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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342089/chitosan-gel-to-treat-pressure-ulcers-a-clinical-pilot-study
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Virginia Campani, Eliana Pagnozzi, Ilaria Mataro, Laura Mayol, Alessandra Perna, Floriana D'Urso, Antonietta Carillo, Maria Cammarota, Maria Chiara Maiuri, Giuseppe De Rosa
Chitosan is biopolymer with promising properties in wound healing. Chronic wounds represent a significant burden to both the patient and the medical system. Among chronic wounds, pressure ulcers are one of the most common types of complex wound. The efficacy and the tolerability of chitosan gel formulation, prepared into the hospital pharmacy, in the treatment of pressure ulcers of moderate severity were evaluated. The endpoint of this phase II study was the reduction of the area of the lesion by at least 20% after four weeks of treatment...
January 17, 2018: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338572/implementation-of-additional-prescribing-authorization-among-oncology-pharmacists-in-alberta
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Bianca Au, Deonne Dersch-Mills, Sunita Ghosh, Jennifer Jupp, Carole Chambers, Frances Cusano, Melanie Danilak
Purpose To describe the practice settings and prescribing practices of oncology pharmacists with additional prescribing authorization. Methods A descriptive, cross-sectional survey of all oncology pharmacists in Alberta was conducted using a web-based questionnaire over four weeks between March and April 2016. Pharmacists were identified from the Cancer Services Pharmacy Directory and leadership staff in Alberta Health Services. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the practice setting, prescribing practices, motivators to apply for additional prescribing authorization, and the facilitators and barriers of prescribing...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337604/the-current-status-of-outcomes-based-contracting-for-manufacturers-and-payers-an-amcp-membership-survey
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Amy Duhig, Soumi Saha, Stacie Smith, Stew Kaufman, Janet Hughes
BACKGROUND: As the United States health care system shifts from traditional volume-based payments to value-based payments, outcomes-based contracts (OBCs) are gaining popularity among payers and manufacturers as a mechanism for the shift toward value. Under this model, stakeholders hope to align drug payment and value to real-world performance metrics (e.g., biomarkers and health care resource utilization). OBJECTIVE: To understand the experiences, perceptions, and needs of payers and manufacturers related to OBCs...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336841/economic-impact-of-the-new-oral-treatments-for-multiple-sclerosis
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L Álvarez Ayuso, B Rodríguez Marrodán, M R Blasco Quílez, J A García-Merino, A Sánchez Guerrero
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease affecting the central nervous system and is characterised by inflammation, demyelination, gliosis, and axonal damage. The introduction of dimethyl fumarate and teriflunomide has led to an increase in the number of alternative first-line therapies for MS. The objective of this study was to evaluate the economic impact of the incorporation of new oral therapies at the reference unit (CSUR) at Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda...
January 11, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336278/use-of-2015-beers-criteria-medications-by-older-medicare-beneficiaries
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Rajul Patel, Leona Zhu, Dilraj Sohal, Elena Lenkova, Nichole Koshki, Joseph Woelfel, Carly Ranson, Cynthia S Valle-Oseguera, Edward L Rogan
OBJECTIVE: To examine the prevalence of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries based on the updated 2015 American Geriatrics Society Beers criteria. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Thirteen mobile Medicare clinics were held throughout Northern and Central California during the fall of 2015. PATIENTS, PARTICIPANTS: Noninstitutionalized Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older taking one or more medications...
January 1, 2018: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336276/streamlining-the-medication-review-process-by-use-of-a-new-review-tool-chart
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Quincy Ostrem, Stephen Carlson, Brady Hamilton
OBJECTIVE: The Carlson-Hamilton Adult Medication Review Tool (CHART) represents an effort to improve the approach to geriatric care by streamlining the medication review process and identifying potential medication issues that may be relevant to patient's cognitive presentation and impact clinical decision making. SETTING: CHART was created at a behavioral health facility. The most common primary diagnoses on this unit include new onset psychosis and recent mental status changes...
January 1, 2018: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332566/stimuli-responsive-nanoparticles-for-controlled-anti-cancer-drug-release
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Qi Tang, Bing Yu, Lilong Gao, Hailin Cong, Na Song, Chenghao Lu
Conventional drugs used for cancer chemotherapy have severe toxic side effects and show individually varied therapeutic responses. The convergence of nanotechnology, biology, material science and pharmacy offers a perspective strategy for cancer chemotherapy. Nanoparticles loaded with anti-cancer drug have been designed to overcome the limitations associated with conventional drugs, several nanomedicines have been approved by FDA and shown good performances in clinical practice. However, the therapeutic efficacies cannot be enhanced...
