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Prescription Drugs

Prescriptions (either filled or presented to pharmacists) are often included in lists of data with potential value in biosurveillance. There have been studies of the use of prescriptions to detect cases of disease (especially tuberculosis), and one study of the effect of a public health intervention for a pertussis outbreak on Medicaid claims for macrolide antibiotics, but none of outbreaks. Chen et al. (2004) used the detection algorithm method to study retrospectively the sales of prescription macrolide antibiotics during an outbreak of pertussis.The New York State Syndromic Surveillance Project receives daily summaries from the New York State Medicaid program, which provides healthcare coverage for 4-20 of the non-NYC regions of the state, of claims for prescription medications in 18 medication groups. The summary counts are reported by zip code, age, and gender. The retrospective analysis used the CUSUM statistic on data aggregated at the county level. The reference date for the...

The Relationship Between HRT and Risk of Lobular Carcinoma

As a result ofthe observations described above, attention has been paid to potential risk factors that may be more strongly related to ILC risk than to IDC risk. In particular, there is a growing interest in the relationship between combined E and P HRT (CHRT) and ILC risk. Two main observations have driven this research. First, CHRT use in the USA increased over the same time period that ILC rates increased and IDC rates remained constant. From 1982-1992 the number E and P prescriptions increased 2.3-fold and 4.9-fold, respectively (24). Among controls from a recent USA multi-center case-control study of postmenopausal women spanning 1994-1998, 45 were current HRT users (25). Second, CHRT use has been shown to be associated with an elevated BC risk in numerous studies, and more recently in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a randomized controlled trial. The pooled analysis conducted by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer of 51 observational studies found...

Knowing The Providers

Geriatric patients often have multiple care providers. It will also be advantageous and necessary for the patient's other care providers to be informed of the treatment plan and therapeutic goals. This can prevent inadvertent duplication of therapy or potential therapeutic interaction. Drug interactions increase exponentially with the number of medications used (39-46). Statistically, the average patient older than 65 years takes nine prescription medications frequently, these medications are prescribed by several prescribers. Over-the-counter medications further complicate this issue.

The Real World of Health Policy

Dueling Press Releases on Prescription Drug Importation In mid-2004, two senators introduced Senate Bill 2328, known as the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2004. Their intent was for the proposed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to revise provisions governing the importation of prescription drugs. The proposed legislation would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to promulgate regulations allowing the importation of prescription drugs by registered exporters or registered importers from Canada within 90 days of passage of the act and from Australia, European Union countries, Japan, New Zealand, or Switzerland within one year. Two important interest groups expressed substantial differences on this legislation, as follows. AARP today is endorsing the bipartisan bill (S. 2328) sponsored by Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and 23 cosponsors to legalize the safe importation of prescription drugs,...

Macroevolution and Paleontology

The attempt to establish a relationship between events in earth history and major patterns of abundance of fossil groups became a primary concern in the 1960s and 1970s. Changes in taxonomic richness were related to sea level changes (Newell 1952), sea-floor spreading (Valentine and Moores 1971), tectonism (Flessa and Imbrie 1973), stochastic processes (Raup, Gould, Schopf, and Simberloff 1973), ocean surface area (Schopf 1974), and asteroid impacts (Alvarez, Alvarez, Asaro, and Michel, 1980 Hildebrand et al. 1991), among other factors. A concern for the quality of paleontological data led David M. Raup and his colleagues to question the validity of taxon richness data (Raup 1976b) and to analyze temporal patterns in taxonomic diversity in a more meaningful way. Paleontologists became concerned with appearance-extinction patterns and some suggested that an equilibrium in diversity might be reached, though the various prescriptions and analyses differed considerably (Flessa and...

Manufacturers Distributors and Retailers

The retail pharmacy landscape has changed from the traditional apothecary and drugstore model of decades ago. In 2004, drug store chains filled 41.2 of prescriptions, mail-order pharmacies 18.7 , other pharmacies 18.3 , supermarket pharmacies 12.3 , and mass merchants 9.6 (National Association of Chain Drug Stores, 2004).

Psychiatric and physical complications

A history of drug misuse is often found nowadays in young male patients presenting with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorders. Such patients may be especially prone to violent behaviour. In some, the drug misuse appears to have triggered the psychosis others have used the drugs as self-medication for their psychotic symptoms. Medical complications, sometimes fatal, often arise from the intravenous injections of opiates and other drugs. They include infections (abscesses, phlebitis, septicaemia, hepatitis, endocarditis, pneumonia, and HIV) and arterial occlusions leading to gangrene of limbs. Drug misuse in pregnancy may be teratogenic, and lead to complications with the pregnancy or birth. Poor diet and poor hygiene in drug misusers lead to various impairments of health.

Power and Influence of Interest Groups

Beginning with the policy battles over Medicare and with the addition of Medicaid to the debate, however, the dynamics of the situation began to change dramatically. Fundamental differences emerged among the participants in the health policy community in terms of their views of optimal health policy. An example of such differences is clearly reflected in The Real World of Health Policy Dueling Press Releases on Prescription Drug Importation.

Medicare Bill Represents Success for Pharmaceutical Lobby

No industry in negotiations over the 400 billion Medicare prescription drug bill headed to the House floor today outpaced the pharmaceutical lobby in securing a favorable program design and defeating proposals most likely to cut into profits, according to analysts in and out of the industry. After objecting for years to proposals to add prescription drug coverage to Medicare, the pharmaceutical lobby recently shifted positions and poured enormous resources into shaping the legislation. Since the 2000 election cycle, the industry has contributed 60 million in political donations and spent 37.7 million in lobbying in the first six months of this year. About 24 percent of Medicare beneficiaries nearly 10 million senior citizens do not have any prescription benefits. Some of them buy medicine at the highest retail prices. Academic studies and anecdotal evidence suggest, however, that many go without prescription medicines and would become new customers for drugmakers if the bill becomes...

