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Simon R Knowles, Lesley A Graff, Helen Wilding, Catherine Hewitt, Laurie Keefer, Antonina Mikocka-Walus
Background: Quality of life (QoL) is commonly assessed in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); the relationship of QoL within IBD states and relative to others has not been comprehensively evaluated. This systematic review, published across 2 papers, evaluates 5 key QoL comparisons. Part I, presented here, examines between-disease comparisons: (1) IBD/healthy(general) population and (2) IBD/other medically ill groups. Part II examines within-disease comparisons: (3) active/inactive disease, (4) ulcerative colitis/Crohn's disease, and (5) change over time...
March 19, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Jacques Rottembourg, Guy Rostoker
Generic immunosuppressive drugs are available in Europe Canada and the United States. Between countries, there are large differences in penetration of generic drugs in general, and for immunosuppressive drugs in particular. The registration for generic immunosuppressive drugs are slightly different, but the criteria for registration of narrow therapeutic index drugs and bioequivalence studies, performed only in healthy volunteers, will remain in the medical landscape. About 50 studies compare the clinical efficacy and bioequivalence of the generic immunosuppressive drugs in patients with solid organ transplants...
March 16, 2018: La Presse Médicale
Jing-Jie Zhang, Hang Shu, Shuai-Shuai Hu, Yang Yu, Yi Sun, Yin Lv
BACKGROUND: To investigate the relationship between time elapsed since completion of radiotherapy (RT) and quality of life (QOL) of patients with breast cancer. METHODS: A total of 300 patients with breast cancer were treated at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University between January 2013 and April 2016. Of these, 212 patients were included in the study. Patients were divided into 4 groups based on the time elapsed since completion of RT. The generic cancer questionnaire, EORTC QLQ-30, and the breast cancer-specific questionnaire, QLQ-BR23, were used to assess the QOL...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
Zhi-Wei Lai, Ryan Kelly, Thomas Winans, Ivan Marchena, Ashwini Shadakshari, Julie Yu, Maha Dawood, Ricardo Garcia, Hajra Tily, Lisa Francis, Stephen V Faraone, Paul E Phillips, Andras Perl
BACKGROUND: Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus have T-cell dysfunction that has been attributed to the activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). Rapamycin inhibits antigen-induced T-cell proliferation and has been developed as a medication under the generic designation of sirolimus. We assessed safety, tolerance, and efficacy of sirolimus in a prospective, biomarker-driven, open-label clinical trial. METHODS: We did a single-arm, open-label, phase 1/2 trial of sirolimus in patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus disease unresponsive to, or intolerant of, conventional medications at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY, USA)...
March 15, 2018: Lancet
Fauzia A Khan, Alan F Merry
The safety of anesthesia characteristic of high-income countries today is not matched in low-resource settings with poor infrastructure, shortages of anesthesia providers, essential drugs, equipment, and supplies. Health care is delivered through complex systems. Achieving sustainable widespread improvement globally will require an understanding of how to influence such systems. Health outcomes depend not only on a country's income, but also on how resources are allocated, and both vary substantially, between and within countries...
April 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Mehul D Bhatt, Birju D Bhatt, James T Dorrian, Beth N McLellan
BACKGROUND: There is limited data regarding generic medication prices. Recent studies have shown price changes at the retail level, but much is not known about the pharmaceutical supply chain or price changes at the manufacturer level. OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the extent of price changes for topical generic medications. METHODS: A comprehensive review of average wholesale prices (AWP) and manufacturers of topical generics and available corresponding branded medications was conducted for 2005 and 2016...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
D Roorda, M J Witvliet, L M Wellens, D V Schulten, C E J Sloots, I de Blaauw, P M A Broens, J Oosterlaan, L W E van Heurn, A F W van der Steeg
AIM: Total colonic aganglionosis (TCA) is a severe form of Hirschsprung's Disease (HD) associated with a high morbidity. This study assesses long-term functional outcome and Quality of Life (QoL) of TCA patients in a national consecutive cohort. METHODS: Medical records of all patients (n=53) diagnosed between 1995 and 2015 were reviewed on surgical and demographic characteristics. Functional outcome of all non-syndromal patients, aged ≥ four years (n=35) was assessed in medical records and with a questionnaire...