January 10, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330033/service-quality-and-parents-willingness-to-get-adolescents-hpv-vaccine-from-pharmacists
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Parth D Shah, William A Calo, Macary W Marciniak, Carol E Golin, Betsy L Sleath, Noel T Brewer
We sought to examine whether pharmacy service quality was associated with parents' willingness to have immunizing pharmacists administer human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to their adolescent children. Participants were a national sample of 1504 US parents of adolescents ages 11 to 17 who completed an online survey in 2014. Analyses used structural equation modeling. Parents rated service quality and feelings of satisfaction with their pharmacies as moderate to high. Many (44%) were willing to get HPV vaccine from immunizing pharmacists for their adolescent children...
January 9, 2018: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322872/a-collaborative-approach-to-improve-consistent-use-of-procalcitonin-in-lower-respiratory-tract-infections
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Alexander R Levine, Robyn Riggott, Kristela Vulaj, Tera R Falcetti, Syed Ali, Gagandeep Singh
BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biomarker that can help differentiate bacterial from viral infections and has been extensively studied in patients with sepsis and pneumonia to guide antibiotic therapy. However, there is poor adherence to prescribed algorithms when used to discontinue antibiotics in the real world. A quality improvement project was implemented to increase consistent use of PCT. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate use of PCT and impact on antibiotic length of therapy (LOT) preimplementation and postimplementation of a quality improvement initiative...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320600/providing-physicians-with-feedback-on-medication-adherence-for-people-with-chronic-diseases-taking-long-term-medication
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Vincent Zaugg, Virginie Korb-Savoldelli, Pierre Durieux, Brigitte Sabatier
BACKGROUND: Poor medication adherence decreases treatment efficacy and worsens clinical outcomes, but average rates of adherence to long-term pharmacological treatments for chronic illnesses are only about 50%. Interventions for improving medication adherence largely focus on patients rather than on physicians; however, the strategies shown to be effective are complex and difficult to implement in clinical practice. There is a need for new care models addressing the problem of medication adherence, integrating this problem into the patient care process...
January 10, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320531/integrating-community-pharmacy-into-community-based-anti-retroviral-therapy-program-a-pilot-implementation-in-abuja-nigeria
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Yohanna Kambai Avong, Gambo Gumel Aliyu, Bolajoko Jatau, Ritmwa Gurumnaan, Nanfwang Danat, Gbenga Ayodele Kayode, Victor Adekanmbi, Patrick Dakum
BACKGROUND: The landscape of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic control is shifting with the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 benchmarks for epidemic control. Community-based Antiretroviral Therapy (CART) models have improved treatment uptake and demonstrated good clinical outcomes. We assessed the feasibility of integrating community pharmacy as a task shift structure for differentiated community ART in Abuja-Nigeria. METHODS: Stable patients on first line ART regimens from public health facilities were referred to community pharmacies in different locations within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for prescription refills and treatment maintenance...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319215/considerations-of-prescribers-and-pharmacists-for-the-use-of-non-selective-%C3%AE-blockers-in-asthma-and-copd-patients-an-explorative-study
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Esther Kuipers, Michel Wensing, Peter A G M De Smet, Martina Teichert
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Despite recommendations in prevailing guidelines to avoid the use of non-selective (NS) β-blockers in patients with asthma or COPD, on average, 10 patients per community pharmacy receive NS β-blockers monthly. The aim of our study was to identify the reasons of prescribers and pharmacists to treat asthma and COPD patients with NS β-blockers. METHODS: Fifty-three community pharmacists in the Netherlands selected patients with actual concurrent use of inhalation medication and NS β-blockers...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317936/what-does-it-take-to-change-practice-perspectives-of-pharmacists-in-ontario
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Paul A M Gregory, Beatriz Teixeira, Zubin Austin
Background: This is a time of rapid change in the profession of pharmacy. Anecdotally, there are concerns that the pace, extent and rate of practice evolution are lagging. There is little evidence documenting the influencers and mechanisms that drive practice changes forward in pharmacy in Canada. Methods: An exploratory qualitative method was selected, using both one-on-one interviews with self-categorized typical pharmacists and larger focus groups to provide context and confirmation of themes generated through interviews...
