Drugs Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Drugs is the definitive journal of drugs and therapeutics. It provides essential information required by all healthcare practitioners, teachers and researchers through independent and objective evaluations of drugs and their place in patient management. A comprehensive program of single agent drug reviews, drug class reviews and comparative reviews makes Drugs an essential Library title and an invaluable teaching tool. Drugs provides you with all the important and most current information on drug use to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Current impact factor: 4.34

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 4.343
2013 Impact Factor 4.133
2012 Impact Factor 4.633
2011 Impact Factor 4.226
2010 Impact Factor 3.738
2009 Impact Factor 4.732
2008 Impact Factor 4.128
2007 Impact Factor 3.726
2006 Impact Factor 4.472
2005 Impact Factor 4.466
2004 Impact Factor 4.412
2003 Impact Factor 4.611
2002 Impact Factor 5.368
2001 Impact Factor 4.442
2000 Impact Factor 3.966
1999 Impact Factor 4.15
1998 Impact Factor 3.19
1997 Impact Factor 3.282
1996 Impact Factor 4.153
1995 Impact Factor 3.903
1994 Impact Factor 4.327
1993 Impact Factor 3.877
1992 Impact Factor 2.279

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Additional details

5-year impact 4.10
Cited half-life 9.20
Immediacy index 1.01
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.20
Website Drugs website
Other titles Drugs (Basel, Switzerland), Drugs
ISSN 0012-6667
OCLC 1566990
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    ABSTRACT: Adalimumab (Humira(®)) is a fully human monoclonal antibody against tumour necrosis factor (TNF), formulated for subcutaneous administration. It is well established in the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis and has recently received approval in the EU for the treatment of severe chronic plaque psoriasis in children and adolescents from 4 years of age. In a phase III trial in paediatric patients, a significantly greater proportion of patients receiving adalimumab 0.8 mg/kg (to a maximum of 40 mg) every other week (eow) achieved a ≥75 % improvement from baseline in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index than those receiving methotrexate after 16 weeks of treatment. In adults, well-designed randomized clinical trials demonstrated that adalimumab 40 mg eow effectively reduced the signs and symptoms of psoriasis and improved dermatology-specific and general measures of health-related quality of life, with these benefits sustained during long-term treatment. Adalimumab was generally well tolerated, compared with placebo or methotrexate, during clinical trials in paediatric and adult patients with chronic plaque psoriasis. Thus, adalimumab remains an important treatment strategy in adults with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis and provides a promising new systemic treatment option for children and adolescents from 4 years of age with severe psoriasis.
    Drugs 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0503-x
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    ABSTRACT: Idarucizumab (Praxbind(®)) is a fully humanized, monoclonal antibody fragment developed by Boehringer Ingelheim as a specific antidote to reverse the anticoagulant effect of the direct oral thrombin inhibitor dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa(®)). Idarucizumab received its first global approval, in the USA, in October 2015 for use in adult patients treated with dabigatran etexilate when rapid reversal of its anticoagulant effects is required for emergency surgery/urgent procedures or in life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding. Regulatory applications have been submitted in Canada and in the EU, where it has received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of idarucizumab leading to this first approval for reversing the anticoagulant effects of dabigatran in adults.
    Drugs 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0508-5
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    ABSTRACT: Edoxaban (Lixiana(®), Savaysa(®)) is an oral, direct factor Xa inhibitor which has recently been approved for use in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) [collectively, venous thromboembolism (VTE)] and for the prevention of recurrent VTE. This article reviews the pharmacological properties of edoxaban as well as its tolerability and therapeutic efficacy in the treatment and prevention of recurrent VTE events. As demonstrated in the pivotal Hokusai-VTE phase III trial, once-daily edoxaban after initial treatment with heparin was non-inferior to standard therapy with heparin/warfarin in preventing recurrent VTE events and was associated with a significantly lower risk of clinically relevant bleeding than the traditional therapy. Edoxaban shares the advantages of other direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) over traditional therapies, including the lack of requirement for routine coagulation monitoring, a rapid onset and offset of action, and few drug-drug interactions. It offers the convenience of once-daily dosing, can be taken without regard to food and allows for a dose reduction in patients with certain clinical features, such as moderate renal impairment or low body weight. In conclusion, edoxaban represents an effective and potentially safer alternative to traditional vitamin K antagonist therapy for the treatment and prevention of recurrent VTE. Its recent approval expands the range of DOAC agents for recurrent VTE, further facilitating treatment individualization.
