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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634699/cost-effective-analysis-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Ashit Syngle, Sudeep Kaur, Inderjeet Verma, Tanya Syngle, Vijaita Syngle
The main objective of the study was to perform the pharmacoeconomic analysis of synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs in rheumatoid arthritis patients. A prospective, observational study was conducted in 98 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients meeting 2010 Rheumatoid Arthritis Classification Criteria. Treatment-naive RA patients were initiated on synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARD/s) and followed up for 3 months. Average cost-effectiveness analysis was done by taking Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index (HAQ-DI) score as a measure of effectiveness...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632475/generic-substitution-of-antiretrovirals-patients-and-health-care-providers-opinions
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Jennifer A Kieran, Eimear O'Reilly, Siobhan O'Dea, Colm Bergin, Aisling O'Leary
There is interest in introducing generic antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) into high-income countries in order to maximise efficiency in health care budgets. Studies examining patients' and providers' knowledge and attitudes to generic substitution in HIV are few. This was a cross-sectional, observational study with a convenience sample of adult HIV-infected patients and health care providers (HCPs). Data on demographics, knowledge of generic medicine and facilitators of generic substitution were collected. Descriptive and univariate analysis was performed using SPSS V...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630217/effectiveness-of-conservative-interventions-including-exercise-manual-therapy-and-medical-management-in-adults-with-shoulder-impingement-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-rcts
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Ruedi Steuri, Martin Sattelmayer, Simone Elsig, Chloé Kolly, Amir Tal, Jan Taeymans, Roger Hilfiker
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of conservative interventions for pain, function and range of motion in adults with shoulder impingement. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials. DATA SOURCES: Medline, CENTRAL, CINAHL, Embase and PEDro were searched from inception to January 2017. STUDY SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials including participants with shoulder impingement and evaluating at least one conservative intervention against sham or other treatments...
June 19, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625684/brand-medications-and-medicare-part-d-how-eye-care-providers-prescribing-patterns-influence-costs
#4
Paula Anne Newman-Casey, Maria A Woodward, Leslie M Niziol, Paul P Lee, Lindsey B De Lott
PURPOSE: To quantify costs of eye care providers' Medicare Part D prescribing patterns for ophthalmic medications and to estimate the potential savings of generic or therapeutic drug substitutions and price negotiation. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Eye care providers prescribing medications through Medicare Part D in 2013. METHODS: Medicare Part D 2013 prescriber public use file and summary file were used to calculate medication costs by physician specialty and drug...
June 16, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617909/development-of-a-flow-evolution-network-model-for-the-stress-strain-behavior-of-poly-l-lactide
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Maureen L Dreher, Srinidhi Nagaraja, Jorgen Bergstrom, Danika Hayman
Computational modeling is critical to medical device development and has grown in its utility for predicting device performance. Additionally, there is an increasing trend to use absorbable polymers for the manufacturing of medical devices. However, computational modeling of absorbable devices is hampered by a lack of appropriate constitutive models that capture their viscoelasticity and post-yield behavior. The objective of this study was to develop a constitutive model that incorporated viscoplasticity for a common medical absorbable polymer...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607755/access-and-barriers-to-ms-care-in-latin-america
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Víctor M Rivera, Miguel Angel Macias
Multiple sclerosis (MS), an epidemiologically emergent disorder in Latin America (LATAM), poses substantial socioeconomic challenges to a region where most countries remain as economies in development. MS is not health priority despite its economic and communitarian impact with a relatively low prevalence. MS treatments in LATAM have evolved from earlier long-term oral steroids and immunosuppression protocols, to platform disease modifying therapies (DMTs), to the current landscape with more advanced therapeutic molecules...
January 2017: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603636/make-up-a-missed-lesson-new-policy-to-ensure-the-interchangeability-of-generic-drugs-in-china
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Baobin Huang, Sarah L Barber, Mingzhe Xu, Shuanghong Cheng
Generic drugs should be interchangeable with originators in terms of quality and efficacy. With relative lower prices, generic drugs are playing an important role in controlling health expenditures and ensuring access. However, the widespread understanding of "cheap price equals low quality" has a negative impact on the acceptance of generic drugs. In China, medical doctors doubt the efficacy and quality of generic drugs manufactured domestically. To address these concerns, the Chinese State Council released a policy in 2016 to ensure the interchangeability by re-evaluating the quality and efficacy of generic drugs...
