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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088055/marijuana-use-disorder-symptoms-among-recent-onset-marijuana-users
#1
Lisa Dierker, William Mendoza, Renee Goodwin, Arielle Selya, Jennifer Rose
BACKGROUND: With recreational marijuana having recently been legalized in a growing number of U.S. states, as well as the increasing support for its legalization among substantial segments of the American public, an understanding of the development of symptoms associated with marijuana use disorders will assist in guiding both education and policy. METHODS: This study examined the prevalence of marijuana use disorder symptoms among a nationally representative sample of recent onset marijuana users ages 12-21 drawn from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (N=9697)...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086866/perceptions-and-utilization-of-generic-medicines-in-guatemala-a-mixed-methods-study-with-physicians-and-pharmacy-staff
#2
David Flood, Irène Mathieu, Anita Chary, Pablo García, Peter Rohloff
BACKGROUND: Access to low-cost essential generic medicines is a critical health policy goal in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). Guatemala is an LMIC where there is both limited availability and affordability of these medications. However, attitudes of physicians and pharmacy staff regarding low-cost generics, especially generics for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), have not been fully explored in Guatemala. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews with 30 pharmacy staff and 12 physicians in several highland towns in Guatemala were conducted...
January 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086792/irish-general-practitioner-attitudes-toward-decriminalisation-and-medical-use-of-cannabis-results-from-a-national-survey
#3
Des Crowley, Claire Collins, Ide Delargy, Eamon Laird, Marie Claire Van Hout
BACKGROUND: Governmental debate in Ireland on the de facto decriminalisation of cannabis and legalisation for medical use is ongoing. A cannabis-based medicinal product (Sativex®) has recently been granted market authorisation in Ireland. This unique study aimed to investigate Irish general practitioner (GP) attitudes toward decriminalisation of cannabis and assess levels of support for use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes (CTP). METHODS: General practitioners in the Irish College of General Practitioner (ICGP) database were invited to complete an online survey...
January 13, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079301/case-study-for-lean-management-in-the-public-sector-improving-combination-product-review-at-the-food-drug-administration
#4
Michael J Rappel, Nina L Hunter, April I Alexandrow, Kyle O Hair, Rachel E Sherman, Robert M Califf
Therapeutics known as combination products because they combine drug, device, and/or biologic elements can offer important advantages relative to single-modality products. However, regulatory policy in this arena has lagged relative to increases in product submissions and complexity of these products. In this article, we describe how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) applied Lean management methods to improve and streamline the process by which different FDA Centers and Offices coordinate review of combination products...
January 12, 2017: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077147/the-political-and-scientific-challenges-in-evaluating-compulsory-drug-treatment-centers-in-southeast-asia
#5
Thu Vuong, Nhu Nguyen, Giang Le, Marian Shanahan, Robert Ali, Alison Ritter
BACKGROUND: In Vietnam, like many countries in Southeast Asia, the commonly used approach of center-based compulsory drug treatment (CCT) has been criticized on human rights ground. Meanwhile, community-based voluntary methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) has been implemented for nearly a decade with promising results. Reform-minded leaders have been seeking empirical evidence of the costs and effectiveness associated with these two main treatment modalities. Conducting evaluations of these treatments, especially where randomization is not ethical, presents challenges...
January 11, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076644/main-mental-disorders-in-crack-cocaine-users-treated-at-psychosocial-care-centers-for-alcohol-and-drugs-in-the-city-of-recife-brazil
#6
Antonio Gomes de Castro, Diego César Nunes da Silva, Magda da Silva Figueiroa
Introduction: Brazil's Northeast region has the highest crack-cocaine consumption in the country. Crack-cocaine has more intense effects than cocaine powder and can cause greater chemical dependence. Psychosocial Care Centers for Alcohol and Drugs (CAPSad) are public health services that provide treatment for drug dependence. It is common for drug users, and particularly crack-cocaine users, to develop mental disorders. Objective: To evaluate the most common mental disorders in crack-cocaine dependents in treatment at CAPSad in the city of Recife, Brazil...
October 2016: Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076589/time-volunteered-on-community-health-activities-by-brigadistas-in-nicaragua
#7
Meredith Adamo, Dixmer Rivera, Rashed Shah, Jeanne Koepsell, Leonel Martínez, Justo Pastor Ortiz, Carlos José Jarquín Navarrete, David R Marsh
Objective: To report on how brigadistas ("health brigadiers") in Nicaragua volunteer their time before the introduction of expanded responsibilities (beyond the scope of integrated community case management (iCCM)) for sick children 2-59 months old. Methods: Three complete teams of brigadistas (n = 12 brigadistas total) were selected from remote communities in the department of Matagalpa. Each respondent brigadista was interviewed privately regarding the frequency and duration (i...
