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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717929/reduction-in-targeted-potentially-inappropriate-medication-use-in-elderly-inpatients-a-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial
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Benoit Cossette, Jean-François Éthier, Thomas Joly-Mischlich, Josée Bergeron, Geneviève Ricard, Serge Brazeau, Mathieu Caron, Olivier Germain, Hélène Payette, Janusz Kaczorowski, Mitchell Levine
PURPOSE: The use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in hospitalized older adults is a complex problem, but the use of computerized alert systems (CAS) has shown some potential. The study's objective is to assess the change in PIM use with a CAS-based pharmacist-physician intervention model compared to usual clinical care. METHODS: Pragmatic single-site randomized controlled trial was conducted at a university teaching hospital. Hospitalizations identified with selected Beers or STOPP criteria were randomized to usual clinical care or to the CAS-based pharmacist-physician intervention...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717338/perspectives-about-pandemic-influenza-and-its-prophylactic-measures-among-final-year-pharmacy-students-in-karachi-pakistan
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Najia Rahim, Wajiha Iffat, Sadia Shakeel, Muhammad Iyad Naeem, Faiza Qazi, Mehwish Rizvi, Iqbal Nasiri, Lubna Bashir, Faisal Muhammad Khan, Hina Yaseen, Shazia Jamshed
AIMS: In flu pandemics, pharmacy students' knowledge, attitudes, and practices are critical to save patients life. The objective of study was to determine the knowledge of and attitude toward the pandemic influenza among the pharmacy students of Karachi, Pakistan. SETTINGS AND DESIGNS: The cross-sectional study was conducted from September to December 2014 by adopting a prevalidated questionnaire distributed to senior pharmacy students (final year) in seven private and public sector universities of Karachi...
April 2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715605/how-to-select-a-nanosimilar
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Alain Astier, Amy Barton Pai, Marco Bissig, Daan J A Crommelin, Beat Flühmann, Jean-Daniel Hecq, Josefien Knoeff, Hans-Peter Lipp, Alberto Morell-Baladrón, Stefan Mühlebach
Nanomedicines in the class of nonbiological complex drugs (NBCDs) are becoming increasingly available. Up to 23 nanomedicines have been approved, and approximately 50 are in clinical development. Meanwhile, the first nanosimilars have entered the market through the generic approval pathway, but clinical differences have been observed. Many healthcare professionals may be unaware of this issue and must be informed of these clinically relevant variances. This article provides a tool for rational decision making for the inclusion of nanomedicines into the hospital formulary, including defined criteria for evaluation of substitutability or interchangeability...
July 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713440/investigating-the-physical-stability-of-repackaged-medicines-stored-into-commercially-available-multicompartment-compliance-aids-mcas
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Bahijja Tolulope Raimi-Abraham, Alba Garcia Del Valle, Carlota Varon Galcera, Susan Anne Barker, Mine Orlu
BACKGROUND: Compliance aids are devices which have been developed and are currently used to assist individuals in their medicines management. The use of compliance aids involves the transfer of medicines from the manufacturers' original packaging and repackaged into an multicompartment compliance aid (MCA). MCAs do not guarantee the same level of protection compared to manufacturer's original packaging. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the stability profile of atenolol, aspirin and lansoprazole dosage forms repackaged together in two different commercially available MCAs...
June 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709439/enhanced-antimicrobial-de-escalation-for-pneumonia-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-a-cross-over-study
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Tracy Trupka, Kristen Fisher, Scott T Micek, Paul Juang, Marin H Kollef
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics are commonly administered to hospitalized patients with infiltrates for possible bacterial pneumonia, often leading to unnecessary treatment and increasing the risk for resistance emergence. Therefore, we performed a study to determine if an enhanced antibiotic de-escalation practice could improve antibiotic utilization in mechanically ventilated patients with suspected pneumonia cared for in an academic closed intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: This was a prospective cross-over trial comparing routine antibiotic management (RAM) and enhanced antimicrobial de-escalation (EAD) performed within two medical ICUs (total 34 beds) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, an academic referral center...
July 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707258/-connecting-the-dots-a-qualitative-study-of-home-health-nurse-perspectives-on-coordinating-care-for-recently-discharged-patients
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Christine D Jones, Jacqueline Jones, Angela Richard, Kathryn Bowles, Dana Lahoff, Rebecca S Boxer, Frederick A Masoudi, Eric A Coleman, Heidi L Wald
BACKGROUND: In 2012, nearly one-third of adults 65 years or older with Medicare discharged to home after hospitalization were referred for home health care (HHC) services. Care coordination between the hospital and HHC is frequently inadequate and may contribute to medication errors and readmissions. Insights from HHC nurses could inform improvements to care coordination. OBJECTIVE: To describe HHC nurse perspectives about challenges and solutions to coordinating care for recently discharged patients...
