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Lara Tânia de Assumpção Domingues Gonçalves de Oliveira, Camila Pontes da Silva, Maria das Vitorias Guedes, Ana Célia de Oliveira Sousa, Flávio Sarno
Objectives: To describe indicators and processes developed and implemented for pharmaceutical assistance at the Einstein Program at Paraisópolis Community pharmacy. Methods: This was a descriptive study of retrospective data from January 2012 to December 2015. Data were obtained from spreadsheets developed for monitoring the productivity and care quality provided at the pharmacy. The evaluated variables were pharmaceutical assistance to prescription, pharmaceutical intervention, orientation (standard and pharmaceutical) and pharmaceutical orientation rate...
July 2016: Einstein
Jamie Suki Chang, Margot Kushel, Christine Miaskowski, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, Emily Hurstak, Kelly R Knight
BACKGROUND: In the United States and internationally, providers have adopted guidelines on the management of prescription opioids for chronic noncancer pain (CNCP). For "high-risk" patients with co-occurring CNCP and a history of substance use, guidelines advise that providers monitor patients using urine toxicology screening tests, develop opioid management plans, and refer patients to substance use treatment. OBJECTIVE: We report primary care provider experiences in the safety net interpreting and implementing prescription opioid guideline recommendations for patients with CNCP and substance use...
October 18, 2016: Substance Use & Misuse
Levon Kocharyan, Lilit Baghdasaryan
OBJECTIVE: About 40% of adult population suffers from arterial hypertension and its complications are in the leading places among overall and cerebrovascular mortality. Despite the broad range of available medications and its combinations, less than half of the patients have adequately controlled blood pressure worldwide. And arterial hypertension has a great social and economic impact. Our goal was to create a program which will give an opportunity for long term control of arterial hypertension and closer follow up...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Erin A Ferries, Aaron M Gilson, Rajendar R Aparasu, Hua Chen, Michael L Johnson, Marc L Fleming
OBJECTIVE:  Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels, leading to overdose-related morbidity and mortality. Patient and regional-level factors are believed to contribute to higher rates of prescription drug abuse. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and factors associated with multiple provider episodes (MPEs) in Texas. METHODS:  This was a retrospective cohort analysis of data from the Texas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database, linked with Texas county census data...
October 15, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Andrew W Roberts, Joel F Farley, G Mark Holmes, Christine U Oramasionwu, Chris Ringwalt, Betsy Sleath, Asheley C Skinner
Controlled substance lock-in programs are garnering increased attention from payers and policy makers seeking to combat the epidemic of opioid misuse. These programs require high-risk patients to visit a single prescriber and pharmacy for coverage of controlled substance medication services. Despite high prevalence of the programs in Medicaid, we know little about their effects on patients' behavior and outcomes aside from reducing controlled substance-related claims. Our study was the first rigorous investigation of lock-in programs' effects on out-of-pocket controlled substance prescription fills, which circumvent the programs' restrictions and mitigate their potential public health benefits...
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
Deborah Dowell, Kun Zhang, Rita K Noonan, Jason M Hockenberry
To address the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States, states have implemented policies to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing. These policies could affect the coincident heroin overdose epidemic by either driving the substitution of heroin for opioids or reducing simultaneous use of both substances. We used IMS Health's National Prescription Audit and government mortality data to examine the effect of these policies on opioid prescribing and on prescription opioid and heroin overdose death rates in the United States during 2006-13...
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
Sarah Larney, Wilson Lai, Kate Dolan, Deborah Zador
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Opioid substitution therapy (OST) is an effective treatment for opioid dependence that is provided in many correctional settings, including New South Wales (NSW), Australia. In 2011, changes to the clinical governance of the NSW prison OST program were implemented, including a more comprehensive assessment, additional specialist nurses, and centralization of program management and planning. This study aimed to document the NSW prison OST program, and assess the impact of the enhanced clinical governance arrangements on retention in treatment until release, the provision of an OST prescription to patients at release, and presentation to a community OST clinic within 48 hours of release from custody...
November 2016: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Cary J Blum, Lewis S Nelson, Robert S Hoffman
BACKGROUND: Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) have emerged as one tool to combat prescription drug misuse and diversion. New York State mandates that prescribers use its PDMP (called ISTOP) before prescribing controlled substances. We surveyed physicians to assess their experiences with mandatory PDMP use. METHODS: Electronic survey of attending physicians, from multiple clinical specialties, at one large urban academic medical center. RESULTS: Of 207 responding physicians, 89...
November 2016: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
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October 2016: American Journal of Nursing
Francis P Lagattuta, Jason Williford, Physician Assistant
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Elizabeth F Nagle, Mary E Sanders, Bethany B Gibbs, Barry A Franklin, Jacquelyn A Nagle, Philip J Prins, Caleb D Johnson, Robert J Robertson
A standardized fitness assessment is critical for the development of an individualized exercise prescription. Although the benefits of aquatic exercise have been well established, there remains the need for a standardized non-swimming protocol to accurately assess cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) in shallow water. The present investigation was designed to assess: 1) reliability of a standardized Shallow Water Run (SWR) test of CRF; and 2) accuracy of a standardized SWR compared with a land-based treadmill test (LTM)...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Dora Lin, Eleanor Lucas, Irene B Murimi, Katherine Jackson, Michael Baier, Shannon Frattaroli, Andrea Gielen, Patience Moyo, Linda Simoni-Wastilla, G Caleb Alexander
AIMS: Physicians' use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) varies by state. Among Maryland physicians, we sought to (1) estimate the PDMP impact on changes in opioid prescribing, (2) approximate the scope of PDMP utility and (3) determine the barriers to PDMP use after its 2013 implementation. DESIGN: Cross-sectional postal survey linking responses to state records of PDMP registration and use; randomly sampling physicians within specialty and registration strata...
