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Wiebke Sondermann, Julia Ventzke, David Matusiewicz, Andreas Körber
BACKGROUND: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory joint disease. Despite numerous health care research studies, there is hardly any data regarding the current state of pharmaceutical care of PsA patients in Germany. STUDY POPULATION AND METHODS: Based on a systematic literature search and routine administrative data from the Rhineland/Hamburg (statutory) health insurance fund ("Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse", AOK), the present study provides an up-to-date overview of pharmaceutical care of German PsA patients...
March 2018: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
Maryam Kashanian, Nooshin Eshraghi, Narges Sheikhansari, Arash Bordbar, Elahehsadat Khatami
The purpose of the present study was to compare the effect of a two-dose administration of betamethasone with 12 hours interval vs. 24 hours interval on neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). The study was performed as a randomised clinical trial on 201 pregnant women with a gestational age of 26-34 weeks. In one group 12 mg of betamethasone every 12 hours for two doses and in the other group 12 mg of betamethasone every 24 hours for two doses were prescribed intramuscularly. There were no significant differences between the two groups according to maternal age, parity, gravidity, BMI, neonatal sex, need to surfactant, NICU admission, NICU stay, neonatal death, neonatal sepsis and Apgar score at minutes 1 and 5, but the gestational age at the beginning of the study and delivery receiving complete course of betamethasone and neonatal weight were lower in 24 hours group...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Asger Granfeldt, Mads Wissenberg, Steen Møller Hansen, Freddy K Lippert, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Søren Helbo Skaarup, Lars W Andersen, Erika Frischknecht Christensen, Christian Fynbo Christiansen
INTRODUCTION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with a non-shockable rhythm as presenting rhythm in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Whether the severity of the underlying disease is related to presenting rhythm is unknown. We hypothesize that increased severity of COPD in OHCA patients is associated with an increased prevalence of non-shockable rhythm. METHODS: This study included OHCA patients ≥40 years from the Danish Cardiac Arrest Registry (2001-2014)...
March 5, 2018: Resuscitation
G Ortiz, M Garay, D Mendoza, P Cardinal-Fernández
INTRODUCTION: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an inflammatory lung disorder, and its pathological hallmark is diffuse alveolar damage (DAD). Given that open lung biopsy (OLB) can sometimes result in severe side effects, it is rarely performed in patients with ARDS. AIM: The aims of this study were to describe: (a) the rate of treatment change associated with the histological result; and (b) the incidence of side effects induced by OLB. DESIGN AND PATIENTS: A retrospective, single-center, descriptive observational study was carried out in Hospital Santa Clara (Bogotá, Colombia) from February 2007 to January 2014...
February 28, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Bruno Levy, Caroline Fritz, Elsa Tahon, Audrey Jacquot, Thomas Auchet, Antoine Kimmoun
Vasoplegia is a ubiquitous phenomenon in all advanced shock states, including septic, cardiogenic, hemorrhagic, and anaphylactic shock. Its pathophysiology is complex, involving various mechanisms in vascular smooth muscle cells such as G protein-coupled receptor desensitization (adrenoceptors, vasopressin 1 receptors, angiotensin type 1 receptors), alteration of second messenger pathways, critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency, and increased production of nitric oxide. This review, based on a critical appraisal of the literature, discusses the main current treatments and future approaches...
February 27, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Jennifer C Samp, Min J Joo, Glen T Schumock, Gregory S Calip, A Simon Pickard, Todd A Lee
BACKGROUND: With increasing health care costs that have outpaced those of other industries, payers of health care are moving from a fee-for-service payment model to one in which reimbursement is tied to outcomes. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease where this payment model has been implemented by some payers, and COPD exacerbations are a quality metric that is used. Under an outcomes-based payment model, it is important for health systems to be able to identify patients at risk for poor outcomes so that they can target interventions to improve outcomes...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Neale Smith, Anne Smith, Alice Wang, Kaitlyn Shaw, Gabriella Groeneweg, Ran D Goldman, Bryan Wilkinson, Ricardo Jimenez, Leah Mwai, Bruce Carleton
Objectives: Administration of oral corticosteroids at the onset of an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) can be effective in the management of acute asthma exacerbations in children. This study was designed to identify barriers to parent-initiated implementation of clinical practice guideline-recommended use of oral corticosteroids for prophylaxis against severe asthma exacerbations in children. Methods: Twenty-seven children who presented to BC Children's Hospital with URTI-induced asthma exacerbations were recruited...