    Drugs 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0495-6
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    ABSTRACT: Nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel (Abraxane(®)) [hereafter referred to as nab-paclitaxel] is a taxane developed to avoid some of the toxicities associated with solvent-bound (sb) paclitaxel. Nab-paclitaxel, in combination with carboplatin, is indicated for the first-line treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in patients who are not candidates for curative surgery and/or radiation therapy. This article summarizes pharmacological, efficacy and tolerability data relevant to the use of nab-paclitaxel in this indication. Compared with sb-paclitaxel plus carboplatin, nab-paclitaxel plus carboplatin significantly improved the objective response rate (ORR), but did not prolong progression-free survival or overall survival (OS), in the overall population of patients with advanced NSCLC in a multinational phase III trial. The nab-paclitaxel regimen also provided benefit over the sb-paclitaxel regimen in certain patient subgroups, including patients with squamous cell histology (in terms of ORR) and patients who were elderly (in terms of OS). Nab-paclitaxel plus carboplatin had a manageable tolerability profile with some benefits over sb-paclitaxel plus carboplatin, including lower rates of grade ≥3 neutropenia, peripheral neuropathy, arthralgia and myalgia, although was associated with more grade ≥3 anaemia and thrombocytopenia. Given its efficacy and tolerability, intravenous nab-paclitaxel plus carboplatin is a valuable first-line treatment option for patients with advanced NSCLC.
    Drugs 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0484-9
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    ABSTRACT: Evogliptin (Suganon™) is an orally bioavailable, selective dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4; CD26 antigen) inhibitor being developed by Dong-A ST for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. DPP-4 inhibitors control glucose levels by preventing the breakdown of the incretin hormones glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which stimulate insulin secretion in response to the increased levels of glucose in the period following meals. In October 2015, evogliptin received its first global approval in South Korea for blood glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of evogliptin leading to this first approval for type 2 diabetes mellitus.
    Drugs 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0496-5
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    ABSTRACT: Cariprazine (Vraylar™) is an oral atypical antipsychotic originated by Gedeon Richter. It is a potent dopamine D3 and D2 receptor partial agonist, which preferentially binds to the D3 receptor. Cariprazine also has partial agonist activity at serotonin 5-HT1A receptors. In September 2015, cariprazine received its first global approval in the USA for the treatment of schizophrenia and for the acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder. It is also in development in a variety of countries for the treatment of schizophrenia with predominant negative symptoms (phase III), as adjunctive therapy for major depressive disorder (phase II/III) and for the treatment of bipolar depression (phase II). This article summarizes the milestones in the development of cariprazine leading to this first approval for schizophrenia and manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0494-7
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    ABSTRACT: Nivolumab (Opdivo(®); Nivolumab BMS™) was the first programmed death (PD)-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor to be approved for use in advanced, squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) following prior chemotherapy. In the pivotal CheckMate 017 trial, intravenous nivolumab 3 mg/kg every 2 weeks was associated with significantly better overall survival and progression-free survival and a significantly higher overall response rate than intravenous docetaxel in the second-line treatment of advanced, squamous NSCLC. Nivolumab was also better tolerated than docetaxel in CheckMate 017, and its adverse event profile (which included immune-mediated adverse events) was manageable. In conclusion, nivolumab represents an important advance in previously-treated, advanced, squamous NSCLC.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0492-9
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    ABSTRACT: Omarigliptin [Marizev(®) (Japan)] is a small-molecule dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor developed by Merck for the oral treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Unlike the majority of other approved agents of its class, which are usually administered once daily, omarigliptin can be administered once weekly. Once-weekly omarigliptin has received its first global approval in this indication in Japan, for use in adults. Phase III clinical development of the product is underway in several other countries. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of omarigliptin leading to this first approval for the treatment of T2DM.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0493-8
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    ABSTRACT: The intrathecal drug-delivery system (IDDS) is one mode of infusing analgesic medications directly into the cerebrospinal fluid in close proximity to their site of action. This modality has been employed in patients with refractory pain either due to malignant or non-malignant causes for over 30 years. Unfortunately, and despite the number of years it has been in use, there is still a scarcity of rigorous evidence to guide its integration into clinical practice. Current best evidence is inconclusive as to the comparative effectiveness and harms of the IDDS relative to routine medical care of patients. There are far more systematic reviews than high-quality primary comparative studies of the IDDS vs. conventional pain treatment. Existing clinical practice recommendations are best viewed as expert opinion with competing interests. This article will review the existing literature for indications, contraindications, consensus statements, different technologies, and complications of the IDDS. Although approved analgesics for IDDS delivery are limited to morphine and ziconotide, many other analgesics, alone or in combination, are routinely used in this setting. This review will also focus on the pharmacology, clinical efficacy, and safety of intrathecal medications extensively used in clinical practice; including agents approved, unapproved, and under development.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0471-1
