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Dean G Karalis, Usha G Mallya, Ameen F Ghannam, Joseph Elassal, Rishab Gupta, Susan H Boklage
Two proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors are approved for patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia who require additional low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering. This retrospective study sought to determine differences between eligible patients who were prescribed and those who were not prescribed a PCSK9 inhibitor. Patients from an electronic medical record database were included in the analysis, and their demographic, clinical, and treatment characteristics were evaluated...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
William F McIntyre, David Conen, Brian Olshansky, Jonathan L Halperin, Emil Hayek, Menno V Huisman, Gregory Y H Lip, Shihai Lu, Jeff S Healey
BACKGROUND: Antithrombotic prophylaxis with oral anticoagulation (OAC) substantially reduces stroke and mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). HYPOTHESIS: Analysis of data in GLORIA-AF, an international, observational registry of patients with newly-diagnosed AF, can identify factors associated with treatment decisions and outcomes. METHODS: Multivariable regression identified patient, physician, and temporal factors associated with OAC prescription, versus management with antiplatelet drugs or no antithrombotic drugs in North American patients enrolled between November 2011 and February 2014...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Patrick B Fink, Richard A Deyo, Sara E Hallvik, Christi Hildebran
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March 12, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Albert Boada, Mariona Pons-Vigués, Jordi Real, Elisabet Grezner, Bonventura Bolíbar, Carl Llor
INTRODUCTION: Commensal flora of healthy people is becoming an important reservoir of resistant bacteria. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relationship of previous antibiotic-dispensed and resistance pattern of strains of Staphylococcus aureus in primary care patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in seven primary care centres in Catalonia, Spain, from October 2010 to May 2011, as part of the APRES (The appropriateness of prescribing antibiotics in primary care in Europe concerning antibiotic resistance) study...
December 2018: European Journal of General Practice
Elie Fiogbé, Rafaela Ferreira, Márcio Antônio Gonçalves Sindorf, Silvia Aparecida Tavares, Keiti Passoni de Souza, Marcelo de Castro Cesar, Charles Ricardo Lopes, Marlene Aparecida Moreno
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It is important to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of water-based training programs in order to prescribe it as an alternative in cardiac rehabilitation for patients who have coronary artery disease (CAD). In these patients, autonomic dysfunction is an important physiological change strongly associated with adverse outcomes, morbidity, and mortality. Given that the beneficial effects of physical training in CAD patients have been traditionally evidenced with programs involving land-based aerobic exercises, this study aims to evaluate the effects of water aerobic exercise training (WAET) on the autonomic modulation of heart rate (HR) and body composition, in the rehabilitation of CAD patients...
March 14, 2018: Physiotherapy Research International: the Journal for Researchers and Clinicians in Physical Therapy
Adrian H Heald, Mark Livingston, Zuzanna Bien, Gabriela Y C Moreno, Ian Laing, Mike Stedman
BACKGROUND: In the financial year 2016/17 there were 52.0 million items prescribed for diabetes at a total net ingredient cost of £983.7 million - up from 28.9 million prescription items and £572.4 million in 2006/07. Anti-diabetes drugs (British National Formulary section 6.1.2) make up 45.1 per cent of the total £983.7 million net ingredient cost of drugs used in diabetes and account for 72.0 per cent of prescription items for all diabetes prescribing. METHODS: We examined the way that agents licensed to treat type 2 diabetes were used across GP practices in England in the year 2016/2017...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Sharon Ashong, Irene A Kretchy, Barima Afrane, Ama de-Graft Aikins
Background: Patients with schizophrenia are managed with antipsychotics and other psychotropic medications. Objectives: This study aimed to assess the commonly prescribed psychotropic medications for patients with schizophrenia, explore the types of therapeutic monitoring that were performed, and find out whether the side effects experienced by the patients played any role in their adherence behaviour. Methods: This hospital-based cross-sectional study enrolled 259 patients with schizophrenia from Accra Psychiatric Hospital and Pantang Psychiatric Hospital...
