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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317327/a-research-agenda-for-moving-early-medical-pregnancy-termination-over-the-counter
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REVIEW
Nathalie Kapp, Daniel Grossman, Emily Jackson, Laura Castleman, Dalia Brahmi
Given the overall safety profile and increasing availability of medical pregnancy termination drugs, we asked: would the mifepristone-misoprostol regimen for medical termination at ≤10 weeks gestation meet U.S. FDA regulatory criteria for over-the-counter (OTC) approval, and if not, what are the present research gaps? We conducted a literature review of consumer behaviors necessary for a successful OTC application for medical termination ≤10 weeks and identified crucial research gaps. If we were to embark on a development program for OTC or more generally, self-use of medical termination, the critical elements missing are the label comprehension, self -selection and actual use studies...
March 19, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314704/over-the-counter-access-to-oral-contraceptives-for-adolescents
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REVIEW
Krishna K Upadhya, John S Santelli, Tina R Raine-Bennett, Melissa J Kottke, Daniel Grossman
Oral contraceptives (OCs) are used by millions of women in the U.S. The requirement to obtain OCs by prescription from a clinician may serve as a barrier to contraceptive initiation and continuation for women, in particular adolescents. Over-the-counter (OTC) availability would reduce this barrier and could further reduce unintended pregnancy rates. This review explores the scientific issues and regulatory processes involved in switching OCs to OTC status for minor adolescents. We review: (1) the regulatory criteria for switching a drug to OTC status; (2) risk of pregnancy and safety during use of OCs including combined oral contraceptives and progestin-only pills for adolescents; (3) the ability of adolescents to use OCs consistently and correctly; (4) OTC access to OCs and potential effect on sexual risk behaviors; and (5) the potential for reduced opportunities for clinicians to counsel and provide recommended reproductive health care to adolescents...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290947/widespread-use-of-prescription-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-among-u-s-army-active-duty-soldiers
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Leila A Walker, Edward J Zambraski, Roger F Williams
INTRODUCTION: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat pain and inflammation by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis. There is a high incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in the military, which would validate the widespread use of NSAIDs. This study determined the amount and specific types of NSAIDs being prescribed to U.S. Army active duty soldiers. METHODS AND MATERIALS: This study was a quantitative study which utilized an existing database of de-identified data; therefore, institutional review board approval was not required...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279072/aspirin-in-older-adults
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Mandi Sehgal, Sarah K Wood, Joseph G Ouslander, Charles H Hennekens
In the treatment or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), there is general consensus that the absolute benefits of aspirin far outweigh the absolute risks. Despite evidence from randomized trials and their meta-analyses, older adults, defined as aged 65 years or older, are less likely to be prescribed aspirin than their middle-aged counterparts. In primary prevention, the optimal utilization of aspirin is widely debated. There is insufficient randomized evidence among apparently healthy participants at moderate to high risk of a first CVD event, so general guidelines seem premature...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258657/intravesical-liposome-therapy-for-interstitial-cystitis
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REVIEW
Pradeep Tyagi, Mahendra Kashyap, Tsuyoshi Majima, Naoki Kawamorita, Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa, Naoki Yoshimura
Over the past two decades, there has been lot of interest in the use of liposomes as lipid-based biocompatible carriers for drugs administered by the intravesical route. The lipidic bilayer structure of liposomes facilitates their adherence to the apical membrane surface of luminal cells in the bladder, and their vesicular shape allows them to co-opt the endocytosis machinery for bladder uptake after instillation. Liposomes have been shown to enhance the penetration of both water-soluble and insoluble drugs, toxins, and oligonucleotides across the bladder epithelium...
March 4, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242966/over-the-counter-mtp-pills-and-its-impact-on-women-s-health
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Sarojini, T R Ashakiran, B T Bhanu, Radhika
OBJECTIVES: To study the complications and consequences including maternal morbidity and mortality following indiscriminate self-consumption of abortion pills reporting to a tertiary care center. METHODOLOGY: This is an observational study conducted at Vanivilas hospital between January 2012 to December 2013 for 24 months. After applying inclusion and exclusion criteria, 104 women were studied with respect to period of gestation, parity, clinical features at presentation and management in the institution...