September 23, 2016: Addiction
Ayesha Sajid, Aaron Whiteman, Richard L Bell, Marion S Greene, Eric A Engleman, R Andrew Chambers
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Fourfold increases in opioid prescribing and dispensations over 2 decades in the U.S. has paralleled increases in opioid addictions and overdoses, requiring new preventative, diagnostic, and treatment strategies. This study examines Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) tracking as a novel measure of opioid addiction treatment outcomes in a university-affiliated integrated mental health-addiction treatment clinic. METHODS: Repeated measure parametrics examined PDMP and urine drug screening (UDS) data before and after first injection for all patients (N = 68) who received at least one long-acting naltrexone injection (380 mg/IM) according to diagnostic groupings of having either (i) alcohol (control); (ii) opioid; or (iii) combined alcohol and opioid use disorders...
October 2016: American Journal on Addictions
Levon Kocharyan, Lilit Baghdasaryan
OBJECTIVE: About 40% of adult population suffers from arterial hypertension and its complications are in the leading places among overall and cerebrovascular mortality. Despite the broad range of available medications and its combinations, less than half of the patients have adequately controlled blood pressure worldwide. And arterial hypertension has a great social and economic impact. Our goal was to create a program which will give an opportunity for long term control of arterial hypertension and closer follow up...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Philip D Sloane, Kirk Huslage, Christine E Kistler, Sheryl Zimmerman
Antibiotic stewardship is becoming a requirement for nursing homes. Programs should be interdisciplinary and multifaceted; should have support from nursing home administrators; and should aim to promote antibiotics only when needed, not just in case. Recommended components include use of evidence-based guidelines; ongoing monitoring of antibiotic prescriptions, cultures, and study results; monitoring of health outcomes; use of nursing home-specific antibiograms; regular reporting and feedback to medical providers and nurses; and education of residents and families...
September 2016: North Carolina Medical Journal
Rana F Hamdy, Theoklis E Zaoutis, Susan K Seo
Antifungal stewardship refers to coordinated interventions to monitor and direct the appropriate use of antifungal agents in order to achieve the best clinical outcomes and minimize selective pressure and adverse events. Antifungal utilization has steadily risen over time in concert with the increase in number of immunocompromised adults and children at risk for invasive fungal infections (IFI). Challenges in diagnosing IFI often lead to delays in treatment and poorer outcomes. There are also emerging data linking prior antifungal exposure and suboptimal dosing to the emergence of antifungal resistance, particularly for Candida...
September 2, 2016: Virulence
Anastasia Finn, Carolyn Bondarenka, Kathy Edwards, Rebekah Hartwell, Cathy Letton, Andy Perez
BACKGROUND: With the ever growing arsenal of oral chemotherapy agents now available, cancer treatment is being increasingly managed in the outpatient setting. However, oral chemotherapy use is often associated with several potential obstacles and complications. In order to provide optimal patient safety and oral chemotherapy monitoring, our institution implemented an oral chemotherapy program managed by clinical pharmacists electronically through Epic Beacon. OBJECTIVE: To describe implementation of a novel pharmacist-managed oral chemotherapy program and evaluate pharmacist interventions before and after implementation of an oral chemotherapy program...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Sarah L Gold, Kristen Gilmore Powell, Michael H Eversman, N Andrew Peterson, Suzanne Borys, Donald K Hallcom
OBJECTIVES: To explore the high-risk ways in which older adults obtain prescription opioids and to identify predictors of obtaining prescription opioids from high-risk sources, such as obtaining the same drug from multiple doctors, sharing drugs, and stealing prescription pads. DESIGN: Logistic regression analyses of cross-sectional survey data from the New Jersey Older Adult Survey on Drug Use and Health, a representative random-sample survey. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged 60 and older (N = 725)...
August 26, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Nicola Principi, Susanna Esposito
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics are among the drugs most commonly prescribed to children in hospitals and communities. Unfortunately, a great number of these prescriptions are unnecessary or inappropriate. Antibiotic abuse and misuse have several negative consequences, including drug-related adverse events, the emergence of multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens, the development of Clostridium difficile infection, the negative impact on microbiota, and undertreatment risks. In this paper, the principle of and strategies for paediatric antimicrobial stewardship (AS) programs, the effects of AS interventions and the common barriers to development and implementation of AS programs are discussed...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Luis Cuadros, Hilmy Ismail, Kwok Ho
BACKGROUND: There are a number of commercially available heart rate (HR) monitors on the market. The reliability of these monitors has had varying results. To the best of our knowledge, there are no telemonitoring services utilizing these devices for perioperative prehabilitation services for patients undergoing major surgery. The goal of this study is to pilot the MYZONE(®) MZ-3 HR monitor to assess its level of reliability to provide a feasible telephysiotherapy prehabilitation service through prescription-based exercise programs to patients presenting for major cancer surgery within our leading oncological health service...
August 18, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
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