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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432583/can-long-term-pharmacotherapy-prevent-relapses-in-generalized-anxiety-disorder-a-systematic-review
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Marina Dyskant Mochcovitch, Rafael Christophe da Rocha Freire, Rafael Ferreira Garcia, Antonio Egidio Nardi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a persistent anxiety disorder with a high rate of relapse. While several trials have demonstrated the efficacy of pharmacotherapy for GAD treatment, fewer studies have investigated its efficacy in preventing symptom relapse in long-term treatment. The aim of this study is to evaluate if long-term pharmacotherapy may prevent relapses in GAD patients. METHODS: This is a systematic review of the relapse prevention trials with GAD patients...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432472/anti-infective-and-anti-inflammatory-pharmacotherapies
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Mark I Rosenblatt
Ocular infection and inflammation are common and are associated with myriad ocular conditions ranging from mild disease to blinding conditions. There are numerous anti-invectives with spectra against inciting pathogens. Given the potential for ocular infections to rapidly progress initial broad spectrum therapy is usually required, with therapy tailored as microbiological identification and sensitivities become available. The emergence of antibiotic resistance has become a major health problem. Anti-inflammatory therapy can be institutes to prevent ocular symptoms and end-organ damage...
April 22, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430016/the-use-of-intravenous-lidocaine-for-the-management-of-acute-pain-secondary-to-traumatic-ankle-injury
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Billy Sin, Diana Gritsenko, Grace Tam, Kimberly Koop, Eva Mok
Sports-related injuries are a frequent cause of visits to the emergency department (ED) across the United States. A majority of these injuries affect the lower extremities with the ankle as the most frequently reported site. Most sports-related injuries are not severe enough to require inpatient hospitalization; however, they often lead to acute distress and pain which require prompt treatment with analgesics. Approximately 22% of patients who presented to the ED required pharmacotherapy for acute pain management...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429843/pooled-analysis-of-three-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trials-with-rimonabant-for-smoking-cessation
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Jason D Robinson, Paul M Cinciripini, Maher Karam-Hage, Henri-Jean Aubin, Lowell C Dale, Raymond Niaura, Robert M Anthenelli
Despite the withdrawal of CB1 antagonists, such as rimonabant, from the market and from active clinical development because of concerns about their side effect profiles, research suggests that the endocannabinoid system may play an important role in modulating nicotine's effects. We report the combined results, using a pooled analysis, of three previously unpublished trials assessing rimonabant as a smoking cessation pharmacotherapy conducted between 2002 and 2004. Smokers (n = 2097) motivated to quit were enrolled in three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, STRATUS EU, US, and META, which consisted of a 10-week treatment period with either rimonabant 20 mg (n = 789), 5 mg (n = 518; used in only two of the three studies), or placebo (n = 790), in conjunction with brief counseling...
April 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429134/systematic-review-of-quality-of-life-and-functional-outcomes-in-randomized-placebo-controlled-studies-of-medications-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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David R Coghill, Tobias Banaschewski, César Soutullo, Matthew G Cottingham, Alessandro Zuddas
Children, adolescents and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience functional impairment and poor health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in addition to symptoms of inattention/hyperactivity-impulsivity. To synthesize qualitatively the published evidence from randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy on functional impairment or HRQoL in patients with ADHD, a systematic PubMed searching and screening strategy was designed to identify journal articles meeting pre-specified criteria...
April 20, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428816/physical-health-policies-and-metabolic-screening-in-mental-health-care-systems-of-sub-saharan-african-countries-a-systematic-review
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James Mugisha, Marc De Hert, Brendon Stubbs, David Basangwa, Davy Vancampfort
BACKGROUND: There is a need for interventions to address the escalating mental health burden in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Addressing physical health needs should have a central role in reducing the burden and facilitating recovery in people with severe mental illness (SMI). We systematically investigated (1) physical health policies in the current mental health plans, and (2) the routine metabolic screening rates for people with SMI in SSA. METHODS: The Mental Health Atlas and MiNDbank of the World Health Organization were screened for physical health policies in mental health plans...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426786/t140-blocks-the-sdf-1-cxcr4-signaling-pathway-and-prevents-cartilage-degeneration-in-an-osteoarthritis-disease-model
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Kun Wang, Yanlin Li, Rui Han, Guofeng Cai, Chuan He, Guoliang Wang, Di Jia
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common diseases affecting older people; however, there remains no effective targeted drug to combat OA. The aims of this study were (1) to explore the effect of T140 in regulating degeneration of articular cartilage in vivo by targeted blocking of the SDF-1/CXCR4 signaling pathway, and (2) to provide experimental evidence for the development of a novel OA-targeted pharmacotherapy. Thirty-six healthy Hartley guinea pigs were randomly divided into three groups: a T140-treated group (n = 12), a phosphate buffer saline control group (n = 12) and an untreated control group (n = 12)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425103/remains-of-care-opioid-substitution-treatment-in-the-post-welfare-state
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Anna Leppo, Riikka Perälä
This article examines how the amplified role of pharmaceutical substances in addiction treatment affects the everyday realisation of care, particularly the relationship between workers and patients, in so called austere environments. Theoretically the article draws firstly on the literature that links pharmaceuticalisation to the neoliberal undoing of central public structures and institutions of care, and secondly on Anne-Marie Mol's concept of the logic of care. Based on an ethnographic analysis of the everyday life at a Finnish opioid substitution treatment clinic we show the mechanisms through which the realisation of pharmacotherapy can, in the current political climate, result in a very narrow understanding of drug problems and minimal human contact between patients and professionals...