Preoperative Education

It is important to have a complete medication list from the patient including not only prescription drugs but OTC medications, vitamins, as needed drugs, as well as herbal supplements and preparations. The medication list should be reviewed at every visit with the patient and changes made as necessary. Aspirin and aspirin containing preparations, anticoagulants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), and vitamins, minerals, and herbal medications should be stopped prior to surgery. The length of cessation varies from physician to physician and individual institutional policies. Anesthesiologists are conducting research to determine exactly how certain herbals interact with certain anesthetics. They are finding that certain herbal medicines may prolong the effects of anesthesia other medications may increase the risks of bleeding or raise blood pressure (7). Certain oral hypoglycemics also need to be discontinued at some point prior to surgery, depending on the individual drug, and...

Goals of complex disease trait mapping

With adverse health effects, PAF values for genetic variants have less clear meaning or public health utility. This is particularly true in complex multifactorial disease in which PAFs typically sum to much greater than 100 , due to interactions among environmental and or genetic factors. PAFs for genetic variants may retain meaning in terms of the potential for the reduction in drug side-effects, if genetic testing could identify all those genetically predisposed to a certain adverse effect and prescriptions avoided in those found to carry that variant.

Orders for Laboratory Tests

Orders for laboratory tests are also often included in discussions of data of value for biosurveillance. The data themselves contain the test ordered, reason for the order encoded in ICD-9, patient gender, birth year, time stamp, and zip code (Ma et al., 2004). Like prescriptions, they have face validity,'' and in fact are being collected routinely by CDC's Biosense system (Ma et al., 2004). However, there are as yet no published studies on their informational value.

Surgical Intervention

In the older literature, conventional EBRT achieved 5Y-OS rates of 60 per cent (range 25-88 per cent) among a heterogeneous group of pineal tumors, which were being empirically treated 45-47 . Higher radiation dosages (50-55 Gy) have reduced the local recurrence rate from 47 to 10 per cent 48 . Among the patients with known germinomas, combined surgical resection and radiotherapeutic intervention improved 10Y-0S rates from 69 to 93 per cent 23,38 . Radiotherapy prescriptions of a primary tumor dose of 50-55 Gy, with or without 18-36 Gy to the neuraxis, have been proven to be reliably effective in sustaining complete remissions EBRT remains the standard of care for germinoma patients in a number of Western series 49-52 . Some investigators find that germinomas are not only curable with irradiation but advocate that cranio-spinal doses of 25.5 Gy to the whole brain and 22 Gy to the spine are comparable to higher doses of combined EBRT-chemotherapy 53 .

Compliance with Ocular Medication

One of the most difficult challenges in treating glaucoma is ensuring patient compliance with medication. Compliance can be defined as taking a therapeutic regimen prescribed by a physician. Compliance is more than simply following the doctor's orders.'' It requires an active role on the part of the patient to schedule and attend office appointments, fill prescriptions, and take medicines as prescribed. Implied in the concept of compliance is the understanding that the patient will report any medication side effects or other concerns to the physician without independently altering the regimen. It is important to define three other terms related to medical therapy defaulting, persistence, and adherence. Defaulting is defined as failure to comply, that is, not following a therapeutic regimen. Persistence is a measure of time that the patient is taking a medication the time between starting and discontinuing a particular drug. Adherence is a measure of doses taken, that is, the extent to...

The Medicaid Medicare Relationship

Medicare beneficiaries who have low incomes and limited resources may also receive help from the Medicaid program. For such persons who are eligible for full Medicaid coverage, the Medicare healthcare coverage is supplemented by services that are available under their State's Medicaid program, according to eligibility category. These additional services may include, for example, nursing facility care beyond the 100-day limit covered by Medicare, prescription drugs, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. For persons enrolled in both programs, any services that are covered by Medicare are paid for by the Medicare program before any payments are made by the Medicaid program, since Medicaid is always the payer of last resort. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that Medicaid currently provides some level of supplemental health coverage for about 6.5 million Medicare beneficiaries. Starting January 2006, the new Medicare prescription drug benefit will provide drug coverage...

Lobbying CMS to Make Administrative Changes to the Sustainable Growth Rate SGR Formula for Updating the Medicare

Removal of the Cost of Prescription Drugs The current SGR calculation fails to adequately capture the impact of changes to laws and regulations. For example, although Medicare has new screening benefits, the SGR targets do not appear to account for the downstream services that result when screenings reveal health problems. The same is true of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, which will unquestionably lead to more medical visits, thus generating additional tests and care. The SGR calculations also need to account for this inevitable spending. Additionally, the impact of CMS coverage decisions is excluded from the SGR entirely, even though those decisions significantly influence patient demand. Such changes in law and regulation are likely very beneficial for patient care, but inappropriately result in negative payment updates through the SGR calculation.

Gpcrtractability Current Therapeutics

These cell surface receptors have historically been attractive drug targets for pharmaceutical companies. More than 30 of all prescription drugs are directed at fewer than 50 known receptors.5,7,8 One feature of this receptor family that makes it a tractable drug target is the host of physiological functions including homeostatic mechanisms (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and metabolic processes), central nervous system function, and growth that are regulated through the activation of GPCRs by their endogenous ligands, providing a large number of potentially selective targets. Dysregulation of these pathways often leads to pathophysiological consequences that can be ameliorated by selective antagonists to reverse those disease states resulting from excessive stimulation of the GPCR involved. Conversely, selective agonists stimulate GPCR pathways that are hypofunctioning to reverse a disease process physiologically. Based simply on the sales successes of drugs targeting these...

Department Of Defense

Military data collected during BioNet included outpatient ICD-9 codes categorizing the reason for the visit, text chief complaints from the Naval Medical Center San Diego emergency room and one ship, and outpatient pharmacy prescriptions. Civilian data included school absenteeism

Biosurveillance Of The Healthcare System

The rest are identified by a variety of formal and informal surveillance activities. A typical ISCP identifies patients via a daily printout of positive cultures'' from an electronic laboratory system. The ISCP may also obtain a list of new prescriptions for antibiotics. A good ISCP also requires shoe-leather epidemiology (i.e., daily ward rounds to speak with personnel providing direct patient care) and some form of post-discharge surveillance to detect infections in patients who have already left the hospital. The combined result of all these processes is a list of potential patients to investigate that day. The staff reviews this list to organize and prioritize the work for the day. The staff collects additional information for each patient from hospital information systems, for example, accessing a single system or multiple systems to review radiology reports, physician dictations, medication records, and other results of laboratory testing. In addition, the staff may read the...

Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practices Guidelines

The FDA has never published current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) regulations for cosmetics, although the agency has actively promoted good manufacturing practices by firms marketing cosmetics in the United States. The agency has published Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines, patterned in pertinent part after the food cGMP regulations 13a but applicable to the cosmetic manufacturing environment, in the FDA's Cosmetics Handbook 13b the latter document references the FDA Investigation Operations Manual (IOM) 31 . The Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines is a guidance document reflecting FDA policy, but it is not legally binding, either on the cosmetics industry or on the agency. The FDA has also published drug cGMP regulations 32 , which apply to prescription drugs and cosmetic-drugs (i.e., OTC drug products making cosmetic claims).

Ethics In The Multicultural Multidisciplinara Setting

As the contributors to this handbook point out over and over, we live in a multicultural society. Along with aging being a triumph of the twentieth century, we can also claim credit for great strides in human rights and the respect for persons of differing classes, color, cultures, and creed. In addition, we have recognized the value in seeing the individual in context and with a variety of needs, biological, psychological, social and cultural. The holism in clear. We cannot view an emotional problem as detached from the cultural definition and response, from its impact on our physical health and relationships with others. We cannot view a relational problem with others apart from cultural prescriptions, their impact on our personal identity, and the potential health consequences. The culture's characterizing of members of a social stratum affects their self-worth, the relationships they form, and the health care they receive as a consequence of being classified in a certain way in...

Health Policies and Health Services

Retail outlet sales of medical products Prescription drugs Durable medical equipment Nondurable medical products Because federal and state governments now spend so much on health, rising health expenditures have put substantial pressures on their budgets. As health expenditures consume a growing portion of government resources, it becomes more difficult for government to support other priorities such as education or homeland security. The Real World of Health Policy Estimated Cost of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, 2004-2013 illustrates the high cost of this added benefit in the Medicare program. Estimated Cost of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, 2004-2013 The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) (www.cbo.gov) produces analyses to inform Congressional policymaking. As a nonpartisan Congressional agency, CBO does not make recommendations about policy. It does, however, provide analyses that can be useful to policymakers in their deliberations, as was done as Congress...

Introduction The False Dichotomy

The 20th century marked huge strides in our knowledge of sexual disorders and their treatments, however, advancements were followed by periods of reductio-nistic thinking. Etiology was conceptualized dichotomously, first as psychogenic and then organic. Early in the 20th century, Freud highlighted deep-seated anxiety and internal conflict as the root of sexual problems experienced by both men and women. By mid-century, Masters and Johnson (1) and then Kaplan (2) designated performance anxiety as the primary culprit, while providing a nod to organic factors. Together, they catalyzed the emergence of sex therapy, which relied on cognitive and behavioral prescriptions to improve patient functioning. For the next two decades, a psychological sensibility dominated discussions of the causes and cures of sexual dysfunctions (SDs). However, during the late 1980s, there was a progressive shift toward surgical and predominantly pharmaceutical treatments for male erectile dysfunction (ED). By...

Intracellular Calcium Assays

The cell-based calcium flux assay is considered one of the most important screening techniques used in pharmaceutical drug discovery. Gq-coupled receptor-mediated increases in intracellular Ca2+ release can be measured by calcium-sensitive fluorescent dyes, bioluminescent indicators, or reporter gene assays. Gq-coupled receptor activation can elevate a transient increase in intracellular calcium to 400 to 1000 nM from a basal cytosolic level of 10 to 100 nM. Most common calcium-sensitive dyes such as Fluo-3 and Fluo-4 (Invitrogen) used in HTS are single wavelength compounds that result in a 100-fold increase in fluorescence when bound to calcium.

An Enterprise Architecture For Biosurveillance Systems

The system encodes the data elements by using standard vocabularies, grammar, and or semantics dictated by the type of data that are collected. We described the common vocabularies, grammar, and semantics appropriate for many data types in Chapter 32 of this book. For example, prescribed medications should use RxNorm as the vocabulary, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) as the grammar, and some form of the PHIN Logical Data Model (LDM) as the semantic model. PHIN specifies the use of LOINC, SNOMED, International Classification of Diseases Ninth Edition (ICD-9), and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) for vocabularies HL7 and X12 for grammar and HL7 RIM and PHIN LDM for semantics.

Small Molecule Screens In Oncology

polypharmacy, drugs developed for one purpose may have advantages in other diseases against other targets, the data was examined for unexpected side activities and novel properties. Glivec, designed to target BCR ABL, for instance has described activity against pdgf and c-kit as well, which are the justification for pursuing Glivec in GIST and asthma. In this experiment, interesting cross-activities for other, less well characterized small molecule kinase inhibitors currently under clinical investigation were discovered. The pan-p38 inhibitor BIRB796 was shown to block Tie2, a protein implicated in promoting angiogenesis. Extending the inhibitor's activity to Tie2 could potentially increase the utility of this compound in cancer treatment. In another example, the dual inhibitor of Src-family kinases, BMS-354825, inhibited several Ephrin receptors implicated in both tumor angiogenesis and tumor cell survival (Brantley-Sieders and Chen, 2004 Brantley-Sieders et al., 2004 Kullander and...

Reasons For Noncompliance

The perception of the severity of glaucoma was also important in determining compliance in patients who were newly diagnosed with the disease.1 Patients who were already taking a number of medications for other ailments were less likely to fill their prescriptions for glaucoma medications, perhaps because they thought glaucoma was the least of their problems.'' On the other hand, if patients were started on multiple glaucoma medications at the initial diagnosis, they were more likely to be compliant than patients treated with a single agent. It is postulated that these patients perceived their glaucoma to be severe enough to warrant aggressive therapy. Another important determinant of compliance is the patient's social support system. Relatives and friends can provide transportation to appointments, remind patients to refill prescriptions and take medication, and may actually instill eye drops for some individuals.

