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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548868/inhaled-corticosteroid-prescribing-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department-sustained-success-and-prescription-filling-rates
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491208/joint-pain-epidemiology-and-analgesic-usage-in-madagascar
#3
Luc Hervé Samison, Fidiniaina Mamy Randriatsarafara, Stéphane Ralandison
INTRODUCTION: To describe the epidemiology of joint pains and document analgesics usage in an African context. METHODS: Patients suffering from joint pain were recruited from nine sites located in Antananarivo, Madagascar, including 6 hospital services and 3 clinics. Doctors collected information on the etiology and characteristics of the patients' pain. Analgesics prescribed by these doctors were also documented. RESULTS: In total, 400 patients were enrolled in the study (52...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483402/doxycycline-for-outpatient-treated-acute-exacerbations-of-copd-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Patricia van Velzen, Gerben Ter Riet, Paul Bresser, Jeroen J Baars, Bob T J van den Berg, Jan W K van den Berg, Paul Brinkman, Jennece W F Dagelet, Johannes M A Daniels, Dewi R G L Groeneveld-Tjiong, René E Jonkers, Coen van Kan, Frans H Krouwels, Karin Pool, Arjan Rudolphus, Peter J Sterk, Jan M Prins
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics do not reduce mortality or short-term treatment non-response in patients receiving treatment for acute exacerbations of COPD in an outpatient setting. However, the long-term effects of antibiotics are unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate if the antibiotic doxycycline added to the oral corticosteroid prednisolone prolongs time to next exacerbation in patients with COPD receiving treatment for an exacerbation in the outpatient setting. METHODS: In this randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial, we recruited a cohort of patients with COPD from outpatient clinics of nine teaching hospitals and three primary care centres in the Netherlands...
May 5, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473929/stevens-johnson-syndrome-following-failure-of-genetic-screening-prior-to-carbamazepine-prescription
#5
Suraya Ahmad Nasir, Huann Lan Tan, Hui Jan Tan, Haizal Mohd Hussaini, Roszalina Ramli
Failure to screen susceptible individuals for human leucocyte allele B∗1502 leads to the onset of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS). We report a case of a 27-year-old Malay female who was treated with carbamazepine following the diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia without a genetic screening. She was prescribed 150 mg of carbamazepine initially and the dose was increased to 300 mg following the initial dose. A sudden development of skin and mucous membrane ulcers was observed and this warranted immediate hospitalization...
2017: Case Reports in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471286/factors-associated-with-adherence-to-asthma-treatment-with-inhaled-corticosteroids-a-cross-sectional-exploratory-study
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Moulikatou Adouni Lawani, Frank Zongo, Marie-Claude Breton, Jocelyne Moisan, Jean-Pierre Grégoire, Eileen Dorval, Louis-Philippe Boulet, Marie-Sophie Jobin, Line Guénette
BACKGROUND: Understanding factors at the patient, provider or organizational level associated with inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) adherence is important when planning adherence-enhancing interventions. OBJECTIVE: To explore factors associated with adherence to ICS among patients with asthma aged 12-45 years. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among patients with asthma reporting ICS prescription during the baseline interview of an intervention study...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465764/sociodemographic-determinants-of-out-of-pocket-expenditures-for-patients-using-prescription-drugs-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
#7
Kumar Mukherjee, Khalid M Kamal
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that has a substantial economic impact on patients. Patients with RA are at an increased risk for disability and for loss of income. The inclusion of biologic drugs in RA therapy has increased the cost of treatment. Little is known about the relationship between sociodemographic characteristics and the out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditures for prescription drugs for patients with RA, including biologics, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and analgesics...
February 2017: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461904/corticosteroid-use-and-mortality-risk-in-patients-with-perforated-colonic-diverticular-disease-a-population-based-cohort-study
#8
L H A Broersen, E Horváth-Puhó, A M Pereira, R Erichsen, O M Dekkers, H T Sørensen
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids are a potential risk factor for mortality in patients with perforated diverticular disease, due to blinding of disease severity, hampered wound healing or adrenal insufficiency. We examined mortality in corticosteroid users and non-users among patients with perforated diverticular disease. METHODS: A cohort study based on medical databases including all patients ≥18 years in Denmark (source population 5 289 261 inhabitants) admitted to a hospital with incident perforated diverticular disease between 2005 and 2013...