April 19, 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424541/physician-s-recommendation-and-explanation-is-important-in-the-initiation-and-maintenance-of-allergen-immunotherapy
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Young-Hee Nam, Soo-Keol Lee
BACKGROUND: Allergen immunotherapy (AIT) is currently the only immune-modifying treatment for allergic disease. The clinical efficacy of AIT for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma is well documented. However, many factors including inconvenience, cost, side effects, and adherence influence the initiation and persistence of AIT, and patients lack knowledge and have misconceptions about the treatment. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the knowledge, attitude, and satisfaction of patients who received AIT...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422415/impact-of-hospitalization-in-an-acute-geriatric-unit-on-polypharmacy-and-potentially-inappropriate-prescriptions-a-retrospective-study
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Marta Gutiérrez-Valencia, Mikel Izquierdo, Vincenzo Malafarina, Javier Alonso-Renedo, Belén González-Glaría, Beatriz Larrayoz-Sola, María Pilar Monforte-Gasque, Pello Latasa-Zamalloa, Nicolás Martínez-Velilla
AIM: Polypharmacy is a highly prevalent geriatric syndrome, and hospitalizations can worsen it. The aim of the present study was to analyze the influence of hospitalization on polypharmacy and indicators of quality of prescribing, and their possible association with health outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective study of 200 patients discharged from an acute geriatric unit was carried out. Indicators of quality of prescription were registered at admission and discharge: polypharmacy defined as ≥5 medications, hyperpolypharmacy (≥10), potentially inappropriate prescribing by Beers and Screening Tool of Older Persons' potentially inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria, potentially prescribing omissions by Screening Tool to Alert doctors to the Right Treatment (START) criteria, drug interactions and anticholinergic burden measured with the Anticholinergic Risk Scale...
April 19, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422273/a-survey-of-women-s-awareness-of-and-reasons-for-lack-of-postfracture-osteoporotic-care
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Denise M Boudreau, Onchee Yu, Akhila Balasubramanian, Heidi Wirtz, Andreas Grauer, Daria B Crittenden, Delia Scholes
OBJECTIVES: To identify women's beliefs and other factors associated with lack of osteoporosis (OP) pharmacotherapy (OP-RX) during the 6 months after a fragility fracture, including the woman's perspective on fracture risk, OP, and treatment. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Group Health Cooperative, a mixed-model delivery system. PARTICIPANTS: Female Group Health Cooperative enrollees aged 55 and older with an OP-related fracture according to diagnostic and procedure codes from January 1, 2013, to March 30, 2014 (N = 985)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421338/tailoring-pharmacotherapy-to-specific-eating-behaviours-in-obesity-can-recommendations-for-personalised-therapy-be-made-from-the-current-data
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Carl A Roberts, Paul Christiansen, Jason C G Halford
Pharmacotherapy provides an adjunct to behaviour modification in the management of obesity. There are a number of new drug therapies purportedly targeting appetite; liraglutide, and bupropion/naltrexone, which are European Medicines Agency and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, and lorcaserin and phentermine/topiramate, which have FDA approval only. Each of the six drugs, used singly or in combination, has distinct pharmacological, and presumably distinct behavioural, mechanisms of action, thus the potential to provide defined therapeutic options to personalise the management of obesity...
April 19, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420395/characteristics-of-first-time-varenicline-users-a-cross-sectional-study-in-finnish-quitters
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Hanna E Tervonen, Juha H O Turunen, Christine L Baker, Juha Laine, Kari Linden
BACKGROUND: Varenicline is an efficacious medicine for smoking cessation (SC) but little is known about the characteristics of varenicline users. This study examined the characteristics of first-time (naïve) varenicline users in Finland and compared those who had previously used SC pharmacotherapy to those who were trying SC pharmacotherapy for the first time. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Finnish community pharmacies between February 2014 and January 2015...
