Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics (J Clin Pharm Therapeut)

Publisher: Wiley

Journal description

The Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics has become established among pharmacists in various disciplines and areas of specialization as a forum for the communication of significant developments in clinical and hospital pharmacy. Its scope embraces: the manufacture, quality control and formulation of medicines; drug information services; pharmacokinetics; radiopharmacy; organisation and management of the hospital pharmacy; drug distribution systems including unit dose systems; clinical pharmacy education; all other aspects of clinical pharmacy.


Journal Impact: 2.13*

*This value is calculated using ResearchGate data and is based on average citation counts from work published in this journal. The data used in the calculation may not be exhaustive.

Journal impact history

2016 Journal impact Available summer 2017
2015 Journal impact 2.13
2014 Journal impact 2.18
2013 Journal impact 2.15
2012 Journal impact 2.12
2011 Journal impact 2.20
2010 Journal impact 1.30
2009 Journal impact 0.91
2008 Journal impact 2.48
2007 Journal impact 1.33
2006 Journal impact 1.83
2005 Journal impact 1.76
2004 Journal impact 1.50
2003 Journal impact 1.10
2002 Journal impact 0.61

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Cited half-life 7.20
Immediacy index 0.38
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.50
Website Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics website
Other titles Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics (Online), Journal of clinical pharmacy & therapeutics
ISSN 1365-2710
OCLC 45469824
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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  • L. Ge · Y-f. Wang · J-h. Tian · [...] · K-h. Yang
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and Objective Research has indicated that some Chinese herb injections (CHIs) might be beneficial in combination with chemotherapy, including remedies that might be used as effective chemosensitizers and radiosensitizers, or as palliative therapy. Here, we carried out a network meta-analysis to assess the clinical efficacy and safety of CHIs combined with oxaliplatin, 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin (FOLFOX) for advanced colorectal cancer (CRC). Methods PubMed, EMBASE.com, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (CBM), Wanfang Database and Chinese Journal Full-text Database were searched from inception to 31 December 2014, to identify relevant randomized controlled trails (RCTs). The risk of bias in included RCTs was evaluated according to the Cochrane Handbook version 5.1.0. Standard pairwise meta-analysis and Bayesian network meta-analysis were performed to compare the efficacy and safety of different CHIs combined with FOLFOX. Data were analysed using STATA 12.0 and WinBUGS1.4 software. Results and discussionWe identified 63 eligible studies (with 4837 patients in total), involving 9 CHIs. Pairwise meta-analysis showed that compared with FOLFOX alone, combinations with Aidi injection and compound matrine injection could significantly improve the overall response rate and quality of life and reduce the incidence of nausea and vomiting (III-IV), diarrhoea (III-IV), thrombocytopenia (III-IV), leukopenia (III-IV) and peripheral neurotoxicity (III-IV). According to results of indirect comparison, there were no statistically significant differences for most of comparison groups. Aidi+FOLFOX, shenqifuzheng+FOLFOX and compound matrine+FOLFOX had the greatest probability of being the best treatment in clinical efficacy and safety, considering the small sample size. What is new and Conclusions Most of the included studies were of low quality, and there was a scarcity of eligible trials and numbers of participants. Based on currently limited evidence, aidi, shenqifuzheng and compound matrine were superior to other CHIs in patients receiving FOLFOX chemotherapy for advanced CRC. More studies are required to confirm the efficacy of CHIs in combination with FOLFOX for advanced CRC.
    Article · Aug 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Use of disinfectants, such as alcohol prep pads, for test site preparation have demonstrated alterations in glucose readings. One case report details an overestimation of blood glucose (BG) readings when using Chemstrip bG and Visidex reagent test strips after cleaning test site with povidone-iodine swabs CASE SUMMARY: We present a case of a clinically relevant probable drug-device interaction between topical iodine and a point-of-care glucometer in a 28 year old pregnant woman of Chinese descent. In this case, the use of 10% povidone-iodine solution on the testing site before lancing likely resulted in variable and inaccurate BG readings, which was not reproduced when the patient used hand washing instead of iodine. What is new and conclusion: Our report expands on this prior knowledge by demonstrating that such an alteration associated with iodine can occur with modern electrochemical glucometers. In patients that have aberrant or variable BG readings, providers should investigate for improper testing technique.
