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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734857/comorbidities-in-difficult-to-control-asthma
#1
Pieter-Paul W Hekking, Marijke Amelink, Reinier R Wener, Marcel L Bouvy, Elisabeth H Bel
BACKGROUND: Difficult-to-control asthma is associated with significant medical and financial burden. Comorbidities are known to contribute to uncontrolled asthma. Better insight into the prevalence, nature, and risk factors of comorbidities may optimize treatment strategies in patients with difficult-to-control asthma and decrease disease burden. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess the prevalence, number, and type of comorbidities in difficult-to-control asthma compared with not-difficult-to-control asthma, and to investigate whether specific patient characteristics are associated with particular comorbidities...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724042/hyperglycemia-in-critical-patients-determinants-of-insulin-dose-choice
#2
Aline Klitzke Paliosa, Cassiano Teixeira, Regis Goulart Rosa, Carine Raquel Blatt
Objective: To identify factors that can determine the choice of intermittent subcutaneous regular insulin dose in critically ill patients with hyperglycemia. Method: Cross-sectional study in a general adult ICU with 26 beds, data collected between September and October 2014. The variables analyzed were: sex, age, previous diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, use of corticosteroids, use of lactulose, sepsis, fasting, enteral nutrition, use of dextrose 5% in water, NPH insulin prescription and blood glucose level...
May 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677358/epidemiology-of-chronic-urticaria-in-korea-using-the-korean-health-insurance-database-2010-2014
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Nami Lee, Jeong Dong Lee, Hyun Young Lee, Dae Ryong Kang, Young Min Ye
PURPOSE: There are very few epidemiological studies on chronic urticaria (CU). We aimed to investigate the prevalence of CU and to depict demographics and medication patterns for the disease in a nationwide population-based study. METHODS: Data on urticaria (L50 of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision) from 2010 to 2014 were obtained from the Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service. Algorithms designed to evaluate prescription drug claims for antihistamines were applied to identify CU...
September 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664628/medication-prescribed-by-australian-paediatricians-psychotropics-predominate
#4
Daryl Efron, Margie H Danchin, Noel E Cranswick, Alisha Gulenc, Stephen Hearps, Harriet Hiscock
AIM: The aims of this study were to examine: (i) medications prescribed by Australian general and community paediatricians, (ii) predictors of prescribing (child age, gender) and (iii) changes in medication prescription between 2008 and 2013. METHODS: Two patient-level practice national audits were conducted by the Australian Paediatric Research Network in 2008 and 2013. General and community paediatricians in outpatient clinics and private practices recorded demographic data, diagnoses and medications prescribed for all patients seen over a 2-week period...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663549/determinants-of-initial-inhaled-corticosteroid-use-in-patients-with-gold-a-b-copd-a-retrospective-study-of-uk-general-practice
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James D Chalmers, Abigail Tebboth, Alicia Gayle, Andrew Ternouth, Nick Ramscar
Initial use of inhaled corticosteroid therapy is common in patients with Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) A or B chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, contrary to GOLD guidelines. We investigated UK prescribing of inhaled corticosteroid therapy in these patients, to identify predictors of inhaled corticosteroid use in newly diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. A cohort of newly diagnosed GOLD A/B chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients was identified from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (June 2005-June 2015)...
June 29, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662193/prescription-of-oral-short-acting-beta-2-agonist-for-asthma-in-non-resource-poor-settings-a-national-study-in-malaysia
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May Chien Chin, Sheamini Sivasampu, Ee Ming Khoo
OBJECTIVE: Use of oral short-acting beta 2-agonist (SABA) persists in non-resource poor countries despite concerns for its lower efficacy and safety. Utilisation and reasons for such use is needed to support the effort to discourage the use of oral SABA in asthma. This study examined the frequency of oral short-acting Beta 2-agonist (SABA) usage in the management of asthma in primary care and determined correlates of its usage. METHODS: Data used were from the 2014 National Medical Care Survey in Malaysia, a nationally representative survey of primary care encounters (weighted n = 325818)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651591/the-cost-of-systemic-corticosteroid-induced-morbidity-in-severe-asthma-a-health-economic-analysis
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L E Barry, J Sweeney, C O'Neill, D Price, L G Heaney
BACKGROUND: Treatment of severe asthma may include high dose systemic-steroid therapy which is associated with substantial additional morbidity. This study estimates the additional healthcare costs associated with steroid-induced morbidity by comparing three patients groups: those with severe asthma, moderate asthma and no asthma. METHODS: Patients with severe asthma (n = 808, GINA step 5 treatment) were matched by age and gender with patients with mild/moderate asthma (n = 3,975, GINA step 2 and 3 treatment) and a non-asthma control cohort (with a diagnosis of rhinitis; n = 2,412) from the Optimum Patient Care Research Database (OPCRD), a nationally representative primary care database...
