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Certain Prescription Medications

Your doctor will want to review your list of current prescription medications. Although many medications can be safely taken during pregnancy, some may increase your chance of miscarriage or cause potential harm to the fetus. Be sure to talk with your doctor about how prescription medications affect your particular medical situation.

Prescription Medications

Certain prescription medications can diminish a man's fertility. High doses of anabolic steroids often reduce sperm count. Additionally, these anabolic steroids can also lead to abnormal sperm, erectile dysfunction, and atrophy of the testicles. Prescription drugs that are known to interfere with sperm production include the antibiotics tetracycline and nitrofurantoin, the antiulcer medication cimetidine, the anticolitis medication Salazopyrin, and the antigout medication allopurinol.

Specific Issues Legal Implications

Ihe Drug Enforcement Agency licenses physicians (along with state agencies) to administer or dispense controlled substances. However, it is state law that determines most prescribing regulations. All physicians should be aware of state laws regulating controlled substances prescribed in their practice setting. For example, some states mandate reporting the use of schedule II agents, and some states limit monthly dosing. Prescribing narcotics to a known drug addict could result in restriction of the physician's medical license in some states. However, if a patient refuses to acknowledge his or her addiction, the physician cannot be held accountable unless medical records at the facility where the patient presents document the addiction. In all states it is illegal for patients to forge or alter prescriptions. In some states it is illegal for patients to use aliases or factitious illness to obtain narcotics. Further, in some states, concealing previous or recent prescriptions for...

Functionality and Limitations

The extent of solubilization of a drug will be determined by the maximum amount of CD that can be dissolved in water, the binding constant for the complex, and the intrinsic solubility of the drug. On a molar basis, a- and y-CD are approximately 7 to 14 times more soluble than p-CD at their maximum aqueous solubilities and hence have a potentially better solubilizing capacity than p-CD. a-CD has been utilized in the stabilization of prostaglandins, but it has limited application in the solubilization of therapeutic agents due to the small size of the cavity. y-CD has the best water solubility and the largest hydrophobic cavity suitable for complex-ation with hydrophobic small molecule therapeutics however, many drugs exhibit B phase solubility behaviors (Fig. 6) with y-CD, the other two parent CDs limiting the full exploitation of their solubilizing capacity. As of 2005, y-CD has not yet been incorporated into an approved pharmaceutical drug product.

Resistance and Public Health

The effects of antibiotic resistance are reflected in the agriculture, food, medical, and pharmaceutical industries. Livestock are fed about half of the antibiotics manufactured in the United States as a preventative measure, rather than in the treatment of specific diseases. Such usage has resulted in hamburger meat that contains drug-resistant and difficult-to-treat Salmonella Newport, which has led to seventeen cases of gastroenteritis including one death. Some MDR-tuberculoid strains arise because patients are reluctant to follow the six-months or more of treatment needed to effectively cure tuberculosis. If the drug regimen is not followed, less sensitive bacteria have the chance to multiply and gradually emerge into resistant strains. In other cases the shotgun method of indiscriminately prescribing taking several antibiotics runs the risk of creating super MDR-germs. Moreover, millions of antibiotic prescriptions are written by physicians each year for viral infections, against...

General Cultural Framings of Drug Abuse

Three social patternings of psychoactive drug use can be distinguished as prototypical medicinal use, customary regular use, and intermittent use. In many traditional societies some drugs or formulations have been confined to medicinal use, that is, use under the supervision of a healer to alleviate mental or physical illness or distress. For several centuries after the technique for distilling alcoholic spirits had diffused from China through the Arab world to Europe, for instance, spirits-based drinks were regarded primarily as medicines (Wasson). This way of framing drug use has been routinized in the modern state through a prescription system, with physicians writing the prescriptions and pharmacists filling them. Drugs included in the prescription system usually are forbidden for nonmedicinal use.

