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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/28346212/stability-of-extemporaneously-prepared-hydroxycarbamide-oral-suspensions
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Djamila Kabiche, Issa-Bella Balde, Elyes Majoul, Sofiane Kabiche, Elodie Bourguignon, Jean-Eudes Fontan, Salvatore Cisternino, Jöel Schlatter
Hydroxycarbamide, available as tablets, is a pharmacological agent for fetal hemoglobin induction such as sickle cell anemia. The need for alternative dosage form options for patients unable to take tablets led hospital pharmacies to prepare solutions and suspensions. The objective of this study was to determine the stability of hydroxycarbamide in Ora-Plus in combination with either Ora-Sweet or Ora-Sweet SF, Ora-Blend, or Ora-Blend SF suspending agents. The studied samples were compounded into 100-mg/mL suspensions and stored in 60-mL amber glass bottles at room (22°C to 25°C) or refrigerated (4°C to 8°C) temperature...
March 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345746/an-analysis-of-errors-discrepancies-and-variation-in-opioid-prescriptions-for-adult-outpatients-at-a-teaching-hospital
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Mark C Bicket, Deepa Kattail, Myron Yaster, Christopher L Wu, Peter Pronovost
OBJECTIVE: To determine opioid-prescribing patterns and rate of three types of errors, discrepancies, and variation from ideal practice. DESIGN: Retrospective review of opioid prescriptions processed at an outpatient pharmacy. SETTING: Tertiary institutional medical center. PATIENTS: We examined 510 consecutive opioid medication prescriptions for adult patients processed at an institutional outpatient pharmacy in June 2016 for patient, provider, and prescription characteristics...
January 2017: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345443/economic-burden-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diarrhea-retrospective-analysis-of-a-u-s-commercially-insured-population
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Jessica L Buono, Kush Mathur, Amelia J Averitt, David A Andrae
BACKGROUND: The economic burden associated with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) is not well understood. OBJECTIVES: To (a) evaluate total annual all-cause, gastrointestinal (GI)-related, and symptom-related (i.e., IBS, diarrhea, abdominal pain) health care resource use and costs among IBS-D patients in a U.S. commercially insured population and (b) estimate incremental all-cause health care costs of IBS-D patients versus matched controls. METHODS: Patients aged ≥ 18 years with 12 months of continuous medical and pharmacy benefit eligibility in 2013 were identified from the Truven Health MarketScan research database...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345442/predicting-1-year-statin-adherence-among-prevalent-users-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Alexis A Krumme, Jessica M Franklin, Danielle L Isaman, Olga S Matlin, Angela Y Tong, Claire M Spettell, Troyen A Brennan, William H Shrank, Niteesh K Choudhry
BACKGROUND: Attempts to predict who is at risk of future nonadherence have largely focused on predictions at the time of therapy initiation; however, these users are only a small proportion of all patients on therapy at any point in time. Methods to predict nonadherence for established medication users, which have not been previously described in the literature, would be helpful to guide efforts to enhance the use of evidence-based therapies. OBJECTIVE: To test approaches for adherence prediction among prevalent statin users, namely the use of short-term filling behavior, investigator-specified predictors from medical and pharmacy administrative claims, and the empirical selection of potential predictors using the high-dimensional propensity score variable selection algorithm...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340974/herpes-zoster-vaccine-coverage-in-older-adults-in-the-u-s-2007-2013
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Dongmu Zhang, Kelly Johnson, Chrisann Newransky, Camilo J Acosta
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to assess the coverage of herpes zoster (HZ) vaccine among a large cohort of insured individuals aged ≥50 years from 2007 to 2013, and to determine the factors associated with being vaccinated for adults aged ≥60 years. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational study using the MarketScan® database conducted in 2015. The study population was U.S. adults aged ≥60 years during 2007-2013 and 50-59 years during 2011-2013. The claims of each eligible subject were evaluated post-index date to assess HZ vaccine uptake...
January 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339384/evaluation-of-the-most-frequently-prescribed-extemporaneously-compounded-veterinary-medications-at-a-large-independent-community-pharmacy
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Adel H Karara, Ryan Hines, Zehra Demir, Bethran Nnorom, Robert Horsey, Geoffrey Twigg
Extemporaneous drug formulation is essential to provide optimal pharmaceutical care to veterinary patients. The need for this is exacerbated by the fact that commercially produced veterinary-specific products, without a human indication, require specialty veterinary manufacturing facilities and a new animal drug application process to gain marketing approval. This study examined the prescription patterns of extemporaneously compounded veterinary preparations in the compounding department at a large independent community pharmacy...
November 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337086/pediatric-antimicrobial-stewardship-programs
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Kristen Nichols, Sylvia Stoffella, Rachel Meyers, Jennifer Girotto
The frequent use of antimicrobials in pediatric patients has led to a significant increase in multidrug-resistant bacterial infections among children. Antimicrobial stewardship programs have been created in many hospitals in an effort to curtail and optimize the use of antibiotics. Pediatric-focused programs are necessary because of the differences in antimicrobial need and use among this patient population, unique considerations and dosing, vulnerability for resistance due to a lifetime of antibiotic exposure, and the increased risk of adverse events...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335763/identification-of-drug-combinations-administered-by-continuous-subcutaneous-infusion-that-require-analysis-for-compatibility-and-stability
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Andrew Dickman, Matthew Bickerstaff, Richard Jackson, Jennifer Schneider, Stephen Mason, John Ellershaw
BACKGROUND: A continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) delivered via syringe pump is a method of drug administration used to maintain symptom control when a patient is no longer able to tolerate oral medication. Several classes of drugs, such as opioids, antiemetics, anticholinergics, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines are routinely administered by CSCI alone or in combinations. Previous studies attempting to identify the most-common CSCI combinations are now several years old and no longer reflect current clinical practice...