2017: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456623/oral-corticosteroid-exposure-and-adverse-effects-in-asthma
#9
Patrick W Sullivan, Vahram H Ghushchyan, Gary Globe, Michael Schatz
BACKGROUND: Significant adverse effects (AEs) have been associated with continuous exposure to oral corticosteroids (OCS). The potential association with intermittent exposure is unknown. OBJECTIVE: Assess the association between OCS and AEs based on the number of OCS prescriptions. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of asthma patients ≥ 18 years in the 2000-2014 MarketScan® dataset. Propensity Score Matching was used at baseline (12 months prior to index date: first OCS use)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452967/evaluation-of-rational-drug-use-for-acute-pharyngitis-associated-with-the-incidence-and-prevalence-of-the-disease-at-two-community-health-centers-in-indonesia
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Cindra T Yuniar, Kusnandar Anggadiredja, Alfi N Islamiyah
According to Indonesia's Result of Basic Health Research of 2013, prevalence of acute respiratory infection in 2007 and 2013 were not significantly different (25.5% and 25.0%, respectively). Identifying the cause of acute pharyngitis is a key point in determining the optimal treatment. The main purpose is to evaluate the rational use of drugs and its irrational impact as well as the correlation of the drug use with the incidence and prevalence of acute pharyngitis. This study was a descriptive and observational study, carried out retrospectively and concurrently at two community health centers located in Bandung and Cimahi, Indonesia...
April 28, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452828/telephone-encounters-predict-future-high-financial-expenditures-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-a-3-year-prospective-observational-study
#11
Benjamin Click, Alyce M Anderson, Claudia Ramos Rivers, Ioannis E Koutroubakis, Jana G Hashash, Michael A Dunn, Marc Schwartz, Jason Swoger, Arthur Barrie, Eva Szigethy, Miguel Regueiro, Robert E Schoen, David G Binion
BACKGROUND: Telephone activity is essential in management of complex chronic diseases including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Telephone encounters logged in the electronic medical record have recently been proposed as a surrogate marker of disease activity and impending health care utilization; however, the association between telephone calls and financial expenditures has not been evaluated. STUDY: We performed a 3-year prospective observational study of telephone encounters logged at a tertiary referral IBD center...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450193/developing-standardized-corticosteroid-treatment-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Michela Guglieri, Kate Bushby, Michael P McDermott, Kimberly A Hart, Rabi Tawil, William B Martens, Barbara E Herr, Elaine McColl, Jennifer Wilkinson, Janbernd Kirschner, Wendy M King, Michele Eagle, Mary W Brown, Tracey Willis, Deborah Hirtz, Perry B Shieh, Volker Straub, Anne-Marie Childs, Emma Ciafaloni, Russell J Butterfield, Iain Horrocks, Stefan Spinty, Kevin M Flanigan, Nancy L Kuntz, Giovanni Baranello, Helen Roper, Leslie Morrison, Jean K Mah, Adnan Y Manzur, Craig M McDonald, Ulrike Schara, Maja von der Hagen, Richard J Barohn, Craig Campbell, Basil T Darras, Richard S Finkel, Giuseppe Vita, Imelda Hughes, Tiziana Mongini, Elena Pegoraro, Matthew Wicklund, Ekkehard Wilichowski, W Bryan Burnette, James F Howard, Hugh J McMillan, Mathula Thangarajh, Robert C Griggs
Despite corticosteroids being the only treatment documented to improve strength and function in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) corticosteroid prescription is inconsistent and in some countries, corticosteroids are not prescribed. We are conducting a clinical trial that (1) compares the 3 most frequently prescribed corticosteroid regimes; (2) standardizes treatment of DMD complications; and (3) standardizes prevention of corticosteroid side effects. Investigators at 38 sites in 5 countries plan to recruit 300 boys aged 4-7 who are randomly assigned to one of three regimens: daily prednisone; daily deflazacort; or intermittent prednisone (10days on/10days off)...
April 24, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438376/current-trends-in-the-use-of-two-combination-antifungal-corticosteroid-creams
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Chikoti M Wheat, Ryan J Bickley, Yu-Han Hsueh, Bernard A Cohen
Superficial fungal infections are among the most commonly managed skin problems by general practitioners. Although evidence shows combination antifungal/corticosteroid topicals are more expensive and less effective than single-agent antifungals, practitioners continue to prescribe combination agents. We examined current prescription trends of 2 combination antifungal/corticosteroid medications, Lotrisone and Mycolog-II.