Borderline Personality Disorder A Critique

A diagnosis is meant to be a descriptive device to capture symptom clusters, to provide a core understanding of etiology, and to suggest some useful prescriptions for treatment as well as offer some prognostic guidelines. Serious questions can be raised about how well personality disorders meet these criteria. But with personality diagnoses, the diagnosis also often sets a tone for treatment. For instance, when meeting with a patient with the borderline diagnosis, therapists often assume a distanced, judging, and adversarial stance. Their empathic attitude may actually decrease. Clinicians treating borderline patients tend to take a doctor knows best stance, expecting the client to be manipulative, angry, and characterized by rapid mood shifts and unstable interpersonal relationships. Most therapists also expect this will be a challenging treatment with someone who will take up a lot of space and energy. An attitude of respect, curiosity, and working toward connection is easily lost...

Medications for weight loss

Prescription medications Prescription medications currently prescribed for weight loss include combined drug treatment. Combined drug treatment using fenfluramine and phentermine ( fen phen ) is no longer available due to the withdrawal of fenfluramine from the market. There is little information about the safety or effectiveness of other prescription drug combinations for weight loss. Until further research is conducted on safety or effectiveness, using combinations of medications for weight loss is not advised unless a patient is participating in a research study. potential risks of appetite suppressant treatment. All prescription medications used to treat obesity, with the exception of orlistat, are controlled substances. This means that doctors need to follow rigid guidelines when prescribing them. Although abuse and dependence are uncommon with non-amphetamine appetite suppressant medications, doctors need to exercise caution when prescribing them, especially for patients with a...

Program Financing Beneficiary Liabilities and Provider Payments

For Part D, in 2006 and later, PDPs (including the prescription drug portion of Medicare Advantage plans) will pay for most FDA-approved prescription drugs and biologicals under the benefit structure described in the previous section. Plans may set up formularies for their prescription drug coverage, subject to statutory standards.

With Franco Tagliaro Zdeneck Deyl and Ivan Miksfk

HPCE has been applied to the analysis of drugs and pharmaceuticals (Altria, 1993). In fact, determinations of drugs in pharmaceutical formulations represent one of the most rapidly growing areas for HPCE. In addition, pharmaceutical drug analysis is the starting point for the application of HPCE in forensic toxicology and the forensic sciences (Thormann et al., 1994).

Emr To Improve Pain Relief

Even basic advantages become obvious. For example, EMR systems can instantly resolve issues associated with poor handwriting. By providing electronic prescriptions directly to the pharmacy, not only are transcription errors or misunderstood verbal communications eliminated, the opportunity for alterations and drug diversions are drastically reduced. Medical note writing is streamlined, and communication of medical information improves (12). Some EMR packages will produce automated patient or referral letters based on diagnoses. EMR programs represent a more efficient system that would allow more time with patients, something health care providers want as much as patients do. 4. Is there treatment and prescription automation Simply choosing a diagnosis should be followed by automated prescriptions and treatment plans. Most desirable is a system that learns from prior input.

Drug Dependency Assessment

Drug dependency assessment should include information not only on illicit drug use, but also on personal habits and prescription medication use. A patient who takes two tablets of hydrocodone and acetaminophen three times daily will be quite different from a patient who takes six tablets of hydrocodone and acetaminophen once daily. The patient who daily takes everything at once will have a much higher opioid tolerance than a patient who takes the six tablets in divided doses.

Financing the American Health Care System

Worry among older Americans in particular is the status of Medicare and Medicaid. In 1993, the Medicare program cost 150 billion and the Medicaid program, 102 billion (National Center for Health Statistics, 1995). Part A of Medicare is financed by a portion of the Social Security tax, and Part B (Supplemental Medical Insurance) is paid for by a monthly deduction from the applicant's Social Security check. However, a number of different services and supplies (custodial care, dentures, and routine dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, examinations to prescribe and fit them, nursing home care, prescription drugs, routine physical checkups and related tests) are not paid for by Medicare. In addition, a deductible amount and a percentage of the remaining cost of treatment must be paid by private insurance or from other private sources. Because Medicare pays less than half of the medical bills of older Americans, patients who cannot pay the remaining amount must look to either charity or...

Psychiatry of adolescence

Schizophrenia, affective disorders, neuroses, eating disorders, substance misuse, and deliberate self-harm may all begin during adolescence, and personality disorders may become clearly evident at this time. Drug misuse and completed suicide in adolescents are becoming increasingly common.

Health Care And Governmental Public Health

18 They define an achievable National Health Information Network as an information system that enables physicians to review the results of testing done in both an inpatient and outpatient setting, review and update both inpatient and outpatient medical records, order treatments including medications, verify the eligibility of patients for various services under their health insurance plans, communicate with patients securely (for example, secure email), and transmit prescriptions electronically to pharmacies.

Cardiovascular Diseases

The paucity of peer-reviewed studies describing cardiovascular complication with ephedra alkaloids suggests that few such cases are occurring. This notion is support by the studies of Porta et al., who performed a follow-up study of more than 100,000 persons below age 65 years who filled a total of 243,286 prescriptions for pseudoephedrine. No hospitalizations could be attributed to the drug. There were no admissions within 15 days of filling a prescription for pseudoephedrine for cerebral hemorrhage, thrombotic stroke, or hypertensive crisis. There were a small number of hospitalizations for myocardial infarction, seizures, and neuropsychiatric disorders, but the rate of such admissions among the pseudoephedrine users was close to the expected rate in the population at large.

