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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437176/echinocandins-in-ocular-therapeutics
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Akash Patil, Soumyajit Majumdar
Fungal infections of the eye, especially fungal keratitis and endophthalmitis, are major causes of concern and if left untreated could lead to vision loss. Currently, natamycin (polyene antifungal) is the only commercially available topical agent used for the treatment of ocular fungal infections. The other antifungals, belonging to the polyene and azole classes, are used off-label in treating ocular infections and are administered topically, orally, intraocularly, or systemically. Even though their use through the different routes of administration has shown favorable outcomes, challenges such as poor ocular penetration, low bioavailability, ocular toxicity, and systemic side effects limit their utility...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434948/international-and-multidisciplinary-expert-recommendations-for-the-use-of-biologics-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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REVIEW
Jean-François Kleinmann, Florence Tubach, Véronique Le Guern, Alexis Mathian, Christophe Richez, David Saadoun, Karim Sacre, Jérémie Sellam, Raphaèle Seror, Zahir Amoura, Emmanuel Andres, Sylvain Audia, Brigitte Bader-Meunier, Gilles Blaison, Bernard Bonnotte, Patrice Cacoub, Sophie Caillard, Laurent Chiche, Olivier Chosidow, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Claire Daien, Eric Daugas, Nairouz Derdèche, Andrea Doria, Olivier Fain, Fadi Fakhouri, Dominique Farge, Cem Gabay, Sylvie Guillo, Eric Hachulla, Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni, Mohamed Hamidou, Frédéric A Houssiau, Noémie Jourde-Chiche, Isabelle Koné-Paut, Aïcha Ladjouz-Rezig, Olivier Lambotte, Dan Lipsker, Xavier Mariette, Nicolas Martin-Silva, Thierry Martin, François Maurier, Roderich Meckenstock, Arsène Mékinian, Olivier Meyer, Shirine Mohamed, Jacques Morel, Bruno Moulin, Denis Mulleman, Thomas Papo, Vincent Poindron, Xavier Puéchal, Leonardo Punzi, Pierre Quartier, Laurent Sailler, Amar Smail, Martin Soubrier, Agnès Sparsa, Zoubida Tazi-Mezalek, Leith Zakraoui, Stéphane Zuily, Jean Sibilia, Jacques-Eric Gottenberg
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Despite conventional immunosuppressants, active and steroid-dependent systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) represents a therapeutic challenge. Only one biologic, belimumab, has been approved, but other biologics are sometimes used off-label. Given the lack of evidence-based data in some clinical situations encountered in real life, we developed expert recommendations for the use of biologics for SLE. METHODS: The recommendations were developed by a formal consensus method...
April 18, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430735/sodium-tetradecyl-sulfate-a-review-of-clinical-uses
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Helena A Jenkinson, Kelly M Wilmas, Sirunya Silapunt
BACKGROUND: Sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS) is Food and Drug Administration approved for treatment of varicose veins, but numerous other off-label applications have been reported. OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical uses of STS, as well as efficacy and adverse effects. METHODS: Review of studies searchable on PubMed from 1938 to 2016 describing clinical uses of STS to determine efficacy and adverse effects associated with various applications...
April 19, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430672/lamotrigine-uses-in-psychiatric-practice-beyond-bipolar-prophylaxis-a-hope-or-hype
#4
Ahmed Naguy, Najah Al-Enezi
BACKGROUND: Lamotrigine (LAM), an antiepileptic, with panoply of indications and uses in neurology, is FDA approved, in psychiatry, for bipolar prophylaxis. Apart from this indication, trend of its use in psychiatry is on the rise addressing a multitude of disorders. STUDY QUESTION: LAM remains one of only few psychotropic drugs with antiglutamate activity. This might render LAM a potential therapeutic option in treatment-resistant major psychiatric disorders. We reviewed LAM pharmacology and its diverse indications while examining the extant evidence...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427765/easl-clinical-practice-guidelines-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-patients-with-primary-biliary-cholangitis
#5
Gideon M Hirschfield, Ulrich Beuers, Christophe Corpechot, Pietro Invernizzi, David Jones, Marco Marzioni, Christoph Schramm
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune cholestatic liver disease, which when untreated will culminate in end-stage biliary cirrhosis. Diagnosis is usually based on the presence of serum liver tests indicative of a cholestatic hepatitis in association with circulating antimitochondrial antibodies. Patient presentation and course can be diverse and risk stratification is important to ensure all patients receive a personalised approach to their care. The goals of treatment and management are the prevention of end-stage liver disease, and the amelioration of associated symptoms...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427068/intravitreal-steroids-in-diabetic-macular-edema
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Rosangela Lattanzio, Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Francesco Bandello
Over the past decade, great strides have been made in the management of diabetic macular edema (DME). Therapeutic alternatives now include focal/grid laser photocoagulation, vitreo-retinal surgery, and intraocular injection of anti-angiogenic and steroid molecules. Intravitreal administration of steroids represents a fundamental alternative for recalcitrant and naive eyes with DME, especially in those cases when anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents are contraindicated or a treatment regimen with fewer intravitreal injections is required...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427067/intravitreal-aflibercept-in-diabetic-macular-edema-long-term-outcomes
