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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243028/perspectives-from-the-patient-and-the-healthcare-professional-in-multiple-sclerosis-social-media-and-patient-education
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Daniel Kantor, Jeremy R Bright, Jeri Burtchell
A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is life-altering. Because the course of MS is heterogeneous, patients may face uncertainty in terms of long-term physical and cognitive challenges, potential loss of employment, and the risk of social isolation. Patients often turn to the Internet and social media for information about MS and its management, and to seek out fellow patients and support groups. Here, we examine the use of social media and the Internet among patients with MS, considering its impact on patient education...
December 14, 2017: Neurology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241762/eltrombopag-for-advanced-myelodysplastic-syndromes-or-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-and-severe-thrombocytopenia-aspire-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-2-trial
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Moshe Mittelman, Uwe Platzbecker, Boris Afanasyev, Sebastian Grosicki, Raymond S M Wong, Achilles Anagnostopoulos, Benjamin Brenner, Claudio Denzlinger, Giuseppe Rossi, Arnon Nagler, Regina Garcia-Delgado, Maria Socorro O Portella, Zewen Zhu, Dominik Selleslag
BACKGROUND: Thrombocytopenia is a life-threatening complication in patients with advanced myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). In this study (ASPIRE), we aimed to assess eltrombopag, an oral thrombopoietin receptor agonist, for thrombocytopenia (grade 4) treatment in adult patients with advanced MDS or AML. METHODS: ASPIRE consisted of an open-label, double-blind phase for 8 weeks and a randomised, double-blind phase (parts 1 and 2, reported here) for 12 weeks, and an open-label extension (part 3)...
December 11, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226764/chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-in-refractory-b-cell-lymphomas
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Stephen J Schuster, Jakub Svoboda, Elise A Chong, Sunita D Nasta, Anthony R Mato, Özlem Anak, Jennifer L Brogdon, Iulian Pruteanu-Malinici, Vijay Bhoj, Daniel Landsburg, Mariusz Wasik, Bruce L Levine, Simon F Lacey, Jan J Melenhorst, David L Porter, Carl H June
Background Patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma or follicular lymphoma that is refractory to or that relapses after immunochemotherapy and transplantation have a poor prognosis. High response rates have been reported with the use of T cells modified by chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) that target CD19 in B-cell cancers, although data regarding B-cell lymphomas are limited. Methods We used autologous T cells that express a CD19-directed CAR (CTL019) to treat patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma or follicular lymphoma that had relapsed or was refractory to previous treatments...
December 10, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223745/buparlisib-plus-fulvestrant-in-postmenopausal-women-with-hormone-receptor-positive-her2-negative-advanced-breast-cancer-progressing-on-or-after-mtor-inhibition-belle-3-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-3-trial
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Angelo Di Leo, Stephen Johnston, Keun Seok Lee, Eva Ciruelos, Per E Lønning, Wolfgang Janni, Ruth O'Regan, Marie-Ange Mouret-Reynier, Dimitar Kalev, Daniel Egle, Tibor Csőszi, Roberto Bordonaro, Thomas Decker, Vivianne C G Tjan-Heijnen, Sibel Blau, Alessio Schirone, Denis Weber, Mona El-Hashimy, Bharani Dharan, Dalila Sellami, Thomas Bachelot
BACKGROUND: Activation of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway occurs frequently in breast cancer that is resistant to endocrine therapy. Approved mTOR inhibitors effectively inhibit cell growth and proliferation but elicit AKT phosphorylation via a feedback activation pathway, potentially leading to resistance to mTOR inhibitors. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of buparlisib plus fulvestrant in patients with advanced breast cancer who were pretreated with endocrine therapy and mTOR inhibitors...
December 6, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222700/perspectives-from-the-patient-and-the-healthcare-professional-in-multiple-sclerosis-social-media-and-participatory-medicine
#5
Daniel Kantor, Jeremy R Bright, Jeri Burtchell
When faced with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), patients often turn to the Internet and social media to find support groups, read about the experiences of other people affected by MS and seek their advice, and research their condition and treatment options to discuss with their healthcare professionals (HCPs). Here, we examine the use of social media and the Internet among patients with MS, considering its impact on patient empowerment and patient participation in treatment decision-making and MS research...
