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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449353/how-excluding-some-benefits-from-value-assessment-of-new-drugs-impacts-innovation
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Joseph P Cook, Joseph Golec
Payers often assess the benefits of new drugs relative to costs for reimbursement purposes, but they frequently exclude some drugs' option-related benefits, reducing their reimbursement chances, and making them less attractive R&D investments. We develop and test a real options model of R&D investment that shows that excluding option-related benefits heightens drug developers' incentives to avoid high-risk (volatile) R&D investments and instead encourages them to focus on "safer" (positively skewed) investments...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449343/cost-effectiveness-of-the-highly-effective-direct-acting-antivirals-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-hong-kong
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Angeline Oi-Shan Lo, Henry Lik-Yuen Chan, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Grace Lai-Hung Wong
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In Asia-Pacific where cost is a major concern, peginterferon plus ribavirin (PR) often remain as the standard of care in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) treatment, while the direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are commonly recommended as retreatment. Newer DAAs can achieve a sustained virological response (SVR) of nearly 100% with pan-genotypic coverage, that is "Highly Effective DAAs." We aimed to investigate the most desirable cost range for the Highly Effective DAAs using Hong Kong as an example...
May 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448780/integration-strategies-of-pharmacists-in-primary-care-based-accountable-care-organizations-a-report-from-the-accountable-care-organization-research-network-services-and-education
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Tina Joseph, Genevieve M Hale, Sara M Eltaki, Yesenia Prados, Renee Jones, Matthew J Seamon, Cynthia Moreau, Stephanie A Gernant
BACKGROUND: The accountable care organization (ACO) is an innovative health care delivery model centered on value-based care. ACOs consisting of primary care providers are increasingly becoming commonplace in practice; however, medication management remains suboptimal. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: As experts in medication management, pharmacists perform direct patient care and assist in the transition from one provider to another, which places them in an ideal position to manage multiple aspects of patient care...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448754/clinical-evaluation-of-cost-efficacy-of-drugs-for-treatment-of-osteoporosis-a-meta-analysis
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Stewart G Albert, Supraja Reddy
OBJECTIVE: To assess the cost efficacy of available regimens for therapy of osteoporosis as defined as the cost time's number need to treat to prevent one fracture. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Existing meta-analyses were supplemented through electronic databases SCOPUS and PubMED between 2013 (a date overlapping the latest meta-analyses) and March 2016. Primary references included all randomized controlled trials of anti-osteoporotic drugs versus comparators using search terms "osteoporosis", "random" and "trial"...
April 27, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448028/system-for-efficacy-and-cytotoxicity-screening-of-inhibitors-targeting-intracellular-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#6
Xingji Zheng, Yossef Av-Gay
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. With the increased spread of multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), there is a real urgency to develop new therapeutic strategies against M. tuberculosis infections. Traditionally, compounds are evaluated based on their antibacterial activity under in vitro growth conditions in broth; however, results are often misleading for intracellular pathogens like M. tuberculosis since in-broth phenotypic screening conditions are significantly different from the actual disease conditions within the human body...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447766/supervised-dosing-with-a-long-acting-opioid-medication-in-the-management-of-opioid-dependence
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Rosella Saulle, Simona Vecchi, Linda Gowing
BACKGROUND: Opioid dependence (OD) is an increasing clinical and public health problem worldwide. International guidelines recommend opioid substitution treatment (OST), such as methadone and buprenorphine, as first-line medication treatment for OD. A negative aspect of OST is that the medication used can be diverted both through sale on the black market, and the unsanctioned use of medications. Daily supervised administration of medications used in OST has the advantage of reducing the risk of diversion, and may promote therapeutic engagement, potentially enhancing the psychosocial aspect of OST, but costs more and is more restrictive on the client than dispensing for off-site consumption...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447111/-diagnostics-and-treatment-of-osteoid-osteoma
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REVIEW
P Orth, D Kohn
BACKGROUND: Osteoid osteoma is the third most common benign bone tumor and typically induces pain that is worse at night. OBJECTIVE: To identify the epidemiological, pathogenetic, histological and radiological characteristics of osteoid osteoma and to present the broad variety of treatment options. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This review article summarizes relevant clinical studies and meta-analyses on this topic. RESULTS: Osteoid osteoma is characterized by a central nidus smaller than 1...
