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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350827/time-spent-by-belgian-hospital-pharmacists-on-supply-disruptions-and-drug-shortages-an-exploratory-study
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Elfi De Weerdt, Thomas De Rijdt, Steven Simoens, Minne Casteels, Isabelle Huys
INTRODUCTION: Supply problems of drugs are an increasing and worldwide problem, also in Belgium. Hospital pharmacists try to manage drug supply problems to minimize the impact on patient care. This study aims to quantify in a detailed manner how much time employees of 17 Belgian hospital pharmacies spend on drug supply problems. METHODS: During six months, employees of Belgian hospital pharmacies filled in the daily time spent on drug supply problems using a template containing all steps which can be executed to manage drug supply problems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346204/restructuring-the-art-of-health-by-pharmacists-formulation-designs-with-oral-vehicles-teaching-pharmacy-students
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Rita Benischek
Compounding pharmacists, responsible for appropriate preparation of medications, coordinate with other professionals to reach optimal therapeutic options for patients. This review summarizes proprietary oral vehicles or suspensions focusing on available information or updated data from suppliers. Research has advanced methods with revised applications, cutting-edge safety considerations, beyond-use dating provisions for technical assistance, and evidence to review and teach pharmacy students the opportunities in the choices of an oral vehicle...
March 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346196/analytic-methods-used-in-quality-control-in-a-compounding-pharmacy
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Loyd V Allen
Analytical testing will no doubt become a more important part of pharmaceutical compounding as the public and regulatory agencies demand increasing documentation of the quality of compounded preparations. Compounding pharmacists must decide what types of testing and what amount of testing to include in their quality-control programs, and whether testing should be done in-house or outsourced. Like pharmaceutical compounding, analytical testing should be performed only by those who are appropriately trained and qualified...
January 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346194/case-report-diabetic-foot-ulcer-infection-treated-with-topical-compounded-medications
#4
Kelechi E Agbi, Maria Carvalho, Ha Phan, Cristiane Tuma
An adult diabetic male with three toes amputated on his right foot presented with an ulcer infection on his left foot, unresponsive to conventional antifungal oral medication for over two months. The ulcerated foot wound had a large impairment on the patient's quality of life, as determined by the Wound-QoL questionnaire. The compounding pharmacist recommended and the physician prescribed two topical compounded medicines, which were applied twice a day, free of charge at the compounding pharmacy. The foot ulcer infection was completely resolved following 13 days of treatment, with no longer any impairment on the patient's quality of life...
January 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339374/basics-of-compounding-clinical-pharmaceutics-part-1
#5
Loyd V Allen
Pharmaceutics is relevant far beyond the pharmaceutical industry, compounding, and the laboratory. Pharmaceutics can be used to solve many clinical problems in medication therapy. A pharmacists' knowledge of the physicochemical aspects of drugs and drug products should help the patient, physician, and healthcare professionals resolve issues in the increasingly complex world of modern medicine. Pharmacy is unique as it contains a knowledge base significantly different from that of physicians, nurses, and other health-related practitioners...
September 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339371/pharmaceutical-compounding-the-oldest-most-symbolic-and-still-vital-part-of-pharmacy
#6
Anna J Kochanowska-Karamyan
Historically, compounding has been always an integral part of pharmacy. Medications were prepared by pharmacists for individual patients and compounding was the only source of drugs before mass production by pharmaceutical companies. This trend started diminishing around the middle of the 20th century due to more drugs being produced by mass manufacturers. Shortly after, clinical pharmacy was introduced and many schools of pharmacy reorganized their curricula to address that change. As a result, many compounding courses have been removed and emphasis was shifted towards clinical classes...
