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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530523/cost-effectiveness-of-peginterferon-beta-1a-and-alemtuzumab-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Ankur A Dashputre, Khalid M Kamal, Gauri Pawar
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system, affecting 2.5 million people globally and 400,000 people in the United States. While no cure exists for MS, the goal is to manage the disease using disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which have been shown to slow disease progression and prevent relapses. Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common form of MS at the time of diagnosis. Peginterferon beta-1a (PEG) and alemtuzumab (ALT) were recently approved and have demonstrated good clinical outcomes, including reduced relapse rates in clinical trials...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530330/-the-sherlock-system-clinical-and-logistic-pharmaceutical-services
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Roni Leibowitz, Shahar Aflalo, Ornit Cohen, Ahuva Lustig
BACKGROUND: The drug inventory in the hospital consumes a large part of the hospital's budget. Classic drug management is based on weekly visits of the pharmacist in the departments, writing an order and dispensing it. This method is wasteful in terms of sending a bulk of drugs that will not necessarily be utilized, and it is also inefficient in terms of human resources. The unit-dose method, which is more advanced, is based on filling out individual prescriptions for each of the inpatients in the department...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527149/characterisation-of-drug-related-problems-and-associated-factors-at-a-clinical-pharmacist-service-na%C3%A3-ve-hospital-in-northern-sweden
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Cecilia Peterson, Maria Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy and increased sensitivity to side effects cause adverse drug events, drug-drug interactions and medication errors in the elderly. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence and type of drug-related problems and associated factors among patients admitted to a clinical pharmacist service-naïve medical ward in an inland hospital in northern Sweden. METHODS: During September-November 2015 and February-April 2016, clinical pharmacists working as part of a ward team on the medical ward conducted 103 medication reviews...
May 19, 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526021/current-status-challenges-and-the-way-forward-for-clinical-pharmacy-service-in-ethiopian-public-hospitals
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Arebu Issa Bilal, Zelalem Tilahun, Gebremedhin Beedemariam Gebretekle, Belete Ayalneh, Bisrat Hailemeskel, Ephrem Engidawork
BACKGROUND: Clinical pharmacy service has evolved steadily over the past few decades and is now contributing to the 'patient care journey' at all stages. It is improving the safety and effectiveness of medicines and has made a significant contribution to the avoidance of medication errors. In Ethiopia, clinical pharmacy service is in its initial phase, being started in July 2013. This study therefore aimed at assessing the status, challenges and way forward of clinical pharmacy service in the country...
May 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515506/impact-of-pharmacy-practice-model-expansion-on-pharmacokinetic-services-optimization-of-vancomycin-dosing-and-improved-patient-safety
#5
Zhe Han, Natasha N Pettit, Emily M Landon, Benjamin D Brielmaier
Background: The impact of pharmacy interventions on optimizing vancomycin therapy has been described, however interventions vary among studies and the most optimal pharmacy practice model (PPM) for pharmacokinetic (PK) services has not been established. Objective: The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the value of 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7) PK services. Methods: New PK services were implemented in 2 phases with institutional PPM expansion. Phase 1 included universal monitoring by pharmacists with recommendations made to prescribers during business hours...
April 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515505/application-of-the-layered-learning-practice-model-in-an-academic-medical-center
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Brittany M Loy, Sendra Yang, Jason M Moss, Debra W Kemp, Jamie N Brown
The layered learning practice model (LLPM) is a teaching strategy designed to train residents to precept students and other residents with the oversight of a seasoned clinical pharmacist. This model serves as a tool for residency programs to implement quality precepting opportunities and learning experiences as they look for new ways to integrate multiple learners into the practice setting. The levels of the LLPM include a senior preceptor, resident, and student. It is best implemented through utilization of 4 steps: orientation to the LLPM, preexperience planning, implementation, and postexperience evaluation...
April 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515503/drug-monographs-olaratumab-and-rucaparib
#7
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...
April 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511852/introducing-a-checking-technician-allows-pharmacists-to-spend-more-time-on-patient-focused-activities
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Patti Napier, Pauline Norris, Rhiannon Braund
BACKGROUND: Internationally there is an increasing focus on the clinical and cognitive services that pharmacists can provide. Lack of time has been identified as a barrier to pharmacists increasing their clinical activities. Within the pharmacy workplace there are many tasks that can only be performed by a pharmacist. The final accuracy check of a dispensed prescription is currently the sole responsibility of pharmacists in New Zealand. This takes up a significant amount of time during a pharmacist's work day...
