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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683782/a-descriptive-study-of-self-medication-practices-among-sri-lankan-national-level-athletes
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A D A Fernando, L M H Bandara, H M S T Bandara, S Pilapitiya, A de Silva
BACKGROUND: Intake of medicines and supplements is widespread among the professional athletes in developed countries and there are reports to suggest inappropriate self-administration of medicine. Data from South Asia on this area is lacking. This study examined self-medication practices with regard to use of allopathic and herbal/traditional medicines among national -level Sri Lankan athletes. RESULTS: 209 athletes from 15 national sport teams were assessed using an anonymous, interviewer administered questionnaire...
July 6, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625935/evaluation-of-prescription-along-three-health-care-periods-in-the-elderly
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Fannie Santoni, Valéry Antoine, Alberto di Castri, Maurice Viala, Laetitia Geronimi-Robelin, Cédric LeGuillou, Christine de Taddeo, Sophie Bastide, Claude Jeandel, Benoit de Wazieres
Polypharmacy, potentially inappropriate prescriptions and inadequate coordination between prescribers are among main factors explaining the occurrence of adverse drug events in elderly patients. Prospective and descriptive study of medication prescriptions for elderly patients during a continuous period of health-care: entry in an acute geriatric unit (T1), at discharge (T2) and two months after hospitalization (T3). A global iatrogenic risk was defined: presence of poly-pharmacy and/or PPI (Laroche criteria) and/or absence of quality indicators for prescription according to the French health authority...
June 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589543/beta-blocker-use-and-fall-risk-in-older-individuals-original-results-from-two-studies-with-meta-analysis
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Annelies C Ham, Suzanne C van Dijk, Karin M A Swart, Anke W Enneman, Nikita L van der Zwaluw, Elske M Brouwer-Brolsma, Natasja M van Schoor, M Carola Zillikens, Paul Lips, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Albert Hofman, Renger F Witkamp, André G Uitterlinden, Bruno H Stricker, Nathalie van der Velde
AIMS: To investigate the association between use of β-blockers and β-blocker characteristics - selectivity, lipid solubility, intrinsic sympathetic activity (ISA) and CYP2D6 enzyme metabolism - and fall risk. METHODS: Data from two prospective studies were used, including community-dwelling individuals, n = 7662 (the Rotterdam Study) and 2407 (B-PROOF), all aged ≥55 years. Fall incidents were recorded prospectively. Time-varying β-blocker use was determined using pharmacy dispensing records...
October 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588941/physicochemical-equivalence-of-generic-antihypertensive-medicines-equimeds-protocol-for-a-quality-of-medicines-assessment
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Julie Redfern, Rufus Adesoji Adedoyin, Sandra Ofori, Raghupathy Anchala, Vamadevan S Ajay, Luciano De Andrade, Jose Zelaya, Harparkash Kaur, Dina Balabanova, Mahmoud U Sani
BACKGROUND: Prevention and optimal management of hypertension in the general population is paramount to the achievement of the World Heart Federation (WHF) goal of reducing premature cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality by 25% by the year 2025 and widespread access to good quality antihypertensive medicines is a critical component for achieving the goal. Despite research and evidence relating to other medicines such as antimalarials and antibiotics, there is very little known about the quality of generic antihypertensive medicines in low-income and middle-income countries...