September 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338242/what-can-community-pharmacy-learn-from-the-experiences-of-transition-to-practice-for-novice-doctors-and-nurses-a-narrative-review
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Esnath Magola, Sarah C Willis, Ellen I Schafheutle
OBJECTIVES: In the absence of literature reporting the transition experiences of novice community pharmacists, peer-reviewed evidence on the transition experiences of novice doctors and nurses was identified and reviewed. Specific objectives included identifying the challenges to transition and their perceived impact, before considering the implications for novice community pharmacists. METHODS: The electronic databases MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO and ScienceDirect were searched for full peer-reviewed original research papers published 1990-March 2015, reporting the transition experiences of novice doctors and nurses...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337085/duty-to-advocate-human-papillomavirus-vaccination
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Kristen Nichols, Jennifer Girotto, Amy Mitchell-Van Steele, Sylvia Stoffella
Despite the excellent benefit-to-risk ratio for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and recommendations for its routine use from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), significant controversy surrounding HPV vaccination continues to exist. In light of this controversy and continued low rates of vaccination among U.S. adolescents, the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) endorses the safety and efficacy of HPV vaccination and agrees with ACIP recommendations for protection of the U.S...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336742/current-and-potential-providers-of-blood-pressure-self-screening-a-mixed-methods-study-in-oxfordshire
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A C Tompson, S G Fleming, C J Heneghan, R J McManus, S M Greenfield, F D R Hobbs, A M Ward
OBJECTIVES: To (1) establish the extent of opportunities for members of the public to check their own blood pressure (BP) outside of healthcare consultations (BP self-screening), (2) investigate the reasons for and against hosting such a service and (3) ascertain how BP self-screening data are used in primary care. DESIGN: A mixed methods, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Primary care and community locations in Oxfordshire, UK. PARTICIPANTS: 325 sites were surveyed to identify where and in what form BP self-screening services were available...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334910/evaluating-pharmacist-input-into-the-pharmaceutical-care-of-patients-in-dispensing-medical-practices-in-remote-and-rural-areas-of-scotland
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Derek Stewart, Breda Anthony, Clare Morrison, Yvonne MacRae, Lucy Dixon, Emer Friel, Evelyn Yoong, Scott Cunningham, Katie MacLure
Background.: The Highlands and the Western Isles are the two most remote and rural areas of Scotland, with many medical practices in areas where pharmacies would not be viable. Recent regulations state that that dispensing medical practices in these areas must receive pharmacist support for patients who would benefit. Objective.: This study aimed to evaluate pilot services, which centred on the provision of patient centred pharmaceutical care. Methods...
March 8, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333673/choosing-a-vial-processing-line-for-aseptic-compounding-part-1
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Shaun Noorian, Navid Vahedi
Equipment systems that enable compliance with stringent state and federal compounding requirements are a topic of increasing interest to U.S. pharmacists. Of those equipment types, an aseptic vial processing line offers unique benefits (especially to 503B compounding pharmacies and small contract manufacturers of aseptic pilot-size batches) if the volume of sterile preparations dispensed offsets the cost of purchase, installation, and maintenance. In this article, the reasons for and the process of selecting an aseptic vial processing line for use in 2 independent 503B compounding pharmacies are presented, the operation of our choice of equipment is described, and specifications for the components of that line are listed...
July 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333658/compounding-in-nigeria
#12
Deghinmotei Alfred-Ugbenbo, Oleksandr A Zdoryk, Victoriya A Georgiyants, Rick Schnatz
Although the art of apothecary existed as early as the first settlers in the location known today as Nigeria, the practice of pharmacy has transformed from training of dispensers in the 17th century to compounding pharmacists. Compounding, currently carried out exclusively in hospital pharmacies in Nigeria, is a relatively small but significant part of pharmaceutical care since it is tailored to individual/ special patients for positive therapeutic outcomes. This aspect of pharmaceutical service suffers challenges in Nigeria...
May 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325528/towards-the-implementation-of-breastfeeding-related-health-services-in-community-pharmacies-pharmacists-perspectives
#13
Tin Fei Sim, H Laetitia Hattingh, Jillian Sherriff, Lisa B G Tee
BACKGROUND: The scope of community pharmacy practice has expanded over the years. Pharmacists are now involved in the provision of a range of professional services. Pharmacists have regular contact with breastfeeding women, and are perceived as easily accessible, trusted health advisors. There is limited information on factors needed to be considered when implementing breastfeeding-related services in pharmacies to meet the needs of this population group. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore community pharmacists' perspectives on the implementation of breastfeeding-related services, the factors to consider and the required implementation strategies in community pharmacies...
March 10, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321138/student-preparation-for-pgy1-residency-training-by-us-colleges-of-pharmacy-survey-of-the-residency-program-director-perspective
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Alyssa B Mutz, Jacob Beyer, Whitney L Dickson, Irina Gutman, Filiz Yucebay, Marcie Lepkowsky, Juliana Chan, Kristen Carter, Christopher L Shaffer, Patrick D Fuller
Purpose: To evaluate current residents' level of preparation by US colleges of pharmacy for postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency training from the perspective of residency program directors (RPDs). Methods: RPDs were asked in an electronic survey questionnaire to rate PGY1 pharmacy residents' abilities in 4 domains: communication, clinical knowledge, interpersonal/time-management skills, and professionalism/leadership. Results: One hundred ninety-seven RPDs of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited PGY1 programs completed the survey...