    Article · Aug 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health. One of the most important factors leading to the emergence of resistant bacteria is overuse of antibiotics. The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between antimicrobial usage and bacterial resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) over a 10-year period in the Clinical Center Niš, one of the biggest tertiary care hospitals in Serbia. We focused on possible relationships between the consumption of carbapenems and beta-lactam antibiotics and the rates of resistance of P. aeruginosa to carbapenems. Methods: We recorded utilization of antibiotics expressed as defined daily doses per 100 bed days (DBD). Bacterial resistance was reported as the percentage of resistant isolates (percentage of all resistant and intermediate resistant strains) among all tested isolates. Results and discussion: A significant increasing trend in resistance was seen in imipenem (P < 0·05, Spearman ρ = 0·758) and meropenem (P < 0·05, ρ = 0·745). We found a significant correlation between aminoglycoside consumption and resistance to amikacin (P < 0·01, Pearson r = 0·837) and gentamicin (P < 0·01, Pearson r = 0·827). The correlation between the consumption of carbapenems and resistance to imipenem in P. aeruginosa shows significance (P < 0·01, Pearson r = 0·795), whereas resistance to meropenem showed a trend towards significance (P > 0·05, Pearson r = 0·607). We found a very good correlation between the use of all beta-lactam and P. aeruginosa resistance to carbapenems (P < 0·01, Pearson r = 0·847 for imipenem and P < 0·05, Pearson r = 0·668 for meropenem). What is new and conclusion: Our data demonstrated a significant increase in antimicrobial resistance to carbapenems, significant correlations between the consumption of antibiotics, especially carbapenems and beta-lactams, and rates of antimicrobial resistance of P. aeruginosa to imipenem and meropenem.
    Article · Aug 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • J Nakagawa · K Terui · K Hosoi · [...] · M Hayakari
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: We measured the levels of irinotecan and its active metabolite, SN-38, in human milk after the administration of irinotecan to assess the potential risks when women treated with irinotecan nurse their infants. Case summary: Human milk was collected for 6 days starting on the day after irinotecan was administered. The levels of irinotecan and SN-38 in human milk were measured using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Irinotecan was detected on Days 2 and 3 but not after Day 4. A strong signal indicating the presence of SN-38 was detected on Day 2 and the signal was readily detected until Day 7, indicating that SN-38 remained in human milk. What is new and conclusion: Intravenously administered CPT-11 continues to pass into human milk over a prolonged period in the form of its active metabolite, SN-38. The relationship between administration of CPT-11 and SN-38 exposure and toxicity is still not well defined, so patients should avoid nursing their infants while they are being treated with CPT-11.
    Article · Aug 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Antithrombotics for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) are reportedly underutilised. Since the burden of care lies within general practice, attention must be paid to identifying and addressing practice gaps in this setting. The objective of this study was to determine the contemporary utilisation of antithrombotic therapy for stroke prevention in AF within Australian general practice (GP). Methods: Data pertaining to AF patients’ (aged ≥65 years) were collected from GP surgeries in New South Wales, Australia, using purpose-designed data collection forms; extracted data comprised patients’ medical histories, current pharmacotherapy, and relevant characteristics. Results and Discussion: Data pertaining to 393 patients (mean age 78·0 ± 7·0 years) were reviewed. Overall, most (98·5%) patients received antithrombotic therapy. Among the 387 patients using antithrombotics, most (94·1%) received mono-therapy. “Warfarin ± antiplatelet” was most frequently used (81·7%); 77·5% used “warfarin” as a monotherapy, followed by “dabigatran ± clopidogrel” (11·6%), “aspirin” (5·9%) and “clopidogrel” alone (0·8%). High stroke risk and low bleeding risk were associated with increased use of “warfarin ± antiplatelet” therapy. Older patients (≥80 years) were more likely to receive ‘nil therapy’ (P = 0·04), and less likely to receive dual and triple antithrombotic therapy. Conclusion: We found an encouraging improvement compared to previous studies in the utilisation of antithrombotic therapy for stroke prevention in AF within general practice. Warfarin is now utilised as the mainstay therapy, followed by aspirin, although the novel oral anticoagulants are entering the spectrum of therapies used. Consideration needs to be given to the potential impact of the newer agents and their scope of use.
