Pharmacology

Deprescribing benzodiazepine receptor agonists taken for insomnia: a review and key messages from practice guidelines – Polish Archives of Internal Medicine (free PDF)

Related: Guideline: Deprescribing Benzodiazepines (free guideline and resources) AND Position Statement: Reducing Inappropriate Medication Use & Polypharmacy (several articles and commentaries on the subject)

 

 


A practical guide for pharmacists to successfully implement penicillin allergy skin testing – American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (free)

“Less than 10% of patients labeled as having a penicillin allergy are confirmed as present upon skin testing. This labeling results in use of alternative antibiotics and thus unwanted adverse consequences including potentiated antimicrobial resistance, increased costs, and worse clinical outcomes.”

 


International Consensus Guidelines for the Optimal Use of the Polymyxins – Pharmacotherapy (free)

Endorsed by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), International Society for Anti‐infective Pharmacology (ISAP), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), and Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).

 


American Geriatrics Society 2019 Updated AGS Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults (free)

News Release: For older people, medications are common; AGS Beers Criteria aims to make them appropriate, too (free)

Commentary: AGS: Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Med Use in Older Adults Updated – MPR (free)

 

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PSA’s Medicine Safety: Take Care – Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (free PDF)

News Release: Problems with medicines behind 250,000 hospital admissions annually (free)

“The report reveals that 250,000 Australians are hospitalised each year, with another 400,000 presenting to emergency departments, as a result of medication errors, inappropriate use, misadventure and interactions. At least half of this could have been prevented.”

 


Are Probiotics Money Down the Toilet? Or Worse? – JAMA (free for a limited period)

Related: Randomized Trials: Probiotics Ineffective Against Gastroenteritis (link to abstract and commentaries) AND Perspective: The Problem with Probiotics (free commentaries) AND Probiotics: Does the Evidence Match the Hype? (link to abstract and commentaries) AND Systematic Review: Harms Reporting in Trials with Probiotics (link to abstract and commentaries)

 


10 Myths About Frusemide

30 Jan, 2019 | 23:31h | UTC

10 myths about frusemide – Intensive Care Medicine (free)

Note: if the above link is paywalled, try this one

 


Implementation of a Health Plan Program for Switching From Analogue to Human Insulin and Glycemic Control Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Type 2 Diabetes – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Medicare Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Safely Switched From Analog to Human Insulin, JAMA Study Finds – AJMC (free)

Related: Meta-Analysis: Comparative Benefits and Harms of Basal Insulin Analogues for Type 2 Diabetes (link to abstract and commentaries) AND Retrospective Observational Study: Basal Insulin Analogs vs NPH Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes (link to abstract and commentaries)

“Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) enrolled in a CareMore Health Medicare Part D plan switched from analog to human insulin without significant loss of glycemic control while saving millions for themselves and for the health plan.: (from AJMC)

 


Temporarily quadrupling the dose of inhaled steroid to prevent asthma exacerbations: FAST – Health Technology Assessment (free)

 

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Vitamin and mineral supplementation for maintaining cognitive function in cognitively healthy people in mid and late life – Cochrane Library (free)

Summary: Vitamin and mineral supplementation for preventing cognitive deterioration in cognitively healthy people in mid and late life – Cochrane Library (free)

Commentary: Preventing dementia: do vitamin and mineral supplements have a role? – Evidently Cochrane (free)

 

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Proton pump inhibitors and risk of hip fracture: a meta-analysis of observational studies – Osteoporosis International (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: PPIs up risk for hip fracture in large meta-analysis – Univadis (free registration required)

 

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ADA 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes (free supplement)

News Release: Patient-centered Care is the Focus and Priority of the 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, Published Today by the American Diabetes Association (free)

Summary of Revisions: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2019 (free)

See also: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2019 Abridged for Primary Care Providers (free PDF)

 

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Fluoroquinolones and the risk of aortopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis – International Journal of Cardiology (free)

“…current fluoroquinolone use was significantly associated with increased risk of aortic aneurysm and dissection.”

 


Study: Trazodone Associated Risks

30 Nov, 2018 | 02:40h | UTC

Review: Cannabinoids for Chronic Pain

30 Nov, 2018 | 01:45h | UTC

Cannabinoids for Chronic Pain – Therapeutics Initiative (free)

Related: Meta-Analysis: Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Chronic Noncancer Pain Conditions (free) AND Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary Care (free article and commentary)

“At the present time we lack good evidence that any cannabis-derived product works for chronic pain”

 


Review: Opioids and Cardiac Arrhythmia

30 Nov, 2018 | 01:27h | UTC

Report: 2018 Access to Medicine Index

22 Nov, 2018 | 21:54h | UTC

Antipsychotic drug use and pneumonia: Systematic review and meta-analysis – Journal of Psychopharmacology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Antipsychotics May Increase Risk of Pneumonia, Meta-Analysis Suggests – Psychiatric News Alert (free)

“Although antipsychotic use was associated with a higher risk of pneumonia, the researchers stopped short of claiming causality, citing a lack of data from randomized, controlled trials and a failure of observational studies to control for relevant confounders like tobacco use and weight.” (from Psychiatric News Alert)

 


Prophylactic antibiotic therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – Cochrane Library (free)

Summary: Preventative antibiotic therapy for people with COPD – Cochrane Library (free)

“Use of continuous and intermittent prophylactic antibiotics results in a clinically significant benefit in reducing exacerbations in COPD patients.”

