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Magnhild Sandberg-Wollheim, Orit Neudorfer, Augusto Grinspan, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Judith Haas, Guillermo Izquierdo, Claire Riley, Amy Perrin Ross, Peleg Baruch, Talya Drillman, Patricia K Coyle
Background: Appropriate counseling and treatment for women with multiple sclerosis (MS) who may become pregnant requires an understanding of the effects of exposure to disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) during pregnancy. Current reports and studies are limited in their usefulness, mostly by small sample size. Branded glatiramer acetate (GA) is a DMT approved for the treatment of relapsing forms of MS. For more than 2 decades, it has been shown to be efficacious and to have a favorable safety profile...
January 2018: International Journal of MS Care
Bijal Shah-Manek, William Wong, Arliene Ravelo, Marco DiBonaventura
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of cancer coupled with approvals of new drugs and technologies used in therapy have brought increased scrutiny to the cost and value of treatments in oncology. To address the rising concern about oncology drug costs, several organizations have developed value frameworks to help assess the value of oncology regimens. The objective of this study was to assess oncologists' perceptions, awareness, and knowledge of all oncology value frameworks in the United States and to understand oncologists' perceptions of affordability in the context of National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Evidence Blocks...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
B Lemons, H Khaing, A Ward, P Thakur
A new sequential separation method for the determination of polonium and actinides (Pu, Am and U) in drinking water samples has been developed that can be used for emergency response or routine water analyses. For the first time, the application of TEVA chromatography column in the sequential separation of polonium and plutonium has been studied. This method utilizes a rapid Fe +3 co-precipitation step to remove matrix interferences, followed by plutonium oxidation state adjustment to Pu 4+ and an incubation period of ~ 1 h at 50-60 °C to allow Po 2+ to oxidize to Po 4+ ...
February 6, 2018: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Wu Men, Jian Zheng, Hai Wang, Youyi Ni, Tatsuo Aono, Sherrod L Maxwell, Keiko Tagami, Shigeo Uchida, Masatoshi Yamada
In order to assess the impact of the Fukushima derived Pu isotopes on seawater, a new analytical method to rapidly determine Pu isotopes in seawater by SF-ICP-MS including Fe(OH)2 primary co-precipitation, CaF2/LaF3 secondary co-precipitation and TEVA+UTEVA+DGA extraction chromatographic separation was established. High concentration efficiency (~100%) and high U decontamination factor (~107) were achieved. The plutonium chemical recoveries were 74-88% with the mean of 83 ± 5%. The precisions for both 240Pu/239Pu atom ratios and 239+240Pu activity concentrations were less than 5% when 15 L of seawater samples with the typical 239+240Pu activity of the Northwest Pacific were measured...
January 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
David B Price, Eran Gefen, Gokul Gopalan, Rosie McDonald, Vicky Thomas, Simon Wan Yau Ming, Emily Davis
INTRODUCTION: Ventolin Nebules® (reference product; GlaxoSmithKline) was the first licensed nebulizer solution containing the rapid-onset, short-acting β2-agonist salbutamol. Salbutamol Steri-Neb™ (comparator; Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) has the same chemical composition as the reference product. This study evaluated whether the effectiveness of the comparator is non-inferior to the reference product alongside concomitant medications during real-life clinical management of COPD exacerbations...
2018: PloS One
Stephen D Silberstein, David W Dodick, Marcelo E Bigal, Paul P Yeung, Peter J Goadsby, Tricia Blankenbiller, Melissa Grozinski-Wolff, Ronghua Yang, Yuju Ma, Ernesto Aycardi
BACKGROUND: Fremanezumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), is being investigated as a preventive treatment for migraine. We compared two fremanezumab dose regimens with placebo for the prevention of chronic migraine. METHODS: In this phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned patients with chronic migraine (defined as headache of any duration or severity on ≥15 days per month and migraine on ≥8 days per month) in a 1:1:1 ratio to receive fremanezumab quarterly (a single dose of 675 mg at baseline and placebo at weeks 4 and 8), fremanezumab monthly (675 mg at baseline and 225 mg at weeks 4 and 8), or matching placebo...
