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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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REVIEW
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349719/evaluation-of-the-influence-of-family-and-friends-and-the-internet-on-patient-perceptions-of-long-term-topical-corticosteroid-use
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Saxon D Smith, Lisa L Farrugia, Victoria Harris, Andrew Lee, Alex Blaszczynski, Gayle Fischer
BACKGROUND: Topical corticosteroids (TCS) are key to managing chronic inflammatory dermatoses (CID). Parents/patients cite TCS phobia as an impediment to treatment adherence. Family/friends and the Internet are a source of misinformation on TCS which can negatively impact perceptions of TCS safety. PURPOSE: To assess information from family/friends and the Internet, as related to and reported by patients/parents using long term TCS. METHODS: A multicenter cross-sectional survey of patients (aged 18+) and parents of patients (aged <18) with a history of CID requiring long-term (≥ 1 month) TCS use assessing messages about TCS received from family/friends and the Internet...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329128/quinolone-ear-drops-after-tympanostomy-tubes-and-the-risk-of-eardrum-perforation-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Adel Alrwisan, Patrick J Antonelli, Almut G Winterstein
Background.: This study investigated whether quinolone ear drops, with or without corticosteroids, increase the risk of perforation requiring tympanoplasty following tympanostomy tube (TT) placement in children. Methods.: This was a retrospective cohort study using Medicaid encounter and pharmacy billing data from 29 US states between 1999 and 2006. Children <18 years old without predisposing factors for perforation during a 6-month look-back period entered the cohort after TT placement and first dispensing of antibiotic ear drops...
April 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328803/incident-acute-pseudogout-and-prior-bisphosphonate-use-matched-case-control-study-in-the-uk-clinical-practice-research-datalink
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Edward Roddy, Sara Muller, Zoe Paskins, Samantha L Hider, Milisa Blagojevic-Bucknall, Christian D Mallen
Oral bisphosphonates are the most commonly used drugs to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis. Acute pseudogout is anecdotally reported to occur following bisphosphonate initiation but empirical data are lacking. We investigated whether treatment with oral bisphosphonates is a risk factor for incident acute pseudogout.A matched case-control study was undertaken using data from the UK-Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Adults who consulted for incident acute pseudogout between 1987 and 2012 were each matched for gender, age at pseudogout diagnosis, and general practice to up to 4 control subjects without pseudogout...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320213/rethinking-costs-of-psoriasis-10-of-patients-account-for-nearly-40-of-healthcare-expenditures-among-enrollees-with-psoriasis-in-a-u-s-health-plan
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April W Armstrong, Yang Zhao, Vivian Herrera, Yunfeng Li, Tim Bancroft, Michael Hull, Aylin Altan
OBJECTIVE: To examine characteristics, healthcare utilization and costs among patients with psoriasis who have high medical costs. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of patients with psoriasis with continuous enrollment from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2013 in a large US health plan. Total paid 2012 healthcare costs excluding biologics (to identify costliest not due to biologic costs) were used to create cohorts representing the top 10% (T10) and bottom 90% (B90) of expenditures...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318337/the-association-of-timing-of-disease-modifying-drug-initiation-and-relapse-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-using-electronic-health-records
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Frank A Corvino, David Oliveri, Amy L Phillips
OBJECTIVE: A large, US de-identified electronic health record (EHR) database (Optum-Humedica de-identified Electronic Health Record dataset) was used to evaluate whether earlier disease-modifying drug (DMD) treatment initiation was associated with improved outcomes in MS. METHODS: Newly diagnosed patients from 1/1/2008-8/30/2014 (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification code: 340.xx; first MS diagnosis = index date) with healthcare activity 1 year pre- and 2-years post-index, and who initiated DMD treatment during the 2-year follow-up period, were included...
March 20, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284731/changes-in-asthma-maintenance-therapy-prescribing-patterns-following-the-2006-long-acting-%C3%AE-agonist-fda-drug-warning
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Jonathan D Winter, Matthew R Reetz, J William Kerns, Katherine M Winter, Roy T Sabo, Scott D Krugman
PURPOSE: The US Food and Drug Administration issued a boxed warning on all products containing a long-acting β-agonist (LABA) in March 2006, after the findings from a trial suggested an increased risk for death in patients treated with salmeterol monotherapy. Almost nothing is known about the impact of this warning on LABA prescribing patterns or on clinicians' approaches to asthma maintenance therapy. METHODS: A cohort of asthmatic adults on LABA therapy was retrospectively identified from a Baltimore-area Medicaid data warehouse...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281458/biologic-treatment-for-rheumatic-disease-real-world-big-data-analysis-from-the-greek-country-wide-prescription-database
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Petros P Sfikakis, Vasiliki-Kalliopi Bournia, Prodromos Sidiropoulos, Dimitrios T Boumpas, Alexandros A Drosos, George D Kitas, George Konstantonis, Stamatis N Liossis, Menelaos N Manoussakis, Lazaros Sakkas, Maria Tektonidou, Athanasios G Tzioufas, Panayiotis G Vlachoyiannopoulos, Chara Kani, Panayiotis Paterakis, Panayiota Litsa, Dimitrios Vassilopoulos
OBJECTIVES: To directly assess the prevalence of inflammatory rheumatic disease under treatment with biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (b-DMARDs) and compare treatment patterns between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthropathy (SpA), including psoriatic arthritis. METHODS: The obligatory country-wide prescription electronic database covering 10.223.000 Greek citizens (95.1% of the population, 99.5% Caucasian), all of whom with fully reinbursed access to b-DMARDs, was used to retrospectively capture all patients under b-DMARDs for RA/SpA between June 2014-May 2015...
