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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820705/the-impact-of-introducing-malaria-rapid-diagnostic-tests-on-fever-case-management-a-synthesis-of-ten-studies-from-the-act-consortium
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Katia J Bruxvoort, Baptiste Leurent, Clare I R Chandler, Evelyn K Ansah, Frank Baiden, Anders Björkman, Helen E D Burchett, Sîan E Clarke, Bonnie Cundill, Debora D DiLiberto, Kristina Elfving, Catherine Goodman, Kristian S Hansen, S Patrick Kachur, Sham Lal, David G Lalloo, Toby Leslie, Pascal Magnussen, Lindsay Mangham-Jefferies, Andreas Mårtensson, Ismail Mayan, Anthony K Mbonye, Mwinyi I Msellem, Obinna E Onwujekwe, Seth Owusu-Agyei, Mark W Rowland, Delér Shakely, Sarah G Staedke, Lasse S Vestergaard, Jayne Webster, Christopher J M Whitty, Virginia L Wiseman, Shunmay Yeung, David Schellenberg, Heidi Hopkins
Since 2010, the World Health Organization has been recommending that all suspected cases of malaria be confirmed with parasite-based diagnosis before treatment. These guidelines represent a paradigm shift away from presumptive antimalarial treatment of fever. Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDTs) are central to implementing this policy, intended to target artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACT) to patients with confirmed malaria and to improve management of patients with nonmalarial fevers. The ACT Consortium conducted ten linked studies, eight in sub-Saharan Africa and two in Afghanistan, to evaluate the impact of mRDT introduction on case management across settings that vary in malaria endemicity and healthcare provider type...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817779/the-price-may-not-be-right-the-value-of-comparison-shopping-for-prescription-drugs
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Sanjay Arora, Neeraj Sood, Sophie Terp, Geoffrey Joyce
OBJECTIVES: To measure variations in drug prices across and within zip codes that may reveal simple strategies to improve patients' access to prescribed medications. STUDY DESIGN: We compared drug prices at different types of pharmacies across and within local markets. In-store prices were compared with a Web-based service providing discount coupons for prescription medications. Prices were collected for 2 generic antibiotics because most patients have limited experience with them and are less likely to know the price ranges for them...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812812/a-cost-analysis-of-the-jan-aushadhi-scheme-in-india
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Kanchan Mukherjee
Medicines constitute a substantial proportion of out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses in Indian households. In order to address this issue, the Government of India launched the Jan Aushadhi (Medicine for the Masses) Scheme (JAS) to provide cheap generic medicines to the patients (http://janaushadhi.gov.in/about_jan_aushadhi.html). These medicines are provided through the Jan Aushadhi stores established across the country. The objective of this study was to do a quick assessment for policy-makers regarding the objective of the JAS...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811907/factors-associated-with-antibiotic-prescriptions-for-the-viral-origin-diseases-in-office-based-practices-2006-2012
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Sara Imanpour, Obioma Nwaiwu, Darcy K McMaughan, Bethany DeSalvo, Adnan Bashir
OBJECTIVE: To test the potential association between time spent with a doctor and antibiotic overprescriptions in case of the common cold, runny nose, bronchitis, chest colds, flu, sore throats, and fluid in the middle ear. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Office-based physicians in the US. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 261,623 patient visits recorded to office-based physicians in the US. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The interest outcome was unnecessary antibiotic prescription...
August 2017: JRSM Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810368/public-health-messages-about-antibiotic-treatment-for-respiratory-tract-infection-may-increase-perceived-symptom-severity-reporting
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Claire Lawrence, Eamonn Ferguson
Public health campaigns to reduce expectations for antibiotic treatment for respiratory tract infections have shown little or no effect on antibiotic prescribing and consumption. We examined whether such messages can increase respiratory tract infection symptom reporting. Participants ( N = 318) received one of four campaign messages, a combination of all four messages, or no message. Respiratory tract infection symptoms increased for those who received information that emphasized the ineffectiveness of antibiotic treatment for respiratory tract infections...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809644/-endoprosthesis-infections-guidelines-for-antibiotic-therapy-common-guidelines-of-the-czech-society-for-orthopaedics-and-traumatology-and-the-society-for-infectious-diseases-of-the-czech-medical-association-of-j-e-purkyn%C3%A4
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D Musil, M Balejová, M Horníková, A Chrdle, N Mallátová, O Nyč, V Chmelík, J Gallo, D Jahoda, J Stehlík
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY This study aims to articulate regional guidelines for curative and suppressive antibiotic therapy of total joint replacement infections. MATERIAL AND METHODS When developing the standard, used as source materials were the published foreign guidelines for antibiotic therapy of prosthetic joint infections, the analysis of resistance of bacterial strains conducted in the Hospital in České Budějovice, a.s. and the assessment of strain resistance for the Czech Republic published by the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net)...
