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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546037/developing-alternative-over-the-counter-medicine-label-formats-how-do-they-compare-when-evaluated-by-consumers
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Vivien Tong, David K Raynor, Parisa Aslani
BACKGROUND: In recent years, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has proposed implementing a standardized over-the-counter (OTC) medicine label. However, there were mixed consumer opinions regarding a label proposed in 2012 and limited evidence demonstrating the usability of the revised (2014) format. OBJECTIVE: To develop and examine the usability of alternative OTC medicine label formats for standardization, and explore consumer perspectives on the labels...
March 9, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539982/misuse-of-topical-corticosteroids-on-facial-skin-a-study-of-200-patients
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Rohini Sharma, Sameer Abrol, Mashqoor Wani
BACKGROUND: Topical corticosteroids have become available as over the counter drugs and are widely misused for various conditions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to assess the clinical and epidemiological aspects of the unjustified use of topical corticosteroids for facial skin. METHODS: A total of 200 patients with facial dermatoses and topical corticosteroid misapplication daily over face for not less than 30 days were included in the study...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538459/patient-comprehension-and-compliance-survey-to-assess-postoperative-pain-regimens-in-the-orthopaedic-trauma-population
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Anup K Gangavalli, Ajith Malige, Saqib Rehman, Chinenye O Nwachuku
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to determine the groups of patients who are at risk for noncompliance and misunderstanding of their pain regimen. DESIGN: Survey-based cohort study. SETTING: Suburban Level-I trauma center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: A total of 171 patients between the ages of 18-89 years who underwent surgical fixation of fractures involving the pelvis, long bones, or periarticular regions of the knee, ankle, elbow, and wrist...
June 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524293/the-contribution-of-direct-patient-reported-adrs-to-drug-safety-signals-in-the-netherlands-from-2010-to-2015
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Florence van Hunsel, Susan de Waal, Linda Härmark
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of patient reports to signals sent by the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb to the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board and to determine if there are certain types of signals where patient report add a distinct contribution. METHOD: All signals from 2010 until 2015 were included. First, we investigated how many patient reports were present in the signals and the characteristics of these reports compared to the health care professional and marketing authorization holders' reports...
May 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523055/antibiotics-and-over-the-counter-medication-use-and-its-correlates-among-arab-pregnant-women-visiting-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-riyadh-saudi-arabia
#5
Hafsa Raheel, Sulaiman Alsakran, Abdulkhaliq Alghamdi, Majed Ajarem, Salman Alsulami, Afzal Mahmood
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The use of over the counter medications (OTCMs) is a common practice globally. OTCMs are of special concern among pregnant women as they pose risk to the mother and fetus. The objective was to assess the use of OTCMs by pregnant woman, and factors associated with it. METHODS: A cross-sectional study, using a structured self-administrated questionnaire was conducted at the obstetric and antenatal clinics at King Khalid University hospital, Riyadh...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516288/efficacy-and-safety-of-ibuprofen-in-infants-aged-between-3-and-6-months
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Victoria C Ziesenitz, Andreas Zutter, Thomas O Erb, Johannes N van den Anker
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug frequently administered to children of various ages for relief of fever and pain and is approved as an over-the-counter medication in many countries worldwide. Although there are extensive data on its efficacy and safety in children and adults, there are divergent dosing recommendations for analgesia and treatment of fever in infants, especially in the age group between 3 and 6 months of age. In this article, we have assessed the safety and efficacy of ibuprofen use in infants in an attempt to find the optimal method of pain and fever management in this specific age group...
May 17, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512775/a-porphyrin-based-fluorescence-method-for-zinc-determination-in-commercial-propolis-extracts-without-sample-pretreatment
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Gastón Darío Pierini, Victor Hugo A Pinto, Clarissa G C Maia, Wallace D Fragoso, Julio S Reboucas, María Eugenia Centurión, Marcelo Fabián Pistonesi, María Susana Di Nezio
The quantification of zinc in over-the-counter drugs as commercial propolis extracts by molecular fluorescence technique using meso-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (H2 TCPP(4) ) was developed for the first time. The calibration curve is linear from 6.60 to 100 nmol L(-1) of Zn(2+) . The detection and quantification limits were 6.22 nmol L(-1) and 19.0 nmol L(-1) , respectively. The reproducibility and repeatability calculated as the percentage variation of slopes of seven calibration curves were 6.75% and 4...
