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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644793/dirty-laundry-drug-formulary-exclusions
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Katy Giebenhain
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644447/new-nci-drug-formulary-cuts-red-tape
#2
Arlene Weintraub
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Lab Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640433/glycemic-improvement-with-a-fixed-dose-combination-of-dpp-4-inhibitor%C3%A2-%C3%A2-metformin-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-gift-study
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Harpreet S Bajaj, Chenglin Ye, Esha Jain, Karri Venn, Eden Stein, Ronnie Aronson
This study investigates changes in A1C following a switch from dual therapy of metformin and DPP-4 inhibitor to a fixed-dose combination (FDC) of metformin + DPP-4 inhibitor following the introduction of the FDC in the provincial formulary. LMC Diabetes Registry was queried retrospectively for patients with type 2 diabetes, aged between 18-80 years with at least one A1C recorded prior and ≥3 months post-switch. 568 subjects with mean age 64 ± 12 years and mean A1C 7.7% ± 1.2% met study criteria...
June 22, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637743/knowledge-attitude-and-practice-of-healthcare-professionals-towards-infliximab-and-insulin-glargine-biosimilars-result-of-a-uk-web-based-survey
#4
Stephen R Chapman, Raymond W Fitzpatrick, Mohammed I Aladul
OBJECTIVE: To investigate healthcare professionals' knowledge and attitudes towards infliximab and insulin glargine biosimilars and the factors influencing their prescribing. Then, to compare healthcare professionals' attitudes with the utilisation of these biosimilars in UK hospitals. DESIGN: Self-administered, one-time web-based survey and drug utilisation analysis. SETTING AND DATA SOURCES: Professional associations and societies in the field of dermatology, diabetology, gastroenterology and rheumatology in the UK, between 8 August 2016 and 8 January 2017...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637307/sparing-carbapenem-usage
#5
A Peter R Wilson
Background: Carbapenem resistance in Gram-negative bacteria is increasing in many countries and use of carbapenems and antibiotics to which resistance is linked should be reduced to slow its emergence. There are no directly equivalent antibiotics and the alternatives are less well supported by clinical trials. The few new agents are expensive. Objectives: To provide guidance on strategies to reduce carbapenem usage. Methods: A literature review was performed as described in the BSAC/HIS/BIA/IPS Joint Working Party on Multiresistant Gram-negative Infection Report...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627939/off-label-prescribing-for-children-with-chronic-diseases-in-nigeria-findings-and-implications
#6
Kazeem Adeola Oshikoya, Ibrahim Adekunle Oreagba, Brian Godman, Joseph Fadare, Samuel Orubu, Amos Massele, Idowu Odunayo Senbanjo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Prescribing medicines in an off-label manner for children with chronic conditions is sparsely documented, even more so among developing countries. This needs addressing. The objective was to investigate the extent of this prescribing among children with epilepsy, asthma, and sickle cell anaemia in Nigeria. METHODS: Prescriptions for children ≤16 years documented in their case files that attended paediatric clinics in Lagos, Nigeria, for these three conditions between January and October 2015, were reviewed retrospectively to extract data on the medicines prescribed...
June 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607755/access-and-barriers-to-ms-care-in-latin-america
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REVIEW
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/28606809/animal-derived-natural-products-used-in-the-bhutanese-sowa-riga-medicine
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Karma Yeshi, Paolo Morisco, Phurpa Wangchuk
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Bhutan has two traditional healing systems: a folklore medicine and the Bhutanese Sowa Rigpa medicine (BSM). Three different types of ingredients namely plants, animals (and their derived products) and minerals are used for the preparation of various formulations in combined form. Animals and their derived products are vital ingredients in the preparation of numerous traditional remedies. Unlike medicinal plants, research on medicinal animals has remained largely untouched...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605615/cancer-drugs-an-international-comparison-of-postlicensing-price-inflation
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Philip Savage, Sarah Mahmoud, Yogin Patel, Hagop Kantarjian
PURPOSE: The cost of cancer drugs forms a rising proportion of health care budgets worldwide. A number of studies have examined international comparisons of initial cost, but there is little work on postlicensing price increases. To examine this, we compared cancer drug prices at initial sale and subsequent price inflation in the United States and United Kingdom and also reviewed relevant price control mechanisms. METHODS: The 10 top-selling cancer drugs were selected, and their prices at initial launch and in 2015 were compared...