March 3, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277853/treatment-plan-comparison-in-acute-and-chronic-respiratory-tract-diseases-an-observational-study-of-doxophylline-vs-theophylline
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F S Mennini, P Sciattella, A Marcellusi, A Marcobelli, A Russo, A P Caputi
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the global cost related to the use of the two drugs (associated drugs, specialist visits, hospital admissions, plasma drug monitoring). METHODS: The drug prescriptions were extracted from the Information System of the Pharmaceutical Prescriptions of the Marche Region for each ATC code in the years 2008-2012 and the number of patients per year and other outcomes measure were obtained. RESULTS: 13,574 patients were treated with theophylline and 19,426 patients with doxophylline...
March 3, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262319/initiation-of-an-inhaled-corticosteroid-during-a-pediatric-emergency-visit-for-asthma-a%C3%A2-randomized-clinical-trial
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Esther M Sampayo, Maryann Mazer-Amirshahi, Elizabeth A Camp, Joseph J Zorc
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We determine whether prescribing an inhaled corticosteroid during a pediatric emergency department (ED) asthma visit increases ongoing use and improves outcomes. METHODS: This randomized trial enrolled children aged 1 to 18 years, with persistent asthma not previously prescribed a controller medication, and who were being discharged after ED asthma treatment. Intervention subjects received a 1-month prescription for an inhaled corticosteroid (fluticasone or budesonide by age) in addition to standard asthma therapy and instructions given to all patients...
February 24, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251672/prescribing-patterns-of-analgesics-and-other-medicines-by-dental-practitioners-in-australia-from-2001-to-2012
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Samantha A Hollingworth, Ryan Chan, Jenny Pham, Sonya Shi, Pauline J Ford
OBJECTIVES: Dental practitioners are able to prescribe a variety of medicines subsidized on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS), the main categories of which are analgesics and antibiotics. We aimed to investigate the patterns of PBS prescribing of non-antimicrobial medicines by dental practitioners in Australia from 2001 to 2012. METHODS: Data were collected from Medicare Australia on prescriptions from dental practitioners dispensed to concessional beneficiaries between 2001 and 2012...
March 2, 2017: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251670/retrospective-audit-of-antimicrobial-prescribing-practices-for-acute-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-diseases-in-a-large-regional-hospital
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D J Brownridge, S T R Zaidi
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and frequent exacerbations are associated with an increased risk of death, deterioration in lung function and reduced quality of life. Current Australian guidelines developed by the Lung Foundation of Australia (the COPD-X Plan) recommends the use of a short course of corticosteroids and oral antibiotics (amoxycillin or doxycycline) as part of the treatment of an AECOPD; however, it was noted that clinical practice at the study hospital had deviated from these guidelines...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243078/a-belgian-survey-on-the-diagnosis-of-asthma-copd-overlap-syndrome
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Didier Cataldo, Jean-Louis Corhay, Eric Derom, Renaud Louis, Eric Marchand, Alain Michils, Vincent Ninane, Rudi Peché, Charles Pilette, Walter Vincken, Wim Janssens
INTRODUCTION: Patients with chronic airway disease may present features of both asthma and COPD, commonly referred to as asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS). Recommendations on their diagnosis are diffuse and inconsistent. This survey aimed to identify consensus on criteria for diagnosing ACOS. METHODS: A Belgian expert panel developed a survey on ACOS diagnosis, which was completed by 87 pulmonologists. Answers chosen by ≥70% of survey respondents were considered as useful criteria for ACOS diagnosis...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226405/comparative-effectiveness-of-long-acting-beta2-agonist-combined-with-a-long-acting-muscarinic-antagonist-or-inhaled-corticosteroid-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Jennifer C Samp, Min J Joo, Glen T Schumock, Gregory S Calip, A Simon Pickard, Todd A Lee
INTRODUCTION: Several dual bronchodilator fixed-dose inhaler medications were recently approved for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These products combine a long-acting β2 -agonist (LABA) and long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA). In clinical trials, the separate mechanisms of the bronchodilators resulted in improved lung function. COPD treatment guidelines currently recommend combination LABA/LAMA as alternative therapy to combination LABA/inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)...
April 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209276/the-aahks-clinical-research-award-what-are-the-costs-of-knee-osteoarthritis-in-the-year-prior-to-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Nicholas A Bedard, Spencer B Dowdle, Christopher A Anthony, David E DeMik, Michael A McHugh, Kevin J Bozic, John J Callaghan
BACKGROUND: Despite American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) related to the non-arthroplasty management of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, non-recommended treatments remain in common use. We sought to determine the costs associated with non-arthroplasty management of knee OA in the year prior to total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and stratify them by CPG recommendation status. METHODS: The Humana database was reviewed from 2007 to 2015 for primary TKA patients...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
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