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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813473/the-availability-of-pharmacies-in-the-united-states-2007-2015
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Dima Mazen Qato, Shannon Zenk, Jocelyn Wilder, Rachel Harrington, Darrell Gaskin, G Caleb Alexander
IMPORTANCE: Despite their increasingly important role in health care delivery, little is known about the availability, and characteristics, of community pharmacies in the United States. OBJECTIVES: (1) To examine trends in the availability of community pharmacies and pharmacy characteristics (24-hour, drive-up, home delivery, e-prescribing, and multilingual staffing) associated with access to prescription medications in the U.S. between 2007 and 2015; and (2) to determine whether and how these patterns varied by pharmacy type (retail chains, independents, mass retailers, food stores, government and clinic-based) and across counties...
2017: PloS One
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/28807393/treatment-trends-effectiveness-and-safety-of-statins-on-lipid-goal-attainment-in-chinese-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-patients-a-multicenter-retrospective-cohort-study
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Yundai Chen, Dandan Li, Jing Jing, Hongbing Yan, Jinghua Liu, Zhujun Shen, Stefan James, Christoph Varenhorst
PURPOSE: Limited data exist on the use of statins in Chinese patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We therefore conducted this study to observe the usage trend and the effectiveness of statins on LDL-C goal attainment and other lipid parameters among PCI-treated patients. METHODS: This multicenter, retrospective, observational, longitudinal cohort study was conducted in PCI-treated patients with CAD between July 1, 2011, and February 28, 2015...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807166/neurobiology-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-on-major-depressive-disorder
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Gang Chen, Xiaoyan Guo
Major depressive disorder, or depression, becomes a serious public health problem globally. As current mainstream conventional antidepressants have limitations in unsatisfied response and remission rate, late onset of efficacy and side effects, increasing attention has been drawn to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), in which mixture of herbs is commonly prescribed after the clinicians make pattern identification for diagnosis. Here, the principle of herbal formulation for TCM (Chinese herbal medicine, CHM) on depression as well as some clinical outcome research is briefly introduced...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807047/adverse-outcomes-associated-with-opioid-prescription-for-acute-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Natalia Mouravska, Laura Zielinski, Meha Bhatt, Nitika Sanger, Monica Bawor, Brittany Dennis, Laura Banfield, James MacKillop, James Paul, Andrew Worster, Philip Laplante, Lehana Thabane, Zainab Samaan
BACKGROUND: Acute low back pain (ALBP) is the top cause of global disability, demonstrating a significant impact on individuals and society and demanding the need for appropriate management. There is a trend towards an increasing number of opioid prescriptions for ALBP despite the lack of investigation for its various short- and long-term outcomes. The objective of this review is to examine adverse outcomes associated with opioid use for ALBP. METHODS/DESIGN: Using a search strategy, the search will be conducted using the following electronic databases: PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Web of Science, Cochrane Library, the National Institutes for Health Clinical Trials Registry and the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (WHO ICTRP)...
August 14, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805552/cyclic-perimenstrual-pain-and-discomfort-and-australian-women-s-associated-use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-a-longitudinal-study
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Carole Fisher, Louise Hickman, Jon Adams, David Sibbritt
OBJECTIVE: To examine the longitudinal change in Australian women's prevalence of cyclic perimenstrual pain and discomfort and the association between their symptoms and use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). METHOD: Data on endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular periods, heavy periods, and severe period pain were collected over a 7-year period from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, for women aged 28 to 33 years in 2006, and at 3-year follow-ups...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804988/patterns-of-systemic-treatment-for-psoriatic-arthritis-in-the-united-states-2004-2015
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Moa P Lee, Joyce Lii, Yinzhu Jin, Rishi J Desai, Daniel H Solomon, Joseph F Merola, Seoyoung C Kim
OBJECTIVE: To examine trends in use of systemic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD) among patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in the U.S. METHODS: Using claims data (2004-2015) from a large U.S. commercial healthplan, we identified patients with PsA who initiated DMARDs. We examined baseline patient characteristics and initial treatment patterns. We then assessed changes in the DMARD regimen over the 12-month period after the 1(st) DMARD initiation date...