January 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316686/pharmacy-practice-and-education-in-romania
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Roxana Sandulovici, Constantin Mircioiu, Cristina Rais, Jeffrey Atkinson
The PHARMINE ("Pharmacy Education in Europe") project examined the organisation of pharmacy practice and education in the European Union (EU). An electronic survey was sent out to representatives of different sectors (community, hospital, industrial pharmacists, university staff, and students) in each individual EU member state. This paper presents the results of the PHARMINE survey on pharmacy practice and education in Romania. In the light of this data we examine to what extent harmonisation of practice and education with EU norms has occurred, whether this has promoted mobility of pharmacy professionals, academics and students, and what impact it has had on healthcare in Romania...
January 8, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316609/development-of-a-communication-strategy-to-increase-interprofessional-collaboration-in-the-outpatient-setting
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Chelsea Phillips Renfro, Stefanie Ferreri, Tiffany Graham Barber, Stephanie Foley
Managing patient health is a complex task, requiring the support of an interprofessional healthcare team. Collaboration between neighboring community pharmacies and primary care practices can be an alternate solution for team-based patient care. The purpose of this project was to design and implement a communication strategy for patients with diabetes and hypertension between a community pharmacy and physician practice. An interprofessional team for the practice settings was formed to develop a strategy for collaboration...
January 6, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310993/consensus-methodology-to-determine-minor-ailments-appropriate-to-be-directed-for-management-within-community-pharmacy
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Hamde Nazar, Zachariah Nazar, Andre Yeung, Mike Maguire, Alex Connelly, Sarah P Slight
BACKGROUND: National Health Service (NHS) 111, a medical helpline for urgent care used within the England and Scotland, receives significant numbers of patient calls yearly for a range of clinical conditions. Some are considered high acuity and mainly directed to urgent and emergency care. Low acuity conditions are also directed to these costly, overburdened services. Community pharmacy is a recognised setting for effective low acuity condition management and could offer an alternative...
January 4, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310450/feasibility-of-a-collaborative-prospective-interdisciplinary-review-and-pharmacy-based-dispensing-process-for-prothrombin-complex-concentrate
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Maria Stratton, Philip Grgurich, Kurt Heim, Sandra Mackey, Joseph D Burns
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic options for rapid reversal of vitamin K antagonist therapy include 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC4) and fresh frozen plasma (FFP). These agents have unique requirements for preparation, potential adverse effects, and cost-effectiveness considerations. OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively assess whether our process for collaborative prospective review and pharmacy preparation facilitates timely and safe warfarin reversal with PCC4 as compared with FFP and to compare effectiveness and safety of the agents in practice...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309483/effect-of-the-school-based-telemedicine-enhanced-asthma-management-sb-team-program-on-asthma-morbidity-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Jill S Halterman, Maria Fagnano, Reynaldo S Tajon, Paul Tremblay, Hongyue Wang, Arlene Butz, Tamara T Perry, Kenneth M McConnochie
Importance: Poor adherence to recommended preventive asthma medications is common, leading to preventable morbidity. We developed the School-Based Telemedicine Enhanced Asthma Management (SB-TEAM) program to build on school-based supervised therapy programs by incorporating telemedicine at school to overcome barriers to preventive asthma care. Objective: To evaluate the effect of the SB-TEAM program on asthma morbidity among urban children with persistent asthma...
January 8, 2018: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301226/impact-of-pharmacist-conducted-comprehensive-medication-reviews-for-older-adult-patients-to-reduce-medication-related-problems
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Whitney J Kiel, Shaun W Phillips
Older adults are demanding increased healthcare attention with regards to prescription use due in large part to highly complex medication regimens. As patients age, medications often have a more pronounced effect on older adults, negatively impacting patient safety and increasing healthcare costs. Comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs) optimize medications for elderly patients and help to avoid inappropriate medication use. Previous literature has shown that such CMRs can successfully identify and reduce the number of medication-related problems and improve acute healthcare utilization...
December 31, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301223/thinking-in-pharmacy-practice-a-study-of-community-pharmacists-clinical-reasoning-in-medication-supply-using-the-think-aloud-method
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Hayley Croft, Conor Gilligan, Rohan Rasiah, Tracy Levett-Jones, Jennifer Schneider
Medication review and supply by pharmacists involves both cognitive and technical skills related to the safety and appropriateness of prescribed medicines. The cognitive ability of pharmacists to recall, synthesise and memorise information is a critical aspect of safe and optimal medicines use, yet few studies have investigated the clinical reasoning and decision-making processes pharmacists use when supplying prescribed medicines. The objective of this study was to examine the patterns and processes of pharmacists' clinical reasoning and to identify the information sources used, when making decisions about the safety and appropriateness of prescribed medicines...
December 31, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
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