A Look Ahead: Year Two for ONC and the Recognized Coordinating Entity for TEFCA

In August 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) awarded a cooperative agreement to The Sequoia Project to serve as the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) to support implementation of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The Sequoia Project has made great strides in meeting the goals and objectives outlined …

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Medicare MBI: COVID-19 and Medicare Claims

At the beginning of the year, the healthcare industry moved away from Medicare identifiers based on Social Security Numbers (SSNs), in favor of more secure Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). As with any large-scale change program, the shift was unlikely to be completely clear sailing. But with the coronavirus pandemic landing shortly after the 21-month transition …

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A Systematic Approach to Assessing Real World Research Questions Supported by Digital Enablement

Download the white paper now https://bit.ly/evidera-digena Multiple strategies, each with their individual advantages and drawbacks, may be employed to answer a research question, but determining the optimal strategy – the one that will bring you to your answer in the most effective and efficient way possible – that is the true challenge in the healthcare industry. Identifying that optimal …

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What are the Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea?

Green Tea has become the most popular drink these days, and is considered one of the healthiest beverages. Whether it’s for getting a good skin or watching their weight, more and more people are inclining towards this green drink. And why wouldn’t they? There are many benefits of drinking Green tea and no side effects, …

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Castor Oil Benefits and Uses for Skin and Hair

No doubt that the world knows Castor oil as a powerful and effective laxative. But there is more to this light yellow coloured magic oil, than being a laxative. Whether it is to moisturize the skin or condition the hair, there are many castor oil benefits for skin and hair. So, keep reading to find …

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Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Obesity: An Updated Literature Review

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Objective: To review literature on the use of direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients with high body weight (BW) and/or high body mass index (BMI) and to make recommendations regarding use in this patient population. Data Sources: A search using PubMed was conducted (inception to April 13, 2020) using …

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Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Obesity: An Updated Literature Review

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Objective: To review literature on the use of direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients with high body weight (BW) and/or high body mass index (BMI) and to make recommendations regarding use in this patient population. Data Sources: A search using PubMed was conducted (inception to April 13, 2020) using …

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Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Obesity: An Updated Literature Review

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Objective: To review literature on the use of direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients with high body weight (BW) and/or high body mass index (BMI) and to make recommendations regarding use in this patient population. Data Sources: A search using PubMed was conducted (inception to April 13, 2020) using …

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Types of COVID-19 Vaccines Being Developed Globally

A vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is being vouched as the only and the best hope to end the pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 330,000 people worldwide. Pharmaceutical companies and researchers across the world are in a race to develop a safe and effective vaccination for COVID-19. Many such …

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Laying the foundation for commercial risk adjustment success amid COVID-19

The core of a successful risk adjustment program is fully understanding your members as well as the various data exchanges that take place along the risk adjustment continuum. But the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges to optimizing risk adjustment revenues while maintaining compliance. Read this checklist for our suggested tactics.

A Systems Thinking Approach for Pharma

Systems thinking asks scientists to look at the bigger picture and take a more holistic approach to their work. Systems thinkers consider how their field of study might relate to other disciplines, and how their research might inform or benefit from the broader knowledge stream.  In modern medicinal chemistry, systems thinking has become an absolute …

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The rise of digital healthcare solutions: optimizing the patient journey in a post-COVID world

From airlines to cafés to car manufacturers, businesses across America are scrambling to respond to the challenge of COVID-19. In healthcare, services are being put on pause to protect staff and patients on the pandemic’s front line, leaving health systems to contend with gaps in reimbursements and exhausted cash flows. The problem lies in the …

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Common Household Materials That Can Be Used As COVID-19 Masks

A simple three-layered cotton cloth mask is enough to prevent COVID-19 infection from possible exposure to droplets that may otherwise enter through nose or mouth. Therefore, people do not have to unnecessarily hoard or purchase only surgical masks or N-95 masks for the general use of masks for protection against COVID-19. There are certain guidelines …

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Mad Cow Disease and Cosmetics

As I discuss in my video Which Intestines for Food and Cosmetics?, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reopened comments about its policy of allowing some intestines, but not others, into the U.S. food supply. When the first few cases of mad cow disease started popping up, the FDA’s gut reaction was to ban …

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Understanding regular vs. emergency health care

It’s almost always best to get routine care and recommended preventive services from a primary care provider. There are big differences between visits to your primary care provider and emergency care.