August 2016: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430007/the-feasibility-and-impact-of-prospective-medication-review-in-the-emergency-department
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Billy Sin, Kwong Lau, Richard Tong, Josel Ruiz, Kimberly Sarosky, Robert DiGregorio, Shalom Butel, Sylvie de Souza
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the feasibility and impact of prospective medication review (PMR) in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all nonadmitted ED patients who were prescribed medication orders by ED clinicians from September 2014 to September 2015 to determine the time intervals utilized during each step of the medication use process and quantify the number of interventions conducted by the pharmacist and cost avoidance accrued from the interventions...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368076/antimicrobial-consumption-and-antimicrobial-resistance-a-snapshot-of-an-italian-neuromuscular-rehabilitation-center
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Giuseppina Barberi, Maria Cristina De Cola, De Cola Dell'Utri, Sara Melardi, Bernardo Alagna, Placido Bramanti, Antonio Cascio
The paper presents a snapshot of the incidence of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms and antimicrobial consumption in an Italian rehabilitation center over a two-year period (2014-2015). Data on microorganism identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing were obtained from the diagnostic laboratory of the hospital. A set of indicators was assessed, including the incidence density of resistant isolates per 1000 patient-days (IDRI). Data on antimicrobial consumption, semi-annually, obtained from the hospital pharmacy, were expressed as Defined Daily Dose (DDD) per 1000 patient-days...
April 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318318/non-guideline-recommended-prescribing-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-in-the-general-population
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Emma Mares-García, Antonio Palazón-Bru, Álvaro Martínez-Martín, David Manuel Folgado-de la Rosa, Avelino Pereira-Expósito, Vicente Francisco Gil-Guillén
OBJECTIVES: To determine the magnitude of non-guideline-recommended prescribing (NGRP) of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in the general population, its associated factors and expense. METHODS: We undertook a cross-sectional observational study in three community pharmacies in a Spanish region in 2013 involving a total of 302 patients with a prescription for PPIs. The main variable was the NGRP of PPIs. Secondary variables were: gender, age, antidepressants, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, prescription cost per month and total number of chronic diseases...
April 19, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290947/widespread-use-of-prescription-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-among-u-s-army-active-duty-soldiers
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Leila A Walker, Edward J Zambraski, Roger F Williams
INTRODUCTION: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat pain and inflammation by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis. There is a high incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in the military, which would validate the widespread use of NSAIDs. This study determined the amount and specific types of NSAIDs being prescribed to U.S. Army active duty soldiers. METHODS AND MATERIALS: This study was a quantitative study which utilized an existing database of de-identified data; therefore, institutional review board approval was not required...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258538/trends-in-the-prescription-and-long-term-utilization-of-antidementia-drugs-among-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-in-spain-a-cohort-study-using-the-registry-of-dementias-of-girona
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Laia Calvó-Perxas, Oriol Turró-Garriga, Joan Vilalta-Franch, Manuela Lozano-Gallego, Rosa de Eugenio, Fabián Márquez, Olga Carmona, Jordi Gich, Anna Manzano, Marta Viñas, Anna Mª Roig, Josep Garre-Olmo
BACKGROUND: Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs) and the N-methyl D-aspartate-antagonist memantine are indicated for the symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVES: Our aims were to describe the baseline characteristics of patients with AD according to prescription of these treatments after the diagnostic work-up to describe long-term trends in the use of these medications and to identify baseline characteristics associated with the frequency of use of each treatment...
April 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218937/academic-detailing-pilot-for-naloxone-prescribing-among-primary-care-providers-in-san-francisco
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Emily Behar, Christopher Rowe, Glenn-Milo Santos, Nina Santos, Phillip O Coffin
BACKGROUND: Improving the safety of prescribed opioids in clinical settings is a national priority. While co-prescribing naloxone is increasingly recommended, there is little understanding of the optimal way to implement this practice. METHODS: We developed and delivered an academic detailing intervention to 40 randomly selected opioid-prescribing primary care providers in San Francisco from February to May 2015. Process outcomes were tracked and included provider demographics, number and type of contact attempts, reason for refusal (if applicable), name of detailer, duration of intervention, topics covered, provider concerns, and follow-up plan...