July 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
G J Webb, S R Rahman, C Levy, G M Hirschfield
BACKGROUND: The use of rifampicin for cholestatic pruritus is accompanied by concerns over safety, but the availability of real-world prescribing data is relatively limited. AIM: We sought to describe the rate and characteristics of rifampicin-induced hepatitis in a mixed aetiology cohort of patients with established liver disease and cholestatic pruritus. METHODS: Retrospective review of records for out-patients commenced on rifampicin for pruritus 2012-2016 inclusive...
February 22, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Luis Pérez de Llano, Abel Pallares Sanmartin, Francisco Javier González-Barcala, Mar Mosteiro-Añón, Dolores Corbacho Abelaira, Raquel Dacal Quintas, María Merino Ventosa
INTRODUCTION: This study was aimed at evaluating whether once-daily regimens (od-r) show benefits in adherence when compared to twice-daily (td-r). METHODS: Prospective, multicenter, 6-month follow-up study with two visits. The main objective was to compare adherence assessed by the electronic prescription refill rate (EPRR) and by the 10-item Test of Adherence to Inhalers (TAI) in patients with od-r and td-r. Suboptimal adherence was defined as TAI < 50 or EPRR ≤ 80%...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Sarah Petite
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Guideline recommendations for medication therapy include the use of inhaled medications for management of stable COPD. There are limited data available describing prescribing percentages of medications in patients with COPD. AIM: To determine the prescribing percentages of medications for COPD in a national, cross-sectional study. METHODS: This was a national, cross-sectional study using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) in 2013...
February 15, 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Rahmo Ibrahim Farah, Per Damkier, Anders Christiansen, Daniel Pilsgaard Henriksen
Montelukast, a leukotriene receptor antagonist, was marketed in 1998 as an oral supplementary treatment to patients with mild to moderate asthma. The aim of this study was to describe the early discontinuation pattern among montelukast users in Denmark in the period of 1 March 1998 to 31 December 2016, and to identify demographic characteristics possibly associated with early discontinuation. This nationwide drug utilization study was based on data collected from three nationwide Danish registers. All montelukast users who redeemed at least one prescription in the study period were identified...
February 13, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Paul V Williams, Abhishek Kavati, Dominic Pilon, Yongling Xiao, Maryia Zhdanava, Maria-Magdalena Balp, Patrick Lefebvre, Benjamin Ortiz, Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo
INTRODUCTION: Few studies have described chronic idiopathic/spontaneous urticaria (CIU/CSU) healthcare burden in adults, while this information remains largely unknown in children. We aimed to describe treatment patterns, healthcare resource utilization (HRU), and costs in CIU/CSU pediatric patients, as well as to compare HRU and costs in CIU/CSU and CIU/CSU-free pediatric patients. METHODS: Medicaid claims from four states (09/01/2013-03/31/2016) were used to identify patients less than 12 years old...
February 10, 2018: Dermatology and Therapy
Mette Reilev, Anton Pottegård, Jesper Rømhild Davidsen, Lotte Rasmussen, Jens Søndergaard, Christian B Laursen, Daniel Pilsgaard Henriksen
Long-acting bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are the cornerstones in treatment of chronic obstructive and inflammatory pulmonary diseases. However, non-adherence to guidelines is widespread. Detailed information on real-life treatment patterns is needed to promote rational use. We aimed to investigate nationwide time trends in individual-level treatment patterns of long-acting bronchodilators and ICS. Using nationwide Danish health registries, we identified all Danish adults with a prescription for long-acting bronchodilators and/or ICS from 2000-2016...