May 11, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509614/the-impact-of-pharmacist-telephone-calls-after-discharge-on-satisfaction-of-oncology-patients-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Sewar S Salmany, Lujeen Ratrout, Abdallah Amireh, Randa Agha, Noor Nassar, Nour Mahmoud, Dalia Rimawi, Lama Nazer
Purpose The aim of the study was to determine the impact of telephone follow-up calls on satisfaction in oncology patients after hospital discharge. Method A randomized controlled study, in which patients were randomized into two groups: The experimental group with the telephone follow-up (TFU) calls (intervention) and the control group (no intervention). The telephone follow-up call was conducted within 72 h after discharge. During the call, patients were asked about their medications, namely, whether they received them, understood how to take them, and whether they developed any medication-related adverse effect...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507656/development-of-a-pharmacist-referral-program-in-a-primary-care-clinic-prepare-a-prospective-cross-sectional-study
#10
Arden R Barry
BACKGROUND: Increasing demand for ambulatory health care services has led to the development of primary care multidisciplinary teams that include pharmacists. The objective of this study was to characterize referrals to a pharmacist in a primary care clinic (PCC) based in Chilliwack, British Columbia. METHODS: This prospective cross-sectional study included all patients referred to the PCC pharmacist over 12 months (May 2015 to April 2016). Data regarding the source/reason for referral, patient demographics, medical problems/medications and number/category of identified drug therapy concerns (DTCs) were collected...
May 2017: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506977/development-of-a-medication-review-service-for-patients-with-enteral-tubes-in-a-community-teaching-hospital
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Tracey Li, Alison Eisenhart, Jennifer Costello
PURPOSE: The results of a study to develop a hospital-wide medication review service for patients with enteral tubes to improve patient safety are presented. SUMMARY: Inappropriate enteral administration of medications can result in occluded tubes, altered clinical response, and an increase in adverse effects. At Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a 600-bed community teaching hospital located in Livingston, New Jersey, a medication review service for patients with an enteral tube was developed...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506976/implementation-of-postdischarge-follow-up-telephone-calls-at-a-comprehensive-cancer-center
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Shrina D Patel, Phuoc Anh Anne Nguyen, Melissa Bachler, Bradley Atkinson
PURPOSE: The development and implementation of a pharmacy-driven, postdischarge follow-up telephone call program to assess medication adherence, provide education, and address medication-related concerns are discussed. SUMMARY: Many readmissions are avoidable through effective discharge planning and patient follow-up after hospitalization. However, there is limited information on how to effectuate this process. To address this barrier, a team consisting of a clinical pharmacy specialist, a clinical pharmacy manager, a postgraduate year 1 pharmacy resident, and an education specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center collaborated to create a postdischarge telephone call program within a transitions-of-care (TOC) pilot program...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506975/national-survey-of-comprehensive-pharmacy-services-provided-in-cancer-clinical-trials
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Anand Khandoobhai, Ming Poi, Katherine Kelley, Jay Mirtallo, Ben Lopez, Niesha Griffith
PURPOSE: Pharmacy services provided in clinical trials at National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated centers were assessed. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional survey of 61 NCI-designated cancer centers. Directors of pharmacy were contacted and data were collected electronically via Qualtrics over 2 months. Trial participants were asked to estimate the frequency that their sites performed 26 services and the perceived importance of these services. Services were examined with respect to the difference between their reported performance and their reported importance...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506974/assessment-of-reimbursement-in-a-community-hospital-based-pharmacist-managed-outpatient-transition-clinic
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Jinjie Huang, Ruthan Tattersall, Kristin Morse, Julia Nickerson-Troy, Elizabeth Clements, Lindsay Celauro, Amanda Lovell
PURPOSE: The assessment of reimbursement for and time spent on patient visits in a newly implemented, outpatient pharmacist-managed transition clinic (TC) was studied. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted on clinic visits that occurred during January 1 to December 31, 2015. Patients who had at least one TC visit during the study period were included. Any visit with no response from insurance by March 31, 2016, was excluded. Services provided by the TC were billed using a facility fee billing model...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506574/the-degree-of-integration-of-non-dispensing-pharmacists-in-primary-care-practice-and-the-impact-on-health-outcomes-a-systematic-review
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Ankie C M Hazen, Antoinette A de Bont, Lia Boelman, Dorien L M Zwart, Johan J de Gier, Niek J de Wit, Marcel L Bouvy
BACKGROUND: A non-dispensing pharmacist conducts clinical pharmacy services aimed at optimizing patients individual pharmacotherapy. Embedding a non-dispensing pharmacist in primary care practice enables collaboration, probably enhancing patient care. The degree of integration of non-dispensing pharmacists into multidisciplinary health care teams varies strongly between settings. The degree of integration may be a determinant for its success. OBJECTIVES: This study investigates how the degree of integration of a non-dispensing pharmacist impacts medication related health outcomes in primary care...
