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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412576/the-occurrence-of-alcohol-drugs-by-toxicological-examination-of-selected-drivers-in-hong-kong
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Wing-Chi Cheng, Kwok-Leung Dao
The study is to investigate the extent of alcohol/drug(s) use among selected drivers, i.e. fatally injured drivers from traffic accidents (2006-2015), drink driving (2006-2015) and drug driving (2010-2015) cases, in Hong Kong. Between 2006 and 2015, specimens from a total of 223 fatally injured drivers were received for toxicological examination. Except for one driver, all other drivers with positive findings were male. Alcohol and/or drugs were detected in 60 (27%) cases where alcohol alone was detected in 40 cases (18%) while drugs with/without alcohol were detected in 20 cases (9%)...
April 2, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405945/the-comparative-risk-of-delirium-with-different-opioids-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Lieke M Swart, Vera van der Zanden, Petra E Spies, Sophia E de Rooij, Barbara C van Munster
OBJECTIVE: There is substantial evidence that the use of opioids increases the risk of adverse outcomes such as delirium, but whether this risk differs between the various opioids remains controversial. In this systematic review, we evaluate and discuss possible differences in the risk of delirium from the use of various types of opioids in older patients. METHODS: We performed a search in MEDLINE by combining search terms on delirium and opioids. A specific search filter for use in geriatric medicine was used...
April 12, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379496/codeine-use-dependence-and-help-seeking-behaviour-in-the-uk-and-ireland-an-online-cross-sectional-survey
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Andreas Kimergård, Michelle Foley, Zoe Davey, Jacklyn Dunne, Colin Drummond, Paolo Deluca
Background: Codeine misuse and dependence poses a clinical and public health challenge. However, little is known about dependence and treatment needs in the UK and Ireland. Aim: To characterise codeine use, dependence, and help-seeking behaviour. Design: An online cross-sectional survey advertised on Facebook, Twitter, health and drug websites and e-mail circulars. Methods: The survey collected data on demographics and codeine use amongst adults from the UK and Ireland...
April 3, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369523/desomorphine-screening-using-commercial-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assays
#4
Jessica Winborn, Sarah Kerrigan
Desomorphine ("Krokodil") is a semi-synthetic opioid that has drawn attention as a recreational drug, particularly in Russia, neighboring former Soviet Republics, Eastern and Central Europe. It has no accepted medicinal uses and is currently a schedule I drug in the United States. In clandestine environments, desomorphine is synthesized from codeine using red phosphorous, hydroiodic acid and gasoline. Residual starting materials in illicit preparations have been associated with severe dermatological effects and extensive tissue necrosis...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368886/increased-18f-fdg-uptake-in-multiple-muscles-in-a-patient-with-violent-cough
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Yu Wang, Fuqiang Shao, Li Zhang, Xiufang Luo, Yue Chen
Increased muscular FDG uptake could be due to various causes. Detailed analysis combined with history might be helpful for image interpretation. We present FDG PET/CT findings of a 69-year-old woman with lung cancer. The images demonstrated intense FDG uptake in multiple muscles, likely due to cough before the PET/CT study. To relieve the patient's cough, codeine was administrated. The second F-FDG PET/CT was performed 2 days later. The images showed that the abnormal muscular activity had become decreased, which was slightly lower than hepatic activity...
March 31, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364172/mapping-french-people-and-health-professionals-positions-regarding-the-circumstances-of-morphine-use-to-relieve-cancer-pain
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Julie Mazoyer, Maria Teresa Muñoz Sastre, Paul Clay Sorum, Etienne Mullet
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients suffer in part because some health professionals prescribe or administer amounts of analgesics, namely opioids, which are too small or too widely spaced to be fully effective. Patients' reluctance to use opioids for pain treatment is often mentioned as a reason not to apply the official guidelines, but very few studies have been conducted on people's attitudes about opioid use to relieve cancer pain. METHODS: One hundred twenty lay participants and 30 health professionals (7 physicians and 23 nurses) were presented with a set of vignettes describing a terminally ill woman with cancer who is in pain...
March 31, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361405/impact-of-safety-related-regulations-on-codeine-use-in-children-a-quasi-experimental-study-using-taiwan-s-national-health-insurance-research-database
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Chih-Wan Lin, Ching-Huan Wang, Wei-I Huang, Wei-Ming Ke, Pi-Hui Chao, Wen-Wen Chen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
INTRODUCTION: Safety concerns regarding potential life-threatening adverse events associated with codeine have resulted in policy decisions to restrict its use in pediatrics. However, whether these drug safety communications have had an immediate and strong impact on codeine use remains in question. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the impact of the two implemented safety-related regulations (label changes and reimbursement regulations) on the use of codeine for upper respiratory infection (URI) or cough...
