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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439135/assessment-of-direct-oral-anticoagulant-prescribing-and-monitoring-pre-and-post-implementation-of-a-pharmacy-protocol-at-a-community-teaching-hospital
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Christina Miele, Mary Taylor, Aditi Shah
Background: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have become popular alternatives to vitamin K antagonists for the treatment and prevention of thromboembolic diseases; however, there are limited data regarding the appropriate use of DOACs in clinical practice. To ensure safety and efficacy of these medications, it is important that decisions regarding their use in patients rely on the available evidence. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the appropriateness of DOAC prescribing in adult patients before and after the implementation of a pharmacist-driven DOAC protocol...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439132/idelalisib-and-rituximab-regimen
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A Kacee Barnett, J Aubrey Waddell, Dominic A Solimando
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...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438827/implementing-a-pharmacist-consultation-model-for-multimodal-insulin-therapy
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Angela Hodges, James Hall, Esther Castellanos, Edward Laue, Tammy Ellis, LaDonna Oelschlaeger
PURPOSE: The implementation of pharmacist-managed insulin dosing for selected hospitalized patients under a multimodal insulin protocol (MMIP) is described. SUMMARY: Hyperglycemia has been linked to increased thrombosis, decreased wound healing, and decreased immune response. Current recommendations support the use of multimodal (basal-bolus) insulin therapy in noncritically ill inpatients. As part of a systemwide quality-improvement initiative to improve glycemic management, the pharmacy department of a community hospital initiated a service to provide protocol-directed insulin dosing for selected patients under a pharmacist consultation model...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438152/a-cluster-randomised-control-trial-to-evaluate-the-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-the-italian-medicines-use-review-i-mur-for-asthma-patients
#4
Andrea Manfrin, Michela Tinelli, Trudy Thomas, Janet Krska
BACKGROUND: The economic burden of asthma, which relates to the degree of control, is €5 billion annually in Italy. Pharmacists could help improve asthma control, reducing this burden. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Medicines Use Reviews provided by community pharmacists in asthma. METHODS: This cluster randomised, multi-centre, controlled trial in adult patients with asthma was conducted in 15 of the 20 regions of Italy between September 2014 and July 2015...
April 24, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435233/patient-opinions-on-medicine-use-review-exploring-an-expanding-role-of-community-pharmacists
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Sirinya Aimaurai, Atthapinya Jumpated, Ines Krass, Teerapon Dhippayom
BACKGROUND: Current evidence supports the benefit of medicine-use review (MUR) for the safe and effective use of medicines. However, little is known about opinions of consumers regarding their preference for undertaking MUR, especially in the developing world, eg, in some Asian countries. We aimed to explore patients' opinions about potential MUR and other enhanced services provided by community pharmacists. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A qualitative study using focus groups was conducted at Naresuan University's community pharmacy, Phitsanulok, Thailand...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434470/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-among-hospitalized-pediatric-patients
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Adi Oren-Amit, Matitiahu Berkovitch, Hilla Bahat, Michael Goldman, Eran Kozer, Tomer Ziv-Baran, Ibrahim Abu-Kishk
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the prevalence and describe the characteristics of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among hospitalized children, and to discover the awareness of medical staff regarding CAM use. DESIGN/SETTING: Parents of children aged 0-18 years admitted to the Pediatric Division at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Israel between January and July of 2015 (n=146) were provided a questionnaire regarding socio-economic status and evaluating the CAM use...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434119/cost-analysis-for-the-implementation-of-a-medication-review-with-follow-up-service-in-spain
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Aranzazu Noain, Victoria Garcia-Cardenas, Miguel Angel Gastelurrutia, Amaia Malet-Larrea, Fernando Martinez-Martinez, Daniel Sabater-Hernandez, Shalom I Benrimoj
Background Medication review with follow-up (MRF) is a professional pharmacy service proven to be cost-effective. Its broader implementation is limited, mainly due to the lack of evidence-based implementation programs that include economic and financial analysis. Objective To analyse the costs and estimate the price of providing and implementing MRF. Setting Community pharmacy in Spain. Method Elderly patients using poly-pharmacy received a community pharmacist-led MRF for 6 months. The cost analysis was based on the time-driven activity based costing model and included the provider costs, initial investment costs and maintenance expenses...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427898/pharmacist-impact-on-pediatric-vaccination-errors-and-missed-opportunities-in-the-setting-of-clinical-decision-support
