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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240312/a-simple-capacitive-method-to-evaluate-ethanol-fuel-samples
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Tatiana P Vello, Rafael F de Oliveira, Gustavo O Silva, Davi H S de Camargo, Carlos C B Bufon
Ethanol is a biofuel used worldwide. However, the presence of excessive water either during the distillation process or by fraudulent adulteration is a major concern in the use of ethanol fuel. High water levels may cause engine malfunction, in addition to being considered illegal. Here, we describe the development of a simple, fast and accurate platform based on nanostructured sensors to evaluate ethanol samples. The device fabrication is facile, based on standard microfabrication and thin-film deposition methods...
February 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238340/payers-experiences-with-confidential-pharmaceutical-price-discounts-a-survey-of-public-and-statutory-health-systems-in-north-america-europe-and-australasia
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Steven G Morgan, Sabine Vogler, Anita K Wagner
Institutional payers for pharmaceuticals worldwide appear to be increasingly negotiating confidential discounts off of the official list price of pharmaceuticals purchased in the community setting. We conducted an anonymous survey about experiences with and attitudes toward confidential discounts on patented pharmaceuticals in a sample of high-income countries. Confidential price discounts are now common among the ten health systems that participated in our study, though some had only recently begun to use these pricing arrangements on a routine basis...
February 16, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237193/evaluating-frameworks-that-provide-value-measures-for-health-care-interventions
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Jeanne S Mandelblatt, Scott D Ramsey, Tracy A Lieu, Charles E Phelps
The recent acceleration of scientific discovery has led to greater choices in health care. New technologies, diagnostic tests, and pharmaceuticals have widely varying impact on patients and populations in terms of benefits, toxicities, and costs, stimulating a resurgence of interest in the creation of frameworks intended to measure value in health. Many of these are offered by providers and/or advocacy organizations with expertise and interest in specific diseases (e.g., cancer and heart disease). To help assess the utility of and the potential biases embedded in these frameworks, we created an evaluation taxonomy with seven basic components: 1) define the purpose; 2) detail the conceptual approach, including perspectives, methods for obtaining preferences of decision makers (e...
February 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236794/pharmaceutical-care-practice-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Dadier Antonio Arroyo Monterroza, José Francisco Castro Bolivar
INTRODUCTION: The impact of chronic kidney disease in health is no longer just a patient-physician issue, not only in terms of the increase in the number of patients diagnosed, but also regarding the human and economic cost for health systems. That is why Pharmaceutical Care should include SOPs structured by criteria reached by consensus to conduct Pharmaceutical Care Practice, which will enable to prevent, identify and solve any negative outcomes in patients that are associated with medication...
March 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230450/characteristics-and-medication-use-of-psoriasis-patients-who-may-or-may-not-qualify-for-randomized-controlled-trials
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William Malatestinic, Beth Nordstrom, Jashin J Wu, Orin Goldblum, Kathleen Solotkin, Chen-Yen Lin, Kristin Kistler, Kathy Fraeman, Joseph Johnston, Lcdr Lesley Hawley, Nicholas Sicignano, Andre Araujo
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials impose exclusion criteria that may limit the generalizability of results. OBJECTIVES: To (a) determine the percentage of real-world patients who would qualify for psoriasis randomized controlled trials; (b) ascertain differences between moderate-to-severe psoriasis patients who would be eligible, ineligible, or potentially eligible for clinical trials; and (c) compare their biologic treatment patterns. METHODS: Moderate-to-severe psoriasis patients were identified from the U...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228230/expanding-professional-pharmacy-services-in-european-community-setting-is-it-cost-effective-a-systematic-review-for-health-policy-considerations
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REVIEW
Clémence Perraudin, Olivier Bugnon, Nathalie Pelletier-Fleury
OBJECTIVE: To synthesize cost-effectiveness analyses on professional pharmacy services (PPS) performed in Europe in order to contribute to current debates on their funding and reimbursement. METHODS: Systematic review in PubMed, Embase and the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination databases to identify full economic evaluation studies of PPS in community setting from 2004. FINDINGS: Twenty-one studies were included, conducted in the United-Kingdom (n=13), the Netherlands (n=3), Spain (n=2), Belgium (n=1), France (n=1) and Denmark (n=1)...
December 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226256/endocrine-and-cellular-stress-effects-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-and-nifedipine-in-marsh-frogs-pelophylax-ridibundus
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Halina Falfushynska, Lesya Gnatyshyna, Oksana Horyn, Inna Sokolova, Oksana Stoliar
Freshwater organisms including amphibians experience increasing exposures to emerging pollutants such as nanoparticles and pharmaceuticals, which can affect their fitness and performance. We studied the effects of two common pollutants extensively used in industry, pharmaceutical and personal care products, nano-zinc oxide (nZnO) and a Ca-channel blocker nifedipine (Nfd), on endocrine status and cellular stress markers of the marsh frog Pelophylax ridibundus. Males were exposed for 14days to nZnO (3.1μM), Zn(2+) (3...
