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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-Falcon, 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...
July 31, 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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V Raparelli, G Pannitteri, T Todisco, F Toriello, L Napoleone, R Manfredini, S 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 common 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...
November 17, 2016: 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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332372/efficacy-and-safety-of-different-aceclofenac-treatments-for-chronic-lower-back-pain-prospective-randomized-single-center-open-label-clinical-trials
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Jae Ho Yang, Kyung Soo Suk, Byung Ho Lee, Woo Chul Jung, Young Mi Kang, Ji Hye Kim, Hak Sun Kim, Hwan Mo Lee, Seong Hwan Moon
PURPOSE: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are a mainstay for medical treatment of chronic lower back pain (CLBP). Increased dose intervals for medication have been associated with increased patient adherence to prescriptions. The purpose of this clinical trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of a once daily dose of aceclofenac controlled release (CR) and a twice daily dose of aceclofenac for CLBP management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective, randomized, single center, open-label clinical trial was performed to compare the efficacy and safety of aceclofenac CR (200 mg once daily) to aceclofenac dose (100 mg twice daily)...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274355/topical-treatments-for-acne
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Marita Kosmadaki, Andreas Katsambas
Topical drugs have been used successfully to treat acne for decades. This review discusses the use, efficacy, and safety of options available via prescription. Topical antibiotics, dapsone, benzyl peroxide, azelaic acid, and topical retinoids are included. Topical antibiotics should not be used as monotherapy but rather be combined with other agents to avoid resistant Propionibacterium acnes strains. Benzoyl peroxide is effective in preventing bacteria resistance. Topical retinoids address primarily the comedonal but also the inflammatory lesions of acne...
March 2017: Clinics in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264021/antimicrobial-use-in-paediatric-patients-in-a-teaching-hospital-in-ethiopia
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Hafte Kahsay Kebede, Hailay Abrha Gesesew, Tewodros Eyob Woldehaimanot, Kabaye Kumela Goro
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics use in in children are different from adults due to a lack of data on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, efficacy and safety of drugs, different physiological spectrum, pediatrics populations being vulnerable to the majority of the illnesses, and the adverse effect of their irrational use is more serious. However, antibiotic use is not explored much in a paediatric population. The current study focused on antibiotic use among pediatric population using data from a tertiary hospital in Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144200/efficacy-and-safety-of-oral-spray-containing-lysozyme-and-cetylpyridinium-subjective-determination-of-patients-with-tonsillopharyngitis
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Tarik Catic, Meliha Mehic, Zahida Binakaj, Bilsena Sahman, Vedina Cordalija, Amra Kerla, Igor Martinovic, Hajra Eskic
INTRODUCTION: Tonsillopharyngitis (sore throat) is a common disease mainly related to the seasonal common cold. To relieve unpleasant symptoms and discomfort of acute tonsillopharyngitis associated with common cold, patients usually take some non-prescription drugs. THE AIM: The primary aim of this study was to assess subjective determinations of the efficacy and the safety/tolerability of an oral spray comprising a combination of lysozyme chloride and cetylpyridinium chloride in those patients...
December 2016: Materia Socio-medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005034/-treatment-for-acute-respiratory-viral-infection-and-influenza-in-daily-clinical-practice-results-of-the-multicenter-international-observational-flu-ee-study
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V Kh Fazylov, I G Sitnikov, E V Silina, S B Shevchenko, L N Mozhina, L L Zamyatina, G A Eganyan, L G Groppa, B M Korsantiya
PURPOSE: To study the clinical aspects of influenza and acute respiratory viral infection (ARVI) in routine clinical practice, with efficacy and safety of the antiviral therapy evaluation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In the large multicenter prospective observational study were enrolled 18,946 patients aged 18 to 93 years with previously determined diagnosis of influenza or ARVI from 262 outpatient sites in Russia, Armenia, Moldova and Georgia. According to study design, 3 visits were evaluated...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957697/benefit-of-slit-and-scit-for-allergic-rhinitis-and-asthma
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REVIEW
Giovanni Passalacqua, Giorgio Walter Canonica, Diego Bagnasco
Allergen immunotherapy (AIT) has been in use since more than one century, when Leonard Noon experimentally proved its efficacy in hayfever (Noon, in Lancet 1:1572-3, 1911). Since then, AIT was administered only as subcutaneous injections (SCIT) until the sublingual route (SLIT) was proposed in 1986. The use of SLIT was proposed following several surveys from the USA and UK that repeatedly reported fatalities due to SCIT (Lockey et al. in J Allergy Clin Immunol 75(1): 166, 1985; Lockey et al. in J Allergy Clin Immunol 660-77, 1985; Committee on the safety of medicines...
November 2016: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
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