2018: Psychiatry Journal
Jihong Lee, Sun Haeng Lee, Boram Lee, In Jun Yang, Gyu Tae Chang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate autism spectrum disorder (ASD) clinical practice patterns of Korean medicine doctors (KMDs) through questionnaire survey. METHODS: Questionnaires on Korean medicine (KM) treatment for ASD were distributed to 255 KMDs on December 5, 2016. The KMDs were psychiatrists, pediatricians, or general practitioners, who treated patients with ASD. The questionnaire covered items on treatment methods, aims of treatment, KM syndrome differentiation, diagnostic tools, and sociodemographic characteristics...
March 13, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Sarah Axeen
OBJECTIVE: To determine characteristics and trends in opioid use, questionable use, and prescribing in Medicare. STUDY SETTING: Opioid prescriptions filled through Medicare Part D for beneficiaries with full-year, fee-for-service Medicare coverage during 2006 to 2012. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a 20 percent sample of Medicare claims data. Estimates are adjusted using multivariable regression analysis. DATA COLLECTION: Opioid use, opioid abuse, questionable opioid use, and opioid prescribing by specialty...
March 12, 2018: Health Services Research
Renaud Sabatier, Emanuel Nicolas, Maria Paciencia, Annie-Pierre Jonville-Béra, Anne Madroszyk, Maud Cecile, Cecile Braticevic, Ségolène Duran, Louis Tassy, Franck Rouby, Joëlle Micallef, Frédérique Rousseau
BACKGROUND: Nivolumab is approved worldwide as second-line treatment for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Despite the fact that most of these cancers are being diagnosed in the older patients, few of the patients were included in pivotal trials. We aimed to describe efficacy and safety in a "real-world" older population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively collected data from older patients (≥70 years old) with advanced or metastatic NSCLC treated with Nivolumab in our institution...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Mohd Rizwan, Mohd Akhtar, Abul Kalam Najmi, Kuldeep Singh
AIM: This study was carried out to record the sensitivity/resistance pattern of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae towards antimicrobial drugs prescribed to urinary tract infection (UTI) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 68 bacteriologically proven simple UTI patients were included in the study, based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Subjects demographics, antibiotics prescribed, sensitivity pattern of antibiotics towards the urinary pathogens were recorded in drug utilization and documentation form...
March 12, 2018: Drug Research
Troels Munch, Christian Fynbo Christiansen, Lars Pedersen, Henrik Toft Sørensen
OBJECTIVES: Compare all-cause mortality following nonsurgical ICU admission for opioid users with nonusers. DESIGN: Nationwide register-based cohort study. SETTING: All 43 ICUs in Denmark (7,028,668 citizens cumulatively during the study period). The Danish National Health Service provides universal healthcare, guaranteeing equal access to healthcare along with partial reimbursement for prescribed drugs. PATIENTS: All 118,388 nonsurgical patients admitted to an ICU from 2005 to 2014...
March 9, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Cristian Mena, Alfonso Gonzalez-Valderrama, Barbara Iruretagoyena, Juan Undurraga, Nicolas A Crossley
BACKGROUND: Failure to respond to antipsychotic medication in schizophrenia is a common clinical scenario with significant morbidity. Recent studies have highlighted that many patients present treatment-resistance from disease onset. We here present an analysis of clozapine prescription patterns, used as a real-world proxy marker for treatment-resistance, in a cohort of 1195 patients with schizophrenia from a Latin-American cohort, to explore the timing of emergence of treatment resistance and possible subgroup differences...
March 8, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
Marco Orsini Federici, Janette McQuillan, Giovanni Biricolti, Serena Losi, Jeremie Lebrec, Catrina Richards, Cristiana Miglio, Kirsi Norrbacka
INTRODUCTION: Real-world evidence on glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RAs) usage is emerging in different European countries but is lacking in Italy. This retrospective cohort study aimed to describe the real-world drug utilization patterns in patients initiating GLP-1 RAs for treating T2DM in Italy. METHODS: Adults aged ≥ 20 years and with ≥ 1 oral antidiabetic drug (alone or in combination with insulin) other than GLP-1 RAs in the 6 months prior to initiating exenatide twice daily (exBID), exenatide once weekly (exQW), dulaglutide once weekly (DULA), liraglutide once daily (LIRA) or lixisenatide once daily (LIXI) between March and July 2016 were retrospectively identified in the Italian IMS LifeLink™ longitudinal prescriptions database (retail pharmacy data)...