February 8, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Nicola A Hanania, Marc Massanari, Neal Jain
BACKGROUND: Assessment of asthma using clinical measures alone often fails to detect underlying airway inflammation. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) is a recognized biomarker of type 2 airway inflammation in asthma. Measurement of FeNO is instrumental in the assessment and management of patients with corticosteroid-sensitive asthma. OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of measuring FeNO on asthma management in real-world clinical practices. METHODS: Clinicians from 337 US practices performed a clinical assessment and recorded treatment plans before and after measuring FeNO in 7901 patients with asthma...
February 2, 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Xuehua Ke, Abhishek Kavati, Debra Wertz, Qing Huang, Liya Wang, Vincent J Willey, Judith J Stephenson, Benjamin Ortiz, Brandee Paknis, Jonathan A Bernstein, Lisa A Beck
BACKGROUND: Omalizumab is indicated for the management of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) in patients aged 12 years or older with persistent hives that are not adequately controlled by H1 antihistamines. While its safety and efficacy in CIU patients have been evaluated in multiple clinical trials, real-world use of omalizaumab in CIU has not been well characterized. OBJECTIVE: To assess demographics, clinical characteristics, and treatment patterns of CIU patients who initiated omalizumab to better understand the usage of this agent in CIU management in the real world...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Guttorm Raknes, Pia Simonsen, Lars Småbrekke
Background and Aims: Low dose naltrexone (LDN) is a controversial off-label treatment used by many Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. A small number of preliminary studies indicate that LDN might be beneficial in CD, but evidence is too scarce to demonstrate efficacy. We wanted to examine whether initiation of LDN therapy by patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was followed by changes in dispensing of relevant medication. Methods: We performed a quasi-experimental before and after study following a sudden increase of LDN use in the Norwegian population in 2013...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
Chrong-Reen Wang, Sheng-Min Hsu, Ying-Chen Chen, Chung-Liang Ho, Sheen-Yie Fang
A 55-year-old woman with relapsing polychondritis had progressively enlarged right retro-orbital tumor invading the optic nerve, followed by left retrobulbar infiltrating lesions despite prescription of high-dose corticosteroids and pulse methylprednisolone. Repeated histopathologic analyses showed dense collagen fibers with scanty inflammatory cells, consistent with the diagnosis of idiopathic sclerosing orbital inflammation. This disorder has been recognized as a distinct entity with unique clinical features and coexisting rheumatologic disorders, requiring more focused diagnostic strategies and therapeutic regimens...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Sara Jenkins-Jones, Lotta Parviainen, John Porter, Mike Withe, Martin Whitaker, Sarah E Holden, Christopher Llewellyn Morgan, Craig Currie, Richard J Ross
Objectives To evaluate risks of depression and all-cause mortality, healthcare utilisation costs, and treatment adherence in congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) in the UK. Design and Methods A retrospective, matched-cohort study using UK primary-care data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink linked to hospital and death-certification data. Patients diagnosed with CAH and having ≥1 corticosteroid prescription were matched 1:10 to reference subjects. Risk of death and lifetime prevalence of depression were compared using Cox regression models...
January 25, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Sumitra Shantakumar, Raoh-Fang Pwu, Liesel D'Silva, Keele Wurst, Yao-Wen Kuo, Yen-Yun Yang, Yi-Chen Juan, K Arnold Chan
BACKGROUND: Patients with symptoms of both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be classified with the term asthma-COPD overlap (ACO). ACO is of considerable interest as it is currently poorly characterised and has been associated with worse health outcomes and higher healthcare costs compared with COPD or asthma alone. Patients with ACO in Asia remain poorly described, and there is limited information regarding their resource utilisation compared with patients with asthma or COPD only...
January 25, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Kristina Rueter, Brennan Ta, Natasha Bear, Michaela Lucas, Meredith L Borland, Susan L Prescott
BACKGROUND: We recently determined that allergy training programs have improved physician recognition and diagnosis of pediatric anaphylaxis in the last decade. OBJECTIVE: To investigate for changes in management, in particular the appropriate use of adrenaline for the treatment of anaphylaxis in a tertiary pediatric emergency department (PED). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective case note study including children aged 0 to 16 years coded and verified for anaphylaxis comparing cases in years 2003/2004 with 2012...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
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