Officebased Obesity Care

One of the most significant obstacles to patient counseling during a routine office visit is availability of time. Two 1998 national surveys found that the average office patient visit length was 21.5 min and 18.3 min, respectively (5). The Direct Observation of Primary Care (DOPC) study found that the average duration of direct physician-patient contact during an office visit was actually only 10 min (6). Within the confines of this time, the physician typically elicits a brief history, performs a limited physical examination, reviews and interprets pertinent laboratory and diagnostic tests, and provides recommendations that may include ordering further tests, writing prescriptions, and conducting counseling. Accordingly, care of the obese patient (and all patients) would be greatly facilitated by incorporating efficient and effective office-based systems. Put Prevention into Practice (PPIP), a national campaign by

Secondary Deficiency

A number of pharmaceutical drugs, such as folic acid antagonists (e.g. methotrexate), can affect folic acid status by interfering with absorption, use and conversion to its active forms. In such cases, oral folic acid supplements are sometimes given to reduce side-effects, although it may marginally reduce drug efficacy (Kumar & Clarke 2002, Strober & Menon 2005).

Caffeinerelated disorders

Caffeine is a white, bitter crystalline alkaloid derived from coffee or tea. It belongs to a class of compounds called xanthines, its chemical formula being 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. Caffeine is classified together with cocaine and amphetamines as an analeptic, or central nervous system stimulant. Coffee is the most abundant source of caffeine, although caffeine is also found in tea, cocoa, and cola beverages as well as in over-the-counter and prescription medications for pain relief.

Heres toMour Herbal Health

Since the beginning of time, herbalists and physicians have turned to herbs for their almost magical soothing and healing properties. For centuries, herbs were the only medicines available. But the power of herbs is more than the stuff of superstition and old wives' tales. Many of today's prescription drugs are still made from common and not-so-common herbs. Using plants as partners for beauty, comfort, and health is an ancient art now enjoying a much deserved resurgence. And we don't need medical studies to tell us that spending time in a steaming herbal bath refreshes the body as well as the spirit.

Features of selfhelp groups

Some self-help groups meet to advocate or promote social and legislative remedies with respect to the issue of concern. For example, HIV AIDS groups have lobbied for improved access to prescription drugs. Groups lobby for reforms by identifying key legislators and policy makers they submit papers or suggestions for more equitable laws and policies to these key people. They also conduct public education programs (including programs meant to redress the harm of stigmatization). There are groups that advocate for more funds for research and for improved services for people who suffer from one of many diseases or mental disorders. The most important grass roots organization of families and consumers of psychiatric services (former or current patients) is the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). This organization was founded in 1979, and blends self-help with advocacy efforts for the improvement of research, services, and public awareness of major mental illnesses. Their advocacy...

Ribozymes As Tools In Gene Target Discovery And Validation

The gene inactivation ability of ribozymes has been exploited for pharmaceutical drug target validation. A typical drug target is a gene or gene product (protein) whose inhibition results in a therapeutic effect. However, prior to the expensive process of drug discovery and development, putative drug target genes are often screened or validated by functional genetics approaches. If manipulation of gene expression leads to a desired therapeutic phenotype, then the gene is validated and may be then selected as a candidate drug target. Traditional approaches for revealing gene function include transgene and gene knockout experiments. In transgene experiments, the candidate gene is overexpressed in cells or in animals to increase the amount and activity of the gene product. This gain-of-function can lead to an acquired phenotype, which will help to elucidate function of the gene. A limitation to this approach is that the artificially created

Descriptive Versus Prescriptive

There is a long tradition of viewing job analysis as a set of methods for describing a job as currently constituted. Also worthy of recognition, however, are a variety of situations in which the goal is to be prescriptive rather than descriptive. Examples include scenarios in which the work of one or more expert performers is studied with the goal of prescribing procedures to be followed by others or prescriptions about activities or attributes for an about-to-be-created job that does not

Description Of Social Patterns And Trends

Among the 29 chapters in Recent Social Trends were ''The Population of the Nation'' by Warren S. Thompson and P. K. Whelpton, ''Shifting Occupational Patterns'' by Ralph G. Hurlin and Meredith B. Givens, ''The Rise of Metropolitan Communities'' by R. D. McKenzie, ''The Status of Race and Ethnic Groups'' by T. J. Woofter, and ''The Family and its Functions'' by William F. Ogburn. These reports were aimed to be ''scrupulously empirical and factual'' studies of social trends without policy prescriptions, but the latent intent was surely to provide knowledge on the state of American society to those who did make policy. It was rumored that the page proofs of Recent Social Trends were read by President-Elect Franklin Roosevelt before he took office, and that these studies had an influence on the formulation of New Deal social policy, including the social security program (Worcester 2001 23).

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Developing CVD (4) promoting better diabetes management through partnering with health care providers and disseminating treatment information through public health detailing efforts (5) partnering with large employers in initiating worksite wellness programs and advocating for policies that provide incentives to employers who subsidize employee health club memberships (6) advocating for reduced prescription drug costs, particularly blood pressure- and cholesterol-lowering medications (7) advocating for mandatory performance standards for managed care and Medicaid providers (8) advocating for the development of a comprehensive network of bicycle lanes and walking paths and (9) exploring the feasibility of developing nutritional labeling guidelines for restaurants and other establishments providing prepared foods.

Strengthening the Exercise Component

Home-based and supervised exercise prescriptions differ in many ways, including the location used for exercise (and the convenience of access to this location), whether the activity is done alone or with others, and the flexibility regarding when the exercise is performed. Since lack of time is the most commonly reported barrier to physical activity, another important difference may be in the duration of each episode of activity. In supervised exercise programs, participants typically complete an hour of exercise three times a week. In home-based programs, the emphasis is on accumulating activity, with a goal of being active for 30 min each day. Jakicic et al. (23,63) have conducted two weight loss studies examining the effect of prescribing exercise in long bouts (40-min sessions) versus several shorter bouts (four 10-min sessions). In the first study (63), the use of short bouts led to better exercise adherence and somewhat greater weight losses at 6 months. The second study, which...