March 15, 2018: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
Thomas Waltemate, Dominik Gall, Daniel Roth, Mario Botsch, Marc Erich Latoschik
This article reports the impact of the degree of personalization and individualization of users' avatars as well as the impact of the degree of immersion on typical psychophysical factors in embodied Virtual Environments. We investigated if and how virtual body ownership (including agency), presence, and emotional response are influenced depending on the specific look of users' avatars, which varied between (1) a generic hand-modeled version, (2) a generic scanned version, and (3) an individualized scanned version...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Adrian H Heald, Mark Livingston, Zuzanna Bien, Gabriela Y C Moreno, Ian Laing, Mike Stedman
BACKGROUND: In the financial year 2016/17 there were 52.0 million items prescribed for diabetes at a total net ingredient cost of £983.7 million - up from 28.9 million prescription items and £572.4 million in 2006/07. Anti-diabetes drugs (British National Formulary section 6.1.2) make up 45.1 per cent of the total £983.7 million net ingredient cost of drugs used in diabetes and account for 72.0 per cent of prescription items for all diabetes prescribing. METHODS: We examined the way that agents licensed to treat type 2 diabetes were used across GP practices in England in the year 2016/2017...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Dennis T Ko, Harlan M Krumholz, Jack V Tu, Peter C Austin, Therese A Stukel, Maria Koh, Alice Chong, Jose Francisco de Melo, Cynthia A Jackevicius
BACKGROUND: Clopidogrel is one of the most commonly prescribed medications because of its ability to improve clinical outcomes for a broad range of cardiovascular conditions. After patent protection expired for Plavix in 2012, many healthcare systems adopted generic clopidogrel as a strategy to reduce healthcare costs. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a population-based observational study to determine whether generic clopidogrel was noninferior to Plavix. Patients who were hospitalized with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) from 2009 to 2014 in Ontario, Canada, >65 years, survived ≥7 days after discharge, were eligible for inclusion...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Federica Pederiva, Basem Khalil, Antonino Morabito, Sarah J Wood
BACKGROUND:  Short bowel syndrome (SBS) has an impact on children and their families not only physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and socially. This study aimed to evaluate quality of life and family impact in patients with SBS, using the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) measurement model. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  PedsQL questionnaires were administered to patients with SBS followed at the Pediatric Surgery of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital...
January 30, 2018: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yemisi Takwoingi, Terence J Quinn
Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) describes a field of research that aims to assess how well a test is able to detect or exclude a condition of interest. Although geriatric medicine is not as reliant on investigations as other medical disciplines, almost all patient encounters with older adults will involve some form of diagnostic assessment. Thus, understanding the terminology and methods of DTA is essential for any clinician. In this review we use examples based around the diagnosis of dementia to highlight issues in DTA research...
March 8, 2018: Age and Ageing
Mohamed A Hammoud, Stefanie Vaccher, Fengyi Jin, Adam Bourne, Bridget Haire, Lisa Maher, Toby Lea, Garrett Prestage
INTRODUCTION: Gay and bisexual men (GBM) often use illicit drugs to enhance sexual pleasure, commonly referred to as 'chemsex' or 'party n play'. In particular, the use of methamphetamine and Viagra™, and other erectile dysfunction medications, both together and separately are strongly predictive of subsequent HIV infection. Truvada™, as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), virtually eliminates HIV transmission during condomless anal intercourse (CLAI). HIV-negative GBM in intensive sex partying networks may be adding PrEP to their drug regimen to actively reduce the possibility of HIV transmission during chemsex...
March 8, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Isaac Bos, Klaske Wynia, Josué Almansa, Gea Drost, Berry Kremer, Jan Kuks
PURPOSE: People with neuromuscular disease experience lower quality of life levels than people from the general population. We examined the prevalence and severity of a broad range of neuromuscular disease-related disabilities and their impact on health-related quality of life. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional postal survey study was conducted among patients diagnosed with neuromuscular disease. Patients completed the Neuromuscular Disease Impact Profile, a disease-related disability impact questionnaire, and two generic health-related quality of life questionnaires: the medical outcome study Short Form Questionnaire and the World Health Organization Quality of Life-bref...