June 26, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639121/montelukast-use-a-19-year-nationwide-drug-utilisation-study
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Daniel Pilsgaard Henriksen, Jesper Rømhild Davidsen, Christian B Laursen, Anders Christiansen, Per Damkier, Jesper Hallas, Anton Pottegård
PURPOSE: Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist used in asthma and rhinitis treatment. Despite being marketed nearly two decades ago, little is known about its utilisation pattern. METHODS: Using the Danish National Prescription Registry, we identified subjects filling a montelukast prescription between 1998 and 2017. Using descriptive statistics, we reported the development in incidence, and prevalence, as well as a measure of treatment duration, and concomitant use of asthma- or anti-allergic therapy...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626506/impact-of-nonadherence-to-inhaled-corticosteroid-laba-therapy-on-copd-exacerbation-rates-and-healthcare-costs-in-a-commercially-insured-us-population
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Jill R Davis, Bingcao Wu, David M Kern, Ozgur Tunceli, Kathleen M Fox, John Horton, Randall F Legg, Frank Trudo
BACKGROUND: Evidence of poor patient adherence to medications for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is well-documented, but its impact on disease exacerbation rates and associated healthcare costs remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between adherence levels to different inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting ß2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) and COPD exacerbation rates and costs in a commercially insured population. METHODS: In this observational cohort study, patients with COPD (aged ≥40 years) who were treatment-naïve to inhaled corticosteroid/LABA and were initiating budesonide plus formoterol or fluticasone plus salmeterol between March 1, 2009, and January 31, 2014, were identified in a national representative claims database and were followed for up to 12 months...
April 2017: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624168/antibiotic-prescription-fills-for-acute-conjunctivitis-among-enrollees-in-a-large-united-states-managed-care-network
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Nakul S Shekhawat, Roni M Shtein, Taylor S Blachley, Joshua D Stein
PURPOSE: Antibiotics are seldom necessary to treat acute conjunctivitis. We assessed how frequently patients with newly diagnosed acute conjunctivitis fill prescriptions for topical antibiotics and factors associated with antibiotic prescription fills. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 340 372 enrollees in a large nationwide United States managed care network with newly diagnosed acute conjunctivitis, from 2001 through 2014...
August 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619722/corticosteroid-therapy-during-acute-bronchiolitis-in-patients-who-later-develop-asthma
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Steven L Shein, Alexandre T Rotta, Richard Speicher, Katherine N Slain, Benjamin Gaston
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Meta-analyses show that corticosteroids are not effective in patients with bronchiolitis. However, risk factors for asthma such as eczema or familial atopy prompt some practitioners to prescribe corticosteroids for bronchiolitis. We assessed if corticosteroid prescription is associated with shorter hospitalization for bronchiolitis among patients who later develop asthma. METHODS: The Pediatric Health Information System database was interrogated for patients with bronchiolitis aged <2 years hospitalized between 2006 and 2015...
June 15, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609599/assessment-and-management-of-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-australian-general-practice
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Helen K Reddel, Lisa Valenti, Kylie L Easton, Julie Gordon, Clare Bayram, Graeme C Miller
BACKGROUND: Dispensing data suggest potential issues with the quality use of medicines for airways disease. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article was to describe the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in general practice, and investigate the appropriateness of prescribing. METHODS: The method used for this study consisted of a national cross‑sectional survey of 91 Australian general practitioners (GPs) participating in the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program...
June 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607669/risk-factors-for-adverse-drug-reactions-in-pediatric-inpatients-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Paulo Henrique Santos Andrade, Adriano da Silva Santos, Carlos Adriano Santos Souza, Iza Maria Fraga Lobo, Wellington Barros da Silva
BACKGROUND: The main objective of the present systematic review is to identify potential risk factors for adverse drug reactions (ADRs) through prospective cohort studies in pediatric inpatients. METHODS: The data search was done in the following electronic databases PubMed/MEDLINE; Scopus; LILACS and Web of Science from the earliest record until 31 May 2015. Two reviewers independently screened each study and one of them assessed the methodological quality according to the Newcastle-Ottawa scale for cohort studies...
June 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585727/atopic-dermatitis-characteristics-and-medication-use-patterns-in-school-age-children-with-ad-and-asthma-symptoms
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M van der Lee, A Arabkhazaeli, F C van Erp, J A Raaijmakers, C K van der Ent, C A F M Bruijnzeel-Koomen, M S de Bruin-Weller, S J H Vijverberg, A H Maitland-van der Zee
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) and asthma often coexist. Both diseases can have a major impact on the lives of children with AD and their caregivers. AIM: To investigate the association of patient characteristics, comorbidities and impact of AD on children who have both asthma and AD. METHODS: Children with AD (n = 140) were selected from a larger cohort of children with a reported use of asthma medication. The Children's Dermatology Life Quality Index (CDLQI) was used to assess Quality of Life (QoL), and the Self-Assessed Eczema Area and Severity Index (SA-EASI) was used to measure AD severity...