    Article · Aug 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Interferon-free (IFN-free) therapies for hepatitis C virus (HCV) have been developed to provide more effective, tolerable and safer therapeutic strategies. To date, no network meta-analysis (NMA) evaluating the safety profile of these regimens has been performed. This systematic review and NMA aimed to evaluate safety outcomes of IFN-free treatment options for chronic hepatitis C. Methods: A systematic review was performed according to PRISMA and Cochrane recommendations. A literature search was conducted in PubMed/Medline, Scopus, Cochrane Library, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts and Web of Science electronic databases and included only randomized clinical trials that provided safety outcomes of interest of evaluated second-generation direct-acting antivirals: incidence of any adverse events (AEs) and serious AE. NMA allowed estimating probability for the relative safety of the interventions. A consistency model was used to draw conclusions about relative safety of treatments, presented as odds ratio (OR) and corresponding 95% credible interval (CrI). Results: Fifty-one clinical trials were included (13 089 participants). Most participants had hepatitis C genotype 1 virus (76%) and were treated for 12 weeks. Two NMAs were built to investigate the incidence of AEs and serious AEs, comparing 13 and 10 IFN-free treatment options, respectively. For the outcome incidence of AEs, few significant differences were observed, which were explained by the presence of RBV. Elbasvir with grazoprevir and placebo were both safer than ombitasvir in combination with paritaprevir, ritonavir, daclatasvir plus RBV [ORs with 95% Crl of 4·09 (1·17-14·09) and 2·40 (1·19-4·77), respectively] and sofosbuvir with RBV [ORs with 95% Crl of 0·22 (0·07-0·72) and 2·69 (1·53-4·80), respectively]. Furthermore, elbasvir with grazoprevir was safer than sofosbuvir used with velpatasvir and RBV [OR 0·19 (95% CrI 0·03-0·98)]; ombitasvir in combination with paritaprevir, ritonavir, daclatasvir was safer than the same therapy but combined with RBV [OR 2·14 (95% CrI 1·09-4·44)]; and sofosbuvir used with velpatasvir was safer than sofosbuvir with RBV [OR 2·07 (95% CrI 1·13-3·79)]. Elbasvir with grazoprevir (50%) followed by placebo (28%) had the highest probabilities of less AEs. No significant differences were observed for serious AE outcomes. What is new and conclusion: This meta-analysis included a large number of therapies. Small differences were observed in any AEs, but not in serious AEs.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • W Tan · J Sun · L Zhou · [...] · X Wu
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Bisphosphonates are the first-line medications for treating osteoporosis. The aim of our prospective study was to compare the efficacy of zoledronate with that of alendronate in women with post-menopausal osteoporosis based on the evaluations of bone mineral density (BMD) and serum levels of biochemical markers of bone remodelling. Methods: Chinese women with post-menopausal osteoporosis were randomly assigned to the zoledronate (n = 52) or alendronate (n = 53) group, and were treated with 5 mg zoledronate intravenously once per year and 70 mg alendronate orally once per week, respectively. During a 3-year follow-up period, the lumbar spine, femoral neck and total hip were examined using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry every 12 months to assess BMD, and the serum levels of amino-terminal propeptide of type I procollagen (P1NP) and carboxy-terminal cross-linked telopeptides of type 1 collagen (CTX) were measured to evaluate bone formation and resorption, respectively. Results and discussion: Greater increases in BMD occurred in the zoledronate group over the 3-year follow-up period, with increases in BMD of 41·3%, 13·5% and 20·0% at the lumbar spine, femoral neck and total hip, respectively, compared with 16·9%, 5·88% and 8·93% in the alendronate group, respectively (P < 0·05 for all). At the 3-year follow-up, P1NP and β-CTX levels were reduced by 42·1% and 50·5% in the zoledronate group, respectively, whereas the levels of each were reduced by 19·5% and 19·4% in the alendronate group, respectively (P < 0·05 for all). What is new and conclusions: Once yearly zoledronate administered intravenously was more efficacious for improving BMD and reducing the serum levels of P1NP and β-CTX in Chinese women with post-menopausal osteoporosis than alendronate administered orally once per week. The incidence of adverse events after the second and third zoledronate treatments was substantially lower than that in the alendronate group, suggesting a substantially lower risk of adverse events with long-term use of zoledronate in Chinese women, compared with that of alendronate use.