Identification Of Barriers

Access to prescription medications and health care providers can be a major hurdle to better pain management. This may be one of the single most difficult barriers to overcome. Obtaining the appropriate care in an ambulatory environment is especially challenging for the most vulnerable senior adults. Often, these seniors may have only very limited access

Functional Expression Of G Proteincoupled Receptors In Yeast

The state of the art in pharmaceutical drug discovery requires mechanism-based screening assays of high selectivity, sensitivity, and throughput. This is achieved by using cloned gene targets in a robust and miniaturizable system with low background (i.e., a high signal-to-noise ratio). Given these criteria, yeast strains that functionally express heterologous GPCRs are ideal for HTS applications. The diversity of GPCRs successfully expressed in yeast so far indicates that the technology will have applicability to a broad range of therapeutic targets. Beyond this, the yeast system has also proven to be flexible with regard to important practical considerations in pharmaceutical drug discovery. For instance, yeast screening assays can be performed on agar plates or in microtiter trays (liquid format), each with specific advantages. Test compounds spotted on yeast cells imbedded in agar will diffuse radially, thus effectively displaying a response over a large concentration gradient. On...

Substance abuse and related disorders

Substance-related disorders are disorders of intoxication, dependence, abuse, and substance withdrawal caused by various substances, both legal and illegal. These substances include alcohol, amphetamines, caffeine, inhalants, nicotine, prescription medications that may be abused (such as sedatives), opioids (morphine, heroin), marijuana (cannabis), cocaine, hallucinogens, and phencyclidine (PCP).

Pharmacokinetic And Pharmacodynamic Considerations

The use of antidepressants in older patients can be complicated by several factors. Older individuals use multiple medications (two or more prescription drugs) three times more frequently than younger persons, increasing the potential for interactions. Age-related alterations in physiology can result in variable plasma drug concentrations, which may increase the number of adverse events, and the elderly may be more sensitive to adverse events (McDonald et al., 2002). Aging is associated with a number of neuroendocrine changes, including alterations in monoamine oxidases, noradrenergic neurons, dopaminergic neurons and concentrations, cholinergic neurons and receptors, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) concentration and function, and serotonin receptors and concentrations (Rehman et al.,

Databases at Health Care Facilities

Databases at health care facilities provide a crude measure of health care uptake and are probably the best resources available. Databases have been used to assess STD prevalence, HIV prevalence and infective endocarditis. However, simply counting the number of individuals who present with a particular illness tends to underestimate the true scope of the problem. Of course, these types of observations are needed in order to launch more rigorous investigations. As existing electronic databases are improved and new ones are implemented, these records become more useful in determining individual and community health service uptake. For example, the province of British Columbia established a centralized database that records all antiretroviral prescriptions. These data have proved invaluable in determining who is accessing therapy for HIV as well as response to treatment (Hogg, et al., 2001).

Uterine Cancer

Trends in uterine cancer incidence and mortality are influenced by factors that alter circulating estrogen and progesterone levels, including hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives. Risk of uterine cancer will increase if endometrial tissue is exposed to estrogen that is unopposed by progestogen.15,39,40 Thus, estrogen-replacement therapy (ERT), in which estrogen is given to postmenopausal women without any progestogen, increases uterine cancer risk. In the United States, a doubling of estrogen prescriptions (ERT) to treat menopausal symptoms beginning in 1966 resulted in the epidemic of endometrial cancer that ended in the late 1970s,41 when progestogens were increasingly added to ERT to reduce or possibly eliminate this risk. Rates peaked in 1975 among white women of all ages and African-American women under the age of 50 years rates peaked among African-American women over 50 years old 2 years later in 1977. As a result of the epidemic, ERT for menopausal symptoms...

Introduction

The drug development process involves a number of activities which are carried out simultaneously, as shown by the oversimplified depiction in Fig. 1. Once a molecule is discovered that has desirable biological activity, the process of creating a pharmaceutical drug product from this molecule begins. As toxicology and efficacy studies are undertaken, methods for manufacture of the active molecule and for its delivery in therapeutic doses are sought. Critical to the latter effort is finding a form of the active molecule which exhibits appropriate physical properties. The form ultimately selected, called the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), or drug substance, must be stable and bioavailable enough to be formulated into a drug product, such as a tablet or suspension. This formulation must be effective at delivering the active molecule to the targeted biosystem.

Do it yourself

For those willing to tinker, consider using a database. Basically, this is the electronic equivalent of a form. Think of all the forms that you fill out every day for audits, administration and prescriptions. A clerking sheet is also a form, with headings such as 'history of presenting complaint', 'past medical history' and 'examination findings'. You can easily convert all of these paper forms into a database.

Compliance

Rates of compliance with mental health appointments are the greatest challenge (estimated in one hospital at 91 ), while medication noncompliance is the second most challenging problem in the treatment of persons with mental illness. Mental health medication compliance can be determined by questioning patients, counting pills or prescriptions, and through drug monitoring with urine, blood, or other test measures. Overall, recent research estimates compliance to be 58 . Patients who report lower rates are often considered unreliable indicators of compliance, while physicians report higher rates. Compliance with antidepressant medications is higher on average (65 ). Mental health medication compliance rates are only somewhat lower than medication compliance in other types of health care, which have been estimated at 76 .

Impact Of Guidelines

Further studies of the relationship between the introduction of the ASCO guidelines and the use of CSFs were made (9). The study was performed in a large, 830-bed university hospital in Paris before and after the ASCO guidelines were implemented. The guidelines were first disseminated as a continuing medical education program and then actively implemented using a CSF prescription order form summarizing the guidelines. Seven other university-associated hospitals in Paris at which the ASCO guidelines were not actively implemented comprised the control group. The main outcome measure was the proportion of prescriptions in compliance with the 1996 update of the ASCO guidelines.

Suicide Risk

In the Prevention of Suicide in Primary Care Elderly Collaborative Trial (PROSPECT), use of a multifaceted care management model in primary care was shown to significantly reduce rates of suicidal ideation compared with usual care among elderly patients with depression (Bruce et al., 2004). In addition, a survey of prescribing trends showed a decrease in the rate of suicide associated with prescriptions for antidepressants, antipsychotics, antimanic drugs and analgesics, and an increase with prescriptions for barbiturates, hypnotics, and sedatives (Shah et al., 2001).