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Kelly A Wise, Sonya J Sebastian, Anna C Haas-Gehres, Melissa D Moore-Clingenpeel, Kristen E Lamberjack
OBJECTIVE: To determine pharmacist impact on vaccination errors and missed opportunities in the pediatric primary care setting with the presence of clinical decision support (CDS) by comparing a clinic with a pharmacist and CDS to a clinic with CDS alone. DESIGN: A retrospective chart review of patients' electronic medical records compared vaccination errors and missed opportunities between 2 pediatric primary care clinics. SETTING: Two urban, pediatric primary care clinics were selected for the study...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426688/vancomycin-associated-acute-kidney-injury-a-cross-sectional-study-from-a-single-center-in-china
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Kunming Pan, Lingyun Ma, Qian Xiang, Xueying Li, Haixia Li, Ying Zhou, Li Yang, Yimin Cui
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the current situation of vancomycin (VAN)-associated acute kidney injury (VA-AKI) in China and identify the risk factors for VA-AKI, as well as to comprehensively examine the risk related to concurrent drug use. Further, we assessed the outcomes of patients who developed VA-AKI and the risk factors for these outcomes. Finally, we aimed to provide suggestions for improving the prevention and treatment of VA-AKI in China. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study of inpatients who had been treated with VAN between January 2013 and December 2013 at Peking University First Hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420596/the-behaviors-and-experiences-of-the-community-pharmacy-team-on-the-provision-of-multi-compartment-compliance-aids
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Derek Stewart, Craig McDonald, Joan MacLeod, Katie MacLure, Gwen Gray, Trudi McIntosh
BACKGROUND: Multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) are repackaging systems for solid dosage form medicines. Acknowledging the lack of evidence that MCAs improve adherence or clinical outcomes, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has expressed concern that MCAs have 'become regarded as a panacea for medicines use'. OBJECTIVES: To determine the behaviors and experiences of the community pharmacy team around MCA provision. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 26 community pharmacies in the north east of Scotland...
April 9, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420595/using-an-array-of-implementation-strategies-to-improve-success-rates-of-pharmacist-initiated-medication-therapy-management-services-in-community-pharmacies
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Rachel Stafford, Jeremy Thomas, Nalin Payakachat, Tiffany Diemer, Michele Lang, Brooke Kordsmeier, Geoffrey Curran
BACKGROUND: With the introduction of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Stars Measure program has come a greater expectation of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services from community pharmacies. To meet the growing demand of these services, pharmacies have sought out various methods of engaging pharmacists to provide MTM. Barriers for completing MTM include inadequate time to complete the services, insufficient staffing, lack of sufficient compensation, billing difficulty, lack of interest among patients (including refusing MTM services when offered), inadequate training/experience, and lack of support from management...
April 8, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420365/social-determinants-of-antibiotic-misuse-a-qualitative-study-of-community-members-in-haryana-india
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Anna K Barker, Kelli Brown, Muneeb Ahsan, Sharmila Sengupta, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance is a global public health crisis. In India alone, multi-drug resistant organisms are responsible for over 58,000 infant deaths each year. A major driver of drug resistance is antibiotic misuse, which is a pervasive phenomenon worldwide. Due to a shortage of trained doctors, access to licensed allopathic doctors is limited in India's villages. Pharmacists and unlicensed medical providers are commonly the primary sources of healthcare. Patients themselves are also key participants in the decision to treat an illness with antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416014/contraceptive-service-provider-imposed-restrictions-to-contraceptive-access-in-urban-nigeria
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Hilary M Schwandt, Ilene S Speizer, Meghan Corroon
BACKGROUND: Health service providers can restrict access to contraceptives through their own imposed biases about method appropriateness. In this study, provider biases toward contraceptive service provision among urban Nigerian providers was assessed. METHODS: Health providers working in health facilities, as well as pharmacists and patent medical vendors (PMV), in Abuja, Benin City, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kaduna, and Zaria, were surveyed in 2011 concerning their self-reported biases in service provision based on age, parity, and marital status...