Computational Theory Of Vision See Visionsight Theories Of

And control, and the good scientist should avoid giving explanations to phenomena, particularly if there are unobservable entities involved. Postulation of unseen causes was regarded as a dangerous relapse into religion or metaphysical superstition. Since the time of Comte, positivists have organized the sciences hierarchically from the oldest and most basic (i.e., physics) up to the science of social planners (i.e., sociology). Comte's theory of the hierarchy of sciences states that each science is held to be reducible to the next lower level, with the overall effect that all sciences are, in principle, branches of physics (cf., Roeckelein, 1997). Comte's approach had a strong influence on the social theories of his time. He stressed that humans must rely on direct experience in a dynamic society where the aim of society (and sociology ) should be to remove the study of social factors from the influence of the theological and metaphysical stages of thought. Comte suggested that...

Extracting Epistemic Lessons from Ameliorative Psychology

Ameliorative Psychology offers a number of useful normative recommendations about how people (or at least some people) ought to reason. One of our main goals in this book is to articulate the episte-mological framework that guides these recommendations. Perhaps the most obvious feature of this normative framework is that it is not primarily a theory of epistemic justification, as understood by contemporary epistemologists. Justification is a property of belief tokens. Ameliorative Psychology does not dwell on individual belief tokens. It is in the business of telling us what are the best ways to go about (say) making tentative diagnoses of psychiatric patients (Goldberg Rule) or making judgments about a person's ability to repay a loan (credit-scoring models). Ameliorative Psychology assesses reasoning strategies. At the center of the episte-mological framework guiding the prescriptions of Ameliorative Psychology is the notion of epistemic excellence as applied to reasoning strategies.

Look Back in Ananda40 Years of Research on Cannabinoids

The Assyrians, who ruled parts of Mesopotamia for centuries, left us a legacy of clay tablets with hundreds of prescriptions, nearly all of which were based on local plants. And the Egyptian papyri are a treasure trove of many yet-uninvestigated plants used in numerous medical conditions some of which, unfortunately, have no parallel in modern diagnosis. But the most valuable ancient text is undoubtedly that of Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician in the Roman army during the first century A.D., describing about 600 medicinal plants of the Middle East. For over 18 centuries the Dioscorides Herbal was one of the most influential drug books (for an overview of these ancient sources see Mechoulam, 1986). Are there medicinal plants in these sources which, from the viewpoint of modern chemistry and pharmacology, have not been well investigated The answer was yes then and is still yes today. One of plants I decided to look into was Cannabis sativa.

A practical framework for improved reasoning

While we have not yet fully spelled out the normative framework that supports the prescriptions of Ameliorative Psychology, we have described a broadly cost-benefit approach to epistemology that takes significant truths to be a primary benefit. Even with this sketchy theoretical framework in hand, we can begin to piece together a unified approach to thinking about applied epistemology, or the ways in which people's reasoning can be improved.

Sales analyses examples

Sales analyses are generated by the marketing groups who already are presenting some sales numbers on a weekly, even daily, basis to senior management. Prescriptions are generated for products used in the retail markets distributed by community pharmacies, mostly for oral products and a few other formulations to some extent. Other channels for product distribution (e.g., hospitals, clinics, physician offices) purchase products through wholesalers or directly from a company. Sales can be reported in dollars or a combination of dollars and prescription levels. Common time periods for sales reports are monthly, quarterly, and annually. Sales projections for a new product in development are based on a likely price often similar to other marketed products for the same disease. Competitive products need to be taken into consideration, either ones already or soon to be on the market. Usually a 5-year sales forecast is desired for a new product, and a goal is to produce a blockbuster, 1...

Additional Advances In Epilepsy Treatment That Warrant Consideration

The ketogenic diet has been used with increasing frequency in the management of childhood epilepsy. Ketones are an alternative energy source for cerebral metabolism. By severely restricting glucose and increasing fat intake, ketosis can be maintained and seizure control improved. There are several concerns about an emergency department visit that warrant mention. It is necessary to maintain ketosis and, as a result, glucose infusions should be avoided if possible, and prescriptions given should have no measurable carbohydrate content. This is most easily managed by consultation with the prescribing neurologist, associated dietician, and pharmacist. Hematuria and flank pain may be due to renal calculi. Pancreatitis is an uncommon occurrence in children on the ketogenic diet.

