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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722211/using-prescription-monitoring-program-data-to-characterize-out-of-pocket-payments-for-opioid-prescriptions-in-a-state-medicaid-program
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Daniel M Hartung, Sharia M Ahmed, Luke Middleton, Joshua Van Otterloo, Kun Zhang, Shellie Keast, Hyunjee Kim, Kirbee Johnston, Richard A Deyo
BACKGROUND: Out-of-pocket payment for prescription opioids is believed to be an indicator of abuse or diversion, but few studies describe its epidemiology. Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) collect controlled substance prescription fill data regardless of payment source and thus can be used to study this phenomenon. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the frequency and characteristics of prescription fills for opioids that are likely paid out-of-pocket by individuals in the Oregon Medicaid program...
July 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712738/a-technology-supported-collaboration-between-a-health-plan-and-a-community-pharmacy-to-improve-blood-pressure-control
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Caitlin K Frail, Susan Cooper, Tim Gallagher, Josh Sarkis, Laura Topor, Richard J Bruzek
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of a health plan and community pharmacy partnership to improve blood pressure control. SETTING: A midwestern health plan and a regional community pharmacy chain. PRACTICE INNOVATION: Health plan members with a hypertension diagnosis and attributed to the pharmacy chain based on prescription claims were invited to participate. Interested patients enrolled in the program at their pharmacies and were assigned a "smart card" for use with a blood pressure kiosk in the pharmacy...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711889/-peculiarities-of-primary-health-care-organization-for-patients-suffering-from-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-jointly-with-coronary-heart-disease
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Любов Й Власик, Ганна Я Ступницька, Анастасія Л Сухолотюк
INTRODUCTION: Combination of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and coronary heart disease (CHD) leads to some difficulties for diagnostics and for prescription of complex differential treatment as well as increasings risk of complications from the illness and drug's side effects. AIM: To develope peculiarities of Primary Health Care (PHC) organisation for patients suffering from COPD jointly with CHD; and to improve the patients surveillance for optimization of early diagnosis of named join pathology and well-timed prescription of appropriate health-promoting treatment...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708603/monte-carlo-skin-dose-simulation-in-intraoperative-radiotherapy-of-breast-cancer-using-spherical-applicators
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Farhad Moradi, Ngie Min Ung, M U Khandaker, Ghafour Amouzad Mahdiraji, Marniza Saad, Rozita Abdul Malik, Anita Zarina Bustam, Zainor Zaili, David A Bradley
The relatively new treatment modality electronic intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) is gaining popularity, irradiation being obtained within a surgically produced cavity being delivered via a low-energy X-ray source and spherical applicators, primarily for early stage breast cancer. Due to the spatially dramatic dose-rate fall off with radial distance from the source and effects related to changes in the beam quality of the low keV photon spectra, dosimetric account of the Intrabeam system is rather complex...
July 14, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707421/safer-and-more-appropriate-opioid-prescribing-a-large-healthcare-system-s-comprehensive-approach
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Jan L Losby, Joel D Hyatt, Michael H Kanter, Grant Baldwin, Denis Matsuoka
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: The United States is in the midst of a public health epidemic with more than 40 people dying each day from prescription opioid overdoses. Health care systems are taking steps to address the opioid overdose epidemic by implementing policy and practice interventions to mitigate the risks of long-term opioid therapy. Kaiser Permanente Southern California launched a comprehensive initiative to transform the way that chronic pain is viewed and treated. Kaiser Permanente Southern California created prescribing and dispensing policies, monitoring and follow-up processes, and clinical coordination through electronic health record integration...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705401/-are-general-practitioners-in-paris-and-surrounding-areas-reticent-about-direct-oral-anticoagulants
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C Caucanas, D Sfeir, C Blas-Châtelain, P Priollet
OBJECTIVE: Determine how familiar general practitioners (GPs) working in Paris and surrounding areas are with prescriptions for direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). MATERIAL AND METHOD: A questionnaire sent to 189 GP working in Paris and surrounding areas yielded 100 responses. Data collected included a brief summary of sociodemographic items, comparative knowledge about DOACs and vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), and responses to two clinical situations for DOAC prescriptions (renewal of a first prescription)...
May 2017: J Med Vasc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704765/high-intensity-drinking-and-nonmedical-use-of-prescription-drugs-results-from-a-national-survey-of-12th-grade-students
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Sean Esteban McCabe, Philip Veliz, Megan E Patrick
BACKGROUND: Nearly 10% of U.S. 12th graders report high-intensity drinking (10+ or 15+ drinks in a row), but the extent to which these drinkers also engage in nonmedical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) is largely unknown. This study examined the associations between different thresholds of past two-week high-intensity drinking and past-month NMUPD among U.S. 12th graders. METHODS: The sample consisted of eleven nationally representative cross-sections of 12th graders in the Monitoring the Future study (2005-2015) who answered questions on past two-week drinking behaviors and past-month nonmedical use of prescription opioids, sedative, stimulants, and tranquilizers (N=26,502 respondents)...