February 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235402/anti-mycobacteria-potential-and-synergistic-effects-of-combined-crude-extracts-of-selected-medicinal-plants-used-by-bapedi-traditional-healers-to-treat-tuberculosis-related-symptoms-in-limpopo-province-south-africa
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Nancy Patience Motlalepula Komape, Victor Patrick Bagla, Prudence Kabongo-Kayoka, Peter Masoko
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is an infectious communicable disease and the causative agent of the disease has over the years developed resistance to streamline chemotherapeutic agents with dire consequences and there is a need for development of new and more potent alternatives. METHODS: Constituents of leaves material of Combretum heroroense, Citrus lemon and Apodytes dimidiata were serially extracted using solvents of varying polarity. TLC finger print profile of the different extracts were determined by spraying eluted plates with vanillin sulphuric acid and 2, 2- diphenylpicryl hydrazyl (DPPH) for the presence of antioxidant constituents...
February 24, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218925/off-label-prescribing-and-polypharmacy-minimizing-the-risks
#8
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/28205376/drug-drug-interactions-in-pediatric-oncology-patients
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T E Balk, I H van der Sijs, T van Gelder, J J B Janssen, I M van der Sluis, R W F van Leeuwen, F K Engels
BACKGROUND: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) can negatively affect pharmacotherapy. However, pediatric DDI studies are scarce. We undertook an exploratory study to investigate prevalence and clinical relevance of DDIs between cytostatic and noncytostatic drugs in outpatient pediatric oncology patients. PROCEDURE: After informed consent and inclusion, the following information was collected: currently prescribed noncytostatic and cytostatic drugs, comorbidities, and use of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), and dietary supplements...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196633/old-and-new-oral-anticoagulants-food-herbal-medicines-and-drug-interactions
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REVIEW
Alessandro Di Minno, Beatrice Frigerio, Gaia Spadarella, Alessio Ravani, Daniela Sansaro, Mauro Amato, Joseph P Kitzmiller, Mauro Pepi, Elena Tremoli, Damiano Baldassarre
The most commonly prescribed oral anticoagulants worldwide are the vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) such as warfarin. Factors affecting the pharmacokinetics of VKAs are important because deviations from their narrow therapeutic window can result in bleedings due to over-anticoagulation or thrombosis because of under-anticoagulation. In addition to pharmacodynamic interactions (e.g., augmented bleeding risk for concomitant use of NSAIDs), interactions with drugs, foods, herbs, and over-the-counter medications may affect the risk/benefit ratio of VKAs...
February 5, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193274/evaluation-of-medicines-dispensing-pattern-of-private-pharmacies-in-rajshahi-bangladesh
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Shuvashis Saha, Md Tawhid Hossain
BACKGROUND: In developing country like BANGLADESH, people depend more on pharmacies due to expediency, shorter waiting time, cost reduction, availability of credit and flexible opening hours. The aim of this study was to investigate medicines dispensing patterns of the pharmacies in RAJSHAHI, BANGLADESH and to identify and analyze contribution of drugsellers and quacks in irrational drug use. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted during January 2016 - April, 2016 in 75 randomly selected private pharmacies including both licensed and unlicensed pharmacies of covering LAKSHMIPUR area...
February 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187744/medication-use-by-middle-aged-and-older-participants-of-an-exercise-study-results-from-the-brain-in-motion-study
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Tania Pannu, Sarah Sharkey, Grazyna Burek, Daniela Cretu, Michael D Hill, David B Hogan, Marc J Poulin
BACKGROUND: Over the past 50 years, there has been an increase in the utilization of prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and natural health products. Although it is known that medication use is common among older persons, accurate data on the patterns of use, including the quantity and type of medications consumed in a generally healthy older population from a Canadian perspective are lacking. In this study, we study the pattern of medication use in a sedentary but otherwise healthy older persons use and determined if there was an association between medication use and aerobic fitness level...
February 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176957/determinants-of-weight-change-in-patients-on-basal-insulin-treatment-an-analysis-of-the-dive-registry
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Peter Bramlage, Tobias Bluhmki, Holger Fleischmann, Matthias Kaltheuner, Jan Beyersmann, Reinhard W Holl, Thomas Danne
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to describe patterns of weight change in insulin-naive patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) starting basal insulin (BI) treatment. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Diabetes Versorgungs-Evaluation (DIVE) is an observational, multicenter, prospective registry in patients with T2DM. Patients were divided into those initiating BI therapy for the first time (with optional oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs)) and those initiating OADs only (OADo). RESULTS: 521 patients were included in the analysis, 113 in the BI arm and 408 in the OADo arm...