February 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128095/antimicrobial-prescribing-patterns-in-a-large-tertiary-hospital-in-shanghai-china
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Yuan-Yuan Wang, Ping Du, Fang Huang, Dong-Jie Li, Jun Gu, Fu-Ming Shen, Yuan-Ying Jiang
Whilst the 'Principles of clinical use of antibiotics' was released by the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China in 2004, limited research has been conducted to evaluate the quality of antibiotic use in real-world practice. In this study, we sought to examine antimicrobial prescribing patterns in a large tertiary hospital in Shanghai, China. De-identified outpatient and emergency department pharmacy records containing antimicrobials were extracted from the hospital electronic health records system...
December 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078665/computerized-pharmacy-surveillance-and-alert-system-for-drug-related-problems
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O Ferrández, O Urbina, S Grau, J Mateu-de-Antonio, M Marin-Casino, J Portabella, S Mojal, M Riu, E Salas
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Because of the impact of drug-related problems (DRPs) on morbidity and mortality, there is a need for computerized strategies to increase drug safety. The detection and identification of the causes of potential DRPs can be facilitated by the incorporation of a pharmacy warning system (PWS) in the computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) and its application in the routine validation of inpatient drug therapy. A limited number of studies have evaluated a clinical decision support system to monitor drug treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076549/training-of-pharmacy-technicians-for-dispensing-drugs-in-primary-health-care
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Daniela Oliveira de Melo, Caroline Godoi Rezende da Costa Molino, Eliane Ribeiro, Nicolina Silvana Romano-Lieber
Few Brazilian articles discuss the importance of pharmacy technicians who offer direct assistance to patients. This paper describes an experience of the training of pharmacy technicians in drug dispensing. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in the primary healthcare setting. The technicians were trained by the pharmacist to advise patients at the time of drug dispensing and to screen cases that needed pharmaceutical consultation. Problems were identified by verifying the prescription and return date for dispensing the medication as well as through direct questioning of the patients...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076546/pharmacist-s-contribution-to-the-promotion-of-access-and-rational-use-of-essential-medicines-in-sus
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Daniela Oliveira de Melo, Lia Lusitana Cardozo de Castro
Objective: to describe the pharmaceutical inclusion process in a Basic Health Unit multidisciplinary team and evaluate results related to rational use and promotion of access to essential medicines. Methods: This is a descriptive, cross-sectional study conducted in a primary care health unit in the city of São Paulo. Pharmacist's activities were evaluated regarding the service structure and organization and prescribing quality improvement, guidance method creation, and implementation of clinical pharmacy service...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064169/potentially-inappropriate-medication-prescribing-is-associated-with-socioeconomic-factors-a-spatial-analysis-in-the-french-nord-pas-de-calais-region
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Jean-Baptiste Beuscart, Michael Genin, Corrine Dupont, David Verloop, Alain Duhamel, Marguerite-Marie Defebvre, François Puisieux
BACKGROUND: potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) prescribing is common in older people and leads to adverse events and hospital admissions. OBJECTIVE: to determine whether prevalence of PIM prescribing varies according to healthcare supply and socioeconomic status. METHODS: all prescriptions dispensed at community pharmacies for patients aged 75 and older between 1 January  and 31 March 2012 were retrieved from French Health Insurance Information System of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region for patients affiliated to the Social Security scheme...
January 6, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982382/access-to-medicines-for-chronic-diseases-in-brazil-a-multidimensional-approach
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Maria Auxiliadora Oliveira, Vera Lucia Luiza, Noemia Urruth Leão Tavares, Sotero Serrate Mengue, Paulo Sergio Dourado Arrais, Mareni Rocha Farias, Tatiane da Silva Dal Pizzol, Luiz Roberto Ramos, Andréa Dâmaso Bertoldi
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the access to medicines to treat non-communicable diseases in Brazil according to socioeconomic, demographic, and health-related factors, from a multidimensional perspective. METHODS: Analysis of data from the National Survey on Access, Use and Promotion of Rational Use of Medicines (PNAUM), household survey, sampling plan by conglomerates with representativeness of the Brazilian population and large areas of the country, according to sex and age domains...