May 16, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512368/-analysis-of-the-phenomenon-of-over-the-counter-drug-abuse-and-not-controlled-herbs-trade-by-polish-adolescents-part-i
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Daria Suchecka, Jolanta Kucharska-Mazur, Katarzyna Groszewska, Monika Mak, Jerzy Samochowiec, Agnieszka Samochowiec
The phenomenon of stupefying by the use of available over-the-counter drugs (OTC) among adolescents is an essential problem in both Poland and throughout the world. Popular analgesics, cold medicine and antihistamines contain psychedelic substances, such as dextromethorphan (DXM), pseudoephedrine/ephedrine, codeine (methylmorphine), dimenhydrinate, paracetamol (acetaminophren) and others. Cases of fatal addiction to dextromethorphan, one of the active substances contained in medicines, e.g., the common cold, have been reported...
May 16, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503778/a-topical-zinc-ionophore-blocks-tumorigenic-progression-in-uv-exposed-skh-1-high-risk-mouse-skin
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Rebecca Justiniano, Jessica Perer, Anh Hua, Mohammad Fazel, Andrea Krajisnik, Christopher M Cabello, Georg T Wondrak
Nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common malignancy in the United States representing a considerable public health burden. Pharmacological suppression of skin photo-carcinogenesis has shown promise in preclinical and clinical studies, but more efficacious photochemopreventive agents are needed. Here, we tested feasibility of harnessing pharmacological disruption of intracellular zinc-homeostasis for photochemoprevention in vitro and in vivo. Employing the zinc-ionophore and FDA-approved microbicidal agent zinc pyrithione (ZnPT), used worldwide in over-the-counter (OTC) topical consumer products, we first demonstrated feasibility of achieving ZnPT-based intracellular Zn(2+) -overload in cultured malignant keratinocytes (HaCaT-ras II-4; SCC-25) employing membrane-permeable fluorescent probes...
May 15, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503226/consumer-views-on-safety-of-over-the-counter-drugs-preferred-retailers-and-information-sources-in-sweden-after-re-regulation-of-the-pharmacy-market
#10
Tommy Westerlund, Sahra Barzi, Cecilia Bernsten
BACKGROUND: The availability of over-the-counter drugs (OTCs) has increased in Sweden since a re-regulation of the pharmacy market in 2009, through which non-pharmacy retailers became permitted to provide certain OTCs. OBJECTIVE: To examine the adult general public's views on safety, purchasing and information channels, storage and disposal of OTCs in Sweden, three years after the re-regulation of the pharmacy market. METHODS: A questionnaire study in 2012-13 in a stratified, random sample of all inhabitants in Sweden ≥ 18 years old...
January 2017: Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503221/management-of-musculoskeletal-pain-in-retail-drug-outlets-within-a-nigerian-community-a-descriptive-study
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Samirah N Abdu-Aguye, Aishatu Shehu, Ubaidullah I Ahmad
OBJECTIVE: This work aimed to describe attitudes and practices of both community pharmacies and patent and proprietary medicine vendor (PPMV) outlets towards over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic use for musculoskeletal pain states within Zaria, Nigeria. METHODS: The study was carried out in 2 phases from May to August 2016. Phase one was a cross-sectional survey of 40 retail drug outlets (10 community pharmacies and 30 PPMVs). A simulated patient scenario of a young adult male complaining of acute onset back pain was used to collect data on the type and quality of analgesic recommended, duration of consultation, as well as nature of information provided during the drug dispensing process...
January 2017: Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503217/assessment-and-use-of-drug-information-references-in-utah-pharmacies
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Krystal L Moorman, Elyse A Macdonald, Anthony Trovato, Casey R Tak
OBJECTIVE: To determine which drug references Utah pharmacists use most frequently. To determine which types of drug information questions are most commonly asked, and whether Utah pharmacists have access to adequate references to respond to these questions. METHODS: A 19-question survey was created using Qualtrics, LLC (Provo, Utah) software. An electronic survey link was sent to 1,431 pharmacists with a valid e-mail address listed in the Department of Professional Licensing database...
January 2017: Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502251/st-john-s-wort-hypericum-perforatum-induced-psychosis-a-case-report
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Maria Ferrara, Francesco Mungai, Fabrizio Starace
BACKGROUND: St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) has been known for centuries for its therapeutic properties and its efficacy as an antidepressant has been confirmed by a growing body of evidence. During the last two decades it has also come to prominence with a wider public, due to advertising efforts across Europe and United States of America. However, its availability without prescription, as an over-the-counter medication, raises some concern regarding its clinical management and unsupervised administration to individuals with psychopathological risks...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498043/pain-and-pain-management-among-university-students-online-survey-and-web-based-education
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Mimi Mun Yee Tse, Angel Tang, Andrea Budnick, Shamay Sheung Mei Ng, Suey Shuk Yu Yeung
Pain is common among university students. Unrelieved pain has adverse impacts on their quality of life. In this study, a pain management Web site was developed to distribute an online survey and provide Web-based pain education to university students. Participants were recruited from eight universities in Hong Kong using snowball sampling. The online survey included 37 items examining pain situations, pain management strategies, knowledge about self-medication, and demographic data of the participants. A total of 387 students participated and over 90 percent of them reported pain in the past 6 months...