February 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224469/the-medicaid-rebate-changes-in-oncology-drug-prices-after-the-affordable-care-act
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Ali Bonakdar Tehrani, Norman V Carroll
BACKGROUND: Prescription drug spending is a significant component of Medicaid total expenditures. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision that increases the Medicaid rebate for both brand-name and generic drugs. This study examines the extent to which oncology drug prices changed after the increase in the Medicaid rebate in 2010. METHODS: A pre-post study design was used to evaluate the correlation between the Medicaid rebate increase and oncology drug prices after 2010 using 2006-2013 State Drug Utilization Data...
February 21, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224361/modeling-strategy-to-identify-patients-with-primary-immunodeficiency-utilizing-risk-management-and-outcome-measurement
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Vicki Modell, Jessica Quinn, Grant Ginsberg, Ron Gladue, Jordan Orange, Fred Modell
This study seeks to generate analytic insights into risk management and probability of an identifiable primary immunodeficiency defect. The Jeffrey Modell Centers Network database, Jeffrey Modell Foundation's 10 Warning Signs, the 4 Stages of Testing Algorithm, physician-reported clinical outcomes, programs of physician education and public awareness, the SPIRIT® Analyzer, and newborn screening, taken together, generates P values of less than 0.05%. This indicates that the data results do not occur by chance, and that there is a better than 95% probability that the data are valid...
February 21, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222793/corporate-social-responsibility-to-improve-access-to-medicines-the-case-of-brazil
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Halla Thorsteinsdóttir, Natasha Ovtcharenko, Jillian Clare Kohler
BACKGROUND: Access to medicines and the development of a strong national pharmaceutical industry are two longstanding pillars of health policy in Brazil. This is reflected in a clear emphasis by Brazil's Federal Government on improving access to medicine in national health plans and industrial policies aimed at promoting domestic pharmaceutical development. This research proposes that such policies may act as incentives for companies to pursue a strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda...
February 21, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221274/pharmacy-use-in-the-first-year-of-the-veterans-choice-program-a-mixed-methods-evaluation
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Walid F Gellad, Francesca E Cunningham, Chester B Good, Joshua M Thorpe, Carolyn T Thorpe, Brandi Bair, KatieLynn Roman, Susan L Zickmund
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) was created to ensure timely access to health care in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Under this program, medications may be ordered by select non-VA clinicians to be dispensed by VA pharmacies, creating new challenges in ensuring medication safety. OBJECTIVES: To examine pharmaceutical use during the first year of the VCP and to understand barriers and facilitators for VA pharmacists to dispensing medications under the VCP...
February 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219992/a-new-handheld-device-for-the-detection-of-falsified-medicines-demonstration-on-falsified-artemisinin-based-therapies-from-the-field
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Benjamin K Wilson, Harparkash Kaur, Elizabeth Louise Allan, Anthony Lozama, David Bell
Poor-quality medicines are a major problem for health-care systems in resource-poor settings as identifying falsified medicines requires a complex laboratory infrastructure such as a Medicines Quality Control Laboratory. We report here an evaluation of a low-cost, handheld near-infrared spectrometer (NIRS) device by analyzing a library of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) medicines to determine its usefulness as a drug-screening tool. The "SCiO" research prototype device was used to collect NIR spectra of a library of ACT and artesunate monotherapy medicine samples previously collected in Bioko Island and Equatorial Guinea and Kintampo, Ghana...
February 20, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218404/topical-medication-instillation-techniques-for-glaucoma
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REVIEW
Li Xu, Xuemei Wang, Meijing Wu
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and the second most common cause of blindness after cataracts. The primary treatment for glaucoma aims to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) with the use of topical medicines. Topical medication instillation techniques, such as eyelid closure and nasolacrimal occlusion when instilling drops, have been proposed as potential methods to increase ocular absorption and decrease systemic absorption of the drops. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of topical medication instillation techniques compared with usual care or another method of instillation of topical medication in the management of glaucoma or ocular hypertension...
February 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216952/risk-factors-for-developing-drug-related-problems-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-diseases-attending-gondar-university-hospital-ethiopia
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Ousman Abubeker Abdela, Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula, Henok Getachew, Yohannes Kelifa
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are often accompanied with comoribidities and complications leading to taking multiple drugs and thus are more liable to be exposed to drug-related problems (DRPs). DRPs can occur at any stages of medication process from prescription to follow-up treatment. However, a few studies have assessed the specific risk factors for occurrence of at least one potential DRP per patient with CVDs in sub-Saharan African region. AIM: We aim to assess the risk factors for developing potential DRPs in patients with CVDs attending Gondar University Referral Hospital (GUH)...