July 13, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703084/case-study-on-an-ipilimumab-cost-containment-strategy-in-an-italian-hospital
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Alberto Russi, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Vera Damuzzo, Francesca Di Sarra, Jacopo Pigozzo, Angelo Claudio Palozzo
OBJECTIVES: Ipilimumab is the first licensed immune checkpoint inhibitor for treatment of melanoma. The promising results of the registration clinical study need confirmation in real practice and its clinical success comes together with a relevant budget impact due to the high price of this drug. The aim of this work is to describe a new model of economical sustainability of ipilimumab developed in an Italian reference center for melanoma treatment. METHODS: This retrospective, observational, and monocentric study was carried out at the Veneto Institute of Oncology...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698975/exploring-the-impact-of-feedback-on-prescribing-error-rates-a-pilot-study
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Michael Lloyd, Simon David Watmough, Sarah Victoria O'Brien, Kevin Hardy, Niall Furlong
Background Prescribing errors are prevalent in hospital settings with feedback identified as one potential error reduction strategy. Hospital pharmacists work alongside prescribers at ward level and are credible facilitators of prescribing error feedback. A formalised programme of pharmacist-led prescribing error feedback was designed and implemented Objective To determine the impact of the feedback intervention on prescribing error rates. Method Prospective prescribing audits were undertaken at baseline for control (n = 11) and intervention group (n = 10) prescribers...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698443/-medical-assistance-based-on-interviews-conducted-before-physician-examination-by-a-pharmacist-for-outpatients-with-thyroid-cancer-treated-with-lenvatinib
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Yuki Kawachi, Michio Kimura, Makiko Go, Masami Ohnishi, Tomoaki Yoshimura
In municipal hospitals, there are few cases of thyroid cancer for which the multi-kinase inhibitor lenvatinib is used. Moreover, there are very few reports of lenvatinib use. We examined interventions related to the use of lenvatinib made at the pharmaceutical outpatient clinic in our facility. Seven patients received lenvatinib. The prescription proposals from the pharmacist( 45 cases)provided advice on dosage(15.6%), discontinuation of medication(11.1%), supportive care(64.4%), and other advice(9.0%). The prescription acceptance rate was 84...
June 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694537/survey-of-antimicrobial-stewardship-practices-in-public-hospitals-in-new-zealand-district-health-boards
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Sharon J Gardiner, Jane A Pryer, Eamon J Duffy
AIMS: To determine what antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) practices exist in New Zealand public hospitals. METHODS: A quantitative survey based on recommended components of hospital AMS programmes was sent to the 20 DHBs in June 2016. RESULTS: Ten of the 20 DHBs had an AMS committee, nine had dedicated AMS pharmacist full-time equivalents (FTEs) and eight had lead clinician FTEs. Only one DHB met FTE recommendations for AMS pharmacists and two for clinicians (0...
July 7, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690738/-e-training-program-for-sterilization-in-isolated-military-operations-areas-solution-adopted-by-the-french-army
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Mederic Rouault, Marie-Audrey Vonesch, Claude Dussart
French Army Health Service provides medical support for armed forces deployed on external missions.In order to ensure the same health care quality in the theatre and in the metropolis, the Military Health Service provides sterilization of reusable medical devices by its own means. Army pharmacists carrying out an on-site mission comes from different domains: medical biology laboratory, research, medical supplies, hospital pharmacy or yet pharmaceutical laboratory for some reservists. Training program for sterilization in isolated military operations areas is therefore necessary in order to ensure knowledge uniformity...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690696/nurses-attitudes-and-behaviors-on-patient-medication-education
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Jane F Bowen, Melissa E Rotz, Brandon J Patterson, Sanchita Sen
BACKGROUND: Medication education is vital for positive patient outcomes. However, there is limited information about optimal medication education by nurses during hospitalization and care transitions. OBJECTIVE: Examine nurses' attitudes and behaviors regarding the provision of patient medication education. The secondary objectives were to determine if nurses' medication education attitudes explain their behaviors, describe nurses' confidence in patient medication knowledge and abilities, and identify challenges to and improvements for medication education...
April 2017: Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690691/impact-of-a-pharmacy-technician-centered-medication-reconciliation-program-on-medication-discrepancies-and-implementation-of-recommendations
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Sarah K Kraus, Sanchita Sen, Michelle Murphy, Laura Pontiggia
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of a pharmacy-technician centered medication reconciliation (PTMR) program by identifying and quantifying medication discrepancies and outcomes of pharmacist medication reconciliation recommendations. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on two-hundred patients admitted to the internal medicine teaching services at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. Patients were selected using a stratified systematic sample approach and were included if they received a pharmacy technician medication history and a pharmacist medication reconciliation at any point during their hospital admission...