March 10, 2018: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
Victor O Popoola, Brandyn D Lau, Esther Tan, Dauryne L Shaffer, Peggy S Kraus, Norma E Farrow, Deborah B Hobson, Jonathan K Aboagye, Michael B Streiff, Elliott R Haut
PURPOSE: Results of a study to characterize patterns of nonadministration of medication doses for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention among hospitalized patients are presented. METHODS: The electronic records of all patients admitted to 4 floors of a medical center during a 1-month period were examined to identify patients whose records indicated at least 1 nonadministered dose of medication for VTE prophylaxis. Proportions of nonadministered doses by medication type, intended route of administration, and VTE risk categorization were compared; reasons for nonadministration were evaluated...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Militiadis A Makrygiannakis, Eleftherios G Kaklamanos, Athanasios E Athanasiou
Background: As the taking of any medication may theoretically affect the complex pathways responsible for periodontal tissue homeostasis and the events leading to orthodontic tooth movement, it is considered important for the orthodontist to be able to identify prospective patients' history and patterns of pharmaceutical consumption. Objective: To systematically investigate and appraise the quality of the available evidence regarding the effect of commonly prescribed medications on the rate of orthodontic tooth movement...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Orthodontics
Thomas R Radomski, Felicia R Bixler, Susan L Zickmund, KatieLynn M Roman, Carolyn T Thorpe, Jennifer A Hale, Florentina E Sileanu, Leslie R M Hausmann, Joshua M Thorpe, Katie J Suda, Kevin T Stroupe, Adam J Gordon, Chester B Good, Michael J Fine, Walid F Gellad
BACKGROUND: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented robust strategies to monitor prescription opioid dispensing, but these strategies have not accounted for opioids prescribed by non-VA providers. State-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a potential tool to identify VA patients' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers, and recent legislation requires their use within VA. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate VA physicians' perspectives and experiences regarding use of PDMPs to monitor Veterans' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers...
March 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
A H Heald, A A Fryer, S G Anderson, M Livingston, M Lunt, M Davies, Gyc Moreno, R Gadsby, R J Young, M Stedman
AIMS: Despite increasing spend on new Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) therapies, the proportion of people with T2DM achieving target glycaemia outcomes is declining. Our aim was to determine, using published General Practice level data, how differences in T2DM prescribing patterns relate to glycaemic target achievement levels. METHODS: Multiple linear regression modelling was used to link practice characteristics and defined daily dose (DDD) of class of medication in 2015/16 and changes to 2014/15 in medication to proportions achieving target glycaemic control (TGC; glycated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) ≤7...
March 8, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
Jeanette P Brown, Kristy A Bauman, Armando Kurili, Gianna M Rodriguez, Anthony E Chiodo, Robert G Sitrin, Helena M Schotland
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, cohort study. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of bi-level positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy and the patterns of use for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). SETTING: Academic tertiary care center, USA. METHODS: Overall, 91 adults with C1-T6 SCI for ≥3 months were recruited and 74 remained in the study to be evaluated for SDB and follow-up...
March 7, 2018: Spinal Cord
William Kazanis, Mary J Pugh, Claudina Tami, Joseph K Maddry, Vikhyat S Bebarta, Erin P Finley, Don D McGeary, David H Carnahan, Jennifer S Potter
Introduction: Between 2001 and 2009, opioid analgesic prescriptions in the Military Health System quadrupled to 3.8 million. The sheer quantity of opioid analgesics available sets the stage for issues related to misuse, abuse, and diversion. To address this issue, the Department of Defense implemented several directives and clinical guidelines to improve access to appropriate pain care and safe opioid prescribing. Unfortunately, little has been done to characterize changing patterns of opioid use in active duty service members (ADSM), so little is known about how combat operations and military health care policy may have influenced this significant problem...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
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