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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919832/seasonal-patterns-of-oral-antihistamine-and-intranasal-corticosteroid-purchases-from-australian-community-pharmacies-a-retrospective-observational-study
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A Simon Carney, David B Price, Pete K Smith, Richard Harvey, Vicky Kritikos, Sinthia Z Bosnic-Anticevich, Louise Christian, Derek A Skinner, Victoria Carter, Alice Ms Durieux
PURPOSE: To explore patterns in the purchase of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) oral antihistamines (OAHs) and intranasal corticosteroids (INCSs) by patients, from pharmacies in different geographical regions of Australia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective observational study using a database containing anonymous pharmacy transaction data from 20.0% of the pharmacies in Australia that link doctor prescriptions and OTC information. Pharmacy purchases of at least one prescription or OTC rhinitis treatment during 2013 and 2014 were assessed...
2017: Pragmatic and Observational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918400/healthcare-resource-use-and-costs-of-severe-uncontrolled-eosinophilic-asthma-in-the-uk-general-population
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Marjan Kerkhof, Trung N Tran, Joan B Soriano, Sarowar Golam, Danny Gibson, Elizabeth V Hillyer, David B Price
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the prevalence of severe, uncontrolled eosinophilic asthma (SUEA) and associated costs. AIMS: We sought to determine the prevalence of SUEA and compare asthma-related healthcare resource use (HCRU) and associated costs with overall means for a general asthma population. METHODS: This cohort study evaluated anonymised medical record data (December 1989 through June 2015) from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink and the Optimum Patient Care Research Database to study UK patients with active asthma (diagnostic code and one or more drug prescriptions in the baseline year), aged 5 years and older, without concomitant COPD, and with recorded eosinophil count...
September 16, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904977/misuse-of-topical-corticosteroids-for-cosmetic-purpose-in-antananarivo-madagascar
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F A Sendrasoa, I M Ranaivo, M Andrianarison, O Raharolahy, N H Razanakoto, L S Ramarozatovo, F Rapelanoro Rabenja
This cross-sectional study was conducted in Antananarivo, Madagascar, from June to September 2012. We aim to evaluate the misuse of TC on the face for cosmetic purpose and the adverse effects due to its application. A questionnaire-based analysis was done among females who use topical corticosteroids on the face for cosmetic purpose. Of the 770 women questioned, 384 (49,8%) used topical corticosteroids for cosmetic purpose whose mean age was 38 years (range 16-73 years). Two hundred and sixty-one females (68%) used TC combined with handcrafted cosmetics, and 123 (32%) used TC alone...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892408/variation-in-asthma-care-at-hospital-discharge-by-race-ethnicity-groups
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Stacy A Trent, Kohei Hasegawa, Sima K Ramratnam, Jane C Bittner, Carlos A Camargo
INTRODUCTION: While asthma disproportionately affects minorities, little is known about racial/ethnic differences in asthma care at hospital discharge. METHODS: Design: Secondary data analysis of multicenter retrospective study using standardized medical record review. POPULATION: Random sample of patients age 2-54 years, who were hospitalized for asthma at 25 hospitals from 2012-2013. Outcomes and Analysis: We categorized patients into three race/ethnicity groups: non-Hispanic white (NHW), non-Hispanic black (NHB), and Hispanic...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886264/lack-of-asthma-and-rhinitis-control-in-general-practitioner-managed-patients-prescribed-fixed-dose-combination-therapy-in-australia
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Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Vicky Kritikos, Victoria Carter, Kwok Yin Yan, Carol Armour, Dermot Ryan, David Price
OBJECTIVES: The first aim of the study (i) assess the current asthma status of general-practitioner-managed patients receiving regular fixed-dose combination inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta2 agonist (FDC ICS/LABA) therapy and (ii) explore patients' perceptions of asthma control and attitudes/behaviors regarding preventer inhaler use. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study of Australian adults with a current physician diagnosis of asthma receiving ≥2 prescriptions of FDC ICS/LABA therapy in the previous year, who were recruited through general practice to receive a structured in-depth asthma review between May 2012 and January 2014...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883469/characteristics-of-newly-diagnosed-copd-patients-treated-with-triple-inhaled-therapy-by-general-practitioners-a-real-world-italian-study
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Fabiano Di Marco, Pierachille Santus, Silvia Terraneo, Elena Peruzzi, Elisa Muscianisi, Claudio Ripellino, Valeria Pegoraro
Factors predicting prescriptions of triple therapy were investigated in a large group of general practitioners in Italy. In the population treated by identified general practitioners, a cohort of newly diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients was extracted from IMS Health Longitudinal Database during the period 2010-2013. From the diagnosis, 1-year follow-up was evaluated. Thirty-two thousand forty-six newly diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients were evaluated (57.7% male, mean age 67 years)...