February 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321137/navigating-the-institutional-review-board-irb-process-for-pharmacy-related-research
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Marjorie Shaw Phillips, Osama Abdelghany, Susan Johnston, Rachel Rarus, Jennifer Austin-Szwak, Craig Kirkwood
Pharmacists' specialized training and knowledge qualify them to lead and engage in research pertaining to optimal medication use. Performing research promotes pharmacy professionalism and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration. To conduct research appropriately, one must have thorough knowledge of when institutional review board (IRB) approval is required and how to successfully navigate IRB processes. The overarching mission of the IRB overseeing research at an organization per federal guidelines is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research...
February 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321136/procarbazine-lomustine-and-vincristine-pcv-regimen-for-central-nervous-system-tumors
#16
Dominic A Solimando, J Aubrey Waddell
The complexity of cancer chemotherapy requires pharmacists be familiar with the complicated regimens and highly toxic agents used. This column reviews various issues related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of antineoplastic therapy, and the agents, both commercially available and investigational, used to treat malignant diseases. Questions or suggestions for topics should be addressed to Dominic A. Solimando, Jr, President, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Inc., 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-545, Arlington, VA 22203, e-mail: OncRxSvc@comcast...
February 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320542/evaluation-of-fixed-and-variable-hospital-costs-due-to-clostridium-difficile-infection-institutional-incentives-and-directions-for-future-research
#17
P Ryan, M Skally, F Duffy, M Farrelly, L Gaughan, P Flood, E McFadden, F Fitzpatrick
BACKGROUND: Economic analysis of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) should consider the incentives facing institutional decision-makers. To avoid overstating the financial benefits of infection prevention, fixed and variable costs should be distinguished. AIM: To quantify CDI fixed and variable costs in a tertiary referral hospital during August 2015. METHODS: A micro-costing analysis estimated CDI costs per patient, including the additional costs of a CDI outbreak...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314882/a-global-view-of-undergraduate-education-in-pharmacovigilance
#18
Jenny Hartman, Linda Härmark, Eugène van Puijenbroek
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to gain insight in current pharmacovigilance educational activities and to gather information on which topics should be included in the undergraduate pharmacovigilance core curriculum. METHOD: A web-based questionnaire was carried out containing 45 questions divided over four sections between 28 October 2014 and 31 January 2015. Potential participants working in pharmacovigilance and/or providing training in this field were invited via email and a widespread web link and snowball sampling was used to recruit additional participants...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306589/older-adult-kidney-function-assessment-and-rounding-creatinine-led-to-medication-dosing-error
#19
Timothy Nguyen, Yanique Foster, Shpres Cekaj
BACKGROUND/AREAS OF UNCERTAINTY: Kidney function assessment in older adults can be unreliable because of many factors, and inaccurate assessment can lead to medication dosing error. Practitioners may have adopted the method of rounding creatinine to an arbitrary number 1.0 because of change in muscle mass and age-related change. This has in fact proven to cause more harm than good, potentially leading to underdosing of many medications. DATA SOURCES: A literature search performed using PubMed with the following key words (rounding serum creatinine, rounding serum creatinine AND pharmacist or pharmacy, rounding serum creatinine AND doctor or physician or healthcare, rounding serum creatinine AND kidney function) with no restrictions (dates or any other requirement)...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302923/improving-medication-safety-and-diabetes-management-in-hong-kong-a-multidisciplinary-approach
#20
A Ys Chung, S Anand, I Ck Wong, K Cb Tan, C Ff Wong, W Cm Chui, E W Chan
INTRODUCTION: Patients with diabetes often require complex medication regimens. The positive impact of pharmacists on improving diabetes management or its co-morbidities has been recognised worldwide. This study aimed to characterise drug-related problems among diabetic patients in Hong Kong and their clinical significance, and to explore the role of pharmacists in the multidisciplinary diabetes management team by evaluating the outcome of their clinical interventions. METHODS: An observational study was conducted at the Diabetes Clinic of a public hospital in Hong Kong from October 2012 to March 2014...
March 17, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
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