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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146621/effect-of-fda-investigation-on-opioid-prescribing-to-children-after-tonsillectomy-adenoidectomy
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Kao-Ping Chua, Mark G Shrime, Rena M Conti
BACKGROUND: In August 2012, the Food and Drug Administration investigated the safety of codeine use by children after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, culminating in a black box warning in February 2013. The objective of this study was to evaluate the association between the investigation and opioid prescribing to children undergoing these surgeries. METHODS: We identified 362 992 privately insured children in the 2010-2015 Truven MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database who underwent tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy...
November 16, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956681/yellow-oleander-seed-or-codo-de-fraile-thevetia-spp-a-review-of-its-potential-toxicity-as-a-purported-weight-loss-supplement
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Armando González-Stuart, José O Rivera
The Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA), passed by the United States Congress in October of 1994, defines herbal products as nutritional supplements, not medications. This opened the market for diverse products made from plants, including teas, extracts, essential oils, and syrups. Mexico and the United States share an extensive border, where diverse herbal products are available to the public without a medical prescription. Research undertaken in the neighboring cities of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, USA, shows the use of herbs is higher in this border area compared to the rest of the United States...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945045/-real-world-analysis-to-explore-clinical-features-of-shenxiong-glucose-injection-combined-with-other-medications
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Gui-Qian Wang, Yan-Ming Xie, Huan Liu, Yin Zhang, Ping-Ping Jia, Yan Zhuang
To explore the real world clinical medication and combination characteristics of Shenxiong glucose injection. The basic information of patients with Shenxiong glucose injection, traditional Chinese and western medicine diagnosis information, doctor advice information and laboratory test information from the hospital information system(HIS) of 19 tertiary hospitals in China. Apriori algorithm was adopted to establish the models, and Clementine 12.0 was used for correlation analysis to analyze the real world clinical medication and combination characteristics of Shenxiong glucose injection...
January 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944731/the-fda-unapproved-drugs-initiative-an-observational-study-of-the-consequences-for-drug-prices-and-shortages-in-the-united-states
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Ravi Gupta, Sanket S Dhruva, Erin R Fox, Joseph S Ross
BACKGROUND: Hundreds of drug products are currently marketed in the United States without approval from the FDA. The 2006 Unapproved Drugs Initiative (UDI) requires manufacturers to remove these drug products from the market or obtain FDA approval by demonstrating evidence of safety and efficacy. Once the FDA acts against an unapproved drug, fewer manufacturers remain in the market, potentially enabling drug price increases and greater susceptibility to drug shortages. There is a need for systematic study of the UDI's effect on prices and shortages of all targeted drugs...
October 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943819/evaluation-of-safety-in-exceeding-maximum-adult-doses-of-commonly-used-second-generation-antiepileptic-drugs-in-pediatric-patients
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Mindl M Messinger, Sunita N Misra, Gary D Clark, Shannon M DiCarlo
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric patients often require larger doses of antiepileptic drug (AED) than adults in order to attain therapeutic serum concentrations and/or achieve seizure control. Safety and efficacy data are often extrapolated from adult literature; hence, optimal dosage may only be determined anecdotally or based on expert opinion. With limited pediatric dosing guidelines, milligrams per day that are based on weight may exceed the maximum adult dose. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the safety of exceeding maximum doses as specified by the US Food and Drug Administration or manufacturers of commonly used AEDs in pediatric patients...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932272/the-place-of-eluxadoline-in-the-management-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diarrhea
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Sherry Levio, Brooks D Cash
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain associated with defecation with altered stool frequency or stool form. The global prevalence of IBS ranges from 10% to 15% and total healthcare cost attributable to IBS is significant. Among individuals with IBS, the condition has dramatic effects on health-related quality of life, work and school productivity, and activities of daily living. It may be diagnosed with confidence, based on symptom-based diagnostic criteria, exclusion of alarm features and directed diagnostic testing...
