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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225977/identifying-the-incidence-of-rash-stevens-johnson-syndrome-and-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis-in-patients-taking-lamotrigine-a-systematic-review-of-122-randomized-controlled-trials
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Romi Bloom, Kyle T Amber
Lamotrigine is an antiepileptic drug used for the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder and numerous off-label uses. The development of rash significantly affects its use. The most concerning of these adverse reactions is Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis. We performed a systematic review of randomized controlled trials using lamotrigine as a monotherapy to quantify the incidence of cutaneous reactions, particularly Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis. Of a total of 4,364 papers regarding lamotrigine, 122 studies met our inclusion and exclusion criteria...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224170/multicenter-off-label-use-of-nit-occlud-coil-in-retrograde-closure-of-small-patent-ductus-arteriosus
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Keyhan Sayadpour Zanjani, Rodina Sobhy, Rania El-Kaffas, Amal El-Sisi
We studied the safety and efficacy of closing patent ductus arteriosus by Nit-Occlud coils via retrograde approach. This is a retrospective study of 46 attempts to close ducts by this method in two hospitals in Egypt and Iran. Ductus arteriosus was crossed by left or right Judkins or endhole catheters. The coil was delivered via the same catheter or the provided endhole catheter after exchange. The procedure was successful in 42 out of 46 attempts. Fluoroscopy and procedural times were significantly shorter when the catheter was not exchanged...
February 21, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224096/off-label-use-of-sulfur-hexafluoride-in-voiding-urosonography-for-diagnosis-of-vesicoureteral-reflux-in-children-a-survey-on-adverse-events
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Alexander Sauer, Clemens Wirth, Isabel Platzer, Henning Neubauer, Simon Veldhoen, Alexander Dierks, Reinhard Kaiser, Andreas Kunz, Meinrad Beer, Thorsten Bley
AIM: To evaluate the risk profile of sulfur hexafluoride in voiding urosonography (VUS) based on a large cohort of children. METHODS: Since 2011 sulfur hexafluoride (SH, SonoVue(®), Bracco, Italy) is the only ultrasound contrast available in the European Union and its use in children has not been approved. Within a 4-year-period, 531 children with suspected or proven vesicoureteral reflux (f/m = 478/53; mean age 4.9 years; 1 mo-25.2 years) following parental informed consent underwent VUS with administration of 2...
February 8, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223288/off-label-prescribing-of-antidepressants
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EDITORIAL
Daniel R Morales, Bruce Guthrie
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 21, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220945/off-label-mri-in-2017-of-cieds-a-daily-fork-in-the-road-for-implanters-and-the-case-for-common-sense
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EDITORIAL
J Rod Gimbel
Both non-MRI conditional and MRI conditional systems are widely available. Physicians must choose which type of device to place. While off-label MRI can often be done safely, significant administrative and financial burdens remain to the physician posing a significant dilemma as to which device to choose. These issues are reviewed in a detailed direct manner. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 21, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218925/off-label-prescribing-and-polypharmacy-minimizing-the-risks
#6
Laura G Leahy
Off-label prescribing and polypharmacy are commonplace in today's health care environment. Patients are treated with multiple medications obtained through multiple providers, and all too frequently, there is no collaboration amongst professionals. Nurses can address these issues by educating themselves and their patients regarding medication indications and uses, side effects, risks, and benefits. By exploring a patient's medication reconciliation, including over-the-counter agents, and identifying the U.S...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215909/eslicarbazepine-acetate-for-neuropathic-pain-headache-and-cranial-neuralgia-evidence-and-experience
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A Alcántara Montero, C I Sánchez Carnerero
INTRODUCTION: Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL), together with carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine, belongs to the dibenzazepine family. According to the latest clinical practice guidelines, tricyclic antidepressants, dual antidepressants (venlafaxine, duloxetine), and some antiepileptics (gabapentin, pregabalin) are first-line drugs for neuropathic pain; tramadol, lidocaine 5% patches, and capsaicin 8% patches are considered second-line drugs; and strong opioids constitute a third line of treatment...