June 29, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701333/risk-of-post-pregnancy-hypertension-in-women-with-a-history-of-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-nationwide-cohort-study
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Ida Behrens, Saima Basit, Mads Melbye, Jacob A Lykke, Jan Wohlfahrt, Henning Bundgaard, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Heather A Boyd
Objectives To determine how soon after delivery the risk of post-pregnancy hypertension increases in women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and how the risk evolves over time.Design Nationwide register based cohort study.Setting Denmark.Populations 482 972 primiparous women with a first live birth or stillbirth between 1995 and 2012 (cumulative incidence analyses), and 1 025 118 women with at least one live birth or stillbirth between 1978 and 2012 (Cox regression analyses).Main outcome measures 10 year cumulative incidences of post-pregnancy hypertension requiring treatment with prescription drugs, and hazard ratios estimated using Cox regression...
July 12, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700669/long-term-health-outcomes-in-patients-with-a-history-of-myocardial-infarction-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Navdeep Tangri, Thomas W Ferguson, Reid H Whitlock, Claudio Rigatto, Davinder S Jassal, Malek Kass, Olga Toleva, Paul Komenda
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with high morbidity and mortality, particularly in the first 12 months post-event. Interventions such as dual antiplatelet therapy can reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), but the duration of the high-risk time interval and the optimal prescription time frame for these interventions remains unknown. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, AND MEASUREMENTS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using data from medical services and hospitalizations in Manitoba, Canada for patients admitted with a MI between April 2006 and March 2010, and followed until Nov 30, 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697738/an-evaluation-of-the-knowledge-and-perceptions-of-pharmacy-students-on-pharmacovigilance-activities-in-nigeria
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Kanayo P Osemene, Margaret O Afolabi
BACKGROUND: The use of the modified-prescription event monitoring technique has facilitated the understanding and reporting of pharmacovigilance (PV). However, in Nigeria, PV activities are largely misunderstood. Furthermore, there is a dearth of information on the knowledge and perceptions of pharmacy students on PV activities in relation to demographics. This study investigated and assessed the knowledge and perceptions of pharmacy students about pharmacovigilance as well as the demographic factors that are related to pharmacovigilance activities...
July 12, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697295/using-electronic-medical-records-to-assess-the-rate-of-treatment-for-osteoporosis-in-australia
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Megan Elliott-Rudder, Catherine Harding, Joseph McGirr, Alexa Seal, Louis Pilotto
BACKGROUND: Despite available Medicare Benefits Schedule subsidies, it has been suggested that screening and treatment for osteoporosis are under-accessed in Australia, particularly in patients ≥70 years. This study describes the rate of osteoporosis treatment in those aged ≥70 years in regional New South Wales as identified in the electronic medical records (EMR) of 11 general practices. METHODS: EMR data were extracted using a Canning Tool adaptation. The prevalence of osteoporosis, fracture and bone-active medication prescriptions were described, and associations examined...
2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692945/impact-of-new-york-prescription-drug-monitoring-program-i-stop-on-statewide-overdose-morbidity
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Richard Brown, Moira R Riley, Lydia Ulrich, Ellen Percy Kraly, Paul Jenkins, Nicole L Krupa, Anne Gadomski
BACKGROUND: Prescription Drug Monitoring programs (PDMPs) are intended to reduce opioid prescribing and aberrant drug-related behavior thereby reducing morbidity and mortality due to prescription opioid overdose. Expansion of the New York (NY) State's PDMP in 2013 included the institution of the I-STOP law that mandated clinicians to consult the statewide PDMP database to review the patient's prescription history prior to prescribing opioids. METHODS: Trends in prescription opioid distribution, prescribing, and prescription opioid and heroin overdose morbidity in NY were analyzed using time series...
June 23, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692402/enhanced-influenza-surveillance-using-telephone-triage-and-electronic-syndromic-surveillance-in-the-department-of-veterans-affairs-2011-2015
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Cynthia Lucero-Obusan, Carla A Winston, Patricia L Schirmer, Gina Oda, Mark Holodniy
Telephone triage (TT) is a method whereby medical professionals speak by telephone to patients to assess their symptoms or health concerns and offer advice. These services are often administered through an electronic TT system, which guides TT professionals during the encounter through the use of structured protocols and algorithms to help determine the severity of the patients' health issue and refer them to appropriate care. TT is also an emerging data source for public health surveillance of infectious and noninfectious diseases, including influenza...