December 8, 2017: Neurology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218492/efficacy-of-secukinumab-in-the-treatment-of-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis-in-the-north-american-subgroup-of-patients-pooled-analysis-of-four-phase-3-studies
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David Pariser, Ellen Frankel, Joel Schlessinger, Yves Poulin, Ronald Vender, Richard G Langley, Xiangyi Meng, Adriana Guana, Judit Nyirady
INTRODUCTION: Demographic and disease characteristics may impact response to psoriasis therapies. The objective of this study is to explore the safety and efficacy profile of secukinumab in North American (NA) versus non-NA patients with moderate to severe psoriasis. METHODS: Data were pooled from four phase 3 studies of secukinumab. Secukinumab (300 and 150 mg) was administered at baseline, weeks 1, 2, and 3, then every 4 weeks from week 4 to 48. RESULTS: Peak efficacy was observed at week 16 in NA and non-NA patients with secukinumab 300 mg and secukinumab 150 mg, and disease clearance was maintained to week 52...
December 7, 2017: Dermatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210715/blistering-and-skin-fragility-due-to-imatinib-therapy-loss-of-laminin-and-collagen-iv-as-a-possible-cause-of-cutaneous-basement-membrane-instability
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Sebastian Mühl, Jan Ehrchen, Dieter Metze
Imatinib mesylate (Glivec; Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland) is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor which is used in the treatment of oncologic diseases like chronic myeloid leukemia and gastrointestinal stroma tumor (GIST). Among cutaneous side effects, bullous reactions are rare. The authors describe the case of a 66-year-old woman developing blistering and skin fragility on her hands, foot, lower legs, and back after intake of imatinib for treatment of GIST. Biopsy showed vacuolar alteration at the dermoepidermal junction (DEJ) associated with a few lymphocytes and a subepidermal blister...
November 22, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172979/pharmacovigilance-of-biologics-in-a-multisource-environment
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Sreedhar Sagi, Hillel P Cohen, Gillian R Woollett
It is important that systems are in place to ensure that appropriate and comprehensive records are kept for use of all medications. It is fundamental to an effective pharmacovigilance system that patient medical records contain sufficient information to identify which medication has been prescribed, when it was administered, and at what dose. The availability of biologics from multiple sponsors has raised questions by some health care providers about the ability of current pharmacovigilance systems to trace specific biologics...
December 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171821/a-controlled-trial-of-erenumab-for-episodic-migraine
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Peter J Goadsby, Uwe Reuter, Yngve Hallström, Gregor Broessner, Jo H Bonner, Feng Zhang, Sandhya Sapra, Hernan Picard, Daniel D Mikol, Robert A Lenz
BACKGROUND: We tested erenumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits the calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor, for the prevention of episodic migraine. METHODS: We randomly assigned patients to receive a subcutaneous injection of either erenumab, at a dose of 70 mg or 140 mg, or placebo monthly for 6 months. The primary end point was the change from baseline to months 4 through 6 in the mean number of migraine days per month. Secondary end points were a 50% or greater reduction in mean migraine days per month, change in the number of days of use of acute migraine-specific medication, and change in scores on the physical-impairment and everyday-activities domains of the Migraine Physical Function Impact Diary (scale transformed to 0 to 100, with higher scores representing greater migraine burden on functioning)...
November 30, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164480/dispensing-patterns-of-ranibizumab-and-aflibercept-for-the-treatment-of-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-australia
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Adrian Skelly, Hans-Joachim Carius, Vladimir Bezlyak, Fred K Chen
INTRODUCTION: Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy is the standard of care for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). The dosage of two licensed agents, ranibizumab and aflibercept, was established through clinical trials; however, it is unclear if either agent is administered as recommended in routine clinical practice. Using pharmacy claims data, we investigated if the dispensing patterns of ranibizumab differ from those of aflibercept 6 and 12 months after treatment initiation...