April 2017: Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689310/an-interactive-mobile-phone-website-platform-to-facilitate-real-time-management-of-medication-in-chronically-ill-patients
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Helena Anglada-Martínez, Maite Martin-Conde, Marina Rovira-Illamola, Jose Miguel Sotoca-Momblona, Ethel Sequeira, Valentin Aragunde, Carles Codina-Jané
Poor adherence to medication is a prevalent issue that affects 50-60% of chronically ill patients. We present Medplan, a platform for patients/caregivers and healthcare professionals (HCPs) that aims to enhance adherence, increase patient medication knowledge, and facilitate communication between patients and HCPs. The Medplan platform was designed and developed by a multidisciplinary team composed of primary care and hospital physicians, pharmacists, patients, and developers. We questioned 62 patients in order to know their opinion about the different functions the app would incorporate and other possible features that should be taken into consideration...
August 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689305/assessment-of-drug-related-problems-in-pediatric-ward-of-zewditu-memorial-referral-hospital-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Mequanent Kassa Birarra, Tigist Bacha Heye, Workineh Shibeshi
Background Although medications play a vital role in the cure, palliation, and inhibition of disease, they also expose patients to drug-related problems (DRPs). DRPs are common in hospitalized patients. Specifically, pediatrics population are easily affected by DRPs, as dynamic and kinetic behaviors of drugs in this population are usually different than  in adults. Objectives To assess the prevalence of DRPs and associated factors in a pediatric setting in Ethiopia. Setting Pediatric ward of Zewditu Memorial Referral Hospital, Addis Abbeba, Ethiopia...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687553/development-of-a-pharmacy-resident-rotation-to-expand-decentralized-clinical-pharmacy-services
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John D Hill, Jonathan P Williams, Julie F Barnes, Katie M Greenlee, Bcps-Aq Cardiology, Mandy C Leonard
PURPOSE: The development of a pharmacy resident rotation to expand decentralized clinical pharmacy services is described. SUMMARY: In an effort to align with the initiatives proposed within the ASHP Practice Advancement Initiative, the department of pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic, a 1,400-bed academic, tertiary acute care medical center in Cleveland, Ohio, established a goal to provide decentralized clinical pharmacy services for 100% of patient care units within the hospital...
July 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686486/exploring-challenges-in-the-patient-s-discharge-process-from-the-internal-medicine-service-a-qualitative-study-of-patients-and-providers-perceptions
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Vincent Pinelli, Heather L Stuckey, Jed D Gonzalo
In hospital-based medicine units, patients have a wide range of complex medical conditions, requiring timely and accurate communication between multiple interprofessional providers at the time of discharge. Limited work has investigated the challenges in interprofessional collaboration and communication during the patient discharge process. In this study, authors qualitatively assessed the experiences of internal medicine providers and patients about roles, challenges, and potential solutions in the discharge process, with a phenomenological focus on the process of collaboration...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684117/exploring-the-impact-of-pharmacist-led-feedback-on-prescribing-behaviour-a-qualitative-study
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M Lloyd, S D Watmough, S V O'Brien, N Furlong, K Hardy
BACKGROUND: Prescribing errors occur frequently in hospital settings. Interventions to influence prescribing behaviour are needed with feedback one potential intervention to improve prescribing practice. Doctors have reported a lack of feedback on their prescribing previously whilst the literature exploring the impact of feedback on prescribing behaviour is limited. OBJECTIVES: To explore the impact of pharmacist-led feedback on prescribing behaviour. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with doctors who had received prescribing error feedback...
June 29, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683706/sarcopenia-what-should-a-pharmacist-know
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Alfonso J Cruz-Jentoft
Sarcopenia (or muscle insufficiency) is a geriatric syndrome characterized by a progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and function which has adverse consequences, particularly physical disability, falls and death. It can develop slowly, as a chronic condition that emerges over many years, or acutely, generally due to immobilization associated with an acute disease. The physiopathology of sarcopenia is complex, and affects both the muscle and its neurological and hormonal regulation...
July 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679915/medications-related-emergency-admissions-causes-and-recommendations
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Namareq Aldardeer, Nabila Benslimane, Mohamed Khalifa
Adverse drug events could require a patient to visit the emergency department, many of these visits lead to hospital admissions. A retrospective study, October 2015 to March 2016, examined the severity and factors contributing to medications related emergency visits leading to admissions at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Out of 698 reviewed patients, 92 were medications related admissions. Adverse drug reactions were the primary cause (46.7%), drug prescribing (30...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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