September 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860725/approval-rating-and-opinion-of-outpatients-and-general-practitioners-toward-generic-drugs-a-questionnaire-based-real-world-study
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F Mattioli, G Siri, F Castelli, M Puntoni, M L Zuccoli, A Stimamiglio, A Martelli
PURPOSE: Generic drugs use in the Liguria region is higher than the Italian average, but lower than in other European countries. No data exist about real-life prescription and level of awareness of generic drugs. In this study, we analyzed demographic, social, economic and cultural factors that may affect the level of awareness of generic drugs and their effective use. METHODS: We conducted a population survey using a structured questionnaire, administered to a sample of 8 outpatient clinics of general practitioners located in different districts of Genoa (Liguria, Italy)...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854884/a-multi-center-randomized-controlled-trial-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-optimization-of-drug-prescribing-in-an-elderly-population-at-18%C3%A2-months-of-follow-up-in-the-evolution-of-functional-autonomy-the-optim-study-protocol
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Virginie Dauphinot, Elodie Jean-Bart, Pierre Krolak-Salmon, Christelle Mouchoux
BACKGROUND: Pharmacotherapy is necessary for the management of many diseases which number increased with aging. However, potentially inappropriate prescriptions and polymedication increases iatrogenic risks and can lead to adverse events. To limit the consequences of potentially harmful prescriptions, optimization of drug prescribing is a major stake of improving quality and safety of care in the elderly. The purpose of the OPTIM study is to study the impact of the optimization of drug prescribing on the evolution of functional autonomy at 18 months of follow-up...
August 30, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799514/potentially-clinically-relevant-pharmacodynamic-interactions-between-antiepileptic-drugs-and-psychotropic-drugs-an-update
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Edoardo Spina, Jose de Leon
BACKGROUND: Prior articles paid little attention to pharmacodynamic drug interactions (DIs) between antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and the most important psychotropic medications (antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines and lithium) which have potential to be clinically relevant. OBJECTIVE: This article aims to provide an updated review of the potentially clinically relevant pharmacodynamic DIs between AEDs and psychotropic medications. Pharmacodynamic DIs take place directly at the site of action of a drug or indirectly by interfering with another physiological mechanism...
August 9, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756692/the-safety-of-available-treatments-for-chronic-constipation
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Blanca Serrano-Falcón, Enrique Rey
INTRODUCTION: Chronic constipation is a frequent syndrome which, not only causes an appreciable deterioration in quality of life, but also entails a high economic cost due, among other things, to its treatment. This is because of the widespread use of laxatives, even by subjects who have not sought medical care, as well as little patient satisfaction with the treatment. Although this generally involves the use of drugs regarded as safe, there is no clear evidence about their short- and long-term effects, something that complicates appropriate prescription and follow-up by health professionals and hinders therapeutic compliance...
November 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639298/prevalence-patterns-and-factors-associated-with-psychotropic-use-in-older-adults-with-intellectual-disabilities-in-ireland
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M O'Dwyer, J Peklar, N Mulryan, P McCallion, M McCarron, M C Henman
BACKGROUND: People with intellectual disability (ID) are at increased risk of exposure to psychotropic drugs and psychotropic polypharmacy because of the higher prevalence of mental health conditions present and more controversially, the use of these agents to treat challenging behaviours. Despite the fact that many adults with ID are exposed to psychotropic polypharmacy, few studies to date have focused on the patterns of use of multiple psychotropics, or factors associated with psychotropic polypharmacy, particularly in the older population...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597358/working-towards-an-appropriate-use-of-ibuprofen-in-children-an-evidence-based-appraisal
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Maurizio de Martino, Alberto Chiarugi, Attilio Boner, Giovanni Montini, Gianluigi L De' Angelis
Ibuprofen is the most widely used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for the treatment of inflammation, mild-to-moderate pain and fever in children, and is the only NSAID approved for use in children aged ≥3 months. Its efficacy and safety profile have led to its increasing use in paediatric care, even without medical prescription. However, an increase of suspected adverse reactions to ibuprofen has been noted in concomitance with the raised, often medically unsupervised, consumption of the drug...
August 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571505/buprenorphine-implants-in-medical-treatment-of-opioid-addiction
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REVIEW
Steven Chavoustie, Michael Frost, Ole Snyder, Joel Owen, Mona Darwish, Ryan Dammerman, Victoria Sanjurjo
Opioid use disorder is a chronic, relapsing disease that encompasses use of both prescription opioids and heroin and is associated with a high annual rate of overdose deaths. Medical treatment has proven more successful than placebo treatment or psychosocial intervention, and the partial µ-opioid receptor agonist and κ-opioid receptor antagonist buprenorphine is similar in efficacy to methadone while offering lower risk of respiratory depression. However, frequent dosing requirements and potential for misuse and drug diversion contribute to significant complications with treatment adherence for available formulations...
August 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561731/pain-and-opioids-in-cancer-care-benefits-risks-and-alternatives
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Mike Bennett, Judith A Paice, Mark Wallace
Pain remains common in the setting of malignancy, occurring as a consequence of cancer and its treatment. Several high-quality studies confirm that more than 50% of all patients with cancer experience moderate to severe pain. The prevalence of pain in cancer survivors is estimated to be 40%, while close to two-thirds of those with advanced disease live with pain. Progress has occurred in the management of cancer pain, yet undertreatment persists. Additionally, new challenges are threatening these advances. These challenges are numerous and include educational deficits, time restraints, and limited access to all types of care...