April 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413148/incorporating-site-less-clinical-trials-into-drug-development-a-framework-for-action
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Irl B Hirsch, Joe Martinez, E Ray Dorsey, Gerald Finken, Alexander Fleming, Chris Gropp, Philip Home, Daniel I Kaufer, Spyros Papapetropoulos
PURPOSE: Options for leveraging available telemedicine technologies, ranging from simple webcams and telephones to smartphone apps and medical-grade wearable sensors, are evolving faster than the culture of clinical research. Until recently, most clinical trials relied on paper-based processes and technology. This cost- and labor-intensive system, while slowly changing, remains an obstacle to new drug development. Alternatives that use existing tools and processes for collecting real-world data in home settings warrant closer examination...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413108/moisturisers-in-scar-management-following-burn-a-survey-report
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Tanja Klotz, Rochelle Kurmis, Zachary Munn, Kathryn Heath, John Greenwood
Scar management is a recognised key component of rehabilitation following burn. Moisturising often combined with massage is commenced once healing tissue has gained sufficient strength to tolerate surface friction, with the aim being to hydrate the dry scar. The studies on various moisturisers and creams provide some guidance on moisturiser selection, but many are inconclusive. OBJECTIVE: This survey aimed to determine the current expert opinion regarding moisturiser recommendations, including the basis for these recommendations, across the burns community...
April 13, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412054/community-pharmacy-transition-of-care-services-and-rural-hospital-readmissions-a-case-study
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Allison P Patton, Yifei Liu, D Matthew Hartwig, Justin R May, Jessica Moon, Steven C Stoner, Kendall D Guthrie
OBJECTIVES: To explore community pharmacist involvement in the transition of care (TOC) process for patients discharged with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or elective total hip or knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA). SETTING: Patients discharged from a 60-bed acute care hospital located in rural Missouri were seen by a community pharmacist in 2 independent community pharmacy chain locations...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411014/impact-of-the-act-fast-stroke-campaign-delivered-by-student-pharmacists-on-the-primary-prevention-of-stroke
#17
Lucy Phan Vo, JoAnna Han Souksavong, Annie Tran, Janet Chang, Kajua B Lor
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of an Act FAST educational intervention performed by student pharmacists on knowledge of stroke recognition and management. DESIGN: Stroke preparedness and knowledge of primary prevention were assessed with the use of pre- and post-intervention surveys targeting community members at health fairs. The intervention was an Act FAST educational session with blood pressure and blood glucose screenings provided by student pharmacists...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411013/physician-reported-factors-that-encourage-collaboration-with-community-pharmacists
#18
Nicole C Pezzino, Macary Weck Marciniak, Megan G Smith, Stefanie P Ferreri
OBJECTIVE: To determine factors that encourage physicians to establish collaborative practice agreements with community pharmacists. METHODS: A 20-item cross-sectional survey was mailed to a random sample of 1000 family medicine physicians practicing in North Carolina. Two weeks after the initial mailing, a reminder was sent to physicians. Physicians were entered into a drawing to receive a gift card as an incentive for survey completion. The questionnaire collected demographic information, factors important to physicians for collaboration with a community pharmacist, and physician perceptions of pharmacist qualifications...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408545/reducing-medical-admissions-into-hospital-through-optimising-medicines-remain-home-study-protocol-for-a-stepped-wedge-cluster-randomised-trial
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Holly Foot, Christopher Freeman, Karla Hemming, Ian Scott, Ian D Coombes, Ian D Williams, Luke Connelly, Jennifer A Whitty, Nancy Sturman, Sue Kirsa, Caroline Nicholson, Grant Russell, Carl Kirkpatrick, Neil Cottrell
INTRODUCTION: A model of general practitioner (GP) and pharmacist collaboration in primary care may be an effective strategy to reduce medication-related problems and provide better support to patients after discharge. The aim of this study is to investigate whether a model of structured pharmacist and GP care reduces hospital readmissions in high-risk patients. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This protocol details a stepped-wedge, cluster-randomised trial that will recruit participants over 9 months with a 12-month follow-up...
April 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408170/community-pharmacists-attitudes-toward-providing-care-and-services-to-patients-with-severe-and-persistent-mental-illness
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Alicia Watkins, Jerry McKee, Caitlin Hughes, Trista Pfeiffenberger
OBJECTIVES: To assess community pharmacists' attitudes toward working with patients who have severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and to identify perceived barriers to providing care and services to this population. DESIGN: This study was a cross-sectional survey of community pharmacists in North Carolina. The questionnaire, which was distributed electronically, included demographic questions about the responder and pharmacy in which they practiced, Likert-type scale questions assessing pharmacists' comfort and attitudes towards working with patients with SPMI, and barriers preventing provision of care...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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