June 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594480/comparison-of-drug-benefits-provided-by-veterans-affairs-canada-and-the-canadian-forces-health-services-group
#10
Matthew Chow, Charles J Wicks, Janice Ma, Sylvain Grenier
BACKGROUND: Drug benefits are provided at public expense to all actively serving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel, with ongoing drug coverage offered by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) for selected conditions following termination of employment. Differences in drug coverage between these programs could introduce risks for treatment disruption. OBJECTIVES: Work was undertaken to establish a process that would allow systematic comparison of the entire VAC and CAF formularies, and to identify and explain discordant listings in 14 therapeutic categories that pose risk of adverse outcomes with sudden treatment interruption...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581873/budget-impact-model-in-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-vulgaris-assessing-effects-of-calcipotriene-and-betamethasone-dipropionate-foam-on-per-patient-standard-of-care-costs
#11
Carl V Asche, Minchul Kim, Steven R Feldman, Panagiotis Zografos, Minyi Lu
AIMS: To develop a budget impact model (BIM) for estimating the financial impact of formulary adoption and uptake of calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate (C/BD) foam (0.005%/0.064%) on the costs of biologics for treating moderate-to-severe psoriasis vulgaris in a hypothetical US healthcare plan with 1 million members. METHODS: This BIM incorporated epidemiologic data, market uptake assumptions, and drug utilization costs, simulating the treatment mix for patients who are candidates for biologics before (Scenario #1) and after (Scenario #2) the introduction of C/BD foam...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571945/applying-the-lists-of-risk-drugs-for-thai-elderly-lrdte-as-a-mechanism-to-account-for-patient-age-and-medicine-severity-in-assessing-potentially-inappropriate-medication-use
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Vanida Prasert, Manabu Akazawa, Aiko Shono, Farsai Chanjaruporn, Chanuttha Ploylearmsang, Kamolnut Muangyim, Thanased Wattanapongsatit, Uthen Sutin
BACKGROUND: Potential inappropriate medication (PIM) prescribing is a medication that puts patients at risk rather than having benefits. PIM use has been associated with hospitalization, morbidity, and mortality resulting from ADRs in elderly patients. The Lists of Risk Drugs for Thai Elderly (LRDTE) was developed as the new screening tool to identify PIMs use. The prevalence of PIM use using the LRDTE has not been determined in Thailand. PURPOSE: The main purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of PIM use based on the LRDTE...
May 23, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569663/do-restrictions-on-antipsychotic-use-differ-between-medicare-part-d-stand-alone-versus-medicare-advantage-plans
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Joshua Chou, Nicole J Brandt, F Ellen Loh, Bruce Stuart
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the type of restrictions and differences among antipsychotic users enrolled in Medicare Part D Stand-Alone (PDPs) and Advantage (MAPDs) prescription drug plans. METHODS: This retrospective study used data from Chronic Condition Data Warehouse, comprising a random 5% sample of the Medicare population in 2008. This study used bivariate analyses and multivariate logistical regression models to study differences in formulary restrictions on antipsychotic use between PDP and MAPD enrollees, adjusting for enrollee characteristics...
February 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558832/in-vitro-quality-evaluation-of-leading-brands-of-ciprofloxacin-tablets-available-in-bangladesh
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Md Sahab Uddin, Abdullah Al Mamun, Md Saddam Hossain, Md Asaduzzaman, Md Shahid Sarwar, Mamunur Rashid, Oscar Herrera-Calderon
BACKGROUND: Ciprofloxacin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that acts against a number of bacterial infections. The study was carried out to examine the in vitro quality control tests for ten leading brands of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride 500 mg tablet formulation, registered in Bangladesh by Directorate General of Drug Administration. The quality control parameters of ten different brands of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride 500 mg tablets were determined by weight variation, friability, hardness, disintegration, dissolution and assay tests...
May 30, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550993/barriers-to-pcsk9-inhibitor-prescriptions-for-patients-with-high-cardiovascular-risk-results-of-a-healthcare-provider-survey-conducted-by-the-national-lipid-association
#15
Jerome D Cohen, Mark J Cziraky, Terry A Jacobson, Kevin C Maki, Dean G Karalis
BACKGROUND: Statin therapy is recommended for reducing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk. Significant risk can remain because of insufficient clinical response or statin intolerance. Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type-9 (PCSK9) therapy lowers low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and has recently been shown to lower ASCVD events. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the barriers and challenges experienced with the access and approval reimbursement process for PCSK9 inhibitor prescriptions...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543813/inhaled-pulmonary-vasodilator-therapy-for-management-of-right-ventricular-dysfunction-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-placement-and-cardiac-transplantation
#16
Leah A Sabato, David M Salerno, Jeremy D Moretz, Douglas L Jennings
Right ventricular failure (RVF) after cardiac transplant (CTX) or implantation of a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) is associated with significant post-operative morbidity and mortality. A variety of modalities have been used to treat post-operative RVF, including management of volume status, intravenous inotropes and vasodilators, and right-sided mechanical support. Inhaled vasodilator agents are a unique treatment option aimed at minimizing systemic absorption by delivering therapy directly to the pulmonary vasculature...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530525/cost-effectiveness-of-nivolumab-ipilimumab-combination-therapy-compared-with-monotherapy-for-first-line-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-in-the-united-states
#17
Anna Oh, Dang M Tran, Leann C McDowell, Dor Keyvani, Jay Andrew Barcelon, Oscar Merino, Leslie Wilson
BACKGROUND: The approval of new immunotherapies has dramatically changed the treatment landscape of metastatic melanoma. These survival gains come with trade-offs in side effects and costs, as well as important considerations for third-party payer systems, physicians, and patients. OBJECTIVE: To develop a Markov model to determine the cost-effectiveness of nivolumab, ipilimumab, and nivolumab-ipilimumab combination as firstline therapy in metastatic melanoma, while accounting for differential effectiveness in programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) positive and negative patients...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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
#18
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/28523128/comparison-of-medicines-management-strategies-in-insurance-schemes-in-middle-income-countries-four-case-studies
#19
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516201/budget-impact-and-cost-effectiveness-analyses-of-direct-acting-antivirals-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-hong-kong
#20
X Li, N S Chan, A W Tam, I F N Hung, E W Chan
The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the budget impact and cost-effectiveness of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Hong Kong. A decision analytic model was developed to compare short-term costs and health outcomes of patients with chronic HCV genotype 1 infection in Hong Kong who were treated with an interferon (INF)-based treatment (dual therapy of pegylated interferon and ribavirin) or DAA-based treatments (sofosbuvir or ledipasvir/sofosbuvir or ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir plus dasabuvir)...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
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