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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439135/assessment-of-direct-oral-anticoagulant-prescribing-and-monitoring-pre-and-post-implementation-of-a-pharmacy-protocol-at-a-community-teaching-hospital
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Christina Miele, Mary Taylor, Aditi Shah
Background: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have become popular alternatives to vitamin K antagonists for the treatment and prevention of thromboembolic diseases; however, there are limited data regarding the appropriate use of DOACs in clinical practice. To ensure safety and efficacy of these medications, it is important that decisions regarding their use in patients rely on the available evidence. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the appropriateness of DOAC prescribing in adult patients before and after the implementation of a pharmacist-driven DOAC protocol...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439132/idelalisib-and-rituximab-regimen
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A Kacee Barnett, J Aubrey Waddell, Dominic A Solimando
The complexity of cancer chemotherapy requires pharmacists be familiar with the complicated regimens and highly toxic agents used. This column reviews various issues related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of antineoplastic therapy, and the agents, both commercially available and investigational, used to treat malignant diseases. Questions or suggestions for topics should be addressed to Dominic A. Solimando, Jr, President, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Inc., 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-545, Arlington, VA 22203, e-mail: OncRxSvc@comcast...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436158/collaborating-on-medication-errors-in-nursing
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Marketa Marvanova, Paul J Henkel
BACKGROUND: Nurse educators are faced with changing roles and expanding responsibilities for medication administration and monitoring in pursuit of improved patient safety. The aims of this study were to develop, implement and evaluate clinical simulation experiences that included, along with nursing faculty members, a pharmacist educator for the teaching of preventable medication errors in undergraduate nursing education. METHODS: Four clinical simulation scenarios using high-fidelity patient simulators were developed focusing on select medication problems in nursing practice...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435320/identification-prevalence-and-treatment-of-painful-diabetic-neuropathy-in-patients-from-a-rural-area-in-south-carolina
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Jimmy Pruitt, Carolina Moracho-Vilrriales, Tiffaney Threatt, Sarah Wagner, Jun Wu, E Alfonso Romero-Sandoval
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) represents significant burdens to many patients and the public health-care system. Patients with diabetes in rural areas have higher risk of developing complications and having less access to proper treatment. We studied a rural population of patients with diabetes who attended a pharmacist-led free clinic for a diabetic education program. Our objectives were to 1) determine the prevalence of DPN and painful diabetic neuropathy (p-DN) in patients with type 2 diabetes; 2) assess the proportion of patients with DPN and p-DN left undocumented upon physician referral to a pharmacist-led free clinic; and 3) determine the appropriateness of pain medication regimen...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431157/agreement-between-renal-prescribing-references-and-determination-of-prescribing-appropriateness-in-hospitalised-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Niamh Allen, John O'Regan, Edwina Payne-Danson, Lise Mentre, Dawn Davin, Peter Lavin, Tamasine Grimes
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a risk factor for adverse drug events. The clinical significance of discordance between renal prescribing references is unknown. Aim: We determined the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in CKD, measured agreement between two prescribing references, and assessed potential for harm consequent to PIP. Design: Single-centre observational study. Methods: A random sample of hospitalised patients with CKD were grouped according to baseline CKD stage (3, 4, or 5)...