June 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600218/systematic-review-of-patient-specific-surgical-simulation-toward-advancing-medical-education-%C3%A2
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Won Hyung A Ryu, Navjit Dharampal, Ahmed E Mostafa, Ehud Sharlin, Gail Kopp, William Bradley Jacobs, Robin John Hurlbert, Sonny Chan, Garnette R Sutherland
OBJECTIVE: Simulation-based education has been shown to be an effective tool to teach foundational technical skills in various surgical specialties. However, most of the current simulations are limited to generic scenarios and do not allow continuation of the learning curve beyond basic technical skills to prepare for more advanced expertise, such as patient-specific surgical planning. The objective of this study was to evaluate the current medical literature with respect to the utilization and educational value of patient-specific simulations for surgical training...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587612/lipodox%C3%A2-generic-doxorubicin-hydrochloride-liposome-injection-in-vivo-efficacy-and-bioequivalence-versus-caelyx%C3%A2-doxorubicin-hydrochloride-liposome-injection-in-human-mammary-carcinoma-mx-1-xenograft-and-syngeneic-fibrosarcoma-wehi-164-mouse-models
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Vinod Burade, Subhas Bhowmick, Kuntal Maiti, Rishit Zalawadia, Harry Ruan, Rajamannar Thennati
BACKGROUND: Doxorubicin (DXR) hydrochloride (HCl) liposome injection is an important part of the treatment armamentarium for a number of cancers. With growing needs for affordable and effective anticancer treatments, the development of generics is becoming increasingly important to facilitate patient access to vital medications. We conducted studies in relevant mouse models of cancer to compare the preclinical antitumour efficacy and plasma pharmacokinetic profile of a proposed generic DXR HCl liposome injection developed by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd...
June 6, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584684/current-state-of-the-regulatory-trajectory-for-whole-slide-imaging-devices-in-the-usa
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Esther Abels, Liron Pantanowitz
The regulatory field for digital pathology (DP) has advanced significantly. A major milestone was accomplished when the FDA allowed the first vendor to market their device for primary diagnostic use in the USA and published in the classification order that this device, and substantially equivalent devices of this generic type, should be classified into class II instead of class III as previously proposed. The Digital Pathology Association (DPA) regulatory task force had a major role in the accomplishment of getting the application request for Whole Slide Imaging (WSI) Systems recommended for a de novo...
2017: Journal of Pathology Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579478/absolute-venomics-absolute-quantification-of-intact-venom-proteins-through-elemental-mass-spectrometry
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Francisco Calderón-Celis, Laura Cid-Barrio, Jorge Ruiz Encinar, Alfredo Sanz-Medel, Juan J Calvete
We report the application of a hybrid element and molecular MS configuration for the parallel absolute quantification of μHPLC-separated intact sulfur-containing venom proteins, via ICP triple quadrupole MS and (32)S/(34)S isotope dilution analysis, and identification by ESI-QToF-MS of the toxins of the medically important African black-necked spitting cobra, Naja nigricollis (Tanzania); New Guinea small-eyed snake, Micropechis ikaheka; and Papuan black snake, Pseudechis papuanus. The main advantage of this approach is that only one generic sulfur-containing standard is required to quantify each and all intact Cys- and/or Met-containing toxins of the venom proteome...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574974/survivors-of-an-acute-coronary-syndrome-with-lower-patient-activation-are-more-likely-to-experience-declines-in-health-related-quality-of-life
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Nathaniel A Erskine, Barbara Gandek, Molly E Waring, Rebecca L Kinney, Darleen M Lessard, Randolph S Devereaux, Stavroula A Chrysanthopoulou, Catarina I Kiefe, Robert J Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Patient activation comprises the knowledge, skills, and confidence for self-care and may lead to better health outcomes. OBJECTIVES: We examined the relationship between patient activation and changes in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) after hospitalization for an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: We studied patients from 6 medical centers in central Massachusetts and Georgia who had been hospitalized for an ACS between 2011 and 2013...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566321/effect-of-intensive-glucose-control-on-microvascular-events-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes
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Effect of intensive glucose control on microvascular events in people with type 2 diabetes ● Febrile seizures in children: benefits and risks of prophylactic drug management More on gastric acid suppression and C difficile risk ● What next for the cardiovascular polypill? ● EMA recommends suspension of some generic drugs ● Phototherapy for vitiligo ● WHO targets medication-related errors.