May 2017: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494423/investigating-sources-of-pharmaceutical-pollution-survey-of-over-the-counter-and-prescription-medication-purchasing-use-and-disposal-practices-among-university-students
#15
Christine Vatovec, Emily Van Wagoner, Corey Evans
Pharmaceutical pollution in surface waters poses a range of risks to public health and aquatic ecosystems. Consumers contribute to pharmaceutical pollution via use and disposal of medications, though data on such behaviors is limited. This paper investigates the purchasing, use, and disposal practices among a population that has been researched only minimally to date, yet will determine pharmaceutical pollution for decades to come: young adults represented by a university student population. We employed an online, 21-question survey to examine behaviors related to pharmaceuticals among students at the University of Vermont (n = 358)...
May 7, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489504/validation-of-the-cell-line-ls180-as-a-model-for-study-of-the-gastrointestinal-toxicity-of-mycophenolic-acid
#16
Svenja Heischmann, Uwe Christians
1. Gastrointestinal (GI) intolerability is a concern for drugs such as mycophenolic acid (MPA) and drug metabolism may play a role. Few in vitro models exist that allow for the pre-clinical evaluation of a potential role of drug metabolism in intestinal drug toxicity. Thus, we sought to develop an in vitro model based on the human colon adenocarcinoma cell line LS180 to investigate MPA's negative effects on intestinal cells. 2. Stability of expression of key enzymes of MPA metabolism (UGT1A7, UGT1A9, UGT1A10, UGT2B7, CYP3A4, and CYP3A5), transporters (OATP1B1, OATP1B3, OATP2B1, MRP1, MRP2, and MDR1) and the nuclear receptor PXR over 12 passages in combination with guanosine supplementation to counter MPA's anti-proliferative effects (determined by western blot analysis and proliferation assays, respectively), was established...
May 10, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485090/risk-of-stroke-in-prescription-and-other-amphetamine-type-stimulants-use-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Blanca Iciar Indave, Luis Sordo, María José Bravo, Ana Sarasa-Renedo, Sonia Fernández-Balbuena, Luis De la Fuente, Michela Sonego, Gregorio Barrio
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) are a putative cause of stroke with high abuse potential. We aim to systematically review the association between use of ATS and stroke. DESIGN AND METHODS: To assure a sensitive search strategy, a broad definition of ATS was used. Cochrane Plus, EMBASE, IBECS/Lilacs, ISI WOK, Medline and Scopus were searched through 2016. Three researchers independently reviewed studies (Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology and Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses)...
May 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483009/clinical-and-functional-characteristics-of-nursing-facility-residents-with-opioid-induced-constipation
#18
Carrie Allen, Barbara J Zarowitz, Terrence O'Shea, Catherine Datto, Temitope Olufade
OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to determine the prevalence, clinical characteristics, and treatment differences of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) in older adults with noncancer pain compared with opioid-treated patients without OIC. DESIGN: Retrospective database analysis. SETTING: United States nursing facilities: Patients, Participants, facility residents. INTERVENTIONS: None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Minimum data set and prescription claims, pain, impaired cognition, falls, delirium, and drug treatment...
May 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480175/demographic-and-socioeconomic-characteristics-of-outpatients-could-modify-their-attitude-towards-misusing-medications-in-northern-jordan
#19
Mansour Haddad, Mohamed Elsaed Ebada
BACKGROUND: Potentially inappropriate drug use, including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. It also contributes to unnecessary expenditure on health services. This survey was undertaken to investigate the incidence of drug misuse and associated socioeconomic/demographic characteristics in Irbid, Jordan. DESIGN AND METHODS: The present cross section study was conducted using a validated 5-point Likert scale questionnaire to be self-reported by 480 outpatients visiting clinics in three major medical centres in Irbid, Jordan between 20th October 2015 and 27th November 2015...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Public Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449379/naloxone-rescheduling-in-australia-processes-implementation-and-challenges-with-supply-of-naloxone-as-a-pharmacist-only-over-the-counter-medicine
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Angelo Pricolo, Suzanne Nielsen
ISSUES: Numerous studies and systematic reviews have concluded that naloxone for take-home use is an effective intervention to reduce overdose morbidity and mortality, with few side effects and no abuse potential. One barrier to supply is that naloxone has traditionally been a prescription medication. In May 2015, the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia announced the intention to down-schedule naloxone when used for the treatment of opioid overdose, enabling sale in pharmacies without a prescription...
April 27, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
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