July 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689707/any-questions-yes-do-pharmacists-monitor-medications-at-refill
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Matthew J Witry, Lisa M Guirguis
OBJECTIVES: To describe pharmacists' self-reported refill monitoring activities and test for demographic and work setting differences that contribute to variation. METHODS: This study used a cross-sectional survey design. A 4-contact survey was mailed to 599 community pharmacists randomly selected from a list provided by the state board of pharmacy. Surveys were mailed in June and July 2013. Descriptive statistics and analysis of variance were used to characterize these data...
July 6, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686987/morning-administration-of-oral-methamphetamine-dose-dependently-disrupts-nighttime-sleep-in-recreational-stimulant-users
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Evan S Herrmann, Patrick S Johnson, Natalie R Bruner, Ryan Vandrey, Matthew W Johnson
INTRODUCTION: Use of amphetamine-type stimulants (e.g., methamphetamine) is associated with acute sleep disruptions. No prior reports have characterized the acute effects of methamphetamine on sleep using polysomnography, the gold standard for objective sleep monitoring. METHODS: Recreational stimulant users (n=19) completed a baseline assessment, which included questionnaires assessing demographic and substance use characteristics, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), which assesses sleep quality over the past month...
June 20, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685047/prioritizing-medication-safety-in-care-of-people-with-cancer-clinicians-views-on-main-problems-and-solutions
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Lorainne Tudor Car, Nikolaos Papachristou, Catherine Urch, Azeem Majeed, Rifat Atun, Josip Car, Charles Vincent
BACKGROUND: Cancer care is liable to medication errors due to the complex nature of cancer treatment, the common presence of comorbidities and the involvement of a number of clinicians in cancer care. While the frequency of medication errors in cancer care has been reported, little is known about their causal factors and effective prevention strategies. With a unique insight into the main safety issues in cancer treatment, frontline staff can help close this gap. In this study, we aimed to identify medication safety priorities in cancer patient care according to clinicians in North West London using PRIORITIZE, a novel priority-setting approach...
June 2017: Journal of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683056/vital-signs-changes-in-opioid-prescribing-in-the-united-states-2006-2015
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Gery P Guy, Kun Zhang, Michele K Bohm, Jan Losby, Brian Lewis, Randall Young, Louise B Murphy, Deborah Dowell
BACKGROUND: Prescription opioid-related overdose deaths increased sharply during 1999-2010 in the United States in parallel with increased opioid prescribing. CDC assessed changes in national-level and county-level opioid prescribing during 2006-2015. METHODS: CDC analyzed retail prescription data from QuintilesIMS to assess opioid prescribing in the United States from 2006 to 2015, including rates, amounts, dosages, and durations prescribed. CDC examined county-level prescribing patterns in 2010 and 2015...
July 7, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682030/-hemodialysis-and-cardiovascular-outcome
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Laura Panicali, Fabiana Brigante, Elena Mancini
Hemodialysis patients often present multiple comorbidities and have a high mortality rate (15-20% per year), mostly due to cardiovascular events. Besides predisposing pathological conditions related to uremia (heart failure, coronary heart disease, left ventricular hypertrophy, arrhythmias), they also have specific risk factors linked to the hemodialysis (HD) treatment in itself: chronic inflammation, fluid overload, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, arterovenous fistula. These factors may affect the hemodynamic compensatory systems (vascular refilling, arteriolar and venous tone, autonomic nervous system response) to fluid removal, with high risk of intra-dialysis hypotension (IDH) episodes or arrhythmic events...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666699/perioperative-pain-management-an-update-for-obstetrician-gynecologists
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Georgine Lamvu, Jessica Feranec, Emily Blanton
The opioid epidemic in the United States is unprecedented and continues to worsen. Many opioid abusers obtain their pills through legitimate prescriptions, directly or indirectly, from a medical provider. While practitioners have a responsibility to treat pain, it is now becoming clear that aggressive opioid prescription practices contribute to an epidemic of abuse. The medical community has to balance the unintended consequences of opioid misuse and abuse with the need to provide adequate pain control. Additionally, providers are being held accountable by the legal system and professional organizations for their prescribing practices...
June 27, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663027/evaluation-of-adherence-patterns-in-schizophrenia-using-electronic-monitoring-mems%C3%A2-a-six-month-post-discharge-prospective-study
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David Misdrahi, Arnaud Tessier, Mathilde Husky, Anne-Catherine Lange, Bernard Vrijens, Pierre-Michel Llorca, Franck Jean Baylé
BACKGROUND: Medication Event Monitoring System (MEMS®) is considered the gold standard for the evaluation of medication adherence, yet few studies have applied this method, especially over long periods of time. OBJECTIVE: To investigate medication adherence patterns in a sample of post-discharge patients with schizophrenia monitored with MEMS caps during a six-month period. METHOD: Adherence to antipsychotics was prospectively investigated using MEMS among 68 patients with schizophrenia...
June 26, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
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