April 22, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506398/integration-of-pharmacists-into-patient-centered-medical-homes-in-federally-qualified-health-centers-in-texas
#16
Shui Ling Wong, Jamie C Barner, Kristina Sucic, Michelle Nguyen, Karen L Rascati
OBJECTIVES: To describe the integration and implementation of pharmacy services in patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) as adopted by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and compare them with usual care (UC). SETTING: Four FQHCs (3 PCMHs, 1 UC) in Austin, TX, that provide care to the underserved populations. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Pharmacists have worked under a collaborative practice agreement with internal medicine physicians since 2005...
May 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506379/pharmacist-initiated-hepatitis-c-virus-screening-in-a-community-pharmacy-to-increase-awareness-and-link-to-care-at-the-medical-center
#17
Nadine Y Isho, Marlowe Djuric Kachlic, Jennifer Chan Marcelo, Michelle T Martin
OBJECTIVE: To describe the design and implementation of a pharmacist-led hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and education program in a community pharmacy with a protocol for linkage to care at the affiliated hepatology clinic for patients born between 1945 and 1965. SETTING: Outpatient pharmacy affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: The community pharmacist resident conducted the HCV screening at the health system-based community pharmacy...
May 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506377/beyond-the-pgy-1-community-pharmacy-residency-characterizing-career-pathways-of-residency-graduates
#18
Monet M Stanford, Sarah M Oprinovich, Margie E Snyder
OBJECTIVE: To characterize positions obtained upon graduation from Community Pharmacy Residency Programs (CPRPs). DESIGN: Descriptive nonexperimental study; online cross-sectional survey. SETTING: United States, February to April 2016. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred thirty-three community pharmacy residency program alumni. INTERVENTION: CPRP alumni identified by past program directors were surveyed using 3 contact attempts...
May 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504314/next-step-in-antibiotic-stewardship-pharmacist-provided-penicillin-allergy-testing
#19
Z Gugkaeva, J S Crago, M Yasnogorodsky
WHAT IS KNOWN: Penicillin allergy limits therapeutic options for patients but often disappears over time, leaving patients erroneously labelled allergic and leading to the utilization of broad-spectrum and more expensive antibiotics. Penicillin allergy can be effectively assessed via skin testing. OBJECTIVE: To improve patient access to penicillin allergy testing by implementing a pharmacist-provided service in a hospital setting. COMMENT: Beta-lactams remain a mainstream therapy for many infections due to their effectiveness, low side effects and affordability...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503225/self-reported-and-actual-involvement-of-community-pharmacists-in-patient-counseling-a-cross-sectional-and-simulated-patient-study-in-gondar-ethiopia
#20
Abdrrahman S Surur, Eyob Getachew, Ebsa Teressa, Bisrat Hailemeskel, Nurahmed S Getaw, Daniel A Erku
BACKGROUND: Community pharmacists play a crucial role in reducing medication related health problems and improving the patient's overall wellbeing. Evidence suggests that community pharmacist led counseling services result in a better clinical and self-reported outcome, including a higher level of satisfaction and quality of life. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to document self-reported and actual levels of community pharmacists' involvement in the provision of patient counseling and barriers that limit their involvement in such services...
January 2017: Pharmacy Practice
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