August 13, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802595/variability-in-opioid-prescribing-for-children-undergoing-ambulatory-surgery-in-the-united-states
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William C Van Cleve, Eliot B Grigg
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We attempted to describe the opioid prescribing patterns for ambulatory pediatric surgery in the United States from 2007 to 2014. DESIGN: Retrospective database review. SETTING: Operating room ambulatory encounters as determined by the Truven Health Marketscan Commercial Claims and Encounters database. PATIENTS: A total of 929,874 ambulatory surgical encounters were identified in patients <18years of age and, of these, 439,286 encounters generated an analgesic prescription...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799408/assessment-of-apixaban-prescribing-patterns-for-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-hospitalized-patients
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Caitlin M Gibson, Carmen B Smith, Sondra Davis, Michael J Scalese
BACKGROUND: Apixaban is a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Other DOACs require renal dose adjustments based solely on creatinine clearance. Apixaban differs in that its dose adjustments are more complex, potentially leading to prescribing errors. OBJECTIVE: To determine if adherence to Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved dosing for apixaban is maintained in hospitalized patients with NVAF...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
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/28796860/trends-in-visual-health-inequalities-in-childhood-through-associations-of-visual-function-with-sex-and-social-position-across-3-uk-birth-cohorts
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Vasiliki Bountziouka, Phillippa M Cumberland, Jugnoo S Rahi
Importance: Despite the existing country-specific strategies tackling social inequalities in visual health in adults, little is known about trends in visual function in childhood and its association with social position. Objective: To investigate the distribution of childhood visual function in the United Kingdom and associations with early-life social position between 1961 and 1986, a period of significant social change. Design, Setting, and Participants: Longitudinal cohort study using harmonized data sets from the British 1946, 1958, and 1970 national birth cohorts...
August 10, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795997/celecoxib-induced-liver-injury-analysis-of-published-case-reports-and-cases-reported-to-the-food-and-drug-administration
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Pavan K Mukthinuthalapati, Robert J Fontana, Raj Vuppalanchi, Naga Chalasani, Marwan Ghabril
BACKGROUND: Celecoxib is a widely prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and has been associated with rare instances of idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI). The aim of this study is to describe and analyze the salient features of published cases of celecoxib DILI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A literature search using common terms for liver injury cross-referenced with celecoxib was undertaken from the year 2000 through June 2016. Identified cases were analyzed with respect to reported demographic and clinical data with descriptive...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794653/real-world-utilization-of-once-daily-extended-release-abuse-deterrent-formulation-of-hydrocodone-a-comparison-with-the-pre-approval-randomized-clinical-trials
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Louise Taber, T Christopher Bond, Xuezhe Wang, Aditi Kadakia, Tracy J Mayne
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Hydrocodone bitartrate extended release (Hysingla(®) ER, HYD) was previously studied in a 12-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial and a 52-week open-label safety study. Both of these preapproval studies allowed dose titration to efficacy. The purpose of the present analysis was to compare dosing and utilization patterns in these previous clinical trials with real-world data (RWD) usage in a retrospective claim analysis performed 12-14 months post approval in the US...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782870/rapid-eye-movement-sleep-behaviour-disorder-and-striatal-dopamine-depletion-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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S J Chung, Y Lee, J J Lee, P H Lee, Y H Sohn
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) is related to striatal dopamine depletion. This study was performed to confirm whether clinically probable RBD (cpRBD) in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with a specific pattern of striatal dopamine depletion. METHODS: A prospective survey was conducted using the RBD Screening Questionnaire (RBDSQ) in 122 patients with PD who had undergone dopamine transporter (DAT) positron emission tomography scan...