February 16, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205146/binge-drinking-current-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-issues
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Benjamin Rolland, Mickaël Naassila
The concept of binge drinking (BD) refers to patterns of heavy episodic alcohol consumption, with BD primarily occurring among adolescents and young adults. Several official definitions of BD have been proposed, in particular by the World Health Organization, the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Nevertheless, none of these definitions address the psychosocial and medical consequences of the type of alcohol use seen in BD. In practice, BD can thus correspond to either hazardous or harmful use of alcohol (HUA), while the episodic nature of heavy drinking in BD means that it does not meet the criteria for 'alcohol dependence'...
February 15, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204866/vedolizumab-treatment-for-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-induced-enterocolitis
#9
Viktoria Bergqvist, Erik Hertervig, Peter Gedeon, Marija Kopljar, Håkan Griph, Sara Kinhult, Ana Carneiro, Jan Marsal
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPI), such as ipilimumab [anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) antibody] and nivolumab or pembrolizumab [anti-programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) antibodies], improve survival in several cancer types. Since inhibition of CTLA-4 or PD-1 leads to non-selective activation of the immune system, immune-related adverse events (irAEs) are frequent. Enterocolitis is a common irAE, currently managed with corticosteroids and, if necessary, anti-tumor necrosis factor-α therapy...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203065/oral-drug-therapy-in-elderly-with-dysphagia-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place
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REVIEW
Serena Logrippo, Giovanna Ricci, Matteo Sestili, Marco Cespi, Letizia Ferrara, Giovanni F Palmieri, Roberta Ganzetti, Giulia Bonacucina, Paolo Blasi
Demographic indicators forecast that by 2050, the elderly will account for about one-third of the global population. Geriatric patients require a large number of medicines, and in most cases, these products are administered as solid oral solid dosage forms, as they are by far the most common formulations on the market. However, this population tends to suffer difficulties with swallowing. Caregivers in hospital geriatric units routinely compound in solid oral dosage forms for dysphagic patients by crushing the tablets or opening the capsules to facilitate administration...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203051/a-review-and-update-on-orphan-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-noninfectious-uveitis
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REVIEW
Caiyun You, Haitham F Sahawneh, Lina Ma, Buraa Kubaisi, Alexander Schmidt, C Stephen Foster
INTRODUCTION: Uveitis, a leading cause of preventable blindness around the world, is a critically underserved disease in regard to the medications approved for use. Multiple immunomodulatory therapy (IMT) drugs are appropriate for uveitis therapy but are still off-label. These IMT agents, including antimetabolites, calcineurin inhibitors, alkylating agents, and biologic agents, have been designated as "orphan drugs" and are widely used for systemic autoimmune diseases or organ transplantation...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202365/optimising-the-use-of-medicines-to-reduce-acute-kidney-injury-in-children-and-babies
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REVIEW
L Oni, D B Hawcutt, M A Turner, M W Beresford, S McWilliam, C Barton, B K Park, P Murray, B Wilm, I Copple, R Floyd, M Peak, A Sharma, D J Antoine
The majority of medications in children are administered in an unlicensed or off-label manner. Paediatricians are obliged to prescribe using the limited evidence available. The 2007 EU regulation on the use of paediatric drugs means pharmaceutical companies are now obliged to (and receive incentives for) contributing to paediatric drug data and carrying out paediatric clinical trials. This is important, as the efficacy and adverse effect profiles of medicines vary across childhood. Additionally, there are significant age-related changes in the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic activity of many drugs...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201839/mr-imaging-in-patients-with-cardiac-pacemakers-and-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators
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Torsten Sommer, Wolfgang Bauer, Katharina Fischbach, Christof Kolb, Roger Luechinger, Uwe Wiegand, Joachim Lotz, Ingo Eitel, Matthias Gutberlet, Holger Thiele, Hans H Schild, Malte Kelm, Harald H Quick, Jeanette Schulz-Menger, Jörg Barkhausen, Dietmar Bänsch
This joint consensus paper of the German Roentgen Society and the German Cardiac Society provides physical and electrophysiological background information and specific recommendations for the procedural management of patients with cardiac pacemakers (PM) and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) undergoing magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The paper outlines the responsibilities of radiologists and cardiologists regarding patient education, indications, and monitoring with modification of MR sequences and PM/ICD reprogramming strategies being discussed in particular...