The Use of Gentamicin for Treatment of Urogenital and Extragenital Gonorrhea: A Systematic Review of Efficacy Data

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Volume 54, Issue 10, Page 1030-1037, October 2020. Objective:To evaluate clinical efficacy data for gentamicin in the treatment of gonorrhea.Data Sources:A keyword search of PubMed (1966 to April 2020), EMBASE (1947 to April 2020), and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (1970 to April 2020) was conducted. The electronic search was supplemented with manual screening …

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The Use of Gentamicin for Treatment of Urogenital and Extragenital Gonorrhea: A Systematic Review of Efficacy Data

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Objective: To evaluate clinical efficacy data for gentamicin in the treatment of gonorrhea. Data Sources: A keyword search of PubMed (1966 to April 2020), EMBASE (1947 to April 2020), and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (1970 to April 2020) was conducted. The electronic search was supplemented with manual screening of references …

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The Use of Gentamicin for Treatment of Urogenital and Extragenital Gonorrhea: A Systematic Review of Efficacy Data

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Objective: To evaluate clinical efficacy data for gentamicin in the treatment of gonorrhea. Data Sources: A keyword search of PubMed (1966 to April 2020), EMBASE (1947 to April 2020), and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (1970 to April 2020) was conducted. The electronic search was supplemented with manual screening of references …

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Skill up with the HIMSS 2020 Digital Conference

Follow along with our new blog series #HealthcareNow and #PublicSectorNow, where we’ll addresses healthcare innovation around the world and how to maintain business continuity in today’s health climate.  The healthcare industry is changing at a rapid pace. Healthcare providers are scaling virtual consultations and telehealth faster than ever before. Optimizing the clinical experience and empowering healthcare staff to …

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5 Ways to Protecting Your Workspace Against Coronavirus

The long-term success of the efforts being made by professional organizations and healthcare experts across the world against COVID-19 cannot be guaranteed without the support of the general public, including business operators and employees. Employers and employees collaboratively have to work if we are to stop the spread of coronavirus. Considering most of the countries …

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MINI REVIEW OF SCOTT CRANIODIGITAL SYNDROME

AUTHORS : Gouranga Sundar Roy 1*, Sangita Biswas2  Department of Pharmacy, Bengal School of Technology (A College of Pharmacy), Sugandha, Delhi Road Near Chuchura, Hooghly – 712102, West Bengal, India ABSTRACT: Scott Craniodigital syndrome is a situation that has best been found in families. The manifestations consist of uncommon head shape, boom and developmental delay, …

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Health research and innovation – Coronavirus: EU-funded research project brings new rapid diagnostic to the market

One of the first 18 research and innovation projects funded by the EU to tackle the coronavirus is already delivering results. Researchers involved in the “HG nCoV19 test” project, selected for funding from the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 under the special call launched in January, have obtained approval to put a new …

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Medical Meat Bias

When famed surgeon Michael DeBakey was asked why his studies published back in the 1930s linking smoking and lung cancer were ignored, he had to remind people about what it was like back then. We were a smoking society. Smoking was in the movies, on airplanes. Medical meetings were held in “a heavy haze of …

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No Approved Drug or Chemical For Prevention and Treatment of Coronavirus

The health authorities have time and again requested people not to take any drug or medicines by themselves in an attempt to cure coronavirus. When something is available for the treatment of COVID-19, it will be publicly announced by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO is already coordinating with the pharmaceutical companies and researchers …

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The Role of Suppressing Inflammation in the Treatment of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Volume 54, Issue 10, Page 1021-1029, October 2020. Objective:To review the 3 anti-inflammatory drugs, canakinumab, colchicine, and methotrexate, that have been investigated in major clinical trials for treating patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).Data Sources:An Ovid MEDLINE literature search (1946 to February 2, 2020) was performed using search strategy [(C-reactive protein OR …

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The Role of Suppressing Inflammation in the Treatment of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Objective:To review the 3 anti-inflammatory drugs, canakinumab, colchicine, and methotrexate, that have been investigated in major clinical trials for treating patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Data Sources: An Ovid MEDLINE literature search (1946 to February 2, 2020) was performed using search strategy [(C-reactive protein OR ASCVD OR cardiac …

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The Role of Suppressing Inflammation in the Treatment of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Objective:To review the 3 anti-inflammatory drugs, canakinumab, colchicine, and methotrexate, that have been investigated in major clinical trials for treating patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Data Sources: An Ovid MEDLINE literature search (1946 to February 2, 2020) was performed using search strategy [(C-reactive protein OR ASCVD OR cardiac …

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Advantages of Purchasing from a Pharmaceutical Wholesale

With modern fast-paced life, the world is currently facing major health issues. Whether chronic illnesses or day-to-day ailments, the occurrence of diseases is growing exponentially. As a result, the demand for medicines is always high in the market. However, a lot of duplicities are taking place in the pharma industry nowadays. Some retailers are selling …

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Know about Corona Virus and How to Protect from Coronavirus

Corona Virus and How to Protect from Coronavirus – The expansion of the Coronavirus outside of China is presenting challenges that governments and scientists have not faced for decades. Coronavirus is a mysterious organism that spreads silently without even a … Continue reading → The post Know about Corona Virus and How to Protect from …

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Hospice Care CAHPS Top 5 Report: the newest feature in our complete survey program (ebook)

Download the ebook. Turn hospice care CAHPS data into better performance and optimized patient care. The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Hospice Survey was created to measure the patient experience within Medicare-certified hospice organizations—but it’s more than just another CMS requirement. Simply put, CAHPS was designed to collect your organization’s performance data. …

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CCAHPS Home Health Top 5 Report: the newest feature in our complete survey program (ebook)

Turn CAHPS data into better performance and optimized patient care. Download the ebook. The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Home Health Care Survey (also known as HHCAHPS) was created to measure the patient experience within Medicare-certified home health agencies—but it’s more than just another CMS requirement. With the trend toward value-based purchasing, …

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How employers can use claims data to address opioid addiction

While many employers are focused on helping their employees cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to manage opioid abuse and addiction continues to remain strong. At the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) 2020 Annual Meeting held this month, Cotiviti’s Jamie Jenkins, senior program manager, and Jennifer Ach, director of clinical insights, explained how employers can …

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Empowering Patients to Advance Precision Medicine, One EHR at a Time

Electronic health record (EHR) systems store incredibly rich data about individual patients, but historically, individuals have been unable to access this information easily and share it for research. However, use of patients’ data could accelerate scientific discovery and progress toward precision medicine. Permitting patients to connect and share their data with researchers—while maintaining the security …

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COVID-19 Prevention and Safety Measures During Air Travel

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, international air travel has completely come to a halt. This has severely affected medical travelers, who are unable to fly to another country at the moment to seek quality and affordable healthcare abroad. However, once the international air travel resumes, it will no longer feel the same. The social norms …

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Does Ayurvedic Sugar Medicine help in Blood Sugar Control?

Every year, Diabetes cause millions of deaths all across the world. People with diabetes have to go through some major lifestyle changes, when dealing with the problem. Even though there is no cure for it, there are number of medicines in the market that can help control the blood sugar levels. But, with them comes …

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How to avoid patient misidentification and claims denials amidst COVID-19

For many of the 36 million Americans who have registered for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus outbreak, losing their job means losing their health insurance. Options for the newly-unemployed are limited yet complicated: while the federal government has declined to reopen enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, several states are supporting those without coverage by …

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What is COVID19-Related Inflammatory Syndrome In Children?

A rare and life-threatening COVID19-related inflammatory syndrome is rampant in children in the US and the European Union. Children with this mysterious illness – that resembles Kawasaki Disease – show symptoms such as rashes, persistent high fever, inflammation, and loss of functioning of multiple organs such as heart, kidneys, and liver. Data from New York …

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Tips On Providing Mental Support To Others Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Your little act of kindness can provide the much needed mental health support to those suffering from depression, loneliness, stress, and negative thinking amid the COVID19 pandemic. Fear, stress, and worry are considered a normal reaction in humans to real of perceived threats. Now that the entire world is battling COVID-19 and is scared for …

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Emergent Warfarin Reversal With Fixed-Dose 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4FPCC) is used for emergent warfarin reversal, but dosing remains controversial. Following approval, further studies have evaluated a variety of fixed-dose regimens. The studies utilized lower doses as compared with package insert dosing and provided data in regard to efficacy, safety, and cost savings. …

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Emergent Warfarin Reversal With Fixed-Dose 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4FPCC) is used for emergent warfarin reversal, but dosing remains controversial. Following approval, further studies have evaluated a variety of fixed-dose regimens. The studies utilized lower doses as compared with package insert dosing and provided data in regard to efficacy, safety, and cost savings. …

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Emergent Warfarin Reversal With Fixed-Dose 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4FPCC) is used for emergent warfarin reversal, but dosing remains controversial. Following approval, further studies have evaluated a variety of fixed-dose regimens. The studies utilized lower doses as compared with package insert dosing and provided data in regard to efficacy, safety, and cost savings. …

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How to Save Money on Payment Processing

Are credit card processing fees cutting into your profit margin? Here are some tips to help your business save money. Every time a customer pays for services or products with a credit card, the merchant has to pay a card processing fee. While the fee can often be negligible on a single transaction, the cost …

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Best Ways to Engage with Kids during COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown

COVID19 is a universal crisis, which has an impact on children as well. With a restriction on playing outdoor games to just hanging out with their friends, the lock-down measures can severely impact their physical as well as mental well-being. Therefore, parents need to spend time with their kids of all age groups and help …

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Clearance Confusion: An Exploratory Analysis of Inpatient Dosing Discordances Between Renal Estimating Equations

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Numerous equations exist for estimating renal clearance for drug dosing, and discordance rates may be as high as 40% in certain populations. However, the populations and types of equations used in these studies may not be generalizable to broader pharmacy practice. Objectives: To determine the dosing discordance rate …

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Clearance Confusion: An Exploratory Analysis of Inpatient Dosing Discordances Between Renal Estimating Equations

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Numerous equations exist for estimating renal clearance for drug dosing, and discordance rates may be as high as 40% in certain populations. However, the populations and types of equations used in these studies may not be generalizable to broader pharmacy practice. Objectives: To determine the dosing discordance rate …

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Clearance Confusion: An Exploratory Analysis of Inpatient Dosing Discordances Between Renal Estimating Equations

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Numerous equations exist for estimating renal clearance for drug dosing, and discordance rates may be as high as 40% in certain populations. However, the populations and types of equations used in these studies may not be generalizable to broader pharmacy practice. Objectives: To determine the dosing discordance rate …

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Anticoagulation Management for Impella Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Devices: An Analysis of a Single-Center Experience

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Impella devices offer temporary mechanical circulatory support for cardiogenic shock. The manufacturer recommends systemic anticoagulation with a target activated clotting time of 160 to 180 s but provides no guidance on how to manage both the heparinized purge solution and the additional intravenous heparin needed to reach this …

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Anticoagulation Management for Impella Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Devices: An Analysis of a Single-Center Experience

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Impella devices offer temporary mechanical circulatory support for cardiogenic shock. The manufacturer recommends systemic anticoagulation with a target activated clotting time of 160 to 180 s but provides no guidance on how to manage both the heparinized purge solution and the additional intravenous heparin needed to reach this …

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Anticoagulation Management for Impella Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Devices: An Analysis of a Single-Center Experience

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Impella devices offer temporary mechanical circulatory support for cardiogenic shock. The manufacturer recommends systemic anticoagulation with a target activated clotting time of 160 to 180 s but provides no guidance on how to manage both the heparinized purge solution and the additional intravenous heparin needed to reach this …

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Anti-Pollution Face Masks: How does an N95 one differ from an N99 one?

