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Many pregnant women search the Internet for medication safety information
A new study reveals that due to a lack of specific recommendations for medication use during pregnancy, many pregnant women search the Internet for information. (2017-09-07)

Research tip: Caregivers lack medications, knowledge to manage Baltimore children's asthma
In a new study, Johns Hopkins researchers found that fewer than half of interviewed caregivers for Baltimore preschool children with asthma were prepared to administer medication for routine management or emergency response to a child's chronic condition. (2018-08-08)

Many patients do not obtain medications when first prescribed
A new analysis indicates that not obtaining a medication the first time it is prescribed -- called initial medication non-adherence -- is common among patients within the Catalan health system in Spain. (2017-02-23)

Study compares treatment and outcomes in asthma patients in 2 countries
In two countries with a Western lifestyle, similar health systems, and similar asthma prevalence, investigators observed differences in asthma management and treatment costs, despite comparable outcomes. (2017-08-09)

Medication adherence may affect risk of hospitalization and early death
A recent analysis of published studies examined the clinical consequences of medication adherence. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology analysis found that medication adherence is linked with lower risks of needing to be hospitalized and of dying early. (2019-09-05)

Study questions benefits of long-term use of ADHD medications
In a study that followed more than 500 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into adulthood, extended use of stimulant medication was linked with suppressed adult height but not with reduced symptoms of ADHD. (2017-03-13)

Personality affects how likely we are to take our medication
The results of a unique study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, show that personality has an impact on how likely people are to take their medication. This is the first major study of its kind to be published in the online journal PloS ONE. (2011-05-09)

Study highlights lack of patient knowledge regarding hospital medications
In a new study to asses patient awareness of medications prescribed during a hospital visit, 44 percent of patients believed they were receiving a medication they were not, and 96 percent were unable to recall the name of at least one medication that they had been prescribed during hospitalization. These findings are published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. (2009-12-10)

Pill organizers could cause adverse effects among elderly
New research from the University of East Anglia shows that switching to use a pill organizer could cause adverse effects among the elderly. The research team say that patients should consult their GP or pharmacist before switching to a pill organizer. (2016-07-05)

Who is taking your child's medication?
Stimulants such as methylphenidate (ritalin)and dextroamphetamine are often prescribed to children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In this issue of CMAJ, Christiane Poulin reports on a study aimed at finding out how much of that medication is being redirected to others for nonmedical use. (2001-10-15)

FDA approves new approach to schizophrenia treatment
More than two million Americans suffer from schizophrenia, a brain disorder that impairs the ability to think clearly, relate to others and distinguish between reality and imagination. Missing daily medications is one of the most common problems in schizophrenia treatment and can often interfere with recovery. (2003-10-30)

Young people with early psychosis may not require antipsychotic medications to recover
Researchers at Orygen have found that some young people with early stage first episode psychosis (FEP) can experience reduced symptoms and improve functioning without antipsychotic medication when they are provided with psychological interventions and comprehensive case management. (2020-06-17)

Medication errors in critical care: Risk factors and prevention
Medication errors account for 78 percent of serious medical errors in the intensive care unit but there are strategies that can help reduce errors and improve patient safety, write a team of Calgary researchers in an article in CMAJ. (2009-04-27)

Medication errors in sick children may be higher than previously thought
The level of medication errors in sick children might be substantially higher than previously estimated, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2004-12-02)

Adults who struggle to follow heart medication regimens should focus on behavior change
A University of Missouri researcher found that interventions to encourage patients to take their medications as prescribed were most effective when focused on changing the behavior of patients rather than the behavior of health care providers. (2015-04-01)

New docs linked to death spike in July
UC San Diego study suggests inexperienced medical residents make fatal medication errors. (2010-06-02)

New medics in death spike
Are new medical residents a threat to patients? According to Dr. David Phillips and Gwendolyn Barker from the University of California, San Diego, in the US, fatal medication errors peak in July in teaching hospitals in particular, which coincides with the yearly influx of new medical residents who are given increased responsibility for patient care. Their findings are published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer. (2010-06-02)

The pharmacist's role in HIV care in France
In France, antiretroviral treatment (ARV) can be dispensed by hospitals and/or community pharmacies. A recent study published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives examined the pharmacist's role in HIV care in this country. (2020-09-10)

Proof that antidepressants and breastfeeding can mix
Researchers have found that women on antidepressants are more successful at breastfeeding their babies if they keep taking the medication. (2014-04-10)

Kids diagnosed with ADHD often don't take medication regularly
Children diagnosed with ADHD inconsistently take their prescribed medication, going without treatment 40 per cent of the time, a new study has found. (2020-02-03)

Researchers Find Potential For Ritalin Abuse In Schools
Researchers have found wide variations in rules and enforcement in schools that they say pose a potential for abuse of Ritalin and other stimulant medication taken by children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sixteen percent of the children said they had been asked to sell, give, or trade their medication to others. (1998-06-14)

RNs can play key role in identifying medication issues to improve nursing home care
Amy Vogelsmeier, associate professor of nursing, found that registered nurses are better equipped to identify medication discrepancies that could cause nursing home residents harm. (2017-11-03)