2017: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163027/pharmacists-readiness-to-provide-naloxone-in-community-pharmacies-in-west-virginia
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J Douglas Thornton, Elizabeth Lyvers, Virginia Ginger G Scott, Nilanjana Dwibedi
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to assess West Virginia pharmacists' stocking and dispensing practices of opioid-related medications and to identify the educational needs relating to providing naloxone in community pharmacies. DESIGN: A cross-sectional, anonymous, 49-item survey was created and validated to assess the educational needs of West Virginia community pharmacists. SETTING: West Virginia. PARTICIPANTS: The data collection instrument was administered to 266 pharmacists currently licensed in West Virginia at 6 continuing pharmacy education events throughout the state from March 1 to June 15, 2016...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162966/over-the-counter-antibiotics-in-saudi-arabia-an-urgent-call-for-policy-makers
#15
Sharafaldeen Bin Nafisah, Salahaldin Bin Nafesa, Aliyah H Alamery, Mazen A Alhumaid, Haitham M AlMuhaidib, Fahad A Al-Eidan
Antibiotics over-consumption is a pandemic that has a tremendous cost on the overwhelmed healthcare system. The accessibility of antibiotics coupled with the misconception of public toward those drugs both of which implicated in the use and misuse of antibiotics. The aim of this study was to investigate the perception of the community toward antibiotics, its purpose and harmfulness, in addition to the accessibility of those drugs as over the counter and without prescriptions. We also investigated the behavior toward antibiotic prescriptions when perceived unnecessary...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158745/changes-in-over-the-counter-drug-misuse-over-20-years-perceptions-from-scottish-pharmacists
#16
Jessica Wright, Christine Bond, Helen D Robertson, Catriona Matheson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148262/demographic-factors-associated-with-dietary-supplement-prescriptions-filled-by-united-states-military-service-members-2005-2013
#17
Joseph J Knapik, Rosenie T Jean, Krista G Austin, Ryan A Steelman, Emily K Farina, Harris R Lieberman
BACKGROUND: Dietary supplements (DSs) can be purchased over-the-counter but may also be prescribed by medical personnel for specific therapeutic reasons. Few studies have examined this latter source of DSs despite the fact that 79% of physicians and 82% of nurses have recommended DSs to their patients. This investigation examined demographic factors associated with temporal trends in oral DS prescriptions filled by all United States (US) service members (SMs) from 2005 to 2013 (n = 1,427,080 ± 22,139, mean ± standard deviation per year)...
January 31, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144388/hepatic-structural-enhancement-and-insulin-resistance-amelioration-due-to-at1-receptor-blockade
#18
EDITORIAL
Vanessa Souza-Mello
Over the last decade, the role of renin-angiotensin system (RAS) on the development of obesity and its comorbidities has been extensively addressed. Both circulating and local RAS components are up-regulated in obesity and involved in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease onset. Pharmacological manipulations of RAS are viable strategies to tackle metabolic impairments caused by the excessive body fat mass. Renin inhibitors rescue insulin resistance, but do not have marked effects on hepatic steatosis. However, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) yield beneficial hepatic remodeling...
January 18, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135825/il-10-gene-polymorphisms-and-self-medication-with-over-the-counter-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs
#19
Stephen J Walsh
BACKGROUND: Genetic influences on self-medication with over-the-counter (OTC) drugs merit investigation. For example, patients frequently use OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat inflammation, but the inflammatory response is also affected by endogenous cytokines whose production varies across polymorphisms of their encoding genes. In the case of interleukin 10 (IL-10), literature suggests that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the promoter region of the cytokine's gene (-1082 A > G [rs1800896]) influences production with higher levels associated with G variant alleles...
January 1, 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132418/switching-adverse-effects-and-use-of-over-the-counter-analgesics-among-users-of-oral-anticoagulants-a-pharmacy-based-survey
#20
Maja Hellfritzsch, Lea Maria Rønneberg Hyllested, Line Meegaard, Alexander Wiberg-Hansen, Erik Lerkevang Grove, Anton Pottegård
Oral anticoagulants are widely used but information on important aspects in that respect is not available from medical registers or clinical databases. Therefore, we conducted a survey including patients filling a prescription for oral anticoagulants at two large Danish community pharmacies. We collected information concerning the patients' knowledge of their anticoagulant treatment including prior drug switching. Further, patients were asked about use of over-the-counter analgesics, adverse effects, and how the treatment affected their everyday life...
January 28, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
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