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Yoshio Nakamura, Shigehisa Kitano, Akira Takahashi, Arata Tsutsumida, Kenjiro Namikawa, Keiji Tanese, Takayuki Abe, Takeru Funakoshi, Noboru Yamamoto, Masayuki Amagai, Naoya Yamazaki
BACKGROUND: An anti-programmed cell death protein 1 monoclonal antibody, nivolumab, is one of the most effective drugs for advanced melanoma. Tumor cell-derived or immune cell-derived markers and clinical predictors such as serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and cutaneous adverse events, have already been described as prognostic factors for advanced melanoma treated with nivolumab. We sought to identify further clinical predictors that can be determined in routine clinical practice. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed clinical findings of 98 consecutive patients with unresectable stage III or IV melanoma treated with nivolumab, at the National Cancer Center Hospital or at Keio University Hospital, in Tokyo, Japan, between July 2014 and July 2016...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Abdunoor M Kabanywanyi, Rita Baiden, Ali M Ali, Muhidin K Mahende, Bernhards R Ogutu, Abraham Oduro, Halidou Tinto, Margaret Gyapong, Ali Sie, Esperanca Sevene, Eusebio Macete, Seth Owusu-Agyei, Alex Adjei, Guillaume Compaoré, Innocent Valea, Isaac Osei, Abena Yawson, Martin Adjuik, Raymond Akparibo, Mwaka A Kakolwa, Salim Abdulla, Fred Binka
The antimalarial drug piperaquine is associated with delayed ventricular depolarization, causing prolonged QT interval (time taken for ventricular de-polarisation and re-polarisation). There is a lack of safety data regarding dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine (DHA/PPQ) for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria, which has limited its use. We created a platform where electrocardiograms (ECG) were performed in public hospitals for the safety assessment of DHA/PPQ, at baseline before the use of dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine (Eurartesim®), and on day 3 (before and after administration of the final dose) and day 7 post-administration...
2016: PloS One
J L NDiaye, B Cissé, E H Ba, J F Gomis, C T Ndour, J F Molez, F B Fall, C Sokhna, B Faye, E Kouevijdin, F K Niane, M Cairns, J F Trape, C Rogier, O Gaye, B M Greenwood, P J M Milligan
BACKGROUND: It is recommended that children aged 3 months to five years of age living in areas of seasonal transmission in the sub-Sahel should receive Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine plus amodiaquine (SPAQ) during the malaria transmission season. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety of SMC with SPAQ in children when delivered by community health workers in three districts in Senegal where SMC was introduced over three years, in children from 3 months of age to five years of age in the first year, then in children up to 10 years of age...
2016: PloS One
Masahiro Ohgami, Masato Homma, Yoshiharu Suzuki, Kanako Naito, Motoko Yamada, Shoichi Mitsuhashi, Fumie Fujisawa, Hiroshi Kojima, Takayuki Kaburagi, Keiko Uchiumi, Yutaka Yamada, Hiroko Bando, Hisato Hara, Keiji Takei
BACKGROUND: Lapatinib and erlotinib are used for cancer treatment, showing large interindividual variability. Therapeutic drug monitoring may be useful for assessing the clinical outcomes and adverse events. A simple high-performance liquid chromatography ultraviolet method was developed for the determination of lapatinib and erlotinib in human plasma. METHODS: An aliquot of plasma sample spiked with IS was treated with acetonitrile to precipitate the proteins. Lapatinib and erlotinib were separated on an octadecylsilyl silica-gel column using a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile, methanol, water, and trifluoroacetic acid (26:26:48:0...
October 17, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Lawrence C Ku, Huali Wu, Rachel G Greenberg, Kevin D Hill, Daniel Gonzalez, Christoph P Hornik, Alysha Berezny, Jeffrey T Guptill, Wenlei Jiang, Nan Zheng, Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, Chiara Melloni
BACKGROUND: Defining a drug's therapeutic index (TI) is important for patient safety and regulating the development of generic drugs. For many drugs, the TI is unknown. A systematic approach was developed to characterize the TI of a drug using therapeutic drug monitoring and electronic health record (EHR) data with pharmacokinetic (PK) modeling. This approach was first tested on phenytoin, which has a known TI, and then applied to lamotrigine, which lacks a defined TI. METHODS: Retrospective EHR data from patients in a tertiary hospital were used to develop phenytoin and lamotrigine population PK models and to identify adverse events (anemia, thrombocytopenia, and leukopenia) and efficacy outcomes (seizure-free)...