Clinical Data

This section discusses data from clinical call centers (e.g., nurse call centers), orders for laboratory tests, and prescriptions for drugs. These types of data are frequently mentioned in lists of data with potential for biosurveillance (Henning, 2004,Wagner et al., 2001).

Final Rule

Medicare Program Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit AGENCY Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION Final rule. SUMMARY This final rule implements the provisions of the Social Security Act (the Act) establishing and regulating the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. The new voluntary prescription drug benefit program was enacted into law on December 8, 2003 in section 101 of Title I of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) (Pub. L. 108-173). Although this final rule specifies most of the requirements for implementing the new prescription drug program, readers should note that we are also issuing a closely related rule that concerns Medicare Advantage organizations, which, if they offer coordinated care plans, must offer at least one plan that combines medical coverage under Parts A and B with prescription drug coverage. Readers should also note that separate CMS guidance on many operational details appears or will soon...

Nutraceuticals

In a US survey, one in four adults took at least one nutritional supplement of the patients who took prescription medication, nearly half also took nutraceuticals (96a,96b). Many of these nutraceuticals have potent pharmacological effects from the natural products they contain. Therefore, before initiating any analgesic agents, an accurate nutraceutical history must be obtained from the patient to avoid inadvertent drug interactions or adverse effects.

Proposed Rule

Medicare Program Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit AGENCY Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION Proposed rule. SUMMARY This proposed rule would implement the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. This new voluntary prescription drug benefit program was enacted into law on December 8, 2003, in section 101 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). The addition of a prescription drug benefit to Medicare represents a landmark change to the Medicare program that will significantly improve the healthcare coverage available to millions of Medicare beneficiaries. The MMA specifies that the prescription drug benefit program will become available to beneficiaries beginning on January 1, 2006. Please see the executive summary in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further synopsis ofthis rule. Craig Miner, RPh. (410) 786-1889 or Tony Hausner (410) 786-1093 (for issues of pharmacy benefit cost and utilization management,...

Group therapy

Selection criteria are similar to those for psychotherapy in general. Group therapy is especially suitable for patients whose main problems concern relationships with others, and patients with a shared problem alcohol or drug misuse, anxiety, and childhood sexual abuse, for example. Shy patients who find it difficult to participate in group discussion may not benefit, whereas talkative patients may monopolize a group and arouse hostility from the other members, but a skilled therapist can encourage both types to play a more balanced part.

Definitions

Drug misuse implies the use of drugs outside social, medical, or legal norms. It is widespread among young people in the UK. Although statistically it is strongly linked with violent and criminal behaviour, there are large numbers of 'weekend' or 'recreational' drug users who do not come in conflict with the law and who would claim that their drug taking is no more abnormal than drinking alcohol.

Controlled drug use

Physical complications often need attention, and many addicts have social difficulties or personality problems for which extensive and prolonged help may be given, to uncertain effect. There are no accurate statistics on outcome of treatment, and results must be considered in relation to the natural history of drug misuse as a behaviour of adolescence and young adulthood that tends to die away in later life.

Alcohol and drugs

Alcohol misuse (see Chapter 13) may become a problem in old age, but is often concealed. Depression, loneliness, and boredom, perhaps following the death of a spouse, are common precipitants. Drug misuse (see Chapter 12) usually involves prescribed drugs, such as benzodiazepines, which often cause ataxia and cognitive impairment in this age group. If an elderly person with unrecognized alcohol or drug dependence develops an intercurrent illness and or is admitted to hospital, withdrawal symptoms may ensue.

Operant Techniques

An important study by Paul & Lentz (1977) documented the random assignment of nearly 100 chronic psychiatric patients to a token economy unit, a milieu therapy unit, or a traditionally organized unit (Paul & Lentz, 1977). The token economy unit was most effective, resulting in more discharges and less prescriptions of medication than in each of the other units. Despite its demonstrated efficacy, the interest in token economies has strongly waned over the past years. This may be partly attributed to the dramatic decrease in the average length of stay of inpatient units and the associated development of ambulatory rehabilitation programmes less suitable for the establishment of token economies.

St Johns wort

Historical note St John's wort (SJW) has been used medicinally since ancient Greektimes when, it is believed, Dioscorides and Hippocrates used it to rid the body of evil spirits. Since the time of the Swiss physician Paracelsus (c. 1493-1 541), it has been used to treat neuralgia, anxiety, neurosis and depression. Externally, it has also been used to treat wounds, bruises and shingles. The name 'St John's wort' is related to its yellow flowers, traditionally gathered for the feast of St John the Baptist and the term 'wort' is the old English word for plant. St John's wort has enjoyed its greatest popularity in Europe and comprises 25 of all antidepressant prescriptions in Germany (Schrader 2000). In the past few decades its popularity has also grown in countries such as Australia and the United States.

Overview Of Medicare

Medicare has traditionally consisted of two parts Hospital Insurance (HI), also known as Part A, and Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI), also known as Part B. A third part of Medicare, sometimes known as Part C, is the Medicare Advantage program, which was established as the Medicare+Choice program by the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 (Public Law 105-33) and subsequently renamed and modified by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 (Public Law 108173). The Medicare Advantage program expands beneficiaries' options for participation in private-sector healthcare plans. The MMA also established a fourth part of Medicare a new prescription drug benefit, also known as Part D, beginning in 2004. Part D activities are handled within the SMI trust fund, but in an account separate from Part B. It should thus be noted that the traditional treatment of SMI and Part B as synonymous is no longer accurate, since SMI now consists of both Parts B and...