November 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076545/economic-evaluation-of-the-programs-rede-farm%C3%A3-cia-de-minas-do-sus-versus-farm%C3%A3-cia-popular-do-brasil
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Marina Morgado Garcia, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Francisco de Assis Acúrcio
We conducted an economic assessment of the Pharmaceutical Assistance - Rede Farmácia de Minas Gerais-RFMG and Farmácia Popular do Brasil-FPB to ascertain which of the two models stands out as the most efficient. To do this, a model, which consisted of a study of incurred costs in both programs, up to the dispensing of medicine to citizens, was developed. The uncertainties of the proposed model were tested using the Monte Carlo method. If the entire population initially estimated in the RFMG were attended in the FPB, there would be an additional cost of R$ 139,324,050...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075696/dual-eligibles-experience-of-care-with-north-carolina-s-patient-centered-medical-home
#9
Sarah Grantham, Debora Goetz Goldberg, Donna Lind Infeld
Although individuals enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) are among those with the nation's greatest need, at $300 billion per year, their care is also expensive and beset by quality problems. Previous research found problems associated with inadequate coordination of benefits and services; however, these studies have largely used quantitative approaches and focused on providers-few studies have explored the perspective of dual eligible patients. In an effort to improve care and reduce costs, North Carolina (NC) developed a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model centered on a continuous relationship with a primary care provider who is responsible for coordination of services and addressing patients' health care needs by providing direct services or arranging care with other qualified professionals...
January 11, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075542/considering-marijuana-legalization-carefully-insights-for-other-jurisdictions-from-analysis-for-vermont
#10
Jonathan P Caulkins, Beau Kilmer
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In 2014 the legislature of Vermont, USA passed a law requiring the Secretary of Administration to report on the consequences of legalizing marijuana. The RAND Corporation was commissioned to write that report. This paper summarizes insights from that analysis that are germane to other jurisdictions. METHOD: Translation of key findings from the RAND Corporation report to the broader policy debate. RESULTS: Marijuana legalization encompasses a wide range of possible regimes, distinguished along at least four dimensions: which organizations are allowed to produce and supply the drug, the regulations under which they operate, the nature of the products that can be distributed and taxes and prices...
December 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074569/screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to-treatment-implications-of-samhsa-s-sbirt-initiative-for-substance-abuse-policy-and-practice
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Thomas F Babor, Frances Del Boca, Jeremy W Bray
AIMS: This paper describes the major findings and public health implications of a cross-site evaluation of a national Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) demonstration program funded by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). METHODS: Eleven multi-site programs in two cohorts of SAMHSA grant recipients were each funded for 5 years to promote the adoption and sustained implementation of SBIRT. The SBIRT cross-site evaluation used a multi-method evaluation design to provide comprehensive information on the processes, outcomes and costs of SBIRT as implemented in a variety of medical and community settings...
February 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074337/economic-burden-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-italy-possible-consequences-on-anti-citrullinated-protein-antibody-positive-patients
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Francesco Saverio Mennini, Andrea Marcellusi, Lara Gitto, Florenzo Iannone
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease with a substantial medical and economic burden. In Italy, it affects approximately 280,000 people, therefore representing the musculoskeletal disease with the highest economic impact in terms of costs for the National Health Service and the social security system. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the annual economic burden of RA in Italy and determine the potential cost reduction considering the most effective biologic treatment for early rapidly progressing RA (ERPRA) patients...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069260/drugs-and-medical-devices-adverse-events-and-the-impact-on-women-s-health
#13
REVIEW
Jennifer L Carey, Nathalie Nader, Peter R Chai, Stephanie Carreiro, Matthew K Griswold, Katherine L Boyle
A large number of medications and medical devices removed from the market by the US Food and Drug Administration over the past 4 decades specifically posed greater health risks to women. This article reviews the historical background of sex and gender in clinical research policy and describes several approved drugs and devices targeted for use in women that have caused major morbidity and mortality. The intended population for the medications and devices, population affected, approval process, and the basic and legal actions taken against the medication/drug company are also discussed...