December 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917735/top-1-of-inpatients-administered-antimicrobial-agents-comprising-50-of-expenditures-a-descriptive-study-and-opportunities-for-stewardship-intervention
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Jennifer Dela-Pena, Luiza Kerstenetzky, Lucas Schulz, Ron Kendall, Alexander Lepak, Barry Fox
OBJECTIVE To characterize the top 1% of inpatients who contributed to the 6-month antimicrobial budget in a tertiary, academic medical center and identify cost-effective intervention opportunities targeting high-cost antimicrobial utilization. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. PATIENTS Top 1% of the antimicrobial budget from July 1 through December 31, 2014. METHODS Patients were identified through a pharmacy billing database. Baseline characteristics were collected through a retrospective medical chart review...
March 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836513/anticoagulant-therapy-for-symptomatic-calf-deep-vein-thrombosis-cactus-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Marc Righini, Jean-Philippe Galanaud, Hervé Guenneguez, Dominique Brisot, Antoine Diard, Pascale Faisse, Marie-Thérèse Barrellier, Claudine Hamel-Desnos, Christine Jurus, Olivier Pichot, Myriam Martin, Lucia Mazzolai, Clarisse Choquenet, Sandrine Accassat, Helia Robert-Ebadi, Marc Carrier, Grégoire Le Gal, Bernadette Mermilllod, Jean-Pierre Laroche, Henri Bounameaux, Arnaud Perrier, Susan R Kahn, Isabelle Quere
BACKGROUND: The efficacy and safety of anticoagulant treatment is not established for patients with acute symptomatic deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the calf. We aimed to assess whether therapeutic anticoagulation is superior to placebo in patients with symptomatic calf DVT. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, we enrolled low-risk outpatients (without active cancer or previous venous thromboembolic disease) with a first acute symptomatic DVT in the calf from 23 university medical centres or community medical clinics in Canada, France, and Switzerland...
December 2016: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759824/pharmaceutical-orientation-at-hospital-discharge-of-transplant-patients-strategy-for-patient-safety
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Lívia Falcão Lima, Bruna Cristina Cardoso Martins, Francisco Roberto Pereira de Oliveira, Rafaela Michele de Andrade Cavalcante, Vanessa Pinto Magalhães, Paulo Yuri Milen Firmino, Liana Silveira Adriano, Adriano Monteiro da Silva, Maria Jose Nascimento Flor, Eugenie Desirée Rabelo Néri
Objective: To describe and analyze the pharmaceutical orientation given at hospital discharge of transplant patients. Methods: This was a cross-sectional, descriptive and retrospective study that used records of orientation given by the clinical pharmacist in the inpatients unit of the Kidney and Liver Transplant Department, at Hospital Universitário Walter Cantídio, in the city of Fortaleza (CE), Brazil, from January to July, 2014. The following variables recorded at the Clinical Pharmacy Database were analyzed according to their significance and clinical outcomes: pharmaceutical orientation at hospital discharge, drug-related problems and negative outcomes associated with medication, and pharmaceutical interventions performed...
July 2016: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733666/the-impacts-of-a-pharmacist-managed-outpatient-clinic-and-chemotherapy-directed-electronic-order-sets-for-monitoring-oral-chemotherapy
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Brandon Battis, Linda Clifford, Mostaqul Huq, Edrick Pejoro, Scott Mambourg
OBJECTIVES: Patients treated with oral chemotherapy appear to have less contact with the treating providers. As a result, safety, adherence, medication therapy monitoring, and timely follow-up may be compromised. The trend of treating cancer with oral chemotherapy agents is on the rise. However, standard clinical guidance is still lacking for prescribing, monitoring, patient education, and follow-up of patients on oral chemotherapy across the healthcare settings. The purpose of this project is to establish an oral chemotherapy monitoring clinic, to create drug and lab specific provider order sets for prescribing and lab monitoring, and ultimately to ensure safe and effective treatment of the veterans we serve...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
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