2017: Acta Chirurgiae Orthopaedicae et Traumatologiae Cechoslovaca
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808620/lemierre-s-syndrome-case-report-and-brief-literature-review
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Andrew Zhao, Mohammed Samannodi, Muhammad Tahir, Sarah Bensman, Michael Hocko
Lemierre's syndrome has been shown to be increasing in incidence in the past 20 years with one popular suggesting that said rise occurred from less aggressive antibacterial coverage. We report a case of Lemierre's syndrome and also reviewed the 15 most recent case reports. A previously healthy 25 year old male who initially developed sore throat and flu-like symptoms, was prescribed antibacterials as an outpatient but was hospitalized for worsening symptoms. He was later diagnosed with Lemierre's syndrome and improved clinically with IV antimicrobials alone...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808578/antibiotic-use-during-pregnancy-a-retrospective-study-of-prescription-patterns-and-birth-outcomes-at-an-antenatal-clinic-in-rural-ghana
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Kwesi Boadu Mensah, Kwame Opoku-Agyeman, Charles Ansah
BACKGROUND: Babies are increasingly being exposed to antibiotics intrapartum in the bid to reduce neonatal and maternal deaths. Intrapartum antibiotic exposure, including even those considered safe in pregnancy, have been associated with childhood obesity and compromised immunity. Data on the extent of antibiotic use, safety and its impact on birth outcomes and neonatal health in Sub-Saharan Africa is very limited. This study sought to ascertain the extent of antibiotic use in pregnancy and its effects on birth outcomes in a rural hospital in Ghana...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808076/influence-of-the-duration-of-penicillin-prescriptions-on-outcomes-for-acute-sore-throat-in-adults-the-descarte-prospective-cohort-study-in-uk-general-practice
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Michael Moore, Beth Stuart, Fd Richard Hobbs, Chris C Butler, Alastair D Hay, John Campbell, Brendan C Delaney, Sue Broomfield, Paula Barratt, Kerenza Hood, Hazel Everitt, Mark Mullee, Ian Williamson, David Mant, Paul Little
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend 10-day treatment courses for acute sore throat, but shorter courses may be used in practice. AIM: To determine whether antibiotic duration predicts adverse outcome of acute sore throat in adults in routine care. DESIGN AND SETTING: A secondary analysis of the DESCARTE (Decision rule for the Symptoms and Complications of Acute Red Throat in Everyday practice) prospective cohort study of 12 829 adults presenting in UK general practice with acute sore throat...
August 14, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808075/symptom-response-to-antibiotic-prescribing-strategies-in-acute-sore-throat-in-adults-the-descarte-prospective-cohort-study-in-uk-general-practice
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Michael Moore, Beth Stuart, Fd Richard Hobbs, Chris C Butler, Alastair D Hay, John Campbell, Brendan C Delaney, Sue Broomfield, Paula Barratt, Kerenza Hood, Hazel A Everitt, Mark Mullee, Ian Williamson, David Mant, Paul Little
BACKGROUND: A delayed or 'just in case' prescription has been identified as having potential to reduce antibiotic use in sore throat. AIM: To determine the symptomatic outcome of acute sore throat in adults according to antibiotic prescription strategy in routine care. DESIGN AND SETTING: A secondary analysis of the DESCARTE (Decision rule for the Symptoms and Complications of Acute Red Throat in Everyday practice) prospective cohort study comprising adults aged ≥16 years presenting with acute sore throat (≤2 weeks' duration) managed with treatment as usual in primary care in the UK...
August 14, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808074/trends-in-antibiotic-use-by-birth-season-and-birth-year
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Alan C Kinlaw, Til Stürmer, Jennifer L Lund, Lars Pedersen, Michael D Kappelman, Julie L Daniels, Trine Frøslev, Christina D Mack, Henrik Toft Sørensen
OBJECTIVES: We examined 2 birth cohort effects on antibiotic prescribing during the first year of life (henceforth, infancy) in Denmark: (1) the birth season effect on timing and overall occurrence of antibiotic prescribing, and (2) the birth year effect amid emerging nationwide pneumococcal vaccination programs and changing prescribing guidelines. METHODS: We linked data for all live births in Denmark from 2004 to 2012 (N = 561 729) across the National Health Service Prescription Database, Medical Birth Registry, and Civil Registration System...
August 14, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806902/monitoring-documenting-and-reporting-the-quality-of-antibiotic-use-in-the-netherlands-a-pilot-study-to-establish-a-national-antimicrobial-stewardship-registry
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Marvin Ah Berrevoets, Jaap Ten Oever, Tom Sprong, Reinier M van Hest, Ingeborg Groothuis, Inger van Heijl, Jeroen A Schouten, Marlies E Hulscher, Bart-Jan Kullberg
BACKGROUND: The Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy is developing a national antimicrobial stewardship registry. This registry will report both the quality of antibiotic use in hospitals in the Netherlands and the stewardship activities employed. It is currently unclear which aspects of the quality of antibiotic use are monitored by antimicrobial stewardship teams (A-teams) and can be used as indicators for the stewardship registry. In this pilot study we aimed to determine which stewardship objectives are eligible for the envisioned registry...