Race and Ethnicity

Moreover, it would be unwise not to consider that the ascription of genetic risk to ra-cialized groups may engender stigma in a way in which such information appears not to in the white population (Watson et al, 1992 Burn, 1993) particularly as one such historical example apparently exists (Stamatoyannopoulos, 1974). Although in the case of beta-tha-lassaemia and a Pakistani Moslem community in Britain stigma is not socially constructed, this is because of very specific cultural factors, namely that the pattern of consanguinity in marriage means that to ascribe stigma would be to stigmatize one's own family (Darr, 1990). Indeed, where genetic information disturbs the one valued social role open to black women living in poverty, namely raising children, genetic information relating to sickle cell may be rejected or blurred (Hill, 1994). Apolitical economy analysis also reveals implications for racial discrimination. Firstly, the manufacture of pharmaceutical drugs, such as...

Richard Balon

To increase libido in women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, and the combined use of anti-androgens and serotonergic antidepressants to treat paraphilias. The wide spread usage of effective biological therapies for sexual disorders has contributed to the increasing emphasis on biological models concerning etiology, often to the neglect of psychological factors. In the 1960s, it was commonly assumed that most sexual problems were psychogenic in etiology (1). However, the advent of effective biological therapies has shifted the focus to organic causes of erectile dysfunction (2). These changes in assumed etiology have had profound effects on treatment and conceptualization of the origins of sexual disorders. Many patients who used to be treated by behavioral therapy are now being treated pharmacologically. The rapid development of biological models of therapy has brought valuable help to many individuals who previously had minimal treatment choices. However, a number of factors...

Treatments

Herbal preparations are common alternative treatments for depression in fact an NCCAM study found that depression is the single most common reason for people in the United States to purchase herbal remedies. Some, such as St. John's wort, have been used in Europe for decades. The German Commission E, which regulates government approval of herbal preparations in German-speaking Europe, recently approved the use of Gingko biloba extract as a treatment for depression. The most important caution is that persons who are using herbal remedies, whether to treat depression or other conditions, should always tell their doctor what they are taking, how much, and how often. This warning is crucial because some herbal preparations that are safe in themselves can interact with prescription medications. In particular, St. John's wort has been reported to cause interactions with fluoxetine (Prozac).

Policy

Duplicate and triplicate prescriptions should be eliminated. Such practices have not had any substantial impact on illicit drug use, but do adversely affect prescribing and thus pain control (5). An increase in opioid consumption does not correlate with an increase in drug deaths, but can be associated with better pain control (5). Federal regulations should protect prescribers of pain medication even if that medication increases the risk of death or hastens it.

Benefits

From a purely medical point of view, we should recognize that once the necessary research has been completed, highspeed genetic testing and analysis will be an unparalleled diagnostic tool at the disposal of the physician. It will not be long before a physician will be able to get a complete genetic analysis of each patient, indicating genetic predispositions to diseases. Such information will form the basis of long term preventive recommendations and treatment. Further, as our understanding of the genetic bases of drug action increases, physicians will be able to tailor their treatments and prescriptions to the peculiar genetics of their patients. Likewise, as research progresses in infectious diseases, the genetic bases of susceptibility will become clearer. Thus immunizations and prophylactic treatments can be targetted to those who are susceptible. Speedy and efficient genetic diagnosis will be a necessary part of this process.

Pharmacogenomics

Microarrays are proving useful in predicting physiological reactions to pharmaceuticals. The cytochrome P450 (CYP) pathway and its variants, particularly CYP2D6 and CYP2C19, are involved in the metabolism of 25 of all prescription drugs, with antidepressants, antipsychotics, im-munosuppressive, and anticancer drugs being most heavily assessed in this area. If the metabolic status of an individual taking the drugs can be ascertained, many ill effects caused by drug-metabolizing enzymes might be anticipated. Pharmacogenetics might prove useful to help develop such personalized medicine (Evans and Relling, 1999). Microarrays can be utilized to test for CYP polymorphisms, and the data can be used both in the study of disease pathophysiology and drug metabolism and toxicology.

Summary

In conclusion, GPCRs have long been highly desired drug discovery targets by the pharmaceutical industry, resulting in the development of many of the best-selling drugs on the market today that account for nearly 25 of total drug sales and prescriptions. Drugs targeting these receptors have a diverse variety of therapeutic indications including allergies, cancer, pain management, and diseases affecting cardiovascular, central nervous system, gastrointestinal, and metabolic functions. Developing new GPCR therapeutics begins with the selection of a receptor for a drug discovery effort that involves evaluation of a number of parameters including bioinformatic approaches, receptor localization, potential druggability, and validation as a potential drug target. Advances in GPCR research that offer future opportunities for drug discovery efforts include orphan GPCRs, of which approximately 160 await identification of their cognate ligands and serve as the foci of extensive research to...

Ginkgo biloba

Historical note Ginkgo biloba is one of the world's oldest living tree species, earning it the name 'living fossil'. Its existence can be traced back more than 200 million years and it was commonly found in North America and Europe before the Ice Age. Ginkgo was first introduced into Europe in 1 690 by the botanist Engelbert Kaempfer, who described it as the 'tree with duck feet'. Ginkgo has been used medicinally for many centuries and is now one of the most popular therapeutic agents prescribed in Europe by medical doctors. It has been estimated that in Germany and France, prescriptions for ginkgo make up 1 and 1.3 , respectively, of total prescription sales (Pizzorno & Murray 2006). Also popular in the United States, it was the top selling herbal medicine in 1999 with sales of US 148 million.

Toxic Metabolic

Toxins and metabolic abnormalities should be considered in all cases of dementia, but especially in the elderly, who have a higher prevalence of systemic illness and medication use. The list of toxic metabolic causes of dementia is extensive (see Table 8.2). Many of these conditions produce an acute confusional state more often than a dementia. Nonetheless, they are not infrequently identified in epidemiological studies of dementia. In 200 elderly patients with symptoms for three or more months, medications (9.5 ) and hypothyroidism (3 ) were the leading toxic metabolic causes of dementia (Larson, Reifler, Suni, Canfield, & Chinn, 1986). Features that favored a toxic metabolic cause were a higher number of prescription medications and a shorter duration and lesser severity of dementia. This chapter reviews the toxic metabolic dementias associated with alcoholism, thyroid disease, and