2017: American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552051/treatment-and-response-to-statins-gender-related-differences
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Valeria Raparelli, Gaetano Pannitteri, Tommaso Todisco, Filippo Toriello, Laura Napoleone, Roberto Manfredini, Stefania Basili
Response to drug administration is a primary determinant for treatment success. Sex and gender disparities play a role in determining the efficacy and safety of the most commonly used medications suggesting the need for a sex-tailored approach in prescription. Statins are a cost-effective strategy for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. While statins are similarly effective in secondary CVD prevention, some concerns raised by conflicting data reported in primary CVD prevention clinical trials. The small representation of women in clinical trials and the fewer rates of events due to the lower female baseline CVD risk may have conditioned contradictory meta-analysis findings...
2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508787/the-importance-of-gene-drug-drug-interactions-in-pharmacogenomics-decision-support-an-analysis-based-on-austrian-claims-data
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Kathrin Blagec, Wolfgang Kuch, Matthias Samwald
While pharmacogenomic testing combined with clinical decision support has the potential to increase the safety and efficacy of medical treatments, the intake of multiple prescription drugs can - if not sufficiently addressed by decision support solutions - impair the effectiveness of such interventions by modulating the capacity of precisely those enzymes whose function pharmacogenomic tests try to predict. We quantified the potential extent of such drug-mediated mismatches between genotype-derived phenotypes and real phenotypes, commonly called "phenoconversion", by screening claims data from 1,587,829 Austrian health insurance holders of the years 2006 and 2007 for concomitant prescriptions of drugs that can be dosed based on pharmacogenomics, and drugs that modulate enzyme activity...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417456/interventions-to-improve-adherence-to-inhaled-steroids-for-asthma
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REVIEW
Rebecca Normansell, Kayleigh M Kew, Elizabeth Stovold
BACKGROUND: Despite its proven efficacy in improving symptoms and reducing exacerbations, many patients with asthma are not fully adherent to their steroid inhaler. Suboptimal adherence leads to poorer clinical outcomes and increased health service utilisation, and has been identified as a contributing factor to a third of asthma deaths in the UK. Reasons for non-adherence vary, and a variety of interventions have been proposed to help people improve treatment adherence. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of interventions intended to improve adherence to inhaled corticosteroids among people with asthma...
April 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395555/alirocumab-for-the-treatment-of-hypercholesterolaemia
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REVIEW
Giuseppe Della Pepa, Lutgarda Bozzetto, Giovanni Annuzzi, Angela Albarosa Rivellese
Prescription of statins for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) reduction is the standard of care in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease; nevertheless, a large number of patients treated with statins are unable to reach the recommended LDL-C targets. Therefore, there is need for safe and effective novel therapies for the pharmacological management of hypercholesterolaemia, in addition or as alternative to lipid-lowering therapies (LLT) currently in use. Areas covered: In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency approved alirocumab (Praluent®; Sanofi), a fully human monoclonal antibody against proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemic patients unable to meet LDL-C targets, as an adjunct to diet in addition/alternative to LLT...
June 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395097/artesunate-to-treat-severe-malaria-in-travellers-review-of-efficacy-and-safety-and-practical-implications
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REVIEW
Camille Roussel, Eric Caumes, Marc Thellier, Papa Alioune Ndour, Pierre A Buffet, Stéphane Jauréguiberry
Background: Artesunate (AS) is the WHO first-line treatment of severe malaria in endemic countries, in adults and children. However, despite solid evidence that AS is safe and more effective than quinine in endemic areas, its deployment in non-endemic areas has been slow, due in part to the absence of a full good manufacturing practice (GMP) qualification (although prequalification has been granted in 2010). Prospective comparative trials were not conducted in travellers, but several retrospective studies and case reports are providing insights into the efficacy and safety of AS in imported severe malaria...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382197/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-medication-use-factors-involved-in-prescribing-safety-aspects-and-outcomes
#20
REVIEW
Jose Martinez-Raga, Amparo Ferreros, Carlos Knecht, Raquel de Alvaro, Eloisa Carabal
While treatment of patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is based on a multimodal approach that combines medication with specific psychological interventions, pharmacotherapy alone is generally considered an essential and cost-effective element. This paper aims to comprehensively and critically review factors involved in prescribing and medication use in individuals diagnosed with ADHD, focusing on the difficulties facing patients with ADHD seeking treatment, as well as the safety and tolerability aspects of ADHD pharmacotherapies, with particular attention on the cardiovascular adverse events and the potential risk of misuse or diversion of ADHD medications...
March 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
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