June 6, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584365/use-of-topical-corticosteroids-in-dermatology-an-evidence-based-approach
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REVIEW
Anupam Das, Saumya Panda
Topical corticosteroids (TCs) are the pillars of dermatotherapeutics. These drugs are the "magic molecules," provided they are used judiciously and appropriately, following a rational prescription. On exhaustive literature search in multiple databases, we found a significant evidence favoring the use of TCs in atopic eczema, localized vitiligo, psoriasis, chronic hand eczema, and localized bullous pemphigoid. However, contrary to conventional wisdom, we did not find any high-level scientific evidence in support of prescribing TCs in cutaneous lichen planus, sarcoidosis, and seborrhoeic dermatitis...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581025/clinical-characteristics-and-treatment-patterns-among-patients-diagnosed-with-cluster-headache-in-u-s-healthcare-claims-data
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Casey K Choong, Janet H Ford, Allen W Nyhuis, Shivang G Joshi, Rebecca L Robinson, Sheena K Aurora, James M Martinez
OBJECTIVE: To characterize demographics, clinical characteristics, and treatment patterns of patients with cluster headache (CH). BACKGROUND: CH is an uncommon trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia with limited evidence-based treatment options. Patients suffer from extremely painful unilateral headache attacks and autonomic symptoms with episodic and chronic cycles. DESIGN/METHODS: This retrospective analysis used insurance claims from Truven Health Analytics MarketScan(®) research databases from 2009 to 2014...
June 5, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554781/nation-based-case-control-study-investigating-the-relationship-between-oral-corticosteroids-use-and-pulmonary-tuberculosis
#17
Shih-Wei Lai, Cheng-Li Lin, Kuan-Fu Liao
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: No published formal study focuses on the relationship between oral corticosteroids use and pulmonary tuberculosis in Taiwan. The aim of the study was to investigate whether oral corticosteroids use was associated with increased odds of pulmonary tuberculosis. METHODS: The retrospective, nation-based, case-control study was conducted to analyze the database of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program between 2000 and 2013. Subjects aged 20 to 84years with newly diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis were defined as the cases (n=6021)...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554211/the-breathmobile-improves-the-asthma-medication-ratio-and-decreases-emergency-department-utilization
#18
Tricia Morphew, Wendy Altamirano, Stanley L Bassin, Stanley P Galant
OBJECTIVES: An Asthma Medication Ratio (AMR) of ≥0.50 has gained recognition as a metric related to improved asthma outcomes. The goals of this study were to evaluate asthma outcomes in relation to this threshold in Hispanic children with high-risk asthma and to compare the effectiveness of the Breathmobile (BM) program with usual care (UC), utilizing the AMR-related emergency department utilization (ED) rate. STUDY DESIGN: Healthcare utilization and prescription claims recorded January 1, 2011, to June 23, 2014, were evaluated pre- versus post year in 164 Medicaid-enrolled children, aged 2 to 18 years, with high-risk persistent asthma (BM group: n = 72; UC group: n = 92)...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548868/inhaled-corticosteroid-prescribing-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department-sustained-success-and-prescription-filling-rates
#19
Sarah Nicole Adams, Mary Abel, Dustin Fowler, Jennifer Braden, Myla D Ebeling, Annie N Simpson, M Olivia Titus, Annie Lintzenich Andrews
OBJECTIVE: To determine if improvement in Inhaled Corticosteroid (ICS) prescribing in the pediatric emergency department (PED) can be sustained after transition from intense intervention to low-intervention phase, and to determine ICS fill rates. METHODS: A Quality Improvement (QI) project began in Aug 2012. Results through Feb 2014 were previously published. In Feb 2014 interventions were scaled back to determine the sustainability of QI success. Eligible patients included children aged 2-17 seen in the PED for asthma between Feb 2014 and Sept 2016...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533689/medication-related-costs-of-rhinitis-in-australia-a-nostradata-cross-sectional-study-of-pharmacy-purchases
#20
Pete Smith, David Price, Richard Harvey, Andrew Simon Carney, Vicky Kritikos, Sinthia Z Bosnic-Anticevich, Louise Christian, Derek Skinner, Victoria Carter, Alice Marie Sybille Durieux
PURPOSE: There is a relative paucity of research regarding medication expenditure associated with multiple-therapy use for rhinitis in Australia. To describe 1) the nature and extent of multiple-therapy use for rhinitis in Australia using data on therapies purchased with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) and 2) additional costs incurred by multiple-therapy use compared with intranasal corticosteroid (INCS) therapy alone. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective observational study was carried out using a database containing anonymous pharmacy transaction data available from 20% of pharmacies in Australia that links doctor prescriptions and OTC purchase information...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
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