 



Efficacy, effectiveness, and safety of herpes zoster vaccines in adults aged 50 and older: systematic review and network meta-analysis – The BMJ (free)

“Using the adjuvant recombinant subunit vaccine might prevent more cases of herpes zoster than using the live attenuated vaccine, but the adjuvant recombinant subunit vaccine also carries a greater risk of adverse events at injection sites.”

 


Pantoprazole in Patients at Risk for Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the ICU – New England Journal of Medicine (free for a limited period)

Editorial: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Prophylaxis in the ICU — Benefits Worth the Risks? (free for a limited period)

“Proton pump inhibitors are minimally effective to reduce GI bleeding among the critically ill folks at high risk for stress ulcers. Takeaways: no role for routine PPI for any patients on the WARDS, and shouldn’t be considered ‘routine’ in the ICU” (via @AnilMakam see Tweet)

 


Perspective: The Problem with Probiotics

26 Oct, 2018 | 02:08h | UTC

The Problem With Probiotics – The New York Times (free)

Related: Probiotic Safety—No Guarantees (free perspective)

“There are potential harms as well as benefits, and a lot of wishful thinking and imprecision in the marketing of products containing them.”

 


Review: Demystifying Serotonin Syndrome

16 Oct, 2018 | 23:23h | UTC

Antibiotics May Soon Become Useless. Now What? – WIRED (a few articles per month are free)

 


Review: A New Vaccine for Shingles

12 Oct, 2018 | 01:44h | UTC

Shingrix: A New Vaccine for Shingles – Therapeutics Initiative (free)

“Need to vaccinate 31 people to prevent one instance of HZ; Need to vaccinate 358 people to prevent one instance on post herpetic neuralgia” (via @amtejani)

 


Given Their Potential for Harm, It’s Time to Focus on the Safety of Supplements – JAMA (free for a limited period) (via @NUNESDOC)

“About 23 000 visits to emergency departments each year can be attributed to adverse events from dietary supplements.”

 


Deprescribing recommendations: An essential consideration for clinical guideline developers – Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (free)

Related: Position Statement: Reducing Inappropriate Medication Use & Polypharmacy (several articles and commentaries on the subject)

““Clinical guidelines often do not accommodate frailty or patients with multiple comorbid conditions. This can give rise to complex medication regimens and risk of medication harm.” Paper discusses the need to include deprescribing in clinical guidelines” (via @Deprescribing see Tweet)

 


Probiotic Safety—No Guarantees – JAMA Internal Medicine (free for a limited period)

Related: Probiotics: Does the Evidence Match the Hype? (free articles and commentaries) AND Systematic Review: Harms Reporting in Trials with Probiotics (link to abstract and commentaries)

 


Extended antibiotic infusions could save lives: Here’s how to do it – PulmCCM (free)

Related Research: Mortality lower with prolonged vs. short-term IV infusion of antipseudomonal beta-lactams (free)

“The simplest (and cheapest) technique is simply to reduce the time between doses.”

 


Seven days of antibiotics were as good as 14 for gram-negative bacteremia – PulmCCM (free)

Related Commentary: Seven-day antibiotic course delivers similar outcomes to 14-days for Gram-negative bacteraemia – European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, via EurekAlert (free)

“It’s important to note that source control was believed to be achieved in all enrolled patients. If source control cannot be achieved (e.g., an abscess, or an infected heart valve or indwelling catheter that cannot safely be removed), prolonged antibiotic courses are often advisable.”

 


Guideline: Pediatric CAR T-Cell Therapy

16 Aug, 2018 | 23:16h | UTC

Aspirin Plus Clopidogrel vs Aspirin Alone for Preventing Cardiovascular Events Among Patients at High Risk for Cardiovascular Events – JAMA (free for a limited period)

“Clopidogrel+ASA: Reduced risk for MI and ischemic stroke – Increased risk for major bleeding compared with aspirin alone. Combined therapy is NOT associated with lower mortality.” (via @ehlJAMA see Tweet)

 


Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome – Therapeutics Initiative (free)

Related Perspective: Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“Antidepressants should be added to the list of drugs associated with tolerance, dependence and a withdrawal syndrome.”

“Withdrawal symptoms occur in at least one-third of patients who stop.”

 


Effects of aspirin on risks of vascular events and cancer according to bodyweight and dose: analysis of individual patient data from randomised trials – The Lancet (free)

Commentaries: Weight-adjusted aspirin for cardiovascular prevention – The Lancet (free) AND One dose of aspirin doesn’t fit all – University of Oxford (free)

Practice Changing Article. “Low doses of aspirin (75–100 mg) were only effective in preventing vascular events in patients weighing less than 70 kg, and had no benefit in the 80% of men and nearly 50% of all women weighing 70 kg or more. By contrast, higher doses of aspirin were only effective in patients weighing 70 kg or more.”

 


The right diet can boost potency of cancer drugs – Nature News (free)

Original article: Suppression of insulin feedback enhances the efficacy of PI3K inhibitors – Nature (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Related: Top oncologist to study effect of diet on cancer drugs – The Guardian (free)

“Diets appear to matter in mouse cancer Rx – can these preclinical findings be translated to humans?” (via @Aiims1742 see Tweet)