#7
Ugo Introini, Giuseppe Casalino
For decades, macular laser photocoagulation has been the standard of care in the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). With the relatively recent advent of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents, DME treatment has entered a new era. VEGF is a well-known pro-angiogenic and pro-permeability factor involved in the pathogenesis of DME. VEGF blockade has proven remarkably effective at reducing DME and improving visual acuity (VA) in eyes with center involved DME causing VA loss in several randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424499/tamsulosin-for-treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-women-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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H L Zhang, Z G Huang, Y Qiu, X Cheng, X Q Zou, T T Liu
Tamsulosin has been used for the off-label treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women. Over the past few years, several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have reported the clinical effectiveness and safety of tamsulosin for LUTS in women. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to perform a meta-analysis to evaluate the safety and efficacy of tamsulosin in treating LUTS in women, which may resolve some of the current controversies over use of the drug and provide more reliable evidence for the use of tamsulosin...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423702/experience-with-precision-genomics-and-tumor-board-indicates-frequent-target-identification-but-barriers-to-delivery
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Alan H Bryce, Jan B Egan, Mitesh J Borad, A Keith Stewart, Grzegorz S Nowakowski, Asher Chanan-Khan, Mrinal M Patnaik, Stephen M Ansell, Michaela S Banck, Steven I Robinson, Aaron S Mansfield, Eric W Klee, Gavin R Oliver, Jennifer B McCormick, Norine E Huneke, Colleen M Tagtow, Robert B Jenkins, Kandelaria M Rumilla, Sarah E Kerr, Jean-Pierre A Kocher, Scott A Beck, Martin E Fernandez-Zapico, Gianrico Farrugia, Konstantinos N Lazaridis, Robert R McWilliams
BACKGROUND: The ability to analyze the genomics of malignancies has opened up new possibilities for off-label targeted therapy in cancers that are refractory to standard therapy. At Mayo Clinic these efforts are organized through the Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM). RESULTS: Prior to GTB, datasets were analyzed and integrated by a team of bioinformaticians and cancer biologists. Therapeutically actionable mutations were identified in 65% (92/141) of the patients tested with 32% (29/92) receiving genomically targeted therapy with FDA approved drugs or in an independent clinical trial with 45% (13/29) responding...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423206/folic-acid-who-does-what-with-methotrexate
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A Randhawa, R Blair, G Wylie
Methotrexate is a folic acid derivative that inhibits dihydrofolate reductase which has effects on DNA synthesis and cellular replication. In Dermatology, it is licensed for use in recalcitrant psoriasis but is also used off-label in many other conditions.(1) It is given either orally or by subcutaneous injection. Folic acid is usually prescribed alongside methotrexate but there is often variation in prescribing practice. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
April 17, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418641/classics-in-chemical-neuroscience-ketamine
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Marshall W Tyler, Harmony B Yourish, Dawn F Ionescu, Stephen J Haggarty
Ketamine, a molecule of many faces, has contributed immeasurably to numerous realms of clinical practice and scientific inquiry. From anesthesia and analgesia to depression and schizophrenia, it continues to shed light on the molecular underpinnings of pain, consciousness, and the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders. In particular, research on ketamine's mechanism of action is providing new hope in the search for therapies for treatment-resistant depression and affords insights into disorders of glutamatergic dysfunction...
April 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418449/association-of-a-communication-training-program-with-use-of-antipsychotics-in-nursing-homes
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Jennifer Tjia, Jacob N Hunnicutt, Laurie Herndon, Carolyn R Blanks, Kate L Lapane, Susan Wehry
Importance: Off-label antipsychotic prescribing in nursing homes (NHs) is common and is associated with increased risk of mortality in older adults. Prior large-scale, controlled trials in the NH setting failed to show meaningful reductions in antipsychotic use. Objective: To quantify the influence of a large-scale communication training program on NH antipsychotic use called OASIS. Design, Setting, and Participants: This investigation was a quasi-experimental longitudinal study of NHs in Massachusetts enrolled in the OASIS intervention...
April 17, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414152/rituximab-for-immunologic-renal-disease-what-the-nephrologist-needs-to-know
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Andreas Kronbichler, Martin Windpessl, Herwig Pieringer, David R W Jayne
Rituximab (RTX), a chimeric, monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody, is increasingly used in immune-mediated renal diseases. While licensed in the induction treatment of ANCA-associated vasculitis, it represents one of the most commonly prescribed off-label drugs. Much of the information regarding its safety has been drawn from experience in hematology and rheumatology. Ample evidence illustrates the safety of RTX, however, rare but serious adverse events have emerged that include progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy and hepatitis B reactivation...