February 15, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199420/clinical-profiles-of-adverse-drug-reactions-spontaneously-reported-at-a-single-korean-hospital-dedicated-to-children-with-complex-chronic-conditions
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Bomi Kim, Sunwha Zara Kim, Jin Lee, Ae Hee Jung, Sun-Hoi Jung, Hyeon-Joo Hahn, Hye Ryun Kang, Dong In Suh
Children with complex chronic conditions (CCC) are presumed to be vulnerable to adverse drug reactions (ADRs). The clinical profiles of ADRs in CCC are not well known. Herein, we aim to describe the ADR profiles in CCC with regard to typical presentations and vulnerable groups. We accessed the ADR yearly reports at a tertiary children's hospital whose practice is mainly dedicated to CCC and descriptively analyzed their clinical profiles according to the presence of a complex chronic condition, ADR severity, and age groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192509/drug-versus-placebo-randomized-controlled-trials-in-neonates-a-review-of-clinicaltrials-gov-registry
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Emilie Desselas, Claudia Pansieri, Stephanie Leroux, Maurizio Bonati, Evelyne Jacqz-Aigrain
BACKGROUND: Despite specific initiatives and identified needs, most neonatal drugs are still used off-label, with variable dosage administrations and schedules. In high risk preterm and term neonates, drug evaluation is challenging and randomized controlled trials (RCT) are difficult to conduct and even more is the use of a placebo, required in the absence of a reference validated drug to be used as comparator. METHODS: We analyzed the complete ClinicalTrials.gov registry 1) to describe neonatal RCT involving a placebo, 2) to report on the medical context and ethical aspects of placebo use...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191376/when-nothing-else-works-fresh-frozen-plasma-in-the-treatment-of-progressive-refractory-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitor-induced-angioedema
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Gerard Chaaya, Faraz Afridi, Arfa Faiz, Ali Ashraf, Mahrukh Ali, Analia Castiglioni
Angioedema is a severe form of an allergic reaction characterized by the localized edematous swelling of the dermis and subcutaneous tissues. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor-induced angioedema (ACEI-IA) is an allergic reaction that can be severe in some cases requiring advanced management measures. Fresh frozen plasma has been used off-labeled in some case reports to improve and to prevent worsening of the angioedema in a few cases of ACEI-IA. We are reporting this case to increase the awareness of physicians and to widen their therapeutic options when encountering this clinically significant condition...
January 11, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185462/-options-of-chemotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-prostate-cancer
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I Richter, J Dvořák, J Bartoš
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer is one of the most common malignancies in men. Chemotherapy has an important role in the management of prostate cancer, especially for the treatment of castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). According to recently published studies, chemotherapy can also be used to treat advanced hormone sensitive disease. AIM: The aim of this report is to review the currently available options for chemotherapy of prostate cancer. RESULTS: Docetaxel is a chemotherapeutic agent used for standard treatment of mCRPC as 1st line therapy...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184292/rituximab-therapy-in-pemphigus-and-other-autoantibody-mediated-diseases
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REVIEW
Nina A Ran, Aimee S Payne
Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody targeting the B cell marker CD20, was initially approved in 1997 by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since that time, rituximab has been FDA-approved for rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitides, such as granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis. Additionally, rituximab has been used off-label in the treatment of numerous other autoimmune diseases, with notable success in pemphigus, an autoantibody-mediated skin blistering disease...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179738/lenalidomide-bortezomib-and-dexamethasone-rvd-regimen-for-multiple-myeloma
#19
Alexandra P Punke, 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...
January 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179246/legionella-pneumophila-pneumonia-possibly-due-to-ustekinumab-therapy-in-a-patient-with-crohn-s-disease
#20
Joaquín Borrás-Blasco, Xavier Cortes, Sergio Fernandez-Martinez, Elvira Casterá, Beatriz Antequera
PURPOSE: A case report of Legionella pneumophila pneumonia associated with off-label use of ustekinumab in a patient with Crohn's disease (CD) is presented. SUMMARY: A 57-year-old man with longstanding CD was hospitalized with a four-day history of fever (38.5 °C), dyspnea, left pleuritic pain, and weight loss (more than 6 kg) about six weeks after beginning treatment with ustekinumab, a human monoclonal antibody approved in the United States for two indications (plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis) and currently under investigation as a potential treatment for CD and other inflammatory disorders...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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