October 19, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Lauren E Arthur, Russell S Kizor, Adrian G Selim, Mieke L van Driel, Leonardo Seoane
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, complicating the medical course of approximately 10% of mechanically-ventilated patients, with an estimated attributable mortality of 13%. To treat VAP empirically, the American Thoracic Society currently recommends antibiotic therapy based on the patients' risk of colonisation by an organism with multidrug resistance. The selection of initial antibiotic therapy in VAP is important, as inappropriate initial antimicrobial treatment is associated with higher mortality and longer hospital stay in intensive care unit (ICU) patients...
October 20, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
H S Rehan, M Andley, P Nagar, V Maharshi
A 29 year male, with an inoperable adenocarcinoma of gall bladder was initiated on gemcitabine and a platinum compound based chemotherapy. During 4th cycle of chemotherapy, patient complained of chest pain following cisplatin and gemcitabine infusion. ECG was suggestive of acute coronary syndrome, which was successfully managed by antianginal therapy. Fifth cycle of chemotherapy was uneventful. Patient died of cardiovascular collapse before receiving the 6th cycle of chemotherapy. As per Naranjo adverse drug reaction probability scale, causal association of the event with cisplatin and gemcitabine was probable and possible respectively...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Omesh Goyal, Sandeep Singh Sidhu, Natasha Sehgal, Sandeep Puri
OBJECTIVES: Hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) is a functional renal failure occurring in end stage liver disease, which is associated with poor prognosis. Terlipressin has been shown to be effective in treatment of HRS. More recently, it was suggested that noradrenaline, an alpha-adrenergic drug may be also effective in HRS. We aimed to compare the efficacy of noradrenaline versus terlipressin in treatment of HRS type 1. METHODS: Consecutive patients with cirrhosis and HRS type 1 were enrolled and randomised into 2 groups- Group A received intravenous noradrenaline infusion (0...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Canna Ghia, Shashank Akerkar, Shailaja Sabnis, Urk Rao, Gautam Rambhad
BACKGROUND / OBJECTIVES: Biologic anti-TNFs in India have improved the patient management. Significant proportions of patients lose response over time or do not respond. Possible explanations are suboptimal trough anti-TNFa concentrations or antibodies to anti-TNFs. The aim of this project was to set up and standardize an independent laboratory to test immunogenicity of anti-TNF biologics (infliximab and etanercept). METHODS: Three rheumatologists piloted this project approved by independent ethics committee and carried out in compliance with ICH/GCP guidelines...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Outi Laatikainen, Sami Sneck, Risto Bloigu, Minna Lahtinen, Timo Lauri, Miia Turpeinen
Adverse drug events (ADEs) are more likely to affect geriatric patients due to physiological changes occurring with aging. Even though this is an internationally recognized problem, similar research data in Finland is still lacking. The aim of this study was to determine the number of geriatric medication-related hospitalizations in the Finnish patient population and to discover the potential means of recognizing patients particularly at risk of ADEs. The study was conducted retrospectively from the 2014 emergency department patient records in Oulu University Hospital...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Jitsuo Higaki, Issei Komuro, Kosuke Shiki, Ganghyuck Lee, Atsushi Taniguchi, Hiroshi Ikeda, Daisuke Kuroki, Seiichiro Nishimura, Toshio Ogihara
The efficacy and safety of telmisartan 80 mg/amlodipine 5 mg plus hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg (T80/A5/H12.5) was examined for its ability to treat hypertension in Japanese patients whose hypertension is uncontrolled with telmisartan 80 mg/amlodipine 5 mg (T80/A5). Patients aged ⩾20 years who had essential hypertension despite taking two or three antihypertensive drugs entered a 6-week run-in period on T80/A5. Patients whose hypertension remained uncontrolled were randomly assigned to either the T80/A5/H12...
October 20, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Yuichi Arai, Keiichi Ito, Kazuyoshi Tachi, Akio Koga, Yusuke Shinchi, Ayako Masunaga, Makoto Isono, Tomohiko Asano
A 73-year-old male patient underwent a right nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma in 2008, and interferon-alpha was initiated as adjuvant treatment. Computed tomography (CT) scans showed lymphadenopathy above the left diaphragm, and treatment with interferon-2 was subsequently initiated in 2009. Nasal bleeding manifested in February 2010, and CT scans showed a soft-tissue density mass mainly located in the ethmoid sinus. A biopsy of the lesion was performed, and metastatic renal cell carcinoma was diagnosed...