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Immune destruction and decreased platelet production are major components of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) pathogenesis. The aim of this study was to critically evaluate the role of combination therapy in relapsed/refractory ITP and the concept of medication tapering/discontinuation. Comment: Although a number of combination regimens have been reported, little is published on combining immunosuppression with thrombopoietin receptor agonists (TPO-RAs). We report a case of refractory ITP successfully treated with combination immunosuppression added to eltrombopag. An aggressive combination approach resulted in complete remission and allowed for stepwise drug tapering. What is new and conclusion: Combination immunosuppression can potentiate the effect of TPO-RAs. This mechanistically reasonable strategy could result in a more rapid response than the more popular, sequential, single-agent strategy. Stepwise tapering can be successfully implemented. Comparing sequential single-agent therapy with early combination approach warrants a more extensive study.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The two most common methods for monitoring unfractionated heparin (UFH) infusion are the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) and the antifactor Xa heparin assay (anti-Xa). The purpose of this study is to compare the performance of an aPTT protocol vs. an anti-Xa protocol in adult patients as defined by the time to reach therapeutic range, the percentage of time the values were within the goal range and the number of times laboratory monitoring was conducted. We then analysed the discordance between paired values of anti-Xa and aPTT. This was a single-centre prospective cohort pilot study conducted from 1 September 2013 to 31 May 2014. Eighty-five patients were treated with UFH infusion, aPTT monitoring (n = 48), anti-Xa monitoring (n = 37). The number of times aPTT and anti-Xa values were ordered was (median, IQR) 14 (2–34) vs 7 (2–76); P = 0·23. The time to reach therapeutic range in hours was (mean, SD) 22 (20) aPTT vs 15 (13) anti-Xa; P = 0·08. Therapeutic range (>50–100% of the time) was achieved in only 5 (10%) patients in the aPTT group vs. 21 (57%) in the anti-Xa group; P < 0·01. Supratherapeutic values (>50–100%) were observed in 38 (78%) patients in the aPTT group vs. 14 (38%) in the anti-Xa group; P < 0·01. The discordance between aPTT and anti-Xa was evaluated using 234 paired values from 37 patients. There was discordance between anti-Xa and aPTT values 57% of the time. Two patients had bleeding complications requiring blood transfusion or discontinuation of post-pilot protocol. Utilizing an anti-Xa protocol to monitor heparin infusion showed favourable results compared with utilizing an aPTT protocol by maintaining values within the therapeutic goal range. The most common discordant pattern in our study was a disproportionate prolongation of aPTT to anti-Xa values. Patients with discordant values presenting with high aPTT to normal anti-Xa values may have an increased risk of bleeding complications.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Hypertension is a leading cause of death and major contributor to heart attacks, strokes, heart and kidney failure. Antihypertensive (HTN medication) non-adherence contributes to uncontrolled hypertension. Effective initiatives to improve uncontrolled hypertension include a team-based approach with home blood pressure (BP) monitoring. Our study objective was to evaluate whether objectively measured medication adherence was influenced by home BP telemonitoring and pharmacist management. Methods: We analysed HTN medication adherence in 240 patients who received home BP telemonitoring and pharmacist intervention (TI). Adherence was measured based on prescription fills and the proportion of days covered (PDC). HTN medications continued pre- to post-baseline were similar for telemonitoring intervention (TI) and usual care (UC) patients (rate ratio = 1·00, P = 0·90). Results and discussion: More HTN medications were discontinued pre- to post-baseline in TI patients (rate ratio = 1·38, P = 0·04). Similarly, more HTN medications were added in TI patients (rate ratio = 2·46, P < 0·001). The proportion with a mean PDC ≥ 0·8 for HTN medications added after baseline and overall adherence did not differ between groups. What is new and conclusion: Medication adherence was high in both groups; however, medication adherence was not significantly altered by the intervention. There were more medication modifications and greater medication intensification among TI patients.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Unexplained thrombocytopenia is a common clinical problem, and the possibility of drug-induced thrombocytopenia must be considered. Moreover, chemotherapy agents are known to typically cause thrombocytopenia by suppressing haematopoiesis, but they can also cause immune thrombocytopenia in which the mechanism involves antibody-mediated platelet destruction. Case description: We report a case of severe thrombocytopenia related to trastuzumab administration in which the patient exhibits a slow drift downward in platelet counts with repeated cycles of trastuzumab. A 70-year-old woman received a diagnosis of breast cancer and was treated with trastuzumab. She was confirmed to have a severe trastuzumab-induced thrombocytopenia after the 4th cycle. Retreatment with trastuzumab was not attempted. What is new and conclusion: Considering that trastuzumab is being increasingly used and that severe thrombocytopenia is a potentially life-threatening complication, its association must be seriously considered.