact the opioid epidemic in Indian Country...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291673/mail-order-pharmacy-experience-of-veterans-living-with-aids-hiv
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Karishma Rohanraj Desai, Betty Chewning, Andrew Wilcox, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND: The VA system is the largest single provider of healthcare in the United States and to individuals infected with HIV specifically. High quality medication management is particularly important since HIV is a chronic infectious condition which requires taking multiple medications with strict requirements for adherence to medication regimens. Veterans Administration (VA) patients are required to obtain all chronic medications using the VA mail-order pharmacy system. OBJECTIVE: Drawing on Donabedian's Quality Improvement framework, this study sought to examine experiences that Veterans with HIV have with the Veterans Administration medication mail-order system, and to explore opportunities for quality improvement...
February 24, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289300/pharmacy-interns-perception-of-their-professional-role
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Stense Vestergaard, Lotte Stig Nørgaard, Janine Marie Traulsen, Susanne Kaae
Objective. To determine pharmacy interns' perceptions of the roles of the pharmacist and pharmacy prior to and during the pharmacy internship and to compare their perceptions with those of their supervisors and the pharmacy customers. Methods. Questionnaires were completed and submitted by 395 interns prior to and during their internships. Interns interviewed their supervisors and two to four local customers. Results. Ninety-six supervisors and 285 customers were interviewed. Interns' perceptions were aligned with those of their supervisors in that both groups indicated that a pharmacist's most important role is that of a clinical leader...
February 25, 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285067/incorporation-of-a-community-pharmacy-based-heart-failure-assessment-tool-by-advanced-pharmacy-practice-experience-students
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Sarah E Kelling, Paul C Walker, James G Mason, Nadir Zara, Barry E Bleske
OBJECTIVES: To incorporate a published clinical tool related to heart failure (HF) assessment into advanced pharmacy practice experiences in the community pharmacy setting to provide a meaningful and innovative learning experience for students. SETTING: Sixteen independent and chain community pharmacies that served as advanced pharmacy practice experience locations. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Sixteen community pharmacy locations served as rotation sites and participated in data collection (8 chain and 8 independent)...
March 8, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285064/patient-perceptions-of-a-pharmacy-star-rating-model
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Terri L Warholak, Mira Patel, Meagen Rosenthal, Donna West-Strum, Earl B Ettienne, Gail Nunlee-Bland, David Nau, Ana L Hincapie
OBJECTIVES: To identify patients' understanding of what constitutes a "quality pharmacy" and to obtain their feedback regarding the development and use of the pharmacy star rating model, a pharmacy-specific aggregate performance score based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Medicare Star Rating. DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Focus groups were conducted in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and one-on-one interviews were conducted in Indiana...
March 8, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274985/role-of-postgraduate-year-2-pharmacy-residents-in-providing-weekend-antimicrobial-stewardship-coverage-in-an-academic-medical-center
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Justin Siegfried, Cristian Merchan, Marco R Scipione, John Papadopoulos, Arash Dabestani, Yanina Dubrovskaya
PURPOSE: The integration of pharmacy residents into an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) is described, and data on the residents' ASP interventions and outcomes are reported. SUMMARY: ASP coverage of nighttime, holiday, and weekend shifts is often provided by infectious diseases (ID) medical fellows and staff pharmacists, potentially leading to inconsistent stewardship practices. As part of an initiative by a large urban hospital to provide around-the-clock, comprehensive ASP services 7 days a week, postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) pharmacy residents in ID or critical care were assigned to provide ASP coverage on weekends...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274979/strategies-that-facilitated-expansion-of-a-postgraduate-year-1-pharmacy-residency-program-across-a-community-hospital-based-health-system
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Andrew Ticcioni, Diane Erdman, Benjamin Scott, Mike Gillard, Lijian Cai
PURPOSE: Seven strategies used to expand an existing postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy residency program and launch 3 new PGY1 residency programs in a multisite community hospital-based health system are described. SUMMARY: The vision of ASHP and other pharmacy organizations of providing advanced training (e.g., residency training) to all pharmacists who plan to be involved in direct patient care has not yet been realized, and the capacity to provide such training has not kept pace with the demand...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270255/a-qualitative-analysis-of-the-spontaneous-volunteer-response-to-the-2013-sudan-floods-changing-the-paradigm
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Amin Albahari, Carl H Schultz
Introduction While the concept of community resilience is gaining traction, the role of spontaneous volunteers during the initial response to disasters remains controversial. In an attempt to resolve some of the debate, investigators examined the activities of a spontaneous volunteer group called Nafeer after the Sudan floods around the city of Khartoum in August of 2013. Hypothesis Can spontaneous volunteers successfully initiate, coordinate, and deliver sustained assistance immediately after a disaster? METHODS: This retrospective, descriptive case study involved: (1) interviews with Nafeer members that participated in the disaster response to the Khartoum floods; (2) examination of documents generated during the event; and (3) subsequent benchmarking of their efforts with the Sphere Handbook...
March 8, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258538/trends-in-the-prescription-and-long-term-utilization-of-antidementia-drugs-among-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-in-spain-a-cohort-study-using-the-registry-of-dementias-of-girona
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Laia Calvó-Perxas, Oriol Turró-Garriga, Joan Vilalta-Franch, Manuela Lozano-Gallego, Rosa de Eugenio, Fabián Márquez, Olga Carmona, Jordi Gich, Anna Manzano, Marta Viñas, Anna Mª Roig, Josep Garre-Olmo
BACKGROUND: Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs) and the N-methyl D-aspartate-antagonist memantine are indicated for the symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVES: Our aims were to describe the baseline characteristics of patients with AD according to prescription of these treatments after the diagnostic work-up to describe long-term trends in the use of these medications and to identify baseline characteristics associated with the frequency of use of each treatment...
April 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250330/establishing-a-system-for-effectively-explaining-indications-for-driving-prohibition-contained-in-drug-package-inserts
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Mamoru Tanaka
 To prevent onset and proliferation of public health/hygiene hazards arising from adverse reactions to drugs, physicians and pharmacists in Japan are now required to provide sufficient explanation of precautions when prescribing or dispensing drugs with package inserts indicating that the patient should not drive, or should take precautions when driving, while taking the drug. Additionally, to ensure proper use of drugs dispensed in accordance with the prescriptions issued by physicians or dentists, the Law for Partial Amendment of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (Law No...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245969/advancing-technician-practice-deliberations-of-a-regulatory-board
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EDITORIAL
Alex J Adams
In 2016, the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy (U.S.) undertook a major rulemaking initiative to advance pharmacy practice by broadening the ability of pharmacists to delegate tasks to pharmacy technicians. The new rules of the Board thus moved the locus of control in technician scope of practice from law to pharmacist delegation. Pharmacist delegation is individualistic and takes into account the individual technician's capabilities, the pharmacist's comfort level, facility policies, and the risk mitigation strategies present at the facility, among other factors...
February 16, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245706/nonpsychiatric-outpatient-care-for-adults-with-serious-mental-illness-in-california-who-is-being-left-behind
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Maria E Garcia, Dean Schillinger, Eric Vittinghoff, Jennifer M Creasman, Penelope Knapp, John W Newcomer, Christina Mangurian
OBJECTIVE: Although primary care is associated with better outcomes, many individuals with serious mental illness do not receive general medical services. This study examined patient-level factors associated with not having outpatient general medical visits among individuals with serious mental illness in California. METHODS: The study analyzed administrative, pharmacy, and billing data for 56,895 Medicaid-enrolled adults with serious mental illness treated in community mental health clinics between October 1, 2010, and September 20, 2011...
March 1, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
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