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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/28297075/decrease-in-statewide-antipsychotic-prescribing-after-implementation-of-child-and-adolescent-psychiatry-consultation-services
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Rebecca P Barclay, Robert B Penfold, Donna Sullivan, Lauren Boydston, Julia Wignall, Robert J Hilt
OBJECTIVE: To learn if a quality of care Medicaid child psychiatric consultation service implemented in three different steps was linked to changes in statewide child antipsychotic utilization. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Washington State child psychiatry consultation program primary data and Medicaid pharmacy division antipsychotic utilization secondary data from July 1, 2006, through December 31, 2013. STUDY DESIGN: Observational study in which consult program data were analyzed with a time series analysis of statewide antipsychotic utilization...
April 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289305/interprofessional-curbside-consults-to-develop-team-communication-and-improve-student-achievement-of-learning-outcomes
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Jennifer Kirwin, Kristin Curry Greenwood, Janet Rico, Romesh Nalliah, Margarita DiVall
Objective. To design and implement a series of activities focused on developing interprofessional communication skills and to assess the impact of the activities on students' attitudes and achievement of educational goals. Design. Prior to the first pharmacy practice skills laboratory session, pharmacy students listened to a classroom lecture about team communication and viewed short videos describing the roles, responsibilities, and usual work environments of four types of health care professionals. In each of four subsequent laboratory sessions, students interacted with a different standardized health care professional role-played by a pharmacy faculty member who asked them a medication-related question...
February 25, 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236801/implementation-of-an-e-interconsultation-system-between-a-hospital-pharmacy-service-and-primary-care-pharmacy-units-in-a-health-area
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Marta García-Queiruga, Luis Margusino-Framiñán, Isabel Martín-Herranz, Miguel Gutiérrez-Estoa, Xosé Güeto-Rial, Judith Capitán-Guarnizo, Alfredo Silva-Tojo
PURPOSE: To present the requirements, development, structure and results of an electronic interconsultation platform (e-Interconsultation) for communication between primary and hospital care. METHOD: A working group was created and set out its purposes, working schedule, software requirements, the structure of the electronic platform, validation procedure, and its implementation. Once the software had been developed and validated and training sessions were conducted, the electronicplatform was launched in June 2015...
March 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230453/letter-draft-fda-guidance-considerations-in-demonstrating-interchangeability-with-a-reference-product-overview-and-presentation-related-concerns
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Elan Rubinstein
Rubinstein provides consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry, health plans, employers, and specialty pharmacies, and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Specialty Pharmacy News. He was a participant on the Amgen Biosimilar Report Advisory Board and reports consulting fees from Amgen.
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213342/virtual-visits-for-acute-nonurgent-care-a-claims-analysis-of-episode-level-utilization
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Aliza S Gordon, Wallace C Adamson, Andrea R DeVries
BACKGROUND: Expansion of virtual health care-real-time video consultation with a physician via the Internet-will continue as use of mobile devices and patient demand for immediate, convenient access to care grow. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to analyze the care provided and the cost of virtual visits over a 3-week episode compared with in-person visits to retail health clinics (RHC), urgent care centers (UCC), emergency departments (ED), or primary care physicians (PCP) for acute, nonurgent conditions...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188221/successful-use-of-laboratory-monitoring-to-facilitate-an-invasive-procedure-for-a-patient-treated-with-dabigatran
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Mackenzie Byron, Sara Zochert, Thaddaus Hellwig, Marioara Gavozdea-Barna, Michael P Gulseth
PURPOSE: A case in which novel and traditional laboratory markers were successfully used to determine surgical intervention timing in an elderly patient receiving dabigatran for atrial fibrillation is reported. SUMMARY: An 86-year-old woman who was taking dabigatran for atrial fibrillation suffered a right femoral neck fracture requiring surgical intervention. Dabigatran was withheld once the patient was admitted to the hospital, and the pharmacy inpatient anticoagulation management team was consulted for guidance on determining appropriate scheduling of surgical intervention with regard to the time since her most recent dabigatran dose to minimize bleeding complications...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186947/survey-of-community-pharmacists-perception-of-electronic-cigarettes-in-london
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Ana C N Marques Gomes, Shereen Nabhani-Gebara, Reem Kayyali, Federico Buonocore, Gianpiero Calabrese
OBJECTIVES: To seek community pharmacists' perception on use, safety and possible effectiveness of e-cigarettes as quit smoking tools, and their future regulation. SETTING: A survey of a sample of 154 community pharmacies across London, UK. CONTEXT: E-cigarettes have exclusively established themselves in the market through consumers-led demand. To date, e-cigarettes still remain unregulated and can be easily purchased in shops, over the internet, but more controversially also in pharmacies in the UK...