April 13, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412957/pattern-of-drug-use-among-preterm-neonates-results-from-an-italian-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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A Girardi, S Galletti, E Raschi, A Koci, E Poluzzi, G Faldella, F De Ponti
BACKGROUND: Drug use in preterm neonates admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been investigated, so far, in terms of unauthorized or off-label use; very little is known on the use of combinations of different active substances, which is frequently required in this population (prophylaxis of infections, treatment of concomitant diseases). The aim of this study was to describe the most common patterns of drug use in an Italian NICU, focusing on those with nephrotoxic potential...
April 17, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412804/-status-and-analysis-of-off-label-drug-use-in-department-of-ophthalmology
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F R Han, H Y Zhao, L Li, J W Wang
Objective: To investigate and analyze the status of off-label drug use in department of ophthalmology of Beijing Tongren Hospital. Methods: Cross-sectional study. Prescription evaluation, off-label drug use application and temporary medicine purchase application were collected from January 2013 to March 2015. The off-label use of medication in department of ophthalmology were filtered out and analyzed according to the category of medications, the category of the off-label use of medication and the strength of evidence for the off-label use of medication...
April 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409646/intravitreal-bevacizumab-alters-type-iv-collagenases-and-exacerbates-arrested-alveologenesis-in-the-neonatal-rat-lungs
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Arwin M Valencia, Charles L Cai, Jeffrey Tan, Thomas J Duggan, Gloria B Valencia, Jacob V Aranda, Kay D Beharry
Purpose/Aim: Intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) is an irreversible vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor used off-label to treat severe retinopathy of prematurity in extremely low gestational age neonates. VEGF and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) participate in lung maturation. We tested the hypothesis that intravitreal bevacizumab enters the systemic circulation and has long-lasting effects on lung MMPs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Neonatal rats were exposed to: (1) hyperoxia (50% O2); (2) intermittent hypoxia (IH) (50% O2 with brief episodes of 12% O2); or (3) room air (RA) from birth (P0) to P14...
April 14, 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407277/recurrence-of-thrombin-injected-pseudoaneurysms-under-ultrasound-guidance-a-10-year-retrospective-analysis
#17
Yonah B Esterson, John S Pellerito
OBJECTIVES: Ultrasound-guided thrombin injection has become standard treatment for extremity pseudoaneurysms. Our specific aims were to determine the procedural success rate, the procedural complication rate, and the factors associated with pseudoaneurysm recurrence. METHODS: A total of 262 consecutive cases of ultrasound-guided thrombin repair of pseudoaneurysms were identified between January 1, 2006, and March 20, 2016. The procedural and follow-up ultrasound studies were reviewed...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404567/accidental-hydroxychloroquine-overdose-resulting-in-neurotoxic-vestibulopathy
#18
Peter B Chansky, Victoria P Werth
Hydroxychloroquine is an oral antimalarial medication commonly used off-label for a variety of rheumatological conditions, including systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome and dermatomyositis. We present a case of a 64-year-old woman who presented with acute onset headache, bilateral tinnitus, and left-sided facial numbness and tingling in the setting of accidentally overdosing on hydroxychloroquine. By the next morning, the patient began to experience worsening in the tingling sensation and it eventually spread to her left arm, thigh and distal extremities...
April 12, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403034/national-study-of-off-label-proton-pump-inhibitor-use-among-new-zealand-infants-in-the-first-year-of-life-2005-2012
#19
Mei-Ling Blank, Lianne Parkin
OBJECTIVE: Off-label prescribing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to infants to treat symptoms attributed to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is widely reported, despite evidence that PPIs are no more effective than placebo in relieving those symptoms. To initiate discussion about appropriate prescribing of these drugs for infants, we describe the characteristics of PPI use among infants in New Zealand. METHODS: In this population-based study we used routinely collected dispensing data to identify all children born between 2005 and 2012 who were dispensed a government-subsidized PPI (omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole) before their first birthday...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402533/caregiver-perspectives-about-using-antipsychotics-and-other-medications-for-symptoms-of-dementia
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John William Kerns, Jonathan D Winter, Katherine M Winter, Christine C Kerns, Rebecca S Etz
Background and Objectives: To avoid "chemical restraints," policies and guidelines have been implemented to curb the use of medications for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Antipsychotics have been particularly targeted because of their rare severe side effects. Consequently, caregiver directed non-pharmacologic therapies have increased while medication use for BPSD has diminished. Despite such initiatives, however, antipsychotics continue to be prescribed "off-label" for roughly 20% of nursing home patients...
April 11, 2017: Gerontologist
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