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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636573/prescribing-patterns-for-inpatients-with-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders-in-a-psychiatric-hospital-in-slovenia-results-of-16-month-prospective-non-interventional-clinical-research
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Cvetka Bačar Bole, Mitja Pišlar, Aleš Mrhar, Rok Tavčar
BACKGROUND: In Slovenia, there has been no evidence about the prescribing patterns for inpatients with psychotic disorders. The research aims to analyze drug utilization patterns for inpatients with psychotic disorder that are coded as F20-F29 according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 10(th) revision (schizophrenia spectrum disorders). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Prospective research was conducted at the Psychiatric Hospital Idrija. The medical records of the inpatients admitted over a 12-month period were collected from the beginning to the end of their hospitalization...
June 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635179/changing-trends-in-opioid-use-among-u-s-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Jeffrey R Curtis, Fenglong Xie, Christian Smith, Kenneth G Saag, Lang Chen, Timothy Beukelman, Melissa Mannion, Huifeng Yun, Stefan Kertesz
Introduction Opioid prescribing recently has come under intense scrutiny. However, longitudinal patterns of opioid prescription receipt in a population-based cohort of patients who have chronic pain, such as those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), have not been well characterized. Methods We identified a cohort of RA patients based on 2006-2014 Medicare data and evaluated longitudinal time trends in regular opioid use (>=3 filled prescriptions in each 12 month interval). A separate analysis in 2014 assessed rheumatologist-specific variability in regular opioid prescription for RA patients...
June 21, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633634/the-development-and-appraisal-of-a-tool-designed-to-find-patients-harmed-by-falsely-labelled-falsified-counterfeit-medicines
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Marija Anđelković, Einar Björnsson, Virgilio De Bono, Nenad Dikić, Katleen Devue, Daniel Ferlin, Miroslav Hanževački, Freyja Jónsdóttir, Mkrtich Shakaryan, Sabine Walser
BACKGROUND: Falsely labelled, falsified (counterfeit) medicines (FFCm's) are produced or distributed illegally and can harm patients. Although the occurrence of FFCm's is increasing in Europe, harm is rarely reported. The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Health-Care (EDQM) has therefore coordinated the development and validation of a screening tool. METHODS: The tool consists of a questionnaire referring to a watch-list of FFCm's identified in Europe, including symptoms of their use and individual risk factors, and a scoring form...
June 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632340/prescribing-in-the-oldest-old-inpatients-a-retrospective-analysis-of-patients-referred-for-specialist-geriatric-consultation
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Sivarajah Ilango, Peter Pillans, Nancye M Peel, Ian Scott, Leonard C Gray, Ruth E Hubbard
INTRODUCTION: While medications may prolong life and prevent morbidity in older people, adverse effects of polypharmacy are increasingly recognised. As patients age and become frail, prescribing may be expected to focus more on symptom control and minimise potentially harmful preventive medication use that confer little benefit within a short lifespan. Whether prescribing practice shifts to one of symptom control among the oldest old admitted to hospital remains unclear. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of all patients aged ≥85 years referred for comprehensive geriatric assessment at a tertiary care hospital between May 2006 and December 2014 for whom all prescribed medications were documented...
June 20, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628468/dapsa-das28-and-mda-predict-long-term-treatment-regime-in-psoriatic-arthritis-the-swedish-early-psoriatic-arthritis-cohort
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Ulla Lindqvist, Mona-Lisa Wernroth, Tomas Husmark, Per Larsson, Mats Geijer, Annika Teleman, Elke Theander, Gerd-Marie Alenius
OBJECTIVES: To describe treatment patterns in the Swedish early psoriatic arthritis cohort (SwePsA) of the mono-/oligo-arthritic (M/O) and polyarthritis (P) and identify early predictive factors for treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic (DMARD), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), and tumour necrosis factor inhibition (TNFi) after 5 years. METHODS: Data for 198 M/O and P PsA were obtained within the programme for SwePsA. Multinomial and binary logistic regression analyses were used to assess the association between early predictive factors and treatment after 5 years adjusted for age at inclusion...
June 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627235/translating-guidelines-into-practice-interpreting-the-2016-acc-expert-consensus-decision-pathway-on-the-role-of-non-statin-therapies-for-ldl-cholesterol-lowering-in-the-management-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-risk
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Laura H Waite, Yvonne L Phan, Sarah A Spinler
OBJECTIVE: In 2016, the American College of Cardiology released a decision pathway, based on expert consensus, to guide use of non-statin agents in the management of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk. The purpose of this article is to assist practitioners, health systems and managed care entities with interpreting this consensus statement in order to simplify implementation of the recommendations into patient care. METHODS: Major themes from the consensus statement are briefly summarized and explained...