November 10, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186047/all-consumer-medication-information-is-not-created-equal-implications-for-medication-safety
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Helen Monkman, Andre W Kushniruk
Many Canadians take prescription medications. These medications often have both benefits and potential consequences associated with their use. Additionally, instructions for how to administer some medications (e.g., inhalers, eye drops) maybe be critical in maximizing the beneficial effects of using medications. This study examined the Consumer Medication Information (CMI) from a leading Canadian pharmacy and revealed none of the 10 CMI contained information about allergic reactions, overdoses, or drug interactions...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183322/impact-of-a-pharmacist-led-medication-review-on-hospital-readmission-in-a-pediatric-and-elderly-population-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-open-label-controlled-trial
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Pierre Renaudin, Karine Baumstarck, Aurélie Daumas, Marie-Anne Esteve, Stéphane Gayet, Pascal Auquier, Michel Tsimaratos, Patrick Villani, Stéphane Honore
BACKGROUND: Early hospital readmission of patients after discharge is a public health problem. One major cause of hospital readmission is dysfunctions in integrated pathways between community and hospital care that can cause adverse drug events. Furthermore, the French ENEIS 2 study showed that 1.3% of hospital stays originated from serious adverse drug events in 2009. Pharmacy-led medication reviews at hospital transitions are an effective means of decreasing medication discrepancies when conducted at admission or discharge...
February 9, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173993/implementing-an-integrated-care-management-program-in-community-pharmacies-a-focus-on-medication-management-services
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Megan G Smith, Stefanie P Ferreri, Patrick Brown, Kristen Wines, Christopher M Shea, Trista M Pfeiffenberger
OBJECTIVES: To describe the initiation of a community pharmacy medication management service within a statewide integrated care management program. SETTING: One hundred twenty-three community and community health center pharmacies in 58 counties of North Carolina. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Independent and community health center pharmacies offering medication management as part of an integrated care management program to Medicaid, Medicare, dually eligible Medicare-Medicaid, and NC Health Choice beneficiaries in North Carolina...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166464/implementation-of-a-pharmacy-consult-to-reduce-co-prescribing-of-opioids-and-benzodiazepines-in-a-veteran-population
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Deborah Pardo, Lacey Miller, Dana Chiulli
BACKGROUND: The dangers of co-administration of opioid pain relievers (OPRs) and benzodiazepines (BZDs) are well documented. The combination of OPRs and BZDs make up the majority of medications involved in prescription drug-related overdose and are often used concomitantly. This pattern is consistent among the Veteran population where mental health illness and substance abuse are prominent. The Veterans Health Administration implemented the Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) aimed at improving patient safety surrounding OPRs...
February 6, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152802/integrating-nursing-into-oral-chemotherapy-education
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Nancy Weinstein, Jessica A Zerillo
81 Background:The shift of chemotherapy administration from the oncology infusion suite to the home has unwound systems and left patients vulnerable to errors. Many of the safeguards for parenteral chemotherapy, including education by an oncology nurse, are absent for oral chemotherapy. The 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology/Oncology Nursing Society Standards served as the framework for improving the initiation of oral chemotherapy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. METHODS: Clinicians caring for patients with melanoma and renal cell cancer were surveyed...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125364/improving-oncology-quality-measurement-in-accountable-care-filling-gaps-with-cross-cutting-measures
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Tom Valuck, David Blaisdell, Donna P Dugan, Kimberly Westrich, Robert W Dubois, Robert S Miller, Mark McClellan
Payment for health care services, including oncology services, is shifting from volume-based fee-for-service to value-based accountable care. The objective of accountable care is to support providers with flexibility and resources to reform care delivery, accompanied by accountability for maintaining or improving outcomes while lowering costs. These changes depend on health care payers, systems, physicians, and patients having meaningful measures to assess care delivery and outcomes and to balance financial incentives for lowering costs while providing greater value...