September 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
Roberto Hegg, André Mattar, João Nunes de Matos-Neto, José Luiz Pedrini, Sabina Bandeira Aleixo, Roberto Odebrecht Rocha, Renato Peixoto Cramer-Junior, Sylvie van-Eyll-Rocha
OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy and safety of two filgrastim formulations for controlling chemotherapy-induced neutropenia and to evaluate the non-inferiority of the test drug relative to the originator. METHODS: This phase III non-inferiority study had a randomized, multicenter, and open-label design. The patients were randomized at a ratio of 1:1 with a follow-up period of 6 weeks for each patient. In both study arms, filgrastim was administered subcutaneously at a daily dose of 5 mg/kg body weight...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Ilana Levy, Samuel Attias, Eran Ben-Arye, Lee Goldstein, Elad Schiff
BACKGROUND: Dietary and herbal supplements (DHS) are commonly used among inpatients and may cause interactions with drugs or other DHS. The study explored whether adverse events were actually associated with such interactions and examined specific characteristics among inpatient DHS users prone to such adverse events. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of 947 patients hospitalized in 12 departments of a tertiary academic medical centre in Haifa, Israel. It evaluated the rate of DHS use among inpatients, the potential for interactions, and actual adverse events during hospitalization associated with DHS use...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
C Michael White, Elaine Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: To review the limitations of current antiarrhythmic drugs in atrial fibrillation (AF) and discuss the rationale and clinical trials supporting the use of ranolazine in AF. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE was searched from 1980 to September 2016 using the terms ranolazine, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery bypass grafting, and valve surgery STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: English-language studies and reviews assessing antiarrhythmic drugs, including ranolazine, were incorporated...
October 6, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
J Quiralte-Castillo, M Del Robledo Ávila-Castellano, S Cimbollek, P Benaixa, S Leguisamo, K Baynova, M Labella, J Quiralte
BACKGROUND: Safer and less time consuming alternatives to single-blind placebo-controlled oral challenge (SBPCOC) in order to diagnose aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) have been searched for. Nasal challenges with different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and assessment methods have been developed. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate the utility and safety of nasal ketorolac challenge (NKC) using an acoustic rhinomether in patients with suspected AERD Methods: Thirty-six patients with suspected AERD were included in the study...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
U C Wieshmann, G Baker
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain efficacy and tolerability of carbamazepine (CBZ), sodium valproate (VPA), lamotrigine (LTG) and levetiracetam (LEV) using the UKAED register ( METHODS: Patients on CBZ (n=91), VPA (n=61), LTG (n=105), LEV (n=72) and healthy control subjects (CTR) on no medication (n=51) were extracted. All patients had anonymously provided information on seizure type and frequency and completed the Liverpool Adverse Event Profile (LAEP). RESULTS: The number of seizure-free patients in the last 4 weeks was overall CBZ/VPA/LTG/LEV=60%/79%/67%/67%, for generalized epilepsy was CBZ/VPA/LTG/LEV=67%/89%/65%/94%, and for localization-related epilepsy was CBZ/VPA/LTG/LEV=59%/71%/67%/57%...
October 18, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Hamid Reza Bahrami, Shokouhsadat Hamedi, Roshanak Salari, Mohammadreza Noras
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic digestive disorder, which is characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation periods. The etiology is unknown. Based on the different mechanisms in the etiology, treatment focuses on controlling symptoms. Due to the longtime of syndrome, inadequacy of current treatments, financial burden for patients and pharmacologic effects, several patients have turned to the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Complementary and alternative treatments for IBS include hypnosis, acupuncture, cognitive behavior therapy, yoga, and herbal medicine...
August 2016: Electronic Physician
William James Deardorff, George T Grossberg
Currently available therapies for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD) consist of cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs), such as donepezil, and the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist memantine. In December 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Namzaric™, a once-daily, fixed-dose combination (FDC) of memantine extended-release (ER) and donepezil for patients with moderate-to-severe AD. The FDC capsule is bioequivalent to the coadministered individual drugs, and its bioavailability is similar when taken fasting, with food, or sprinkled onto applesauce...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Edem Efe, Ibrahim Kocayiğit, Pabuccu Mustafa Türker, Küçükukur Murat, Alpaslan Erkan, Taş Sedat, Çil Alper, Aksoy Murat Necati, Vural Mustafa Gökhan, Akdeniz Bahri
OBJECTIVES: Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), consisting of clopidogrel and aspirin, is the main-stay treatment of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). However, major adverse cardiovascular events may occur even in patients undergoing DAPT, and this has been related to the variable pharmacodynamic efficacy of these drugs, especially clopidogrel. Platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) are novel inflammatory markers for cardiovascular risk stratification, which may reflect an inflammatory state and thus high on-treatment platelet reactivity (HPR)...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
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