April 18, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429248/time-in-therapeutic-range-as-a-marker-for-thrombotic-and-bleeding-outcomes-in-fontan-patients
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Jenna M Faircloth, Kristin M Miner, Tarek Alsaied, Nicole Nelson, Julie Ciambarella, Tomoyuki Mizuno, Joseph S Palumbo, Alexander A Vinks, Gruschen R Veldtman
Fontan patients managed with warfarin are at risk not only for thrombotic events, but also for bleeding episodes as a consequence of anticoagulation treatment. The aim of this study was to determine whether time spent in patient specified therapeutic range (TTR), when managed in a cardiology-based pharmacist managed anticoagulation clinic (PMAC), is a useful target metric for monitoring, as well as improving outcomes. A single center retrospective review was conducted evaluating TTR of all Fontan patients (n = 45) on warfarin managed in our outpatient cardiology pharmacist managed anticoagulation clinic (PMAC) during a 19 month time frame...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428644/-how-to-evaluate-the-application-of-clinical-governance-tools-in-the-management-of-hospitalized-hyperglycemic-patients-results-of-a-multicentric-study
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Antonio Giulio De Belvis, Maria Lucia Specchia, Anna Maria Ferriero, Silvio Capizzi
Risk management is a key tool in Clinical Governance. Our project aimed to define, share, apply and measure the impact of tools and methodologies for the continuous improvement of quality of care, especially in relation to the multi-disciplinary and integrated management of the hyperglycemic patient in hospital settings. A training project, coordinated by a scientific board of experts in diabetes and health management and an Expert Meeting with representatives of all the participating centers was launched in 2014...
January 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428504/-assessment-and-strategy-for-nociceptive-pain-in-cancer
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Gakuji Osawa, Etsuko Aruga
Pain is classified as either nociceptive pain, which results from a nociceptor stimulation, or neuropathic pain, which results from a lesion of the neural pathway. Clinically, in many cases, pain consists of a single origin but multiple origins are also possible. In this paper, we outline an assessment and strategy for nociceptive pain in cancer. The onset time, location, feature, strength, and etiology were included as categories for the assessment of pain. Furthermore, we added a psychosocial assessment to the physical assessment, which ensured comprehensive pain evaluation...
April 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427898/pharmacist-impact-on-pediatric-vaccination-errors-and-missed-opportunities-in-the-setting-of-clinical-decision-support
#9
Kelly A Wise, Sonya J Sebastian, Anna C Haas-Gehres, Melissa D Moore-Clingenpeel, Kristen E Lamberjack
OBJECTIVE: To determine pharmacist impact on vaccination errors and missed opportunities in the pediatric primary care setting with the presence of clinical decision support (CDS) by comparing a clinic with a pharmacist and CDS to a clinic with CDS alone. DESIGN: A retrospective chart review of patients' electronic medical records compared vaccination errors and missed opportunities between 2 pediatric primary care clinics. SETTING: Two urban, pediatric primary care clinics were selected for the study...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426688/vancomycin-associated-acute-kidney-injury-a-cross-sectional-study-from-a-single-center-in-china
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Kunming Pan, Lingyun Ma, Qian Xiang, Xueying Li, Haixia Li, Ying Zhou, Li Yang, Yimin Cui
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the current situation of vancomycin (VAN)-associated acute kidney injury (VA-AKI) in China and identify the risk factors for VA-AKI, as well as to comprehensively examine the risk related to concurrent drug use. Further, we assessed the outcomes of patients who developed VA-AKI and the risk factors for these outcomes. Finally, we aimed to provide suggestions for improving the prevention and treatment of VA-AKI in China. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study of inpatients who had been treated with VAN between January 2013 and December 2013 at Peking University First Hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420596/the-behaviors-and-experiences-of-the-community-pharmacy-team-on-the-provision-of-multi-compartment-compliance-aids
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Derek Stewart, Craig McDonald, Joan MacLeod, Katie MacLure, Gwen Gray, Trudi McIntosh
BACKGROUND: Multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) are repackaging systems for solid dosage form medicines. Acknowledging the lack of evidence that MCAs improve adherence or clinical outcomes, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has expressed concern that MCAs have 'become regarded as a panacea for medicines use'. OBJECTIVES: To determine the behaviors and experiences of the community pharmacy team around MCA provision. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 26 community pharmacies in the north east of Scotland...