March 30, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346882/determination-of-prodrug-treosulfan-and-its-biologically-active-monoepoxide-in-rat-plasma-liver-lungs-kidneys-muscle-and-brain-by-hplc-esi-ms-ms-method
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Michał Romański, Anna Kasprzyk, Artur Teżyk, Agnieszka Widerowska, Czesław Żaba, Franciszek Główka
A prodrug treosulfan (TREO) is currently investigated in clinical trials for conditioning prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Bioanalysis of TREO and its active derivatives, monoepoxide (S,S-EBDM) and diepoxide, in plasma and urine underlay the pharmacokinetic studies of these compounds but cannot explain an organ pharmacological action or toxicity. Recently, distribution of TREO and S,S-EBDM into brain, cerebrospinal fluid, and aqueous humor of the eye has been investigated in animal models and the obtained results presented clinical relevance...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342346/can-wastewater-based-epidemiology-be-used-to-evaluate-the-health-impact-of-temperature-an-exploratory-study-in-an-australian-population
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Dung Phung, Jochen Mueller, Foon Yin Lai, Jake O'Brien, Nhung Dang, Lidia Morawska, Phong K Thai
Ambient temperature is known to have impact on population health but assessing its impact by the traditional cohort approach is resource intensive. Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) could be an alternative for the traditional approach. This study was to provide the first evaluation to see if WBE can be used to assess the impact of temperature exposure to a population in South East Queensland, Australia using selected pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) as biomarkers. Daily loads of eight PPCPs in wastewater collected from a wastewater treatment plant were measured from February 2011 to June 2012...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339912/pharmacogenomics-and-patient-treatment-parameters-to-opioid-treatment-in-chronic-pain-a-focus-on-morphine-oxycodone-tramadol-and-fentanyl
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Renae A Lloyd, Elizabeth Hotham, Catherine Hall, Marie Williams, Vijayaprakash Suppiah
Objective. : Opioids are one of the most commonly prescribed medicines for chronic pain. However, their use for chronic pain has been controversial. The objective of this literature review was to identify the role of genetic polymorphisms on patient treatment parameters (opioid dose requirements, response, and adverse effects) for opioids used in malignant and nonmalignant chronic pain. The opioids that this review focuses on are codeine, morphine, oxycodone, tramadol, and fentanyl...
February 24, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328759/topical-ropivacaine-in-prevention-of-post-tonsillectomy-pain-in-adults
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Hanna Kaisa Tolska, Annika Takala, Karin Blomgren, Katri Hamunen, Vesa Kontinen
BACKGROUND: Post-tonsillectomy pain is 1 of the most intense postoperative pain conditions. However, optimal and sufficient postoperative analgesic treatment remains unclear. We investigated the effect of topical ropivacaine for post-tonsillectomy pain in 160 adult outpatient surgery patients over 2 postoperative weeks. METHODS: At the end of tonsillectomy, 2 swabs soaked in either 1% ropivacaine or saline were packed into the tonsillar beds for 5 minutes. We used ibuprofen and a combination of acetaminophen (500 mg)-codeine (30 mg) tablets as postoperative analgesics for 2 weeks...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327548/opioid-sparing-effect-of-cannabinoids-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Suzanne Nielsen, Pamela Sabioni, Jose M Trigo, Mark A Ware, Brigid D Betz-Stablein, Bridin Murnion, Nicholas Lintzeris, Kok Eng Khor, Michael Farrell, Andrew Smith, Bernard Le Foll
Cannabinoids, when co-administered with opioids, may enable reduced opioid doses without loss of analgesic efficacy (ie an opioid-sparing effect). The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review to determine the opioid-sparing potential of cannabinoids. Eligible studies included pre-clinical and clinical studies for which the outcome was either analgesia or opioid dose requirements. Clinical studies included controlled studies and case series. We searched Scopus, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Medline, and Embase...
March 22, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325960/efficacy-of-preoperative-administration-of-paracetamol-codeine-on-pain-following-impacted-mandibular-third-molar-surgery-a-randomized-split-mouth-placebo-controlled-double-blind-clinical-trial
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Maria Paola Cristalli, Gerardo La Monaca, Chiara De Angelis, Nicola Pranno, Susanna Annibali
Objectives. The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of preoperative administration of single-dose of paracetamol-codeine, in the relieving of acute postoperative pain after the surgical removal of an impacted mandibular third molar. Materials and Methods. The study cohort consisted of 32 Caucasian outpatients, giving a total of 64 bilateral symmetrical impacted mandibles. Patients were randomized in two experimental groups to receive a preoperative oral dose of paracetamol-codeine (analgesic group) or a placebo (placebo group) at the first and second surgeries...