November 30, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
Scott Zeller, Leslie Zun, James V Cassella, Daniel A Spyker, Paul P Yeung
Background: Efficacy of inhaled loxapine 5 or 10 mg in treating agitation was shown using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale - Excited Component (PANSS-EC) in two Phase III randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials in 344 agitated patients with schizophrenia and 314 patients with bipolar I disorder ( NCT00628589, NCT00721955). Aims: To examine the five individual items comprising the PANSS-EC and the percentage of patients achieving a clinical response (reduction of ≥40%) in PANSS-EC (Response-40) for these two studies...
November 2017: BJPsych Open
Mercedes López-Lora, Elena Chamizo, María Villa-Alfageme, Santiago Hurtado-Bermúdez, Núria Casacuberta, Manuel García-León
In this work we present and evaluate a radiochemical procedure optimised for the analysis of (236)U and (239,240)Pu in seawater samples by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS). The method is based on Fe(OH)3 co-precipitation of actinides and uses TEVA® and UTEVA® extraction chromatography resins in a simplified way for the final U and Pu purification. In order to improve the performance of the method, the radiochemical yields are analysed in 1 to 10L seawater volumes using alpha spectrometry (AS) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
David B Price, Roland Buhl, Adrian Chan, Daryl Freeman, Elizabeth Gardener, Clifford Godley, Kevin Gruffydd-Jones, Lorcan McGarvey, Ken Ohta, Dermot Ryan, Jörgen Syk, Ngiap Chuan Tan, TzeLee Tan, Mike Thomas, Sen Yang, Priyanka Raju Konduru, Marcus Ngantcha, Martina Stagno d'Alcontres, Therese S Lapperre
BACKGROUND: Chronic non-specific respiratory symptoms are difficult to manage. This trial aimed to evaluate the association between baseline fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and the response to inhaled corticosteroids in patients with non-specific respiratory symptoms. METHODS: In this double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial, we enrolled undiagnosed patients, aged 18-80 years, with cough, wheeze, or dyspnoea and less than 20% bronchodilator reversibility across 26 primary care centres and hospitals in the UK and Singapore...
November 3, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
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
Jekaterina Truskina, Teva Vernoux
Plants are characterized by their ability to produce new organs post-embryonically throughout their entire life cycle. In particular development of all above-ground organs relies almost entirely on the function of the shoot apical meristem (SAM). The SAM performs a dual role by maintaining a pool of undifferentiated cells and simultaneously driving cell differentiation to initiate organogenesis. Both processes require strict coordination between individual cells which leads to formation of reproducible morphological and molecular patterns within SAM...
October 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Gabriel Grimaldi, Antonio Teva, Claudiney B Dos-Santos, Fernanda Nunes Santos, Israel de-Souza Pinto, Blima Fux, Gustavo Rocha Leite, Aloísio Falqueto
BACKGROUND: Because domestic dogs are reservoir hosts for visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in Brazil, one of the approaches used to reduce human disease incidence is to cull infected dogs. However, the results of controlled intervention trials based on serological screening of dogs and killing of seropositive animals are equivocal. A prophylactic vaccine to protect dogs from being infectious to the sand fly vector could be an effective strategy to provide sustained control. Here, we investigated whether a currently licensed commercial subunit rA2 protein-saponin vaccine (Leish-tec®) had an additional effect to dog culling on reducing the canine infectious populations...
2017: PloS One
Joseph A Goble, Brian Ung, Sascha van Boemmel-Wegmann, Robert P Navarro, Andrew Parece
BACKGROUND: As a result of global concern about rising drug costs, many U.S. payers and European agencies such as the National Health Service have partnered with pharmaceutical companies in performance-based risk-sharing arrangements (PBRSAs) by which manufacturers share financial risk with health care purchasing entities and authorities. However, PBRSAs present many administrative and legal challenges that have minimized successful contract experiences in the United States. OBJECTIVE: To (a) identify drug and disease characteristics and contract components that contribute to successful PBRSA experiences and the primary barriers to PBRSA execution and (b) explore solutions to facilitate contract negotiation and execution...
October 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
M Paz Bermúdez, M Teresa Ramiro, Inmaculada Teva, Tamara Ramiro-Sánchez, Gualberto Buela-Casal
OBJECTIVE: To analyse sexual behaviour, HIV testing, HIV testing intentions and reasons for not testing for HIV in university students from Cuzco (Peru). METHODS: The sample comprised 1,377 university students from several institutions from Cuzco (Peru). The size of the sample was set according to a maximum 3% error estimation and a 97% confidence interval. Ages ranged from 16 to 30 years old. The data were collected through a self-administered, anonymous and voluntary questionnaire regarding sexual behaviour and HIV testing...