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432756/high-rate-of-systemic-corticosteroid-prescription-among-outpatient-visits-for-psoriasis-a-population-based-epidemiological-study-using-the-korean-national-health-insurance-database
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Sang Jun Eun, Sihyeok Jang, Jin Yong Lee, Young Kyung Do, Seong Jin Jo
The use of systemic corticosteroids (SC) for the treatment of psoriasis is not recommended according to textbooks and guidelines. In clinical practise, however, many physicians frequently prescribe SC for patients with psoriasis. To determine the magnitude of SC prescription for outpatients with psoriasis in Korea and identify factors associated with the use of SC, we used the 2010-2014 nationwide claims data of the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service of Korea. In frequency analysis for the full scale of prescribed SC, oral methylprednisolone was the most frequently prescribed SC, followed by dexamethasone and betamethasone injections...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418482/effect-of-oral-dexamethasone-without-immediate-antibiotics-vs-placebo-on-acute-sore-throat-in-adults-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Gail Nicola Hayward, Alastair D Hay, Michael V Moore, Sena Jawad, Nicola Williams, Merryn Voysey, Johanna Cook, Julie Allen, Matthew Thompson, Paul Little, Rafael Perera, Jane Wolstenholme, Kim Harman, Carl Heneghan
Importance: Acute sore throat poses a significant burden on primary care and is a source of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. Corticosteroids could be an alternative symptomatic treatment. Objective: To assess the clinical effectiveness of oral corticosteroids for acute sore throat in the absence of antibiotics. Design, Setting, and Participants: Double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial (April 2013-February 2015; 28-day follow-up completed April 2015) conducted in 42 family practices in South and West England, enrolled 576 adults recruited on the day of presentation to primary care with acute sore throat not requiring immediate antibiotic therapy...
April 18, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417456/interventions-to-improve-adherence-to-inhaled-steroids-for-asthma
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Rebecca Normansell, Kayleigh M Kew, Elizabeth Stovold
BACKGROUND: Despite its proven efficacy in improving symptoms and reducing exacerbations, many patients with asthma are not fully adherent to their steroid inhaler. Suboptimal adherence leads to poorer clinical outcomes and increased health service utilisation, and has been identified as a contributing factor to a third of asthma deaths in the UK. Reasons for non-adherence vary, and a variety of interventions have been proposed to help people improve treatment adherence. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of interventions intended to improve adherence to inhaled corticosteroids among people with asthma...
April 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410944/-asthma-control-in-patients-attending-primary-care-in-spain-actis-study
#17
Eduardo Calvo, Juan A Trigueros, Araceli López, Guadalupe Sánchez
OBJECTIVE: To assess prevalence of non controlled (ACT- Asthma Control Test<20) asthma in real world clinical practice in Spain. DESIGN: Observational, cross-sectional study. LOCATION: 58 primary care centers from 13 Autonomous Communities. PARTICIPANTS: Asthma patients attending physicians office to collect repeat prescriptions for continuous treatment (Group A), or due to symptoms worsening (Group B). MAIN MEASUREMENTS: Socio-demographic characteristics (age, gender, education, smoking history), physician's assessment of asthma severity, current treatment for asthma, co-morbidities, healthcare-related resources utilization (primary care or emergency visits, hospitalizations), labour or school absenteeism, ACT score and treatment adherence...
April 12, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406337/inhaled-corticosteroid-use-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-risk-of-pneumonia-a-nested-case-control-population-based-study-in-lazio-italy-the-outpul-study
#18
Silvia Cascini, Ursula Kirchmayer, Valeria Belleudi, Lisa Bauleo, Riccardo Pistelli, Mirko Di Martino, Giulio Formoso, Marina Davoli, Nera Agabiti
Inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) use in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients is associated with a reduction of exacerbations and a potential risk of pneumonia. The objective was to determine if ICS use, with or without long-acting β2-agonist, increases pneumonia risk in COPD patients. A cohort study was performed using linked hospital and drug prescription databases in the Lazio region. Patients (45+) discharged with COPD in 2006-2009 were enrolled and followed from cohort entry until first admission for pneumonia, death or study end, 31 December, 2012...
April 13, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404617/short-term-use-of-oral-corticosteroids-and-related-harms-among-adults-in-the-united-states-population-based-cohort-study
#19
Akbar K Waljee, Mary A M Rogers, Paul Lin, Amit G Singal, Joshua D Stein, Rory M Marks, John Z Ayanian, Brahmajee K Nallamothu
Objective To determine the frequency of prescriptions for short term use of oral corticosteroids, and adverse events (sepsis, venous thromboembolism, fractures) associated with their use.Design Retrospective cohort study and self controlled case series.Setting Nationwide dataset of private insurance claims.Participants Adults aged 18 to 64 years who were continuously enrolled from 2012 to 2014.Main outcome measures Rates of short term use of oral corticosteroids defined as less than 30 days duration. Incidence rates of adverse events in corticosteroid users and non-users...
April 12, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368911/trends-in-narcotic-and-corticosteroid-prescriptions-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-in-the-united-states-ambulatory-care-setting-from-2003-to-2011
#20
Neeraj Narula, Lawrence Borges, A Hillary Steinhart, Jean-Frederic Colombel
BACKGROUND/HYPOTHESIS: Before the availability of biological therapies, corticosteroids and narcotics were frequently used in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) because of a paucity of disease-modifying therapies. The increased accessibility to effective biologicals for IBD over the last decade should be leading to less use of corticosteroids and narcotic medications. This study aims to examine trends in prescriptions of corticosteroids and narcotics to patients with IBD in the United States during the period 2003 to 2011...
March 31, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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