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Sukalyan Saha Roy, Anupam Roy, Ranjita Santra Dhali, Chiranjib Bagchi, Gautam Banerjee, Santanu K Tripathi
INTRODUCTION Dispensing error, a type of medication error, is not infrequent but seldom reported. Self-medication behavior appears to be a commonplace. And when it is ignorant it may prove dangerous. We report here a case of acute vesico-bullous eruptions from methotrexate in a patient of psoriasis who indulged in self-medication and was wrongfully dispensed higher doses of methotrexate. CASE DESCRIPTION A 50-year-old gentleman presented to the dermatology OPD with erythematous, vesico-bullar lesions spread all over the body including both limbs and scalp, with oral mucosal involvement without any history of fever...
September 19, 2017: Current Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931456/perceptions-of-barriers-to-the-management-of-respiratory-tract-infections-in-general-practice-settings-in-australia
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Stephanie Fletcher-Lartey, Rabia Khan
Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics for the management of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) has contributed to increased prevalence of antibiotic resistance, and this remains a challenge. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of general practitioners' (GPs) participation in the Antibiotics: Clinical e-Audit, a quality-improvement activity, on GP self-reported knowledge and practice change, and explored barriers encountered in the management of respiratory tract infections (RTIs). Participants completed a survey at the end of the activity to assess the usefulness of the audit, any reported changes made and barriers encountered to their clinical practice...
September 21, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931452/factors-associated-with-appropriate-psychotropic-drug-prescription-in-nursing-home-patients-with-severe-dementia
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Klaas van der Spek, Raymond Tcm Koopmans, Martin Smalbrugge, Marjorie Hjmg Nelissen-Vrancken, Roland B Wetzels, Claudia Hw Smeets, Steven Teerenstra, Sytse U Zuidema, Debby L Gerritsen
BACKGROUND: We studied the patient and non-patients factors of inappropriate psychotropic drug (PD) prescription for neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) in nursing home patients with severe dementia. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, the appropriateness of prescriptions was explored using the Appropriate Psychotropic drug use In Dementia (APID) index sum score. This index assesses information from medical records on indication, evaluation, dosage, drug-drug interactions, drug-disease interactions, duplications, and therapy duration...
September 21, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927372/potentially-inappropriate-medication-use-in-nursing-homes-an-observational-study-using-the-norgep-nh-criteria
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Gunhild Nyborg, Mette Brekke, Jørund Straand, Svein Gjelstad, Maria Romøren
BACKGROUND: Frail residents in the nursing home sector call for extra care in prescribing. The Norwegian General Practice Nursing Home (NORGEP-NH) list of 34 explicit criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in nursing homes was developed explicitly for this population. The aim of this study was to employ the NORGEP-NH Criteria to study the extent of potentially inappropriate medication use among nursing home residents and explore possible associated factors. METHODS: Cross-sectional observational pharmacoepidemiological study from residents in nursing homes in the county of Vestfold, Norway...
September 19, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923330/decision-making-process-by-users-and-providers-of-health-care-services-during-the-ah1n1-epidemic-influenza-in-mexico-lessons-learned-and-challenges-ahead
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Víctor Huízar-Hernández, Armando Arredondo, Marta Caballero, Angélica Castro-Ríos, Sergio Flores-Hernández, Rogelio Pérez-Padilla, Hortensia Reyes-Morales
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to analyze, using a decision analysis approach, the probability of severity of illness due to delayed utilization of health services and inappropriate hospital medical treatment during the 2009 AH1N1 influenza epidemic in Mexico. METHODS: Patients with influenza AH1N1 confirmed by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from two hospitals in Mexico City, were included. Path methodology based upon literature and validated by clinical experts was followed...
April 2017: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919793/burden-of-uterine-fibroids-in-italy-epidemiology-treatment-outcomes-and-consumption-of-health-care-resources-in-more-than-5-000-women
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Marco Chiumente, Mauro De Rosa, Andrea Messori, Enrica Maria Proli
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Epidemiological studies on uterine fibroids (UFs) are mostly based on surveys or analyses of small samples of patients. In 50% of women, the quality of life is worsened by disease-related symptoms; furthermore, treatments imply a remarkable health care cost. The aim of this observational study was to analyze a large sample of Italian patients with UFs and to assess the epidemiology, the appropriateness of treatments, and the consumption of disease-related resources...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918655/what-not-to-do-in-acute-otitis-media-the-top-five-recommendations-proposed-by-the-italian-society-of-preventive-and-social-pediatrics
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Elena Chiappini, Barbara Bortone, Mattia Doria, Massimo Landi, Giuseppe Di Mauro, Paola Marchisio
With the aim to reduce inappropriate procedures and antibiotic therapy in the management of acute otitis media (AOM) in children, the Italian Society of Preventive and Social Pediatrics (SIPPS) proposed a top five list of recommendations for clinical practice. Areas covered: AOM is one of the most frequent reasons for antibiotic prescription in pediatric age. The over-estimation of AOM is associated with inappropriate treatment, increased costs, adverse events and spread of antibiotic resistance. Thus, the most recent guidelines provided stringent diagnostic criteria and considered the 'watchful waiting' approach, limiting the immediate antibiotic therapy to a well-characterized subgroup of children...