April 26, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447014/narrative-writing-effective-ways-and-best-practices
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REVIEW
Samir D Ledade, Shishir N Jain, Ankit A Darji, Vinodkumar H Gupta
A narrative is a brief summary of specific events experienced by patients, during the course of a clinical trial. Narrative writing involves multiple activities such as generation of patient profiles, review of data sources, and identification of events for which narratives are required. A sponsor outsources narrative writing activities to leverage the expertise of service providers which in turn requires effective management of resources, cost, time, quality, and overall project management. Narratives are included as an appendix to the clinical study report and are submitted to the regulatory authorities as a part of dossier...
April 2017: Perspectives in Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446325/-current-status-and-future-perspectives-of-primary-antifungal-prophylaxis-in-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-review
#10
Yan Li, Li Yu
Invasive fungal diseases (IFD) are associated with considerable morbidity and mortality in patients with hematological malignancies. Primary antifungal prophylaxis (PAP) is effective for decreasing incidence of IFD, and the patients will be more tolerable to chemotherapy with less cost and better prognosis. Antifungal drugs as fluconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, caspofungin and micafungin are all recommended for PAP by many consensus and guidelines. The PAP will be more scientific, appropriate and effective with the development of studies about predicting risk-stratification for IFD, new drugs, pharmacokinetics and integrated prophylaxis...
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446009/applications-of-microfluidic-devices-for-urology
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REVIEW
Se Jik Han, Hun-Kuk Park, Kyung Sook Kim
Microfluidics is considered an important technology that is suitable for numerous biomedical applications, including cancer diagnosis, metastasis, drug delivery, and tissue engineering. Although microfluidics is still considered to be a new approach in urological research, several pioneering studies have been reported in recent years. In this paper, we reviewed urological research works using microfluidic devices. Microfluidic devices were used for the detection of prostate and bladder cancer and the characterization of cancer microenvironments...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445850/simultaneous-quantification-of-busulfan-clofarabine-and-f-ara-a-using-isotope-labelled-standards-and-standard-addition-in-plasma-by-lc-ms-ms-for-exposure-monitoring-in-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-conditioning
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Arjen M Punt, Jurgen B Langenhorst, Annelies C Egas, Jaap Jan Boelens, Charlotte van Kesteren, Erik M van Maarseveen
In allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) it has been shown that over- or underexposure to conditioning agents have an impact on patient outcomes. Conditioning regimens combining busulfan (Bu) and fludarabine (Flu) with or without clofarabine (Clo) are gaining interest worldwide in HCT. To evaluate and possibly adjust full conditioning exposure a simultaneous analysis of Bu, F-ARA-A (active metabolite of Flu) and Clo in one analytical run would be of great interest. However, this is a chromatographical challenge due to the large structural differences of Bu compared to F-ARA-A and Clo...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445835/economic-consequences-of-legal-and-illegal-drugs-the-case-of-social-costs-in-belgium
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Delfine Lievens, Freya Vander Laenen, Nick Verhaeghe, Koen Putman, Lieven Pauwels, Wim Hardyns, Lieven Annemans
BACKGROUND: Legal and illegal drugs impose a considerable burden to the individual and to society. The misuse of addictive substances results in healthcare and law enforcement costs, loss of productivity and reduced quality of life. METHODS: A social cost study was conducted to estimate the substance-attributable costs of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and psychoactive medication to Belgian society in 2012. The cost-of-illness framework with prevalence-based and human capital approach was applied...