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    ABSTRACT: Vilazodone (Viibryd(®)) exhibits the combined properties of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and a serotonin 5-HT1A receptor partial agonist, and is approved in the US for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults. In four randomized, double-blind, clinical trials, oral vilazodone 20 or 40 mg once daily for 8 or 10 weeks reduced from baseline (improved) the Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) total score significantly more than placebo in adult patients with MDD. In these trials, significantly greater reductions in MADRS total score with vilazodone compared with placebo were seen from either week 1, week 2 (two trials) or week 6. In a noncomparative study, MADRS total scores continued to improve throughout therapy for up to 1 year. Vilazodone was generally well tolerated, with the most common treatment-emergent adverse events being mild or moderate diarrhoea, nausea and headache. Vilazodone had only limited adverse effects on sexual function or bodyweight. Therefore, vilazodone is an effective agent for treating MDD in adults.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0490-y
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    ABSTRACT: Thrombocytopenia (platelet count <150 × 10(9)/L) often complicates chronic liver disease, impeding optimal management of these patients. The prevalence of this manifestation ranges from 6 % among non-cirrhotic patients with chronic liver disease to 70 % among patients with liver cirrhosis. It has also been shown that the severity of liver disease is associated with both prevalence and level of thrombocytopenia. Its development is often multifactorial, although thrombopoietin is thought to be a major factor. The discovery of and ability to clone thrombopoietin led to new treatment opportunities for this clinical manifestation. This review discusses data on the three most important thrombopoietin receptor agonists: eltrombopag, avatrombopag, and romiplostim. Currently, only eltrombopag is approved for usage among patients with thrombocytopenia and chronic hepatitis C virus infection in order to initiate and maintain interferon-based antiviral treatment. Nevertheless, the optimal management of hematologic abnormalities among patients with chronic liver disease, and its risk for bleeding complications, is still a matter of discussion. Thrombocytopenia definitely contributes to hemostatic defects but is often counterbalanced by the enhanced presence of procoagulant factors. Therefore, a thorough assessment of the patient's risk for thrombotic events is essential when the use of thrombopoietin receptor agonists is considered among patients with chronic liver disease and thrombocytopenia.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0480-0
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    ABSTRACT: Laparoscopic surgery is widespread, and an increasing number of surgeries are performed laparoscopically. Early pain after laparoscopy can be similar or even more severe than that after open surgery. Thus, proactive pain management should be provided. Pain after laparoscopic surgery is derived from multiple origins; therefore, a single agent is seldom sufficient. Pain is most effectively controlled by a multimodal, preventive analgesia approach, such as combining opioids with non-opioid analgesics and local anaesthetics. Wound and port site local anaesthetic injections decrease abdominal wall pain by 1-1.5 units on a 0-10 pain scale. Inflammatory pain and shoulder pain can be controlled by NSAIDs or corticosteroids. In some patient groups, adjuvant drugs, ketamine and α2-adrenergic agonists can be helpful, but evidence on gabapentinoids is conflicting. In the present review, the types of pain that need to be taken into account while planning pain management protocols and the wide range of analgesic options that have been assessed in laparoscopic surgery are critically assessed. Recommendations to the clinician will be made regarding how to manage acute pain and how to prevent persistent postoperative pain. It is important to identify patients at the highest risk for severe and prolonged post-operative pain, and to have a proactive strategy in place for these individuals.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0482-y
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    ABSTRACT: The last three decades have witnessed significant advances in the development of immunosuppressive medications used in kidney transplantation leading to a remarkable gain in short-term graft function and outcomes. Despite these major breakthroughs, improvements in long-term outcomes lag behind due to a stalemate between drug-related nephrotoxicity and chronic rejection typically due to donor-specific antibodies. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) have been shown to modulate the alloimmune response and can exert suppressive activity preventing allograft rejection in kidney transplantation. Currently available immunosuppressive agents impact Tregs in the alloimmune milieu with some of these interactions being deleterious to the allograft while others may be beneficial. Variable effects are seen with common antibody induction agents such that basiliximab, an IL-2 receptor blocker, decreases Tregs while lymphocyte depleting agents such as antithymocyte globulin increase Tregs. Calcineurin inhibitors, a mainstay of maintenance immunosuppression since the mid-1980s, seem to suppress Tregs while mammalian targets of rapamycin (less commonly used in maintenance regimens) expand Tregs. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of Treg biology in transplantation, identify in more detail the interactions between commonly used immunosuppressive agents and Tregs in kidney transplantation and lastly describe future directions in the use of Tregs themselves as therapy for tolerance induction.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0487-6
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    ABSTRACT: Axitinib (Inlyta(®)) is a potent, selective inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-1, -2 and -3. This article reviews the clinical efficacy and tolerability of axitinib in patients with previously-treated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), as well as summarizing its pharmacological properties. Axitinib was effective in the second-line treatment of advanced RCC, according to the results of the pivotal, phase III AXIS trial. Median progression-free survival (PFS) was significantly prolonged with axitinib versus sorafenib (primary endpoint; independent review committee assessment); this PFS benefit was seen in patients who had received prior treatment with cytokines or sunitinib. The objective response rate was also significantly higher with axitinib than with sorafenib, with no significant between-group difference in median overall survival. Axitinib had a manageable tolerability profile in the AXIS trial, with the most commonly reported treatment-related adverse events including diarrhoea, hypertension, fatigue, decreased appetite, nausea, dysphonia, hand-foot syndrome and hypothyroidism. In conclusion, axitinib is an important option in previously-treated patients with advanced RCC.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0483-x
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    ABSTRACT: Methotrexate is the most common disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Current evidence supports its efficacy in the treatment of RA, resulting in improved short-term disease control and long-term outcomes in terms of radiographic progression. Oral methotrexate has traditionally been used first-line due to various reasons, including ease of administration, low cost and easy availability. A methotrexate dose of >15 mg/week is generally required for disease control but oral methotrexate may be only partially effective or poorly tolerated in some patients. The rationale for using subcutaneous (SC) methotrexate is based on its improved bioavailability at higher doses and better tolerability in some patients who have side effects when receiving oral methotrexate. Current guidance advocates 'treating to target', with the aim of inducing remission in RA patients. In some patients, this can be achieved using methotrexate alone or in combination with other traditional DMARDs. Patients who have not responded to two DMARDs, including methotrexate, are eligible for biological therapy as per current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance in the UK. Biological treatments are expensive and using SC methotrexate can improve disease control in RA patients, thus potentially avoiding or delaying the requirement for future biological treatment.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0486-7
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    ABSTRACT: As a consequence of disparities in access to and utilization of preventative healthcare, the incidence and death rates from cervical cancer remain substantial in the face of indisputable evidence that screening saves lives. While disparities persist, there will be an urgent need for research into the treatment of advanced forms of this disease. In this review, we explore the evolution of the treatment of metastatic, recurrent, and persistent cervical cancer from cytotoxic agents to targeted therapy. We discuss why targeted therapies are unlikely to produce sustained responses alone but may be more successful in combination with immunotherapies. We also provide a rationale for the potential next phase in treatment of this challenging disease-combined therapy with antiangiogenic agents and immune checkpoint inhibitors. In doing so, we highlight recent paradigm shifts within cancer therapeutics, including the shift in focus from the tumor cell itself to the tumor microenvironment, and from stimulating the immune system to inhibiting the inhibitors of an adequate immune response.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0481-z
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    ABSTRACT: Rolapitant (Varubi™) is an orally active neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist developed by TESARO and approved in the USA for use in combination with other antiemetic agents for the prevention of delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in adults. Unlike other approved agents in this class, rolapitant does not interact with cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzyme CYP3A4. It also has a long elimination half-life which means that a single dose could prevent CINV during the entire at-risk period (0-120 h). An intravenous formulation of rolapitant is under clinical development in the USA. Phase II development of rolapitant in postoperative nausea and vomiting, and cough appears to have been discontinued. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of rolapitant leading to the first approval for the prevention of CINV.
    Drugs 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0485-8
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    ABSTRACT: Genentech (a subsidiary of Roche) and Exelixis are developing cobimetinib, an orally available small molecule, for the treatment of various cancers, including malignant melanoma and breast cancer. Cobimetinib inhibits the MEK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) component of the MAPK/ERK signalling pathway, which is frequently over-activated in human tumours. The product has been approved in Switzerland in combination with vemurafenib for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic BRAF V600 mutation-positive melanoma, and is under regulatory review for the same indication in several countries, including the USA and the EU. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of cobimetinib leading to this first approval for unresectable or metastatic BRAF V600 mutation-positive melanoma melanoma.
    Drugs 10/2015; 75(15). DOI:10.1007/s40265-015-0477-8