June 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625684/brand-medications-and-medicare-part-d-how-eye-care-providers-prescribing-patterns-influence-costs
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Paula Anne Newman-Casey, Maria A Woodward, Leslie M Niziol, Paul P Lee, Lindsey B De Lott
PURPOSE: To quantify costs of eye care providers' Medicare Part D prescribing patterns for ophthalmic medications and to estimate the potential savings of generic or therapeutic drug substitutions and price negotiation. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Eye care providers prescribing medications through Medicare Part D in 2013. METHODS: Medicare Part D 2013 prescriber public use file and summary file were used to calculate medication costs by physician specialty and drug...
June 16, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623386/the-antipsychotic-agent-quetiapine-is-increasingly-not-used-as-such-dispensed-prescriptions-in-norway-2004-2015
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Pål Gjerden, Jørgen G Bramness, Ingunn Fride Tvete, Lars Slørdal
PURPOSE: The antipsychotic agent quetiapine was introduced in Norway in 2003. We have assessed changes in dispensed prescriptions, including dosing, of quetiapine in Norway from 2004 to 2015. METHODS: Data on the sales of antipsychotics and antidepressants were drawn from the Norwegian Prescription Database. A total of 47,474 outpatients filled 195,622 prescriptions of quetiapine. Reimbursement codes, use of antipsychotics or antidepressants 12 months prior to the first prescription of quetiapine and estimated mean volume used measured as defined daily doses (DDDs) per day were used as proxies for diagnoses...
June 16, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622402/prevalence-of-concurrent-prescribing-of-ace-is-and-arbs-among-beneficiaries-of-puerto-rico-s-government-sponsored-health-care-plan-during-2012-and-2013
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Denise Figueroa-Ríos, José J Hernández-Muñoz, Aileen García-Albarrán, Emily A García-Rodríguez, Glendaliz Méndez-Hernández, Suzette M Vélez-Rivera
OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular conditions are the second cause of death in Puerto Rico. The individual use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-Is) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) is considered the first-line therapy for the treatment of several cardiovascular-related medical conditions. However, the concurrent use of these 2 therapeutic classes of drugs is not supported by treatment guidelines. Studies have shown that their concurrent use represents a potential health risk...
June 2017: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619302/chinese-herbal-medicine-for-treating-menopausal-symptoms-in-london-women-developing-a-good-practice-protocol-via-the-factor-analysis-of-prescribing-patterns-in-a-clinical-study
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Volker Scheid, Veronica Tuffrey, Mark Bovey
The objective of the study described in this paper was to define Chinese medicine formula patterns for the treatment of menopausal women in London. These formula patterns are intended to inform the development of best practice guidelines for a future pragmatic randomised controlled trial, with the ultimate goal of evaluating the possibility of integrating Chinese medicine treatment strategies for menopausal symptoms into the UK National Health Service. Data from a clinical study that had demonstrated the effectiveness and safety of Chinese medicine in treating 117 perimenopausal women at the Westminster University Polyclinic in London were analysed for symptom occurrence and herb use...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618862/probiotic-guidelines-and-physician-practice-a-cross-sectional-survey-and-overview-of-the-literature
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K Draper, C Ley, J Parsonnet
Probiotic use by patients and physicians has dramatically increased over the last decade, although definitive evidence is often lacking for their use. We examined probiotic-prescribing practices among health care providers (HCP) at a tertiary medical centre and compared these practices to clinical guidelines. HCP at the Stanford Medical Center received a survey on probiotic prescribing practices including choice of probiotic and primary indications. A broad overview of the literature was performed. Among 2,331 HCP surveyed, 632 responded...
June 16, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617729/demographic-characteristics-and-prescribing-patterns-of-scleral-lens-fitters-the-scope-study
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Cherie B Nau, Jennifer Harthan, Ellen Shorter, Joseph Barr, Amy Nau, Nicolette T Chimato, David O Hodge, Muriel M Schornack
OBJECTIVES: This study reports demographic characteristics of scleral lens providers and indications for scleral lens prescription as assessed by a worldwide online survey. METHODS: The Scleral Lenses in Current Ophthalmic Practice: an Evaluation (SCOPE) study group designed the online survey regarding current scleral lens prescription and management practices. The Mayo Clinic Survey Research Center administered the survey, which was open from January 15 to March 31, 2015...
June 14, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617208/nurse-practitioner-independent-practice-authority-and-mental-health-service-delivery-in-u-s-community-health-centers
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Bo Kyum Yang, Alison M Trinkoff, Julie Magno Zito, Mehmet Burcu, Daniel J Safer, Carla L Storr, Mary E Johantgen, Shannon Idzik
OBJECTIVE: Little is known about how nurse practitioner independent practice authority (NP-IPA) influences patient care. This study examined the effect of NP-IPA on patterns of mental health-related visits provided by NPs in U.S. community health centers (CHCs). METHODS: State NP regulatory information was linked to National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data on NP- and physician-provided visits (N=61,457) in CHCs from 2006 through 2011. The proportion of NP-provided versus physician-provided mental health-related visits in states with NP-IPA was compared with the proportion in states without NP-IPA...