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: This study aimed to compare the ability of statin monotherapy (ST group), omega-3 fatty acid monotherapy (OM_A group) and combination therapy with omega-3 fatty acids and a statin (OM_S group), to reduce triglyceride (TG) levels in patients with hypertriglyceridaemia. Methods: In this retrospective cohort study, we extracted data from the electronic medical records of patients initially prescribed either a statin or omega-3 fatty acids between January, 2009 and December, 2013. We performed a comparative analysis of the change in cholesterol levels between baseline and an average of 3 months later. Results and discussion: Data were extracted for 2071 patients. The average daily eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) ethyl ester and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) ethyl ester intake was 1689 mg, and 79-86% of the OM_A and OM_S groups were prescribed two omega-3 fatty acid capsules. At a baseline TG level of between 200 and 500 mg/dL, TG levels were reduced by 16 ± 2·8% in the ST group, 28 ± 2·8% in the OM_A group and 29 ± 2·3% in the OM_S group (P = 0·001 for ST group vs. OM_A and OM_S groups), with no difference between the OM_A and OM_S groups. At a baseline TG level ≥500 mg/dL, there was no difference in TG level reduction between the three groups (54 ± 7·3%, 55·8 ± 3·5% and 51·8 ± 6·8%, respectively, P = 0·851). What is new and conclusion: Although omega-3 fatty acids are not considered the primary medication for hypertriglyceridaemia, the prescription of omega-3 fatty acids is justifiable if reduction in TG levels is judged to be necessary.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Hypersensitivity to triazoles is a rare occurrence and cross-reactivity between agents is unknown. We present a successful voriconazole challenge in a patient allergic to fluconazole and itraconazole. Case summary: A 41-year-old immunocompetent male with coccidioidomycosis developed fever, eosinophilia and maculopapular rash from fluconazole. Switching to itraconazole resulted in worsening of the rash and skin sloughing over 25% of his body. He was given an oral-graded challenge of voriconazole which he tolerated without incident. What is new and conclusion: This is the first report of a lack of cross-reactivity between itraconazole and voriconazole.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Metamizole was withdrawn from the market in the United States and several European countries following reports of fatal agranulocytosis among users, but is still available in many countries in Europe, South America and Asia. Over the past several decades, a number of epidemiologic studies have been conducted to quantify the risk of agranulocytosis and other adverse effects associated with metamizole and other non-narcotic analgesics. The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review of the safety of metamizole. Methods: Epidemiologic studies published between 1 January 1980 and 15 December 2014 were identified through systematic searches of PubMed and Google Scholar; the reference sections of selected articles were also reviewed to identify potentially relevant studies. Studies included in this review focused on the safety of metamizole, that is on outcomes such as haematologic abnormalities, gastrointestinal bleeding, anaphylaxis and hepatotoxicity. Two study investigators independently reviewed the abstracts and articles to determine relevant studies according to prespecified criteria. Results and discussion: A total of 22 articles met the criteria for evaluation. The majority of studies that evaluated agranulocytosis indicated an increased risk associated with metamizole, with relative risk (RR) estimates ranging from 1·5 (95% CI, 0·8-2·7) to 40·2 (95% CI, 14·7-113·3). Findings of three case-control studies do not suggest an association between metamizole and aplastic anaemia. Of the five case-control studies that evaluated the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, four found a statistically significant increased risk associated with metamizole (RR estimates ranging from 1·4 to 2·7). There is insufficient evidence to determine whether metamizole increases the risk of other outcomes (e.g. hepatic effects, anaphylaxis, congenital anomalies). Few studies evaluated the effects of dose, route of administration or duration of therapy. What is new and conclusion: Published studies reported differences in the magnitude of risk of adverse outcomes associated with metamizole use and often had small sample sizes and a number of other limitations that may have biased the results. Further research is needed to better quantify the potential risks associated with metamizole compared to other non-narcotic analgesics.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Rhabdomyolysis is a severe potential adverse drug reaction of statin therapy. We report a case of rhabdomyolysis due to drug-drug interaction (DDI) between atorvastatin and fluconazole and review the literature. Case summary: A 70-year-old woman received atorvastatin for hyperlipidaemia without any problem for 4 years. When intravenous fluconazole was added for treating a fungal infection, rhabdomyolysis developed 2 weeks later. Removal of atorvastatin led to the resolution of her rhabdomyolysis. What is new and conclusion: Our case demonstrates that in some subjects even a moderate CYP3A4 inhibitor such as fluconazole may lead to rhabdomyolysis in subjects receiving a statin.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • H. Qu · M. Guo · N. Kou · [...] · D.-z. Shi