October 2016: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216232/safety-and-efficacy-of-a-nav1-7-selective-sodium-channel-blocker-in-patients-with-trigeminal-neuralgia-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomised-withdrawal-phase-2a-trial
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Joanna M Zakrzewska, Joanne Palmer, Valerie Morisset, Gerard Mp Giblin, Mark Obermann, Dominik A Ettlin, Giorgio Cruccu, Lars Bendtsen, Mark Estacion, Dominique Derjean, Stephen G Waxman, Gary Layton, Kevin Gunn, Simon Tate
BACKGROUND: Current standard of care for trigeminal neuralgia is treatment with the sodium channel blockers carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine, which although effective are associated with poor tolerability and the need for titration. BIIB074, a Nav1.7-selective, state-dependent sodium-channel blocker, can be administered at therapeutic doses without titration, and has shown good tolerability in healthy individuals in phase 1 studies. We therefore assessed the safety and efficacy of BIIB074 in patients with trigeminal neuralgia in a phase 2a study...
February 16, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215500/environmental-epigenomics-current-approaches-to-assess-epigenetic-effects-of-endocrine-disrupting-compounds-edc-s-on-human-health
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REVIEW
Natalia Tapia-Orozco, Gerardo Santiago-Toledo, Valeria Barrón, Ana María Espinosa-García, José Antonio García-García, Roeb García-Arrazola
Environmental Epigenomics is a developing field to study the epigenetic effect on human health from exposure to environmental factors. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been detected primarily in pharmaceutical drugs, personal care products, food additives, and food containers. Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has been associated with a high incidence and prevalence of many endocrine-related disorders in humans. Nevertheless, further evidence is needed to establish a correlation between exposure to EDC and human disorders...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214908/-integrated-patient-centered-care-in-community-health-centers-in-italy-performance-evaluation
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Piero Salvadori
In Italy, a "Casa della Salute" (or "House of Health"), translated for the purposes of this article as Community Health Center (CHC), is a public center (of the national public healthcare system), where one can find allocated all primary community healthcare services centered on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the citizen in the same physical space, including general practitioner offices, outpatient specialist clinics, and social services. CHCs assure patient-centered primary care services and are the ideal place for applying the Chronic Care Model...
November 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212992/nivolumab-induced-interstitial-lung-disease-analysis-of-two-phase-ii-studies-patients-with-recurrent-or-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Terufumi Kato, Noriyuki Masuda, Yoichi Nakanishi, Masashi Takahashi, Toyoaki Hida, Hiroshi Sakai, Shinji Atagi, Shiro Fujita, Hiroshi Tanaka, Koji Takeda, Miyako Satouchi, Yoshinobu Namba, Tomohide Tamura
OBJECTIVES: Drug-induced interstitial lung disease (ILD) is often associated with high mortality; however it is difficult to predict and manage. we examined the clinical findings and imaging characteristics of nivolumab induced ILD reported in the two phase II studies patients with recurrent or advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined the clinical findings and imaging characteristics of all cases of ILD reported in two phase II trials of nivolumab, an anti-programmed death-1 antibody, in Japanese patients with recurrent or advanced non-small-cell lung cancer...
February 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212657/pharmacists-views-and-reported-practices-in-relation-to-a-new-generic-drug-substitution-policy-in-lebanon-a-mixed-methods-study
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Fadi El-Jardali, Racha Fadlallah, Rami Z Morsi, Nour Hemadi, Mounir Al-Gibbawi, Magda Haj, Suzan Khalil, Youssef Saklawi, Diana Jamal, Elie A Akl
BACKGROUND: Governments in both developed and developing countries have adopted generic drug substitution policies to decrease pharmaceutical expenditures and improve access to medicine. In August 2015, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in Lebanon introduced generic drug substitution and a unified medical prescription form as policy instruments to promote generic drug use. The objective of this exploratory study was to examine the attitudes of community pharmacists and the reported practices in relation to the implementation of the new generic drug substitution policy...
February 17, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212168/implementation-of-interdisciplinary-rapid-rounds-in-observation-units
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Lindsey Ryan, Stephanie Scott, Willa Fields
Lack of collaboration and communication can lead to medical errors, increased length of stay, and diminished patient satisfaction. The purpose of this project was to improve nurse efficiency, interdisciplinary communication and collaboration, and patient satisfaction with the discharge process through Rapid Rounds. The results demonstrated that interdisciplinary communication and collaboration improved coordination of care, as evidenced by improved Press Ganey percentile rankings for readiness for discharge and speed of the discharge process, increased pharmaceutical interventions, and fewer phone calls to physicians...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
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