April 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419972/neprilysin-inhibitors-a-new-hope-to-halt-the-diabetic-cardiovascular-and-renal-complications
#14
REVIEW
Vajir Malek, Anil Bhanudas Gaikwad
Diabetes is an enormous and ever-growing calamity and a global public health threat of the 21st century. Besides insulin and oral hypoglycaemic drugs, blockage of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) denotes a key pharmacotherapy for the management of cardiovascular (CVD) and chronic kidney diseases (CKD), which are the leading causes of disability and death among diabetic patients. Neprilysin (NEP) inhibition, auxiliary to RAS blockage increases the bioavailability of natriuretic peptides and benefits the cardio-renal system...
April 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417479/accp-template-for-evaluating-a-clinical-pharmacist
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Mary Lee, Melissa E Badowski, Nicole M Acquisto, Douglas F Covey, Brian D Fox, Sarah M Gaffney, Stuart T Haines, Michelle L Hilaire, Alexandre Raymond, Marissa C Salvo, Kyle Turner
ACCP is committed to ensuring that clinical pharmacists possess the competencies necessary to deliver comprehensive medication management in team-based, direct patient care environments. These competencies are divided into six essential domains: direct patient care, pharmacotherapy knowledge, systems-based care and population health, communication, professionalism, and continuing professional development. The 2016 ACCP Clinical Practice Affairs Committee has developed an evaluation tool that includes the assessable tasks of today's clinical pharmacists that fall within each domain...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414583/improved-depressive-symptoms-in-adults-with-schizophrenia-during-a-smoking-cessation-attempt-with-varenicline-and-behavioral-therapy
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Corinne Cather, Susanne Hoeppner, Gladys Pachas, Sarah Pratt, Eric Achtyes, Kristina M Cieslak, A Eden Evins
OBJECTIVE: Smoking prevalence rates are elevated in individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD) compared with the general population, with attendant disproportionate smoking-related morbidity and mortality. Pharmacotherapies that improve abstinence rates in this population are underutilized, partly due to concerns about neuropsychiatric safety, particularly for those with comorbid depression or prior suicide attempt. Prospective assessment of the psychiatric safety profile of varenicline in those with SSD is needed...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413969/optimizing-the-management-of-uncontrolled-hypertension-what-do-triple-fixed-dose-drug-combinations-add
#17
Costas Thomopoulos, Georgios Katsimagklis, Stefanos Archontakis, Georgios Skalis, Thomas Makris
Fixed-dose triple drug combinations represent one of the latest innovations of pharmacotherapy for hypertension (HT). They combine a traditional renin-angiotensin system blocker, a diuretic and a calcium channel blocker. The main benefit is the simplification of treatment regimen because 3 different agents are combined at different doses in a single pill. Improving adherence to treatment partly explains why this kind of combination may effectively reduce blood pressure (BP). BP lowering by a single-pill triple-drug combination can be approximately predicted, by using appropriate formulas described in previous meta-analysis of randomized trials...
April 14, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412894/mental-health-treatment-seeking-among-veteran-and-civilian-community-college-students
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John C Fortney, Geoffrey M Curran, Justin B Hunt, Liya Lu, Daniel Eisenberg, Marcia Valenstein
OBJECTIVE: A Web-based survey examined treatment seeking among community college students to inform the design of engagement interventions. METHODS: Veteran and civilian community college students (N=765) were screened for mental disorders and reported perceptions of treatment need, effectiveness, and stigma, as well as service use. Regression analysis identified predictors of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy use. RESULTS: Of the 511 students who screened positive for a current mental disorder or reported a perceived need for treatment (149 veterans and 362 civilians), 30% reported past-year use of psychotropic medications...
April 17, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411899/device-directed-therapy-for-resistant-hypertension
#19
REVIEW
Sinan S Tankut, Ayhan Yoruk, John D Bisognano
Hypertension remains a significant risk factor for an array of diseases despite advancements in pharmacotherapy. Patients with resistant hypertension who do not respond to conventional medical treatments and lifestyle modifications are especially at risk for poor health outcomes. With the increasing awareness of resistant hypertension, ever-evolving research efforts continue to focus on innovative interventions, including renal denervation, median nerve stimulation, and baroreceptor activation therapy. This article reviews the current evidence and summarizes previous clinical trials for each of these interventions...
May 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411897/management-of-essential-hypertension
#20
REVIEW
Keith C Ferdinand, Samar A Nasser
The treatment of essential hypertension is one of the most critical interventions to decrease cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The prevalence of hypertension in the US varies across race/ethnicity with African Americans having the highest prevalence and overall less control among racial/ethnic minorities compared with non-Hispanic whites. Therapeutic lifestyle modifications are the bedrock of essential hypertension control, but most patients with hypertension will require pharmacotherapy, usually with multiple medications often in combination...
May 2017: Cardiology Clinics
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