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objectives: Choosing an alternative statin is recommended when managing statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS) and new hydrophilic statins are often suggested. We report on a case of statin-associated muscle damage that was successfully managed by simplifying the patient's combination therapy with simvastatin-ezetimibe to simvastatin alone. Case summary: The patient experienced SAMS when he was successively treated with atorvastatin, rosuvastatin, Xuezhikang capsule and combined simvastatin/ezetimibe therapy. However, the patient tolerated simvastatin therapy well even at a dose of 40 mg/day. What is new and conclusion: Our case suggests that patients with SAMS who are intolerant to a wide variety of statins may be successfully managed with simvastatin monotherapy.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: What is known and objective: Thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) enzyme is an important component in the metabolism of azathioprine (AZA). Its mutation may lead to AZA-induced toxicity. The dysfunctional genetic variant TPMT *3C is of low frequency among Asians. Moreover, AZA-induced toxicity still occurs in some patients with normal TPMT activity. This suggests that additional factors, including other genetic variants, may contribute to such toxicity. Recent studies described a strong association between a variant of the NUDT15, a gene that mediates the hydrolysis of some nucleoside diphosphate derivatives, and thiopurine-related myelosuppression in Asians. We report the first case of a Chinese patient with AZA-induced severe toxicity with no clinically significant TPMT variant but with the NUDT15 c.415C>T allele. Case summary: A 40-year-old Chinese patient with PBC-AIH overlap syndrome had been receiving for one month, azathioprine (50 mg/day) and methylprednisolone (24 mg/day) based on his TPMT*3C wild-type genotype. The patient developed serious myelosuppression and hair loss. AZA was stopped, and the patient was given liver-protective drugs and supportive treatment. TPMT and NUDT15 gene sequencing suggests that NUDT15 c.415C>T mutation was the likely cause of the adverse reaction. What is new and conclusion: NUDT15 c.415C>T may be another predictor of AZA-induced leukocytopenia. If further well-controlled studies validate this association with sufficient predictive power, NUDT15 and TPMT genotyping before starting AZA treatment may become appropriate.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • X. Tan · X. Feng · J. Chang · [...] · D. Leslie
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To assess oral antidiabetic drug use and associated health outcomes in American non-elderly adults with cancer A retrospective study was conducted by analysing the Marketscan® Commercial Claims and Encounters Database from 2008 to 2009. Individuals 18–64 years with concomitant diagnoses of cancer (breast, prostate, colon or lung) and type 2 diabetes, and treated with oral antidiabetic medications were included. Medication adherence was assessed using the Medication Possession Ratio (MPR); logistic regression was used to analyse factors associated with non-adherence. Adherence was compared between patients with cancer and non-cancer controls matched by propensity scores. Negative binomial regression was utilized to examine the effect of antidiabetic drug adherence on all-cause hospitalizations and emergency room visits. The impact of adherence on total medical costs was then evaluated using the generalized linear model (GLM) with the log-link function and gamma error distribution. Of 1918 diabetic, cancer patients who newly initiated oral diabetic drugs, only 37·6% were adherent to oral diabetic medications; a similar proportion of adherence was found in the non-cancer control population (35·8%, P = 0·24). Younger age, living in the southern region, using combination therapy vs. monotherapy, and using retail pharmacy vs. mail order pharmacy were significantly associated with non-adherence in patients with cancer. Adherence to oral antidiabetic drugs was associated with 24% fewer all-cause hospitalizations (P = 0·02). We identified high prevalence of non-adherence to oral antidiabetic medications as well as negative consequences associated with non-adherence, among patients with cancer. These findings may underscore the importance of developing relevant intervention strategies for improving diabetes management and treatment outcomes among cancer patients with diabetes.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics