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PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to compare the application of three geriatric medication screening tools to the Beers Criteria alone for potentially inappropriate medication quantification and to determine feasibility of a pharmacist-led polypharmacy assessment in a geriatric oncology clinic. METHODS: Adult patients with cancer aged 65 and older underwent

Support Care Cancer 2018 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print] /  Whitman A, DeGregory K, Morris A, et al.

In 2010, the Australian Government introduced the managed entry scheme (MES) to improve patient access to subsidised drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and enhance the quality of evidence provided to decision makers. The aim of this paper was to critically review the Australian MES experience. We performed a comprehensive

Pharmacoeconomic 2018;36(5):555-565 /  Tuffaha HW, Scuffham PA

Importance: Health care spending in the United States is a major concern and is higher than in other high-income countries, but there is little evidence that efforts to reform US health care delivery have had a meaningful influence on controlling health care spending and costs. Objective: To compare potential drivers of

JAMA 2018;319(10):1024-1039 /  Papanicolas I, Woskie LR, Jha AK, et al.

Rationale. Oral anticancer medication adherence is a critical factor in optimizing cancer treatment outcomes and minimizing toxicity. Although potential adherence barriers exist, it is not well understood how these factors impact adherence. Methods This is a prospective, single-center, patient survey-based study conducted at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer

J Oncol Pharm Pract 2018;24(5):337-342 /  Divakaruni A, Saylor E, Duffy AP

Introduction: There are persistent gaps in access to affordable medicines. The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML) includes medicines considered necessary for functional health systems. Methods: A generic price estimation formula was developed by reviewing published analyses of cost of production for medicines and assuming manufacture in India, which included

BMJ Glob Health 2018;3(1):e000571 /  Hill AM, Barber MJ, Gotham D

PURPOSE: The results of the 2017 ASHP national survey of pharmacy practice in hospital settings are described. METHODS: Pharmacy directors at 4,828 general and children's medical- surgical hospitals in the United States were surveyed using a mixed-mode method of contact by mail and e-mail. Survey completion was online, using Qualtrics (Qualtrics,

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2018 Jun 14 [Epub ahead of print] /  Schneider PJ, Pedersen CA, Scheckelhoff DJ

As the use of oral chemotherapy continues to rise, the issue of patient adherence is a concerning aspect of cancer treatment. In this concurrent prospective and retrospective study, we assessed oral chemotherapy adherence in patients receiving their prescriptions at an institutional specialty pharmacy, with an integrated oral chemotherapy program. The

J Oncol Pharm Pract 2018 ;24(5):332-336 /  Morgan KP, Muluneh B, Deal AM, Amerine LB

Background: Clinical pharmacists' involvement has improved patients' care, by suggesting therapeutic optimizations. However, budget restrictions require a prioritization of these activities to focus resources on patients more at risk of medication errors. Objective: The aim of our study was to identify variables influencing the formulation of pharmaceutical to improve medication review

Int J Clin Pharm. 2018 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print] /  Cornuault L, Mouchel V, Phan Thi TT, et al.

BACKGROUND: Transition between care settings is a time of high risk for preventable medication errors. Poor communication about medication changes on discharge from hospital can result in adverse drug events and medicines-related readmissions. Refer-to-Pharmacy is a novel electronic referral system that allows hospital pharmacy staff to refer patients from

BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 7;18(1):424 /  Ferguson J, Seston L, Ashcroft DM

Aims: The goal of the present review was to identify studies that assess how pharmaceutical services contribute to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Methods: We conducted a systematic literature review of published studies describing results from clinical services provided by pharmacists working with HSCT, conducted according to PRISMA guidelines ( PROSPERO

J Oncol Pharm Pract 2018 June 11 [Epub ahead of print] /  Barboza-Zanetti MO, Barboza-Zanetti AC, Rodrigues-Abjaude SA, et al.