June 15, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616215/the-impact-of-renal-protection-clinics-on-prescription-of-and-adherence-to-cardioprotective-drug-therapy-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
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Fanny Lepeytre, Héloise Cardinal, Lorraine Fradette, Jacobien Verhave, Marc Dorais, Jacques LeLorier, Vincent Pichette, François Madore
Background: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of follow-up in renal protection clinics on the prescription of and adherence to cardioprotective drugs in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods: We studied stage 4 and 5 CKD patients who initiated follow-up in three renal protection clinics. The prescription pattern of antihypertensive agents (AHA) and lipid-lowering agents (LLAs) was measured as the percentage of patients who are prescribed the agents of interest at a given time. Adherence to drug therapy was defined as the percentage of days, during a pre-defined observation period, in which patients have an on-hand supply of their prescribed medications...
June 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615763/adverse-drug-reactions-and-their-impact-on-quality-of-life-in-patients-on-antipsychotic-therapy-at-a-tertiary-care-center-in-delhi
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Shalini Chawla, Shankar Kumar
CONTEXT: Adverse drug reactions (ADR) due to antipsychotic therapy have significant impact on a psychiatric patient's quality of life. Few studies have been conducted in India to monitor adverse drug reactions due to antispsychotics and none has been done to determine their impact on quality of life. AIMS: The present study was conducted to monitor ADRs due to antipsychotics and ascertain the impact of ADRs on quality of life. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This prospective observational study was conducted in the psychiatry outpatients department in New Delhi for 1 year...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614178/patterns-of-opioid-use-and-risk-of-opioid-overdose-death-among-medicaid-patients
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Renu K Garg, Deborah Fulton-Kehoe, Gary M Franklin
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes Medicaid as a high-risk population for fatal opioid overdose. Further research is needed to identify factors that put Medicaid patients at increased risk. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether patterns of opioid use are associated with risk of opioid-related mortality among opioid users. DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study. PATIENTS: In total, 150,821 noncancer pain patients aged 18-64 years with ≥1 opioid prescription, April 2006 to December 2010, Washington Medicaid...
July 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614083/pain-catastrophizing-moderates-relationships-between-pain-intensity-and-opioid-prescription-nonlinear-sex-differences-revealed-using-a-learning-health-system
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Yasamin Sharifzadeh, Ming-Chih Kao, John A Sturgeon, Thomas J Rico, Sean Mackey, Beth D Darnall
BACKGROUND: Pain catastrophizing is a maladaptive response to pain that amplifies chronic pain intensity and distress. Few studies have examined how pain catastrophizing relates to opioid prescription in outpatients with chronic pain. METHODS: The authors conducted a retrospective observational study of the relationships between opioid prescription, pain intensity, and pain catastrophizing in 1,794 adults (1,129 women; 63%) presenting for new evaluation at a large tertiary care pain treatment center...
July 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612964/has-cost-inhibited-the-uptake-of-more-potent-statins-in-england
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Stephen R Chapman, Raymond W Fitzpatrick, Mohammed I Aladul
BACKGROUND: The use of statins has increased substantially over the last 2 decades in England and represents a significant cost burden to the National Health Service. Therefore, it is important to understand what influences prescribers' choice. OBJECTIVES: This study examines the changes in use pattern of all statins in England (1998-2015). The study focuses on the use of simvastatin and atorvastatin before and after their patent expiry and rosuvastatin, to investigate the impact of the reduced acquisition costs on prescribing...
June 14, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611861/effects-of-six-kinds-of-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitors-on-metabolic-parameters-and-summarized-effect-and-its-correlations-with-baseline-data
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Hidekatsu Yanai, Mariko Hakoshima, Hiroki Adachi, Akiko Kawaguchi, Yoko Waragai, Tadanao Harigae, Yoshinori Masui, Kouki Kakuta, Hidetaka Hamasaki, Hisayuki Katsuyama, Tomoko Kaga, Akahito Sako
BACKGROUND: Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor (SGLT2i) blocks reabsorption of glucose by inhibiting SGLT2 in kidney, promotes the renal excretion of glucose and improves blood glucose control without requiring insulin secretion. Anti-atherosclerotic effects of SGLT2is have not been fully elucidated until today. METHODS: We retrospectively picked up patients with type 2 diabetes who had been continuously prescribed SGLT2i for 3 months or more between April 2014 and December 2016 by a chart-based analysis, and compared metabolic parameters including coronary risk factors before the SGLT2i treatment with the data at 3 and 6 months after the SGLT2i treatment started...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609231/methadone-dose-selection-for-treatment-of-pain-compared-with-consensus-recommendations
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Parisa Karimian, Rabia S Atayee, Toluwalase A Ajayi, Kyle P Edmonds
BACKGROUND: Many factors make methadone an appealing option for treatment of pain in patients seen by palliative care; however, complex drug-related properties and variable patient response complicate appropriate conversion ratios from other opioids to methadone. Currently, there is no consensus regarding one accepted conversion method. OBJECTIVE: Current patterns of prescribing for clinicians at a three-hospital academic health system on initial rotation to methadone for the management of pain were compared with a series of consensus recommendations for methadone dose calculation...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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