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Costs of antidepressants could have funded effective alternatives

Some of the costs of prescribing antidepressant drugs over the last decade could ha...ped for widespread use. Using Department of Health prescribing data, researchers at the University of Bristol estimated the number of patients that could have been...

Liverpool to lead 20M Department of Health initiative to develop medicines for children

...h professionals use their skill and judgement when prescribing medicines for children but uncertainty can result in inappropriate dosing or inadequate efficacy. The initiative will take the development of children's medicines to a new level, with the establishment of a national research network to undertake imp...

Use of potentially inappropriate medications among elderly common in some European countries

... ineffective and/or harmful medications, establish prescribing limits for the elderly, approve safer alternatives, harmonize prescribing guidelines). These strategies could help ensure that prescribing for older patients in Europe is imp...

Depression may explain higher risk of heart attack associated with antidepressants

...tidepressants. The findings are based on anonymous prescribing supplied from 644 general practices across the UK, on 60,000 patients who had had their first heart attack between 1998 and 2001 and 360,000 randomly selected others, matched for age and sex. Analysis indicated an increased risk of a first heart atta...

Dental practitioners can be instrumental in preventing their patients' eating disorders

...ered eating, addressing concerns with the patient, prescribing oral treatment, patient referral, and case management. Results showed that fewer than 44% of practitioners currently assessed their patients for eating disorders, and fewer than 43% prescribed specific home dental-care instructions. Approximately 20%...

Computerized order entry systems can increase risk of medication errors

...ry systems which are implemented in part to reduce prescribing errors can actually increase the risk of medicatio... systems are widely viewed as crucial for reducing prescribing errors and potentially saving hundreds of billions in annual costs. Published studies have indicate...

Women less likely to get quality heart attack care

...esting, within 24 hours of a heart attack, and the prescribing of aspirin, beta blockers, cholesterol-lowering drugs and ACE inhibitor drugs for patients leaving the hospital. It also seeks to increase the number of patients who get counseling about diet and smoking before they leave the hospital. Sandeep Jani, ...

Adverse drug events in nursing homes are far more common than previously identified

...The events were typically caused by errors in drug prescribing and monitoring; these errors included using the wrong dose of a medication, prescribing drugs that interacted with each other, and failing to watch closely for drug side effects. Adverse ...

Heart attack treatment gap may be closing for women

...g practice guidelines. "We are making progress in prescribing aspirin, beta-blockers and statins to patients with acute coronary syndrome," she said. "In addition, there is not a statistically significant gap in the treatment between men and women." Clinical guidelines of the American Heart Association and th...

Suicidal behaviour caused by antidepressants 'cannot be ruled out'

...s closely. They should also discourage the routine prescribing of antidepressant drugs in children and adolescents. "The debate is not yet done, but these papers crystallise arguments that have been drifting in the ether these past months," says Kamran Abbasi, BMJ Acting Editor. "How many people who turned to 'h...

Hormone therapy controversy raises drug safety issues

...experience with HT, and may be reluctant to change prescribing patterns based on research findings that small numbers of study participants suffered adverse affects. "Physicians have learned that hormone therapy does provide relief to their patients," the authors write. "How can a drug that does such immediate ...

Older doctors less likely to follow current standards of care

...tic standards. For example, one study examined the prescribing behavior of physicians caring for patients with stable angina. Older physicians were significantly less likely to prescribe aspirin, which is a widely accepted standard treatment....

UCLA study: Nearly a third of drug ads in medical journals contain no references for medical claims

..."Previous studies have shown that physicians' drug prescribing is influenced by pharmaceutical ads. We wanted to ...ed company document. Other sources included books; prescribing information such as the Physician's Desk Reference -- which annually provides information on drug us...

Truth in advertising

..."Previous studies have shown that physicians' drug prescribing is influenced by pharmaceutical ads. We wanted to ...ed company document. Other sources included books; prescribing information such as the Physician's Desk Reference -- which annually provides information on drug us...

Over prescribing causing high rates of antibiotic resistance in south and east Europe

...nal and public strategies to encourage appropriate prescribing of antibiotics should be studied and implemented. If not, we will lose the miracle drugs of the 20th century." In an accompanying commentary John Turnidge (Women's and Children's Hospital, North Adelaide, Australia) and Keryn Christiansen (Royal Pert...

Anti-depressants used during pregnancy linked to neonatal withdrawal syndrome

...that doctors should avoid or cautiously manage the prescribing of these drugs to pregnant women with psychiatric disorders. SSRIs were introduced in 1988 and are becoming the gold standard treatment for depression and a wide spectrum of other mood and behavioural disorders. The presence of a withdrawal reaction ...

No magic pill for treating dementia symptoms

...ard of care, and treatment is often based on local prescribing customs." While the primary symptoms of Alzheimer'...troke," the authors write. "Physicians considering prescribing these drugs should discuss the potential risks and benefits with patients and their caregivers." Bec...

Antioxidants have no effect on Lou Gehrig's disease

...es. Nevertheless, Orrell says physicians may keep prescribing antioxidants to ALS patients because the drugs are inexpensive and relatively safe, even though "there is no substantial clinical trial evidence to support their clinical use." "This may be an important consideration when other unproven medications m...

Editorial urges 'black-box' warning for Bextra and Celebrex

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Physicians should avoid prescribing Bextra altogether, or use it only as a drug of last resort, says a researcher from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues in an editorial published on-line Jan. 17 in Circulation, a publication of the American Heart Association....

First new treatment for alcoholism in ten years, now available Campral(R) (acamprosate calcium)

...can get more information on Campral and obtain the prescribing information by visiting http://www.campral.com/ or by calling 800- 678-1605. About Alcoholism Nearly 8 million Americans are alcohol dependent(5), but only 2.4 million have been diagnosed(6) with the disease and just 139,000 receive medication ...

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