February 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095068/impact-of-telepharmacy-services-as-a-way-to-increase-access-to-asthma-care
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Wendy Brown, David Scott, Daniel Friesner, Tara Schmitz
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that real-time, telepharmacy-based asthma educational services are feasible and to support the efforts of local primary care prescribers to improve patient outcomes. METHODS: The lead investigator (a pharmacist, physician assistant, and certified asthma educator) identified an independent community pharmacy with telehealth capabilities in a rural area with a high prevalence of asthma. Working with the pharmacy, an asthma education program was developed based on the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089415/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-the-federal-bureau-of-prisons-approaches-from-the-national-and-local-levels
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Michael J Long, Brian N LaPlant, Justin C McCormick
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of national and local antimicrobial stewardship measures on overall antibiotic prescribing in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). SETTING: Care was delivered to more than 160,000 inmates in 122 BOP facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Medical centers and health services clinics staffed by in-house medical staff, consultants, and specialists. Staffs include a variety of disciplines, including physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, infection control personnel, therapists, health services administrators, and institution executive staff...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076549/training-of-pharmacy-technicians-for-dispensing-drugs-in-primary-health-care
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Daniela Oliveira de Melo, Caroline Godoi Rezende da Costa Molino, Eliane Ribeiro, Nicolina Silvana Romano-Lieber
Few Brazilian articles discuss the importance of pharmacy technicians who offer direct assistance to patients. This paper describes an experience of the training of pharmacy technicians in drug dispensing. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in the primary healthcare setting. The technicians were trained by the pharmacist to advise patients at the time of drug dispensing and to screen cases that needed pharmaceutical consultation. Problems were identified by verifying the prescription and return date for dispensing the medication as well as through direct questioning of the patients...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066116/perception-of-pharmacists-regarding-over-the-counter-medication-a-survey
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Abinaya Ravichandran, Asha Basavareddy
OBJECTIVE: To assess knowledge, attitude, and practice of the pharmacists toward dispensing the over-the-counter (OTC) medications using questionnaire. MATERIALS AND METHODS: cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice among pharmacists regarding OTC medications. Eighty out of hundred filled questionnaires were received from various pharmacists from medical shops in and around Kolar. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059431/evaluation-of-treatment-changes-following-electronic-consultation-to-a-pharmacist-run-urine-drug-testing-service-in-a-veterans-healthcare-system
#19
Michelle M Stammet, Shelley S Spradley
In 2013, the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System established a pharmacist-run urine drug testing (UDT) electronic consultation (e-consult) service to assist providers with interpretation of this useful yet complex clinical tool. This pilot study aimed to classify clinical treatment changes implemented following e-consult to a pharmacist-run UDT service and analyze factors limiting pharmacist intervention postconsultation. One hundred forty-three e-consults were completed in the 2-year study period including interpretation of 190 UDT results classified as expected, unexpected, or not necessarily inappropriate based on prescription profile at time of urine immunoassay test...
November 2016: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057956/nontraditional-career-opportunities-for-pharmacists
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Sandra Bai, John B Hertig, Robert J Weber
The changing landscape of health care mirrors that of health-system pharmacy, with pharmacists' scope of practice and provider status being the most significant changes. This creates new roles and opportunities; many of these roles are considered to be nontraditional in today's practice. This article reviews some new roles for pharmacy leaders that provide different career options and pathways. Nontraditional career opportunities discussed include expanded consulting roles in pricing analytics and drug pricing programs (contracting, 340B programs), pharmacogenomics patient consult services and clinics, specialty drug pharmacies, and compounding pharmacy services...
December 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
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