September 15, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
Marc-André Gagnon, Karena D Volesky
BACKGROUND: Drug shortages and increasing generic drug prices are associated with low levels of competition. Mergers and acquisitions impact the level of competition. Record merger and acquisition activity was reported for the pharmaceutical sector in 2014/15, yet information on mergers and acquisitions in the generic drug sector are absent from the literature. This information is necessary to understand if and how such mergers and acquisitions can be a factor in drug shortages and increasing prices...
August 22, 2017: Globalization and Health
María Martín-Estebané, Julio Navascués, Ana Sierra-Martín, Sandra M Martín-Guerrero, Miguel A Cuadros, María-Carmen Carrasco, José L Marín-Teva
Microglial cell precursors located in the area of the base of the pecten and the optic nerve head (BP/ONH) start to enter the retina of quail embryos at the 7th day of incubation (E7), subsequently colonizing the entire retina by central-to-peripheral tangential migration, as previously shown by our group. The present study demonstrates a precise chronological coincidence of the onset of microglial cell entry into the retina with a striking increase in death of retinal cells, as revealed by their active caspase-3 expression and TUNEL staining, in regions dorsal to the BP/ONH area, suggesting that dying retinal cells would contribute to the microglial cell inflow into the retina...
2017: PloS One
M Vasile, K Jacobs, M Bruggeman, K Van Hoecke, A Dobney, F Verrezen
The implementation of the one-pass-through separation technique using two stacked chromatography columns of TEVA - TRU resins for the separation of (237)Np, (241)Am, thorium, plutonium and uranium from environmental and urine samples was investigated. The sequential separation technique proved to be successful and gave similar results to those obtained when using individual separations. The analysis time was considerably improved. The amount of chemical waste was also reduced by 50% and the use of HClO4 was avoided...
July 13, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Gracia Etienne, Todd P Pierce, Anton Khlopas, Morad Chughtai, Carlos J Lavernia, Teva Y Vogelstein, Craig M Thomas, Charles S Modlin, Michael A Mont
Due to the increasing diversity within the United States population, there is an ever-increasing need for increased education on cultural literacy and tolerance in medical schools and residency programs. The purpose of this article was to review how a person's culture can play a substantive role in effecting and influencing (1) medical diagnosis, (2) patient and health provider medical decision-making, (3) the patient's perception of disease, and (4) the doctor-patient relationships. Many of the decisions we make as orthopedic surgeons must account for the patient's cultural needs, as much of our work impacts patients' daily activities and function...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Raquel Martin-Arevalillo, Max H Nanao, Antoine Larrieu, Thomas Vinos-Poyo, David Mast, Carlos Galvan-Ampudia, Géraldine Brunoud, Teva Vernoux, Renaud Dumas, François Parcy
Transcriptional repression involves a class of proteins called corepressors that link transcription factors to chromatin remodeling complexes. In plants such as Arabidopsis thaliana, the most prominent corepressor is TOPLESS (TPL), which plays a key role in hormone signaling and development. Here we present the crystallographic structure of the Arabidopsis TPL N-terminal region comprising the LisH and CTLH (C-terminal to LisH) domains and a newly identified third region, which corresponds to a CRA domain. Comparing the structure of TPL with the mammalian TBL1, which shares a similar domain structure and performs a parallel corepressor function, revealed that the plant TPLs have evolved a new tetramerization interface and unique and highly conserved surface for interaction with repressors...
July 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Karen E Anderson, David Stamler, Mat D Davis, Stewart A Factor, Robert A Hauser, Jouko Isojärvi, L Fredrik Jarskog, Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, Rajeev Kumar, Joseph P McEvoy, Stanislaw Ochudlo, William G Ondo, Hubert H Fernandez
BACKGROUND: Tardive dyskinesia results from exposure to dopamine receptor antagonists, such as typical and atypical antipsychotics. If clinically appropriate, clinicians often manage this disorder by lowering the dose of, or discontinuing, the causative drug. There is a significant unmet need for a treatment option that does not disrupt treatment regimens for underlying psychiatric illnesses. We aimed to assess the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of fixed doses of deutetrabenazine-a novel vesicular monoamine transporter-2 inhibitor-in patients with tardive dyskinesia...
August 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
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