September 19, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917110/prevalence-and-predictors-of-potentially-inappropriate-prescribing-of-central-nervous-system-and-psychotropic-drugs-among-elderly-patients-a-national-population-study-in-korea
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Hyeonseok Cho, Junjeong Choi, Young-Sang Kim, Sang Joon Son, Kang Soo Lee, Hee-Jin Hwang, Hye-Young Kang
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) of central nervous system and psychotropic (CNS-PS) drugs to the Korean elderly population, and to identify PIP-associated factors. METHODS: Ambulatory care visits were identified from the 2013 National Aged Patient Sample (HIRA-APS-2013) data, composed of 20% random samples of all enrollees in the universal health security program aged ≥65 years. The CNS-PS section of Screening Tool of Older Person's potentially inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria version 2 was used to identify PIP at these visits...
September 6, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913911/older-adults-awareness-of-deprescribing-a-population-based-survey
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Justin P Turner, Cara Tannenbaum
OBJECTIVES: To determine older adults' awareness of the concept of medication-induced harm and their familiarity with the term "deprescribing." Secondary objectives were to ascertain determinants of self-initiated deprescribing conversations and to identify how older adults seek information on medication harms. DESIGN: Cross-sectional population-based household telephone survey using random-digit dialling. SETTING: Canada. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling adults aged 65 and older (N = 2,665; n = 898 men, n = 1,767 women, mean age 74...
September 15, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905171/pharmacist-intervention-acceptance-for-the-reduction-of-potentially-inappropriate-drug-prescribing-in-acute-psychiatry
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Sophia Hannou, Pierre Voirol, André Pannatier, Marie-Laure Weibel, Farshid Sadeghipour, Armin von Gunten, Jean-Frédéric Mall, Isabella De Giorgi Salamun
Background Prescribing for the elderly is challenging. A previous observational study conducted in our geriatric psychiatry admission unit (GPAU) using STOPP/START criteria showed a high number of potentially inappropriate drug prescriptions (PIDPs). A clinical pharmacist was added to our GPAU as a strategy to reduce PIDPs. Objective The objective of the present study was to assess the impact of a clinical pharmacist on PIDPs by measuring acceptance rates of pharmacist interventions (PhIs). Setting This study was conducted at the GPAU of Lausanne University Hospital...
September 13, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905162/quality-of-prescribing-in-community-dwelling-elderly-patients-in-france-an-observational-study-in-community-pharmacies
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E Bourcier, F Mille, V Brunie, V Korb-Savoldelli, C Lafortune, M Buyse, C Fernandez, P Hindlet
Background In order to ensure safer prescriptions in the elderly, lists of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) and guidelines have been introduced. Whereas the effectiveness of these measures has been well studied in hospitals, data are sparse for the community-dwelling patients. Objective To assess the quality of prescriptions among community-dwelling elderly patients, and potential associations between prescription patterns, patient characteristics and medication adherence. Setting Community pharmacies in France...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904673/mutations-in-rpob-and-katg-genes-of-multidrug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-undetectable-using-genotyping-diagnostic-methods
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Faustinos Tatenda Takawira, Racheal Shamiso Dube Mandishora, Zephaniah Dhlamini, Ellen Munemo, Babill Stray-Pedersen
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis remains the leading causes of death worldwide with frequencies of mutations in rifampicin and isoniazid resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates varying according to geographical location. There is limited information in Zimbabwe on specific antibiotic resistance gene mutation patterns in MTB and hence, increased rate of discordant results and mortality due to inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions. The rpoB and katG genes molecular markers are used for detecting rifampicin and isoniazid resistance respectively...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902135/point-prevalence-surveys-of-antimicrobial-use-among-hospitalized-children-in-six-hospitals-in-india-in-2016
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Sumanth Gandra, Sanjeev K Singh, Dasaratha R Jinka, Ravishankar Kanithi, Ashok K Chikkappa, Anita Sharma, Dhanya Dharmapalan, Anil Kumar Vasudevan, Onkaraiah Tunga, Akhila Akula, Garima Garg, Yingfen Hsia, Srinivas Murki, Gerardo Alvarez-Uria, Mike Sharland, Ramanan Laxminarayan
The prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in India is among the highest in the world. Antimicrobial use in inpatient settings is an important driver of resistance, but is poorly characterized, particularly in hospitalized children. In this study, conducted as part of the Global Antimicrobial Resistance, Prescribing, and Efficacy in Neonates and Children (GARPEC) project, we examined the prevalence of and indications of antimicrobial use, as well as antimicrobial agents used among hospitalized children by conducting four point prevalence surveys in six hospitals between February 2016 and February 2017...