2017: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323671/codeine-and-opioid-metabolism-implications-and-alternatives-for-pediatric-pain-management
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Vidya Chidambaran, Senthilkumar Sadhasivam, Mohamed Mahmoud
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Use of perioperative opioids for surgical pain management of children presents clinical challenges because of concerns of serious adverse effects including life-threatening respiratory depression. This is especially true for children with history of obstructive sleep apnea. This review will explore current knowledge of clinically relevant factors and genetic polymorphisms that affect opioid metabolism and postoperative outcomes in children. RECENT FINDINGS: Within the past several years, an increasing number of case reports have illustrated clinically important respiratory depression, anoxic brain injuries and even death among children receiving appropriate weight-based dosages of codeine and other opioids for analgesia at home setting particularly following tonsillectomy...
March 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318320/regular-use-of-acetaminophen-or-acetaminophen-codeine-combinations-and-prescription-of-rescue-therapy-with-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-a-population-based-study-in-primary-care
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Alfredo Vannacci, Niccolò Lombardi, Monica Simonetti, Diego Fornasari, Andrea Fanelli, Iacopo Cricelli, Claudio Cricelli, Pierangelo Lora Aprile, Francesco Lapi
Objective There are contrasting positions concerning the benefit-risk ratio of acetaminophen use for osteoarthritis (OA)-related pain. To clarify the effectiveness of acetaminophen or acetaminophen-codeine combinations according to their regimen of use, we evaluated whether being a regular user (adherent) of these medications decreased the occurrence of rescue therapy with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Methods Using the Health Search IMS Health Longitudinal Patient Database, we formed a cohort of patients aged ≥18 years and newly treated with acetaminophen or acetaminophen-codeine combinations for OA between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2013...
March 20, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295787/an-exploratory-wastewater-analysis-study-of-drug-use-in-auckland-new-zealand
#16
Foon Yin Lai, Chris Wilkins, Phong Thai, Jochen F Mueller
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: New Zealand is considered to have unusual drug use patterns by international standards. However, this understanding has largely been obtained from social surveys where respondents self-report use. The aim of this paper is to conduct the first wastewater study of drug use in Auckland. DESIGN AND METHODS: Wastewater sampling was completed from 2 May to 18 July 2014 at 2 Auckland wastewater treatment plants which service 1.3 million people. Samples were analysed for 17 drug residues by using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
March 12, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295321/-tampering-to-death-a-fatal-codeine-intoxication-due-to-a-homemade-purification-of-a-medical-formulation
#17
Paolo Fais, Nicola Pigaiani, Giovanni Cecchetto, Massimo Montisci, Rossella Gottardo, Guido Viel, Jennifer Paola Pascali, Franco Tagliaro
Many homemade tamper processes of medical codeine formulations are available on selected "forums" on the Internet, where recreational codeine users claim to be able to purify codeine by removing additives, such as acetaminophen, to avoid or limit adverse effects. In this work, it is reported and discussed a fatal case of codeine intoxication. The findings of objects such as jars, filters, and tablets, and amounts of unknown liquid material at the death scene investigation suggested a fatal codeine intoxication after the tampering procedure called "cold water extraction...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292504/pharmacists-perceptions-regarding-the-impact-of-hydrocodone-rescheduling-on-prescription-volume-workflow-management-and-patient-outcomes
#18
Tyler J Varisco, Motolani E Ogunsanya, Jamie C Barner, Marc L Fleming
OBJECTIVES: To determine (1) pharmacists' perceptions of how rescheduling of hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Schedule III to DEA Schedule II has influenced prescription volume and revenue, pharmacy workflow management, and patient outcomes; and (2) whether perceptions differed between pharmacists who support versus those who oppose HCP rescheduling. DESIGN: A cross-sectional mail survey. SETTING: Texas community pharmacies from October to December 2015...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287359/opioid-prescribing-patterns-and-costs-in-a-large-group-of-patients-in-colombia
#19
Jorge Enrique Machado-Alba, Andres Gaviria-Mendoza, Camila A Vargas-Mosquera, Andrés Felipe Gil-Restrepo, Luis C Romero-Zapata
The potential for development of tolerance and dependence and the risk of side effects of opioids make it necessary to monitor their prescribing patterns in order to decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with their continued use. The objective of this study was to determine prescription patterns of opioid medication in a group of patients through a cross-sectional study on a population database of 3.5 million people. Patients with three months of continuous opioid use were identified. Pharmacological, co-medication and cost variables were analyzed...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283305/non-prescription-supply-of-combination-analgesics-containing-codeine-in-community-pharmacy-a-simulated-patient-study
#20
Georgia A Byrne, Penelope J Wood, M Joy Spark
BACKGROUND: The inappropriate use of non-prescription combination analgesics containing codeine (NP-CACC) has become a significant health issue in Australia. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the current management of NP-CACC direct product requests in community pharmacies located in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: A covert simulated patient (SP) method was used to observe the responses of pharmacy staff during an NP-CACC request. Four SPs were trained to complete 1 of 2 scenarios...
March 2, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
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