November 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158011/extended-adjuvant-intermittent-letrozole-versus-continuous-letrozole-in-postmenopausal-women-with-breast-cancer-sole-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Marco Colleoni, Weixiu Luo, Per Karlsson, Jacquie Chirgwin, Stefan Aebi, Guy Jerusalem, Patrick Neven, Erika Hitre, Marie-Pascale Graas, Edda Simoncini, Claus Kamby, Alastair Thompson, Sibylle Loibl, Joaquín Gavilá, Katsumasa Kuroi, Christian Marth, Bettina Müller, Seamus O'Reilly, Vincenzo Di Lauro, Andrea Gombos, Thomas Ruhstaller, Harold Burstein, Karin Ribi, Jürg Bernhard, Giuseppe Viale, Rudolf Maibach, Manuela Rabaglio-Poretti, Richard D Gelber, Alan S Coates, Angelo Di Leo, Meredith M Regan, Aron Goldhirsch
BACKGROUND: In animal models of breast cancer, resistance to continuous use of letrozole can be reversed by withdrawal and reintroduction of letrozole. We therefore hypothesised that extended intermittent use of adjuvant letrozole would improve breast cancer outcome compared with continuous use of letrozole in postmenopausal women. METHODS: We did the multicentre, open-label, randomised, parallel, phase 3 SOLE trial in 240 centres (academic, primary, secondary, and tertiary care centres) in 22 countries...
November 17, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146124/relationship-of-c-reactive-protein-reduction-to-cardiovascular-event-reduction-following-treatment-with-canakinumab-a-secondary-analysis-from-the-cantos-randomised-controlled-trial
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Paul M Ridker, Jean G MacFadyen, Brendan M Everett, Peter Libby, Tom Thuren, Robert J Glynn
BACKGROUND: Canakinumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting interleukin-1β, reduces inflammation and cardiovascular event rates with no effect on lipid concentrations. However, it is uncertain which patient groups benefit the most from treatment and whether reductions in the inflammatory biomarker high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) correlate with clinical benefits for individual patients. METHODS: The Canakinumab Anti-Inflammatory Thrombosis Outcomes Study (CANTOS) used computer-generated codes to randomly allocate 10 061 men and women with a history of myocardial infarction to placebo or one of three doses of canakinumab (50 mg, 150 mg, or 300 mg) given subcutaneously once every 3 months...
November 13, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143928/systematic-literature-review-of-the-impact-of-endocrine-monotherapy-and-in-combination-with-targeted-therapy-on-quality-of-life-of-postmenopausal-women-with-hr-her2-advanced-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Zhou Zhou, Derek H Tang, Jipan Xie, Rajeev Ayyagari, Eric Wu, Polly A Niravath
INTRODUCTION: A major treatment goal for advanced breast cancer (ABC) is to maintain or ideally improve patient quality of life (QoL). Given the changing disease landscape, this systematic literature review (SLR) aims to assess the impact of endocrine therapies (ET), including ET monotherapy (ET mono) and ET combined with targeted therapy (ET + TT), on QoL of women with HR+/HER2- ABC. METHODS: A SLR was conducted to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) meeting the following criteria: (1) included ET mono or ET + TT, (2) reported QoL outcomes, (3) focused on women with HR+/HER2- ABC, and (4) published after 2007 (when standardized HER2 testing became available)...
November 16, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143689/examination-of-the-susceptibility-gap-in-the-treatment-of-canine-heartworm-infection
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REVIEW
Dwight D Bowman, Jason Drake
BACKGROUND: The "susceptibility gap" in a dog diagnosed with adult heartworms has been defined as the period of time in which some Dirofilaria immitis stages are not susceptible to treatment with either macrocyclic lactones or melarsomine dihydrochloride. This was previously defined within the American Heartworm Society guidelines as a period of about 3 months "as per product labels." It can be postulated, however, that a susceptibility gap does not exist with the combination of continued macrocyclic lactone therapy coupled with a three-dose melarsomine dihydrochloride protocol where the first intramuscular treatment is near the time of first diagnosis...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143249/next-generation-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cell-therapy-going-off-the-shelf
#15
Marco Ruella, Saad S Kenderian
Autologous, patient-specific chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CART) therapy has emerged as a powerful and potentially curative therapy for cancer, especially for CD19-positive hematological malignancies. Indeed, on August 30, 2017, the University of Pennsylvania-designed CD19-directed CART (CART-19) cell therapy (CTL019, tisagenlecleucel-t, Kymriah - Novartis) became the first CART therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. However, the development of CART technology and its wider application is partly limited by the patient-specific nature of such a platform and by the time required for manufacturing...
December 2017: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138986/secukinumab-in-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-after-anti-tnf%C3%AE-therapy-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-3-study
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Hasan Tahir, Atul Deodhar, Mark Genovese, Tsutomu Takeuchi, Jacob Aelion, Filip Van den Bosch, Sibylle Haemmerle, Hanno B Richards
INTRODUCTION: 'REASSURE' (NCT01377012), a phase 3 study, evaluated the efficacy and safety of secukinumab in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had an inadequate response to, or intolerance of, tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNF-inhibitors). METHODS: A total of 637 patients were randomized (1:1:1) to receive intravenous secukinumab 10 mg/kg (baseline, weeks 2 and 4) followed by subcutaneous secukinumab 150 mg or 75 mg every 4 weeks (starting from week 8) or placebo at the same dosing schedule...