September 13, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893115/the-challenges-of-patient-satisfaction-influencing-factors-and-the-patient-provider-relationship-in-the-united-states
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Arlinda Baummer-Carr, David P Nicolau
Patient satisfaction is a phenomenon that has become influential in the inpatient setting with the introduction of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Practitioners and Systems (HCAHPS) survey in the United States. Patient satisfaction is a key goal of healthcare organizations and presents some challenges to providing quality patient care. Areas covered: This review will focus on the challenges patient satisfaction presents in the healthcare field, with a key focus on factors that influence patient satisfaction, the common problem of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions and the importance of the patient-provider relationship...
September 12, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891185/complementary-medicine-products-interpreting-the-evidence-base
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Marc Cohen, Jennifer Hunter
Many patients use complementary medicine (CM) products, such as vitamins, minerals and herbs as part of self-care without professional advice or disclosure to their doctors. While use of CM products is gaining awareness by the medical community and there is mounting evidence for their safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness, there is also the potential for adverse events from inappropriate use and/or withdrawal, as well as interactions with other medicines. Due to the unique and complex properties of many CM products, research evidence is specific to individual preparations and this can lead to confusion when assessing label claims and interpreting the results of clinical trials and systematic reviews...
September 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889650/correlation-of-recommendations-of-treatment-guidelines-and-frequently-prescribed-antibiotics-evaluation-of-their-pharmaceutical-pack-size
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Shoma Mukherjee, Nilanjan Saha
There are various factors that contribute to development of antimicrobial resistance. Overuse, inappropriate prescribing and extensive agricultural use of antibiotics are some of the factors which have been identified. Antibiotics are almost always universally packaged by manufacturers in packs that are heavily driven by cost of economies and convenience rather than by any scientific basis or duration of therapy. So, in the present study, the correlation of the treatment guidelines with the choice of antibiotics and whether packing size contributes to left-over dosing units when used according to guideline recommendations were assessed...
September 10, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887290/individual-feedback-to-reduce-inappropriate-antimicrobial-prescriptions-for-treating-acute-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-in-an-outpatient-setting-of-a-thai-university-hospital
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Pinyo Rattanaumpawan, Nuttagarn Chuenchom, Visanu Thamlikitkul
BACKGROUND: Excessive antimicrobial use for acute Upper Respiratory InfectionBackground Excessive antimicrobial use for acute Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) is one of the most common problems in clinical practice. Interventions are needed to reduce antimicrobial overuse in these common infections.s (URIs) is one of the most common problems in clinical practice. Interventions are needed to reduce antimicrobial overuse in these common infections. METHODS: During a 9-month study period (June 2014-February 2015), we conducted a quasi-experimental (pre/post) study among internal medicine residents and fellows in an outpatient setting of Siriraj Hospital, Thailand...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887019/are-we-still-prescribing-opioids-for-osteoarthritis
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David E DeMik, Nicholas A Bedard, S Blake Dowdle, Robert A Burnett, Michael A McHugh, John J Callaghan
BACKGROUND: The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. These medications continue to be used to manage pain associated with osteoarthritis, despite mounting evidence questioning the benefits. The rate at which opioids are prescribed for osteoarthritis is largely unknown. We sought to identify rates of opioid prescriptions for osteoarthritis and identify factors associated with higher rates of prescribing. METHODS: We queried the Humana, Inc. administrative claims database from 2007 to 2014...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879246/opioid-analgesic-prescribing-practices-of-dental-professionals-in-the-united-states
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C N Steinmetz, C Zheng, E Okunseri, A Szabo, C Okunseri
The prescription of opioid analgesics by dental professionals is widespread in the United States. Policy makers, government agencies, and professional organizations consider this phenomenon a growing public health concern. This study examined trends in the prescription of opioid analgesics for adults by dental professionals and associated factors in the United States. Data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (1996-2013) were analyzed. Descriptive statistics were calculated separately for each year. Logistic regression analyses were conducted to estimate the overall trend during the period with and without adjusting for dental procedures and personal characteristics...
July 2017: JDR Clinical and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869712/acute-oxygen-therapy-an-audit-of-prescribing-and-delivery-practices-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-perth-western-australia
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Anam Kamran, Elisa Chia, Claire Tobin
BACKGROUND: Oxygen is a widely used drug in the hospital setting. However, international audits suggest that oxygen administration practices are often not compliant with prescribed standards. This can place patients at risk and cause serious adverse events. AIM: To analyse data related to recent practices of oxygen prescription and administration at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), Western Australia. The results of this audit aim to guide further research on possible interventional studies implementing key solutions...
September 4, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
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