September 7, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881155/seasonal-patterns-of-asthma-medication-fills-among-diverse-populations-of-the-united-states
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Kedir N Turi, Tebeb Gebretsadik, Rees L Lee, Tina V Hartert, Amber M Evans, Cosby Stone, Nicholas M Sicignano, Ann C Wu, Carlos Iribarren, Melissa G Butler, Edward Mitchel, James Morrow, Emma K Larkin, Pingsheng Wu
OBJECTIVE: Nonadherence to controller and overuse of reliever asthma medications are associated with exacerbations. We aimed to determine patterns of seasonal asthma medication use and to identify time period(s) during which interventions to improve medication adherence could reduce asthma morbidity. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of asthmatics 4-50 years of age and enrolled in three diverse health insurance plans. Seasonal patterns of medications were reported by monthly prescription fill rates per 1000 individuals with asthma from 1998 to 2013, and stratified by healthcare plan, sex, and age...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860739/the-comparative-effectiveness-of-initiating-fluticasone-salmeterol-combination-therapy-via-pmdi-versus-dpi-in-reducing-exacerbations-and-treatment-escalation-in-copd-a-uk-database-study
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Rupert Jones, Jessica Martin, Vicky Thomas, Derek Skinner, Jonathan Marshall, Martina Stagno d'Alcontres, David Price
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a complex progressive disease, is currently the third leading cause of death worldwide. One recommended treatment option is fixed-dose combination therapy of an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)/long-acting β-agonist. Clinical trials suggest pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs) and dry powder inhalers (DPIs) show similar efficacy and safety profiles in COPD. Real-world observational studies have shown that combination therapy has significantly greater odds of achieving asthma control when delivered via pMDIs...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853603/the-besmart-best-supportive-management-for-adults-referred-with-tonsillopharyngitis-multicentre-observational-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
A S Lau, C Mamais, E McChesney, N S Upile, C Vaughan, J Veitch, J R Abbas, A Markey, N G Brown, M Evans, J Thomas, M Gaines, Z Shehata, M D Wilkie, S C Leong
Introduction Tonsillopharyngitis is the most common ear, nose and throat emergency admission, with 80,000 episodes recorded in England in 2015-2016. Despite this, there is a paucity of evidence addressing the supportive management of tonsillopharyngitis in inpatients. The aim of this retrospective multicentre observational study was to consider the Best Supportive Management for Adults Referred with Tonsillopharyngitis (BeSMART) in the inpatient setting, and to establish any associations between practice and outcomes...
September 2017: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805984/self-medication-misuse-in-the-middle-east-a-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
Malak M Khalifeh, Nicholas D Moore, Pascale R Salameh
Regulations usually distinguish between prescription-only (POM) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. The former requires medical prescription; the latter are available for SM of common minor or easily treated ailments. However, in the Eastern Mediterranean countries, theoretical prescription medicines can easily be purchased without a prescription, as self-medication (SM) resulting in potential misuse and unnecessary risk for patients. The magnitude of this activity is uncertain. The aim of this article, therefore, is to undertake a comprehensive review to identify the different types of medicines that can easily be purchased as SM in Middle East and recognized as misused...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804964/birth-outcomes-of-children-fathered-by-men-treated-with-systemic-corticosteroids-during-the-conception-period-a-cohort-study-based-on-nationwide-data
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M D Larsen, S Friedman, B Magnussen, B M Nørgård
Information on the safety of paternal use of medications prior to the time of conception is limited, and there is little available evidence regarding possible adverse effects of paternal use of systemic corticosteroids (SCS). In this cohort study, based on nationwide data, we examined the association between paternal use of SCS prior to conception and adverse birth outcomes. The study includes data from all singletons born in Denmark from 1January 1997 through 2013 (N=1,013,994). Children fathered by men who redeemed a prescription of SCS within 3 months before conception (N=2,380) constituted the exposed groups...
August 14, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789575/prescriptions-for-atopic-dermatitis-oral-corticosteroids-remain-commonplace
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Tiffany Alexander, Elena Maxim, Leah A Cardwell, Aneesh Chawla, Steven R Feldman
INTRODUCTION: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by pruritic, often lichenified, patches and plaques. METHODS: Data were obtained from the Humana database, a large claims-based database encompassing more than 20 million patients under a commercial healthcare insurance plan. Our cohort included 39,526 subjects who saw a dermatologist for a primary ICD-9 diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (691.8) between the years of 2010-2015...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783420/prescription-level-factors-associated-with-primary-nonadherence-to-dermatologic-medications
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Audrey Rutherford, Donald A Glass, Elizabeth A Suarez, Adewole S Adamson
PURPOSE: To analyze factors associated with primary nonadherence to dermatologic medications and study whether prescription-level factors are associated with primary nonadherence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of medical records of new dermatology patients from January 2011 to December 2013 at a single urban safety-net hospital outpatient dermatology clinic with a closed pharmacy system. RESULTS: A total of 4307 prescriptions were written for 2490 patients...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750556/the-quebec-respiratory-health-education-network-integrating-a-model-of-self-management-education-in-copd-primary-care
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Jean Bourbeau, Raquel Farias, Pei Zhi Li, Guylaine Gauthier, Livia Battisti, Valérie Chabot, Marie-France Beauchesne, Denis Villeneuve, Patricia Côté, Louis-Philippe Boulet
The objective of this study is to evaluate whether a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) self-management education program with coaching of a case manager improves patient-related outcomes and leads to practice changes in primary care. COPD patients from six family medicine clinics (FMCs) participated in a 1-year educational program offered by trained case managers who focused on treatment adherence, inhaler techniques, smoking cessation, and the use of an action plan for exacerbations. Health-care utilization, health-related quality of life (HRQL), treatment adherence, inhaler technique, and COPD knowledge were assessed at each visit with validated questionnaires...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734857/comorbidities-in-difficult-to-control-asthma
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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
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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
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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
#19
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
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