In this modern and luxury build world, we are all, one way or the other depends on machines and gadgets. The increasing technology and the growing industrialization have definitely made our lives easier and comfortable. But, along with that luxury, comes the fog of air pollution and the hazardous air quality. Air pollution, especially in …

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Best Ways to Prevent COVID-19 Cyber Scams

COVID-19 could be a perfect opportunity for cyber scammers and hackers to execute what they are good at. Do not let anyone take advantage of you, financially or otherwise, during the coronavirus pandemic. Cyber scammers can target the population in the following ways: By Sending Suspicious Links Over SMS, Email or Social Media Hackers may …

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What to Take for Menstrual Cramps

In my video Ginger for Migraines, I described how ginger works as well as the leading “drug” in the treatment of migraines, “one of the most common causes of pain syndromes,” affecting as much as 12 percent of the population. Twelve percent is “common”? How about menstrual cramps, which plague up to 90 percent of …

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Standard Versus Extended Duration Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy in Hepatitis C Patients With Slow Response to Treatment

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Response-guided hepatitis C therapy was standard with interferon-based regimens but is not used for direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). Week 4 viral kinetics may predict sustained virological response (SVR) with DAAs, but it is unclear whether extending therapy in slow responders affects outcomes. Objectives: The primary objective was to compare …

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Standard Versus Extended Duration Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy in Hepatitis C Patients With Slow Response to Treatment

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Response-guided hepatitis C therapy was standard with interferon-based regimens but is not used for direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). Week 4 viral kinetics may predict sustained virological response (SVR) with DAAs, but it is unclear whether extending therapy in slow responders affects outcomes. Objectives: The primary objective was to compare …

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Standard Versus Extended Duration Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy in Hepatitis C Patients With Slow Response to Treatment

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: Response-guided hepatitis C therapy was standard with interferon-based regimens but is not used for direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). Week 4 viral kinetics may predict sustained virological response (SVR) with DAAs, but it is unclear whether extending therapy in slow responders affects outcomes. Objectives: The primary objective was to compare …

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Incidence and Risk Factors of Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Receiving Concomitant Vancomycin and Continuous-Infusion Piperacillin/Tazobactam: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: During a recent shortage of small-volume parenteral solutions, some hospitals administered piperacillin/tazobactam via continuous infusion to utilize larger fluid volumes. Although the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) is well documented for patients receiving intermittent or extended-infusion piperacillin/tazobactam with concomitant vancomycin, no literature exists documenting the incidence of …

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Incidence and Risk Factors of Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Receiving Concomitant Vancomycin and Continuous-Infusion Piperacillin/Tazobactam: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: During a recent shortage of small-volume parenteral solutions, some hospitals administered piperacillin/tazobactam via continuous infusion to utilize larger fluid volumes. Although the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) is well documented for patients receiving intermittent or extended-infusion piperacillin/tazobactam with concomitant vancomycin, no literature exists documenting the incidence of …

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Incidence and Risk Factors of Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Receiving Concomitant Vancomycin and Continuous-Infusion Piperacillin/Tazobactam: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Ahead of Print. Background: During a recent shortage of small-volume parenteral solutions, some hospitals administered piperacillin/tazobactam via continuous infusion to utilize larger fluid volumes. Although the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) is well documented for patients receiving intermittent or extended-infusion piperacillin/tazobactam with concomitant vancomycin, no literature exists documenting the incidence of …

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