December 2017: Rheumatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134608/factors-that-may-account-for-cardiovascular-risk-reduction-with-a-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-vildagliptin-in-young-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Marc Evans, Plamen Kozlovski, Päivi M Paldánius, James E Foley, Vaishali Bhosekar, Carmen Serban, Angelo Avogaro
INTRODUCTION: In a meta-analysis, we observed a significant 37% relative risk reduction in prospectively adjudicated major adverse cardiac events [MACEs, comprising of non-fatal myocardial infarction, non-fatal stroke, cardiovascular (CV) death] with vildagliptin vs. comparators in younger (< 65 years) patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), while the risk was similar in older patients (≥ 65 years). We carried out an exploratory analysis to identify the patient characteristics and on-treatment effects that may have contributed to the different outcomes in the two age groups...
November 13, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111673/nano-into-micro-formulations-of-tobramycin-for-the-treatment-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infections-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Barbara Porsio, Maria Grazia Cusimano, Domenico Schillaci, Emanuela Fabiola Craparo, Gaetano Giammona, Gennara Cavallaro
Here, nano into micro formulations (NiMs) of tobramycin for the treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa airway infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) are described. NiMs were produced by spray drying a solution containing polymers or sugars and a nanometric Polyanion-Tobramcyin Complex (PTC), able to achieve a prolonged antibiotic release. NiMs properties were compared to TOBI®Podhaler®(Novartis), the only one commercially available dry powder inhalatory formulation based on porous microparticles. Produced NiMs showed adequate characteristics for pulmonary administration, as spherical shape, micrometric size and high cytocompatibility towards human bronchial epithelial cells...
November 7, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083975/factors-associated-with-direct-health-care-costs-among-patients-with-migraine
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Machaon Bonafede, Qian Cai, Katherine Cappell, Gilwan Kim, Sandhya J Sapra, Neel Shah, Katherine Widnell, Paul Winner, Pooja Desai
BACKGROUND: Migraine imposes substantial economic burden on patients and the health care system. Approximately 18% of women and 6% of men suffer from migraine in the United States. This is a heterogeneous group, and little data are available to evaluate factors associated with migraine costs. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate characteristics associated with high costs among commercially insured patients with migraine. METHODS: This retrospective analysis identified patients with migraine in the Truven Health MarketScan Research Databases between January 2008 and June 2013...
November 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079252/effect-of-an-intensified-multifactorial-intervention-on-cardiovascular-outcomes-and-mortality-in-type-2-diabetes-j-doit3-an-open-label-randomised-controlled-trial
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Kohjiro Ueki, Takayoshi Sasako, Yukiko Okazaki, Masayuki Kato, Sumie Okahata, Hisayuki Katsuyama, Mikiko Haraguchi, Ai Morita, Ken Ohashi, Kazuo Hara, Atsushi Morise, Kazuo Izumi, Naoki Ishizuka, Yasuo Ohashi, Mitsuhiko Noda, Takashi Kadowaki
BACKGROUND: Limited evidence suggests that multifactorial interventions for control of glucose, blood pressure, and lipids reduce macrovascular complications and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes. However, safe and effective treatment targets for these risk factors have not been determined for such interventions. METHODS: In this multicentre, open-label, randomised, parallel-group trial, undertaken at 81 clinical sites in Japan, we randomly assigned (1:1) patients with type 2 diabetes aged 45-69 years with hypertension, dyslipidaemia, or both, and an HbA1c of 6·9% (52·0 mmol/mol) or higher, to receive conventional therapy for glucose, blood pressure, and lipid control (targets: HbA1c <6·9% [52·0 mmol/mol], blood pressure <130/80 mm Hg, LDL cholesterol <120 mg/dL [or 100 mg/dL in patients with a history of coronary artery disease]) or intensive therapy (HbA1c <6·2% [44·3 mmol/mol], blood pressure <120/75 mm Hg, LDL cholesterol <80 mg/dL [or 70 mg/dL in patients with a history of coronary artery disease])...
October 24, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
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