August 7, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777744/the-effect-of-wing-flexibility-on-sound-generation-of-flapping-wings
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Biao Geng, Qian Xue, Xudong Zheng, Geng Liu, Yan Ren, Haibo Dong
In this study, the unsteady flow and acoustic characteristics of a three-dimensional (3D) flapping wing model of Tibicen linnei cicada at forward flight condition are numerically investigated. A single cicada wing is modelled as a membrane with prescribed motion reconstructed from high-speed videos of a live insect. The numerical solution takes a hydrodynamic/acoustic splitting approach: the flow field is solved with an incompressible Navier-Stokes flow solver based on immersed boundary method and the acoustic field is solved with linearized perturbed compressible equations (LPCEs)...
August 4, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774865/shifts-in-antimicrobial-consumption-and-infection-rates-before-and-during-a-piperacillin-tazobactam-shortage
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S Travis King, Katie E Barber, Jason J Parham, Kayla R Stover
BACKGROUND: Anti-infective shortages represent a growing threat to the optimal management of the infected patient and alter the institutional selective pressure against hospital-acquired infections. The objective of this analysis was to assess the impact that a shortage of piperacillin-tazobactam had on the overall antibacterial use and HAI rates at an academic institution. METHODS: Antimicrobial use and infection data were extracted from TheraDoc Clinical Surveillance Software (Premier, Inc...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771962/prescribing-by-nurse-practitioners-insights-from-a-new-zealand-study
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Betty Poot, Rebecca Zonneveld, Katherine Nelson, Mark Weatherall
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Nurse practitioners (NPs) in New Zealand have been able to prescribe medicines since 2001; however, little is known about their prescribing practice. This study describes the NPs who prescribe community-dispensed medicines, the patients, and identifies the most frequently prescribed medications. METHODS: A retrospective search of the Ministry of Health pharmaceutical collection was completed from 2013 to 2015. NP registration number, patient age, gender, deprivation index, and the name and date of dispensed medication, including the New Zealand pharmaceutical schedule therapeutic group, were identified...
August 3, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771933/impact-of-clinical-evidence-communications-and-drug-regulation-changes-concerning-rosiglitazone-on-prescribing-patterns-of-antidiabetic-therapies
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Yoojin Noh, Dae Ryong Kang, Dae Jung Kim, Kwang Jae Lee, Sukhyang Lee, Sooyoung Shin
PURPOSE: Cardiovascular safety alerts about rosiglitazone resulted in regulatory actions in several countries in 2010, but the Food and Drug Administration eliminated access restrictions in 2013, reflecting new evidence concerning the drug safety. We investigated the effects of safety signals and regulation shifts concerning rosiglitazone on prescribing of antidiabetic drugs (ADs). METHODS: Patient data were extracted from the Korean health insurance claims database for 2007 to 2015...
August 3, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766982/serum-met-5-enkephalin-levels-are-reduced-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-restored-by-low-dose-naltrexone
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Michael D Ludwig, Ian S Zagon, Patricia J McLaughlin
Low-dose naltrexone is a widely used off-label therapeutic prescribed for a variety of immune-related disorders. The mechanism underlying low-dose naltrexone's efficacy for fatigue, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis is, in part, intermittent blockade of opioid receptors followed by upregulation of endogenous opioids. Short, intermittent blockade by naltrexone specifically blocks the opioid growth factor receptor resulting in biofeedback events that increase production of the endogenous opioid growth factor (OGF) (chemically termed [Met(5)]-enkephalin) facilitating interactions between opioid growth factor and opioid growth factor receptor that ultimately, result in inhibited cell proliferation...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766498/comparison-of-first-and-second-generation-antihistamines-prescribing-pattern-in-the-elderly-outpatients-a-health-insurance-database-study-in-2013%C3%A2
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Young-Mi Lee, Inmyung Song, Eui-Kyung Lee, Ju-Young Shin
BACKGROUND: This descriptive study analyzed the scale of first- and second-generation antihistamine prescription in elderly outpatients in Korea and the characteristics associated with this prescription. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a drug utilization study using the Korea Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service-Aged Patient Sample (HIRA-APS) database from January 1 to December 31, 2013. The study subjects were elderly outpatients aged 65 years and older who were prescribed antihistamines...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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