March 23, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333658/compounding-in-nigeria
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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/28331862/patients-clients-expectation-toward-and-satisfaction-from-pharmacy-services
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Mohammed Biset Ayalew, Kaleab Taye, Daniel Asfaw, Bethlehem Lemma, Filagot Dadi, Habtamu Solomon, Haile Tazeze, Bayew Tsega
OBJECTIVE: Satisfaction is becoming a popular health-care quality indicator as it reflects the reality of service or care provided. The aim of this study was to assess the level of patients' expectation toward and satisfaction from pharmacy service provided and to identify associated factor that might affect their expectation and satisfaction. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 287 patients, who were served in five pharmacies of Gondar University Hospital in May 2015...
January 2017: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327898/adherence-to-capecitabine-in-preoperative-treatment-of-stage-ii-and-iii-rectal-cancer-do-we-need-to-worry
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R Font, J A Espinas, L Layos, M Martinez Villacampa, J Capdevila, M Tobeña, A Pisa, C Pericay, C Lezcano, E Fort, I Cardona, N Berga, J Solà, J M Borras
Background: : Preoperative oral capecitabine plus radiotherapy has been progressively adopted in oncology units to provide more convenient care to patients with rectal cancer, but little is known about adherence to this therapy. Patients and methods: : Prospective, multicentre observational study in six hospitals in metropolitan Barcelona (Spain), in patients with stage II and III rectal cancer. Assessment of adherence was based on the medical report in the clinical history, a patient questionnaire and a pill count in the pharmacy service upon finalization of treatment...
March 6, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321911/the-increasing-consumption-of-unprescribed-antibiotics-by-greek-preschool-children-amounts-to-unacceptable-malpractice
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Fotini Andritsou, Vassiliki Benetou, Koralia A Michail, Nikolaos Pantazis, Ioanna D Pavlopoulou
In Greece, the illegal dispensing of prescription-only medicines, including antibiotics, by pharmacies without the necessary medical prescription, remains standard practice (1,2). This has continued, despite the fact that the country has the highest rates of antibiotic consumption, both in hospitals and the community, as well as antibiotic resistance, compared to other European countries (3). The frequency of antibiotic administration without a prescription, and the factors associated with this practice, was evaluated in a sample of preschool children under the age of six years (range 10-65 months) in the Municipality of Athens, Greece...
March 21, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321301/early-aspirin-administration-post-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-changing-hospital-culture-through-a-two-cycled-audit
#14
Shefali Parikh, Justin Ratnasingham
"Early Aspirin" or a medium dose of aspirin 6 hours after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery is strongly recommend by international guidelines (EACTS 2007/AHA 2011 guidelines, Level1a evidence) to protect venous graft patency. However, compliance with Early Aspirin prescription at our centre is poor due to long standing hospital cultural practices and lack of awareness. We completed a two-cycled retrospective audit of 53 (September 2015 Baseline), 65 (January 2016 First Cycle) and 58 (June 2016 Second Cycle) consecutive CABG patients...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321142/irinotecan-liposome-injection
#15
Danial E Baker, Terri L Levien
Each month, subscribers to The Formulary Monograph Service receive 5 to 6 well-documented monographs on drugs that are newly released or are in late phase 3 trials. The monographs are targeted to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees. Subscribers also receive monthly 1-page summary monographs on agents that are useful for agendas and pharmacy/nursing in-services. A comprehensive target drug utilization evaluation/medication use evaluation (DUE/MUE) is also provided each month. With a subscription, the monographs are are available online to subscribers...
February 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321136/procarbazine-lomustine-and-vincristine-pcv-regimen-for-central-nervous-system-tumors
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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
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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/28319507/recombinant-factor-viia-is-associated-with-increased-thrombotic-complications-in-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-patients
#18
Laura Downey, Morgan L Brown, David Faraoni, David Zurakowski, James A DiNardo
BACKGROUND: Recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) is routinely used as an off-label hemostatic agent in children undergoing cardiac surgery. Despite evidence that rFVIIa use is associated with an increased incidence of thrombotic complications in adult cardiac surgery, the safety of rFVIIa as a rescue hemostatic agent in the pediatric cardiac surgical population is less definitively delineated. In this retrospective study, we used propensity score matching to compare the incidence of thrombotic complications between children treated with rFVIIa and their matched controls...
March 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315489/effect-of-angiotensin-2-receptor-blockers-on-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-mortality-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#19
Pilar Paulin, Joaquin Maritano Furcada, Catalina M Ungaro, Gisela Bendelman, Gabriel D Waisman, Matias H Castro, Diego H Giunta, Bruno L Ferreyro
INTRODUCTION: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fifth cause of mortality worldwide. Systemic inflammation is a crucial element in its physiopathology. As Renin-Angiotensin System is one of the main components of this inflammatory neurohumoral cascade, Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs) might have an effect on mortality in COPD patients. GOAL: To evaluate the association between ARBs treatment and mortality in COPD patients. METHODS: Retrospective cohort of patients with diagnosis of COPD from 2003 to 2013...
March 14, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & 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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