April 23, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445474/cost-effectiveness-of-a-transitional-pharmaceutical-care-program-for-patients-discharged-from-the-hospital
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Fatma Karapinar-Çarkıt, Ronald van der Knaap, Fatiha Bouhannouch, Sander D Borgsteede, Marjo J A Janssen, Carl E H Siegert, Toine C G Egberts, Patricia M L A van den Bemt, Marieke F van Wier, Judith E Bosmans
BACKGROUND: To improve continuity of care at hospital admission and discharge and to decrease medication errors pharmaceutical care programs are developed. This study aims to determine the cost-effectiveness of the COACH program in comparison with usual care from a societal perspective. METHODS: A controlled clinical trial was performed at the Internal Medicine department of a general teaching hospital. All admitted patients using at least one prescription drug were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445403/detection-of-hepatitis-b-virus-m204i-mutation-by-quantum-dot-labeled-dna-probe
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Cheng Zhang, Yiping Chen, Xinmiao Liang, Guanhua Zhang, Hong Ma, Leng Nie, Yu Wang
Quantum dots (QDs) are semiconductor nanoparticles with a diameter of less than 10 nm, which have been widely used as fluorescent probes in biochemical analysis and vivo imaging because of their excellent optical properties. Sensitive and convenient detection of hepatitis B virus (HBV) gene mutations is important in clinical diagnosis. Therefore, we developed a sensitive, low-cost and convenient QDs-mediated fluorescent method for the detection of HBV gene mutations in real serum samples from chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients who had received lamivudine or telbivudine antiviral therapy...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445088/predicting-the-need-for-third-line-antiretroviral-therapy-by-identifying-patients-at-high-risk-for-failing-second-line-antiretroviral-therapy-in-south-africa
#16
Dorina Onoya, Cornelius Nattey, Eric Budgell, Liudmyla van den Berg, Mhairi Maskew, Denise Evans, Kamban Hirasen, Lawrence C Long, Matthew P Fox
Although third-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) is available in South Africa's public sector, its cost is substantially higher than first and second line. Identifying risk factors for failure on second-line treatment remains crucial to reduce the need for third-line drugs. We conducted a case-control study including 194 adult patients (≥18 years; 70 cases and 124 controls) who initiated second-line ART in Johannesburg, South Africa. Unconditional logistic regression was used to assess predictors of virologic failure (defined as 2 consecutive viral load measures ≥1000 copies/mL, ≥3 months after switching to second line)...
April 26, 2017: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444095/judicial-demand-of-medications-through-the-federal-justice-of-the-state-of-paran%C3%A3
#17
Renato Mitsunori Nisihara, Ana Carolina Possebom, Luiza de Martino Cruvinel Borges, Ana Claudia Athanasio Shwetz, Fernanda Francis Benevides Bettes
Objective: To describe the profile of lawsuits related to drug requests filled at the Federal Justice of the State of Paraná. Methods: A cross-sectional study, and the data were obtained through consulting the lawsuits at the online system of the Federal Justice of Paraná. Results: Out of 347 lawsuits included in the study, 55% of plaintiffs were women, with a median age of 56 years. Oncology was the field with more requests (23.6%), and the highest mean costs...
January 2017: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443923/use-of-alcl3-in-friedel-crafts-arylation-type-reactions-and-beyond-an-overview-on-the-development-of-unique-methodologies-leading-to-n-heteroarenes
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REVIEW
Rajnikanth Sunke, Suresh Babu Nallapati, Jetta Sandeep Kumar, K Shiva Kumar, Manojit Pal
As a privileged class of heterocyclic compounds N-heteroarenes have found enormous applications in many areas including medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry and drug discovery. Consequently, a wide variety of methods have been reported for their synthesis. While not free from their own limitations the AlCl3 mediated methods appeared to have some particular advantages in preparing a number of useful N-heteroarenes. Besides the famous Friedel-Crafts (FC) alkylation/acylation reactions one such example is AlCl3-induced heteroarylation of arenes and heteroarenes (FC arylation type reactions) that can be used to prepare a certain class of N-heteroarenes in an operationally simple, efficient and cost effective manner...
April 26, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443391/atazanavir-sulfate-cobicistat-for-the-treatment-of-hiv-infection
#19
Francisco Antunes
The life expectancy of patients living with HIV has increased significantly in the last two decades, as a result of the great progress in treatment of HIV infection. During this time, several drugs were developed to offer long-term benefits in terms of virologic efficacy, favourable tolerability and toxicity profiles. Pharmacokinetic boosting of protease inhibitors allows a higher genetic barrier, as few or no drug-resistant mutations are detected in patients with virologic failure. Areas covered: Atazanavir sulfate + cobicistat (ATV/c) was recently approved in the United States of America and in the European Union for the treatment of HIV-1 infection...
April 26, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442683/achievements-and-limits-of-current-medical-therapy-of-glaucoma
#20
Pelagia Kalouda, Christina Keskini, Eleftherios Anastasopoulos, Fotis Topouzis
Prescribing medical therapy for the treatment of glaucoma can be a complex process since many parameters should be taken into consideration regarding its achievements and limits. Today, a variety of options, including multiple drug classes and multiple agents within classes, are available to the clinician, but caution should be given to their side effects and contraindications. Glaucoma patients with preexisting ocular surface disease should be treated with caution, and preferably with preservative-free formulations, as there is an increased risk for symptom deterioration...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
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