August 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805984/self-medication-misuse-in-the-middle-east-a-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
Malak M Khalifeh, Nicholas D Moore, Pascale R Salameh
Regulations usually distinguish between prescription-only (POM) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. The former requires medical prescription; the latter are available for SM of common minor or easily treated ailments. However, in the Eastern Mediterranean countries, theoretical prescription medicines can easily be purchased without a prescription, as self-medication (SM) resulting in potential misuse and unnecessary risk for patients. The magnitude of this activity is uncertain. The aim of this article, therefore, is to undertake a comprehensive review to identify the different types of medicines that can easily be purchased as SM in Middle East and recognized as misused...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803931/explicit-definitions-of-potentially-inappropriate-prescriptions-of-antibiotics-in-older-patients-a-compilation-derived-from-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Nicolas Baclet, Grégoire Ficheur, Serge Alfandari, Laurie Ferret, Eric Senneville, Emmanuel Chazard, Jean-Baptiste Beuscart
CONTEXT: Potentially inappropriate prescriptions (PIPs) of antibiotics (antibiotic-PIPs) are generally detected by applying implicit definitions based on expert opinion. Explicit definitions are less frequently used, even though this approach would enable the automated detection of antibiotic-PIPs in electronic health records. Here, we systematically reviewed explicit definitions of antibiotic-PIPs used in studies of older adults. METHOD: We searched the MEDLINE(®), Scopus(®) and Web of Science(TM) core collection databases with a combination of three terms and their synonyms: "potentially inappropriate prescription" AND "antibiotic treatment" AND "older patients"...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797834/antibiotic-susceptibility-of-probiotic-strains-is-it-reasonable-to-combine-probiotics-with-antibiotics
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C Neut, S Mahieux, L J Dubreuil
OBJECTIVE: The main goal of this study was to determine the in vitro susceptibility of strains collected from marketed probiotics to antibiotics used to treat community-acquired infections. METHODS: The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of 16 antibiotics were determined using a gradient strip (E test) or the agar dilution method for fidaxomicin. RESULTS: The probiotics demonstrated various antibiotic patterns. Bacterial probiotics are generally susceptible to most prescribed antibiotics orally administered, whereas yeast probiotics, such as Saccharomyces boulardii, are resistant...
August 7, 2017: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797590/antibiotic-stewardship-programs-in-nursing-homes-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Diana Feldstein, Philip D Sloane, Cynthia Feltner
INTRODUCTION: Antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) are coordinated interventions promoting the appropriate use of antibiotics to improve patient outcomes and reduce microbial resistance. These programs are now mandated in nursing homes (NHs) but it is unclear if these programs improve resident outcomes. This systematic review evaluated the current evidence regarding outcomes of ASPs in the NH. METHODS: PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library were systematically searched for intervention trials of ASPs performed in NHs that evaluated final health outcomes (mortality and Clostridium difficile infections), healthcare utilization outcomes (emergency department visits and hospital admissions) and intermediate health outcomes (number of antibiotics prescribed, adherence to recommended guidelines)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791973/pattern-of-prescription-of-antibiotics-among-dental-practitioners-in-jeddah-ksa-a-cross-sectional-survey
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K Al-Johani, S G Reddy, A S Al Mushayt, A El-Housseiny
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate use of antibiotics by clinicians leads to antibiotic resistance, and is a serious global health concern. AIM: The aim of this study was to determine antibiotic prescription practices of dental practitioners and their adherence to professional guidelines while treating oral health problems among children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All the dentists working in Jeddah were invited to participate and 126 dentists consented to be a part of this study...
July 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790187/antibiotic-susceptibility-testing-in-less-than-30-min-using-direct-single-cell-imaging
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Özden Baltekin, Alexis Boucharin, Eva Tano, Dan I Andersson, Johan Elf
The emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are aggravated by incorrect prescription and use of antibiotics. A core problem is that there is no sufficiently fast diagnostic test to guide correct antibiotic prescription at the point of care. Here, we investigate if it is possible to develop a point-of-care susceptibility test for urinary tract infection, a disease that 100 million women suffer from annually and that exhibits widespread antibiotic resistance. We capture bacterial cells directly from samples with low bacterial counts (10(4) cfu/mL) using a custom-designed microfluidic chip and monitor their individual growth rates using microscopy...
August 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789575/prescriptions-for-atopic-dermatitis-oral-corticosteroids-remain-commonplace
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Tiffany Alexander, Elena Maxim, Leah A Cardwell, Aneesh Chawla, Steven R Feldman
INTRODUCTION: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by pruritic, often lichenified, patches and plaques. METHODS: Data were obtained from the Humana database, a large claims-based database encompassing more than 20 million patients under a commercial healthcare insurance plan. Our cohort included 39,526 subjects who saw a dermatologist for a primary ICD-9 diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (691.8) between the years of 2010-2015...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783420/prescription-level-factors-associated-with-primary-nonadherence-to-dermatologic-medications
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Audrey Rutherford, Donald A Glass, Elizabeth A Suarez, Adewole S Adamson
PURPOSE: To analyze factors associated with primary nonadherence to dermatologic medications and study whether prescription-level factors are associated with primary nonadherence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective review of medical records of new dermatology patients from January 2011 to December 2013 at a single urban safety-net hospital outpatient dermatology clinic with a closed pharmacy system. RESULTS: A total of 4307 prescriptions were written for 2490 patients...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
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