April 9, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
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/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/28416498/deprescribing-anticholinergic-and-sedative-medicines-protocol-for-a-feasibility-trial-defeat-polypharmacy-in-residential-aged-care-facilities
#14
Nagham Ailabouni, Dee Mangin, Prasad S Nishtala
INTRODUCTION: Targeted deprescribing of anticholinergic and sedative medicines can lead to positive health outcomes in older people; as they have been associated with cognitive and physical functioning decline. This study will examine whether the proposed intervention is feasible at reducing the prescription of anticholinergic and sedative medicines in older people. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Interventional trials (SPIRIT checklist) was used to develop and report the protocol...
April 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413148/incorporating-site-less-clinical-trials-into-drug-development-a-framework-for-action
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Irl B Hirsch, Joe Martinez, E Ray Dorsey, Gerald Finken, Alexander Fleming, Chris Gropp, Philip Home, Daniel I Kaufer, Spyros Papapetropoulos
PURPOSE: Options for leveraging available telemedicine technologies, ranging from simple webcams and telephones to smartphone apps and medical-grade wearable sensors, are evolving faster than the culture of clinical research. Until recently, most clinical trials relied on paper-based processes and technology. This cost- and labor-intensive system, while slowly changing, remains an obstacle to new drug development. Alternatives that use existing tools and processes for collecting real-world data in home settings warrant closer examination...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405255/medication-management-of-chronic-pain-a-comparison-of-2-care-delivery-models
#16
Marlene Slipp, Robert Burnham
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of chronic pain is high and increasing. Medication management is an important component of chronic pain management. There is a shortage of physicians who are available and comfortable providing this service. In Alberta, pharmacists have been granted an advanced scope of practice. Given this empowerment, their availability, training and skill set, pharmacists are well positioned to play an expanded role in the medication management of chronic pain sufferers. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness and cost of a physician-only vs a pharmacist-physician team model of medication management for chronic nonmalignant pain sufferers...
March 2017: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400646/role-of-clinical-pharmacist-in-cosmeto-vigilance-of-misuse-and-abuse-of-topical-corticosteroids
#17
K T Ashique, Dilip Chandrasekhar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400251/a-survey-of-pharmacists-preparedness-for-provider-status-implementation
#18
Erica M Tolle, Ali Azeez Ali Al Jumali, Christine M Catney, Randal P McDonough, Stevie Veach, William R Doucette
OBJECTIVES: 1) To measure pharmacists' preparedness for the implementation of provider status; and 2) to measure pharmacists' perceived stakeholder readiness for provider status implementation. METHODS: An anonymous 24-item electronic survey was sent to a convenience sample of approximately 1500 licensed Iowa pharmacists. They were contacted by means of their membership in the Iowa Pharmacists Association, 1 of 6 regional associations; Drake University and University of Iowa faculty listservs; and the University of Iowa alumni office...
April 8, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399844/implementation-of-a-pragmatic-randomized-trial-of-screening-for-chronic-kidney-disease-to-improve-care-among-non-diabetic-hypertensive-veterans
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Carmen A Peralta, Martin Frigaard, Anna D Rubinsky, Leticia Rolon, Lowell Lo, Santhi Voora, Karen Seal, Delphine Tuot, Shirley Chao, Kimberly Lui, Phillip Chiao, Neil Powe, Michael Shlipak
BACKGROUND: Whether screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD) can improve the care of persons at high risk for complications remains uncertain. We describe the design and early implementation experience of a pilot, cluster-randomized pragmatic trial to evaluate the feasibility, implementation, and effectiveness of a "triple marker" CKD screening program (creatinine, cystatin C and albumin to creatinine ratio) for improving care among hypertensive veterans seen in primary care at one Veterans Administration Hospital...
April 12, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395874/-which-useful-apps-are-installed-on-my-smartphone-as-a-clinical-pharmacist
#20
F Mille, J-E Fontan, P Bedouch
Since the advent of PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), smartphones and Apps have been widely adopted by medical professionals. This craze has increased since 2007 and the first generation iPhone. In this context, 3 questions emerged for the pharmacist that we studied in this review: (1) What Apps are available for practice and how to find them? (2) What is useful for practice? (3) What precautions should be taken?
April 8, 2017: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
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