March 8, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Joseph Rwagitinywa, Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre, Robert Bourrel, Jean-Louis Montastruc, Agnès Sommet
Adherence to antiretroviral (ARV) is crucial to achieve viral load suppression in HIV-infected patients. This study aimed to compare adherence to generic multi-tablet regimens (MTR) ver-sus brand MTR likely to incorporate ARV drugs without breaking fixed-dose combinations (FDC) and brand single-tablet regimens (STR) likely to incorporate generics by breaking the FDC. Patients aged of 18 years or over, exposed to one of the generic or the brand of lamivu-dine (3TC), zidovudine/lamivudine (AZT/TC), nevirapine (NVP), or efavirenz (EFV), or the brand STR of efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir (EFV/FTC/TDF)...
March 5, 2018: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
Tessa Kelly, Kelly M Conn, Matthew Zak
OBJECTIVES: Objectives of this study were to 1) assess and compare knowledge and literacy of over-the-counter (OTC) medications among middle and high students and 2) to assess student self-identified lack of knowledge regarding OTC medications. METHODS: A convenience sample of suburban adolescent students completed a two-part survey about OTC medications; part 1 included demographics and baseline knowledge of OTCs, part 2 included medication label interpretation (literacy)...
February 26, 2018: Academic Pediatrics
Thomas Bo Jensen, Espen Jimenez-Solem, Rikke Cortes, Cecilie Betzer, Sara Bøge Breinholt, Kasper Meidahl Petersen, Tonny Studsgaard Petersen, Jakob Kjellberg, Hanne Rolighed Christensen, Jon Trærup Andersen
AIMS: Registries on in-hospital drug use are sparse, especially those that can be linked to nationwide registries. In this study, we present and validate the Electronic Patient Medication module (EPM)-the electronic administrative database on in-hospital drug use covering the Capital Region of Denmark. METHODS: The research database (EPM-research) is an adaptation of the database underlying the electronic administrative database for in-hospital drug use (EPM-clinic)...
February 1, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
Daniel Fife, M Soledad Cepeda, Alan Baseman, Henry Richards, Peter Hu, H Lynn Starr, Anthony G Sena
BACKGROUND: Observational studies of switching from branded to generic formulations of the same drug substance often lack appropriate comparators for the subjects who switched. Three generic formulations were deemed equivalent to Concerta: an authorized generic (AG) identical except for external packaging, and two other generics (EG). OBJECTIVE: Compare the incidence of a combined endpoint (switching back to Concerta, changing the use of immediate release methylphenidate (MPH), stopping all long-acting methylphenidate, or starting a new medication) among people switched from Concerta to the AG versus the EG...
2018: PloS One
Heidrun Lingner, Heike Buhr-Schinner, Stefan Hummel, Jochen van der Meyden, Anika Grosshennig, Daniel Nowik, Konrad Schultz
BACKGROUND: Real-world data on the effects of a multicomponent pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) for patients with sarcoidosis are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To describe characteristics of patients with sarcoidosis referred for a 3-week inpatient PR, to assess the effects of PR on their quality of life (QoL) and clinical outcomes, and to investigate whether there are specific subgroups who particularly benefit from PR. METHODS: Using a prospective multicentre study design, data regarding 6-min walking distance (6MWD), QoL (Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire, SGRQ), and the secondary outcomes of dyspnoea and psychological burden (fatigue, anxiety, and depression) were collected...
February 27, 2018: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Margaret Heslin, Oluwagbemisola Babalola, Fowzia Ibrahim, Dominic Stringer, David Scott, Anita Patel
BACKGROUND: Estimating individual-level medication costs in an economic evaluation can involve extensive data collection and handling. Implications of detailed versus general approaches are unclear. OBJECTIVES: To compare costing approaches in a trial-based economic evaluation. METHODS: We applied four costing approaches to prescribed medication data from the Tumour necrosis factor inhibitors Against Combination Intensive Therapy randomized controlled trial...
February 2018: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
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