Monthly appointments with pharmacists improve medication adherence
Patients are more likely to take chronic medications when they meet monthly with pharmacists to coordinate medication schedules and treatments, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study. (2013-12-19)

Third of people not taking their prescribed diabetes medication due to side effects
Diabetes patients who take the most commonly prescribed diabetes drug, metformin, are the least likely to follow medical advice regarding their medication due its side effects, a new article in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism reports. (2017-12-17)

Improved medication use could reduce severe asthma attacks
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital have found that one-quarter of severe asthma attacks could be prevented if only patients consistently took their medication as prescribed. Moreover, an asthma attack was only significantly reduced when patients used at least 75 percent of their prescribed dose, according to the study. (2011-12-12)

Regulation set to take effect tomorrow, Jan. 5, 2007, is designed to reduce medication errors in California hospitals and free pharmacists for greater involvement in direct patient care rather than in non-discretionary (clerical) tasks. The new regulation will allow general acute-care hospitals to employ specially trained pharmacy technicians to check medication cassettes and the work of other technicians, thereby freeing pharmacists to expand their role in patient care areas to ensure the safety of the medication use process. (2007-01-04)

Pregnant women may need more information about medicine use
Pregnant women overestimate the risks of taking over the counter and prescribed medication. New findings reveal that women choose not to medicate common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, heartburn and aches and pains. Most worryingly, mums-to-be are choosing not to take medication for UTIs -- which can cause significant complications and harm the fetus if left untreated. (2016-06-02)

Listening to the patient's voice: A more patient-centered approach to medication safety
Involving the patient is critical for improving medication safety according to Regenstrief Institute researcher and Indiana University School of Medicine assistant professor of medicine Joy L. Lee, PhD, corresponding author of 'Towards a More Patient-Centered Approach to Medication Safety' recently published in the Journal of Patient Experience. (2017-11-16)

ADHD or just immature?
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is typically diagnosed in childhood and manifests as an inability to sustain attention and control activity levels and impulse control. Some reports have indicated a prevalence of up to 15 percent in Western countries. Although the causes of ADHD are still unknown, a new study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics found that a child's age at school entry may have an effect on the diagnosis of ADHD. (2016-03-10)

Countering the caregiver placebo effect
How do you know that your pet is benefiting from its pain medication? A new clinical trial design from North Carolina State University researchers could help overcome pet owners' unconscious observation bias and determine whether the drugs they test are effective. (2014-03-12)

Health-care practitioners must cooperate to reduce medication mismanagement, MU expert says
Medication reconciliation is a safety practice in which health care professionals review patients' medication regimens when patients transition between settings to reduce the likelihood of adverse drug effects. It is among the most complex clinical tasks required of physicians, nurses and pharmacists, who must work cooperatively to minimize discrepancies and inappropriate medication orders. Now, a nursing expert suggests that acknowledging practitioners' varying perspectives on the purpose of medication reconciliation and their roles in the process might increase implementation in health care institutions. (2012-12-10)

Research shows why we forget to take our medicine, and what we can do about it
For many people, remembering to take a daily medication can be the difference between life and death. Yet, people forget all the time. Now a landmark study from North Carolina State University has found that changes in daily behavior have a significant effect on whether we remember to take our medication -- and that these changes influence older and younger adults differently. That's good news, because it means there's something we can do about it. (2010-03-30)

Changing behavior helps patients take medication as prescribed
Researchers at the University of Missouri found that applying behavior changing strategies, such as using pill boxes or reducing the number of daily doses, can improve patients' abilities to take their medications as required. (2009-10-26)

UI Study Finds Many Physicians Withhold Pain Medication
Many physicians withhold pain medication from patients in emergency situations because of informed consent issues or because the doctors believe the drugs may affect the accuracy of their diagnoses, a University of Iowa survey found. (1999-04-09)

Could poor stomach absorption of drugs reduce autism medications' effectiveness?
Recent research has revealed that many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms and that such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications. (2014-09-02)

Study profiles HIV patients who best comply with medication schedules
Researchers found that HIV patients over the age of 50 who did not abuse drugs and who were free of cognitive impairment had the best adherence rates to antiretroviral treatment. (2003-05-23)

Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member explores medication errors
Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member Linda Flynn is conducting a study to explore the effects of nurse staffing, work environment and safety technology on the frequency of nonintercepted medication errors in 17 New Jersey hospitals. (2007-08-14)

What teens don't know about OTC medications can hurt them
Teens, who are starting to make more decisions about their own health care, may not know enough about over-the-counter pain medications to avoid complications or inadvertent misuse, according to new University of Rochester Medical Center research presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting. (2009-05-04)

Medication-related harm in older adults is common, costly, and preventable
New research indicates that harm from medicines is common in older adults following hospital discharge, and it results in substantial use of healthcare resources. (2018-05-23)

ADHD medication associated with reduced risk for motor vehicle crashes
In a study of more than 2.3 million patients in the United States with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), rates of motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) were lower when they had received their medication, according to a new article published by JAMA Psychiatry. (2017-05-10)

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