May 31, 2017: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560728/decreasing-hazards-of-alzheimer-s-disease-with-the-use-of-antidepressants-mitigating-the-risk-of-depression-and-apolipoprotein-e
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Shanna L Burke, Peter Maramaldi, Tamara Cadet, Walter Kukull
OBJECTIVE: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease, manifesting in clinically observable deficits in memory, thinking, and behavior that disproportionately affects older adults. Susceptibility genes, such as apolipoprotein ε4, have long been associated with an increased risk of AD diagnosis. Studies have shown associations between depression and increased risk of AD development. Furthermore, findings from previous investigations suggest mixed effects in the use of psychotropic medication in older adults...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559683/hiv-and-the-right-to-health-in-colombia
#15
Corey Prachniak-Rincón, Jimena Villar de Onís
The first Colombian to claim a judicially enforceable right to health was a gay man living with HIV, who in 1992 claimed a violation of his constitutional rights on account of being denied antiretroviral therapy. Since then, HIV activists have been at the forefront of advancing both the judicialization and social reconstruction of health as a human right. However, their role-and its implications today-has been sometimes overlooked in the study of Colombia's right to health. Based on semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, we evaluate the HIV movement's effect on the progression of the right to health and resulting health care reform, and analyze the reform's success in addressing the needs of people living with HIV...
December 2016: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549063/food-addiction-and-obesity-unnecessary-medicalization-of-hedonic-overeating
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REVIEW
Graham Finlayson
The concept of addiction is loaded with connotations and is often used for its political as much as its medical utility. The scientific case for 'food addiction' as a clinical phenotype currently rests on its association with generic diagnostic criteria for substance-related disorders being applied to everyday foods and eating-related problems. This has fused the concept of obesity with addiction regardless of whether it fits the definition. The hedonic, or reward, system can account for the ingestion of foods and drugs, confirming that they share neural substrates that differentiate liking and wanting...
May 26, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530519/does-a-one-size-fits-all-cost-sharing-approach-incentivize-appropriate-medication-use-a-roundtable-on-the-fairness-and-ethics-associated-with-variable-cost-sharing
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Jennifer S Graff, Chuck Shih, Thomas Barker, Gabriela Dieguez, Cheryl Larson, Helen Sherman, Robert W Dubois
BACKGROUND: Tiered formularies, in which patients pay copays or coinsurance out-of-pocket (OOP), are used to manage costs and encourage more efficient health care resource use. Formulary tiers are typically based on the cost of treatment rather than the medical appropriateness for the patient. Cost sharing may have unintended consequences on treatment adherence and health outcomes. Use of higher-cost, higher-tier medications can be due to a variety of factors, including unsuccessful treatment because of lack of efficacy or side effects, patient clinical or genetic characteristics, patient preferences to avoid potential side effects, or patient preferences based on the route of administration...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524293/the-contribution-of-direct-patient-reported-adrs-to-drug-safety-signals-in-the-netherlands-from-2010-to-2015
#18
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/28523503/hierarchical-cluster-analysis-to-aid-diagnostic-image-data-visualization-of-ms-and-other-medical-imaging-modalities
#19
Arul N Selvan, Laura M Cole, Lynne Spackman, Sarah Naylor, Chris Wright
Perceiving abnormal regions in the images of different medical modalities plays a crucial role in diagnosis and subsequent treatment planning. In medical images to visually perceive abnormalities' extent and boundaries requires substantial experience. Consequently, manually drawn region of interest (ROI) to outline boundaries of abnormalities suffers from limitations of human perception leading to inter-observer variability. As an alternative to human drawn ROI, it is proposed the use of a computer-based segmentation algorithm to segment digital medical image data...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523128/comparison-of-medicines-management-strategies-in-insurance-schemes-in-middle-income-countries-four-case-studies
#20
Warren A Kaplan, Paul G Ashigbie, Mohamad I Brooks, Veronika J Wirtz
BACKGROUND: Many middle-income countries are scaling up health insurance schemes to provide financial protection and access to affordable medicines to poor and uninsured populations. Although there is a wealth of evidence on how high income countries with mature insurance schemes manage cost-effective use of medicines, there is limited evidence on the strategies used in middle-income countries. This paper compares the medicines management strategies that four insurance schemes in middle-income countries use to improve access and cost-effective use of medicines among beneficiaries...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
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