January 6, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068362/conflict-of-interest-policies-at-french-medical-schools-starting-from-the-bottom
#14
Paul Scheffer, Christian Guy-Coichard, David Outh-Gauer, Zoéline Calet-Froissart, Mathilde Boursier, Barbara Mintzes, Jean-Sébastien Borde
BACKGROUND: Medical faculties have a role in ensuring that their students are protected from undue commercial influence during their training, and are educated about professional-industry interactions. In North America, many medical faculties have introduced more stringent conflict of interest (COI) policies during the last decade. We asked whether similar steps had been taken in France. We hypothesized that such policies may have been introduced following a 2009-2010 drug safety scandal (benfluorex, Mediator) in which COIs in medicine received prominent press attention...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068052/revision-of-import-and-export-requirements-for-controlled-substances-listed-chemicals-and-tableting-and-encapsulating-machines-including-changes-to-implement-the-international-trade-data-system-itds-revision-of-reporting-requirements-for-domestic-transactions
#15
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The Drug Enforcement Administration is updating its regulations for the import and export of tableting and encapsulating machines, controlled substances, and listed chemicals, and its regulations relating to reports required for domestic transactions in listed chemicals, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, and tableting and encapsulating machines. In accordance with Executive Order 13563, the Drug Enforcement Administration has reviewed its import and export regulations and reporting requirements for domestic transactions in listed chemicals (and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and tableting and encapsulating machines, and evaluated them for clarity, consistency, continued accuracy, and effectiveness...
30, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064354/can-systematic-reviews-contribute-to-regulatory-decisions
#16
REVIEW
Corrado Barbui, Antonio Addis, Laura Amato, Giuseppe Traversa, Silvio Garattini
INTRODUCTION: The new call on independent research on drugs issued in October 2016 by the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) explicitly reported that proposals based on systematic reviews were not admissible, and no justification or explanation for this choice was given. Prompted by this policy decision, here, we briefly discuss the potential usefulness of systematic reviews in responding to regulatory needs. First, systematic reviews, by collecting, analysing and critically appraising all relevant studies on a specific topic, may be used by different stakeholders as a basis for making clinical and policy recommendations, including regulatory recommendations...
January 7, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063947/food-and-drug-addictions-similarities-and-differences
#17
REVIEW
Peter J Rogers
This review examines the merits of 'food addiction' as an explanation of excessive eating (i.e., eating in excess of what is required to maintain a healthy body weight). It describes various apparent similarities in appetites for foods and drugs. For example, conditioned environmental cues can arouse food and drug-seeking behaviour, 'craving' is an experience reported to precede eating and drug taking, 'bingeing' is associated with both eating and drug use, and conditioned and unconditioned tolerance occurs to food and drug ingestion...
January 4, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057183/immunoth%C3%A3-rapie-une-innovation-de-rupture-non-soutenable-%C3%A3-conomiquement
#18
Jean-Pierre Thierry
A NON-SUSTAINABLE BREAKTHROUGH?: The arrival of new immunotherapy anticancer drugs on the market marks a turning point. Their reference prices are fixed in the US and are positioned at the same level that the anticancer targeted therapies. They benefit from an accelerated approval process and often obtain the status of orphan drugs. The extensions of indications to many cancers and the likely combinations could significantly increase healthcare spending at a level that recently unveiled their non-sustainability, due to unrealistic prices approved by regulators...
November 2016: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050803/access-to-controlled-medicines-for-anesthesia-and-surgical-care-in-low-income-countries-a-narrative-review-of-international-drug-control-systems-and-policies
#19
Jason W Nickerson, Katherine Pettus, Kathleen E Wheeler, Christopher Hallam, David R Bewley-Taylor, Amir Attaran, Adrian W Gelb
PURPOSE: This article describes the functioning of the international drug control system, its integration into national legislation and policy, and the collective impact on access to medicines. SOURCE: We conducted a review of the three international drug control conventions, peer-reviewed articles, and grey literature known to the authors that describes national and international drug control systems and their impact on access to controlled medicines. This review was supplemented with literature derived from a structured search of MEDLINE(®) for articles relating to medical uses of ketamine in low- and middle-income countries conducted to strengthen an advocacy campaign...
January 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050395/variation-of-cost-among-anti-cancer-drugs-available-in-indian-market
#20
Bhanu Prakash Kolasani, Divyashanthi Chellathambi Malathi, Raghunatha Rao Ponnaluri
INTRODUCTION: Although cancer remains a major health problem all over the world, its treatment is limited by affordability of patients in a developing country like India. Information generated from cost analysis studies will be helpful for both the doctors in choosing the correct medicine for their patients and also for policy makers in successfully utilizing the meager resources that are available. AIM: The aim of the present observational study was to analyse the price variations of anti-cancer drugs available in India...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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