Algorithmicheuristic Theory

Simon (1916- ), and was introduced into psychology in the early 1970s by the Israeli psychologists Amos Tversky (1937-1996) and Daniel Kah-neman (1934- ) . An example of a heuristic rule is try to solve a related problem if the proposed problem cannot immediately be solved. In this case, the set of directions is called a heuristic prescription which, when compared to algorithmic prescriptions, contain a certain amount of ambiguity and uncertainty. Classes of problems, according to this approach, may be viewed as algorithmically solvable, algorithmically unsolvable, or unknown as to algorithmical solvability. Thus, in the case of some problems, an appropriate algorithm may not exist (e.g., algorithms for proving most mathematical theorems), or an algorithm may be inefficient (e.g., an algorithm for finding the optimum move in a chess game). The practical significance of using algorithms for problem-solving tasks is that it allows children and average...

The Troubles with Standard Analytic Epistemology

The nonsocial components of our approach to epistemology have a particular structure. Epistemology begins with a descriptive core, which naturally yields various epistemic prescriptions these prescriptions are supported by the Aristotelian Principle (good reasoning tends to lead to good outcomes) and are guided by some general normative assumptions. On our view, the descriptive core of epistemology consists of the empirical findings of Ameliorative Psychology. An example of an episte-mic prescription that flows naturally from Ameliorative Psychology would be, ''Use Goldberg's Rule to make preliminary diagnoses of psychiatric patients.'' And we have argued that Strategic Reliabilism articulates the general assumptions that guide the prescriptions of Ameliorative Psychology. But there is a different way to do epistemology. For much of the past century, epistemology in the English-speaking world has employed the tools of analytic philosophy. Contemporary theories of Standard Analytic...

Postacademic Science Obstacles and Dilemmas

The new phenomenon of the independent scientific entrepreneur who often also maintains an academic appointment creates an additional ethical dilemma. Her or his role combines scientific, ethical, and financial risks. How is the responsibility of the scientist to be defined in this case How are conflicts between ethical and financial risks to be resolved Clearly, adherence to an ethos of disinterestedness is not justifiable, but no alternative professional ethos has been developed yet. When these different role prescriptions and dilemmas combine in the new postacademic hybrid culture, an ethical and bioethical void is created.

Importance for Medicine and Industry

The ability to clone a gene is not only valuable for conducting biological research. Many important pharmaceutical drugs and industrial enzymes are produced from cloned genes. For example, insulin, clotting factors, human growth hormone, cytokines (cell growth stimulants), and several anticancer drugs in use are produced from cloned genes.

How does Strategic Reliabilism handle the naturalist challenge

Many readers will quite reasonably point out that we have leveled an extremely difficult challenge to the proponent of SAE. What's more, our view faces the same challenge, and we would not claim to have fully and adequately addressed it. So what do we say about the naturalist challenge From our perspective, the Aristotelian Principle provides at least part of the motivation for bridging ''is'' (successful outcomes) and ''ought'' (how we ought to reason). At least part of the story for why the dictates of Strategic Reliabilism are normatively binding is that following the prescriptions of Strategic Reliabilism will tend over the long run to lead to better outcomes than violating those prescriptions. The appeal to the Aristotelian Principle might strike some, particularly those who are wedded to the methods of analytic philosophy, as mildly disappointing. Surely it would be more dramatic, more fitting, to claim that we have direct access to the normative domain. Surely it would be more...

Dilemmas And Controversies

The information documented in a psychotherapy record is of a different nature than routine clinical or administrative data. Whereas the latter includes history as narrated by the patient or others, observations and physical or mental examination findings by the clinician, laboratory data, treatment plans, prescriptions, and side effects, and so on, psychotherapy data are much more subjective. Furthermore, as acknowledged both by the U.S. Supreme Court in Jaffee and in the HIPAA rules, psychotherapy material is elicited in an atmosphere of privacy, trust, and complete freedom to speak one's thoughts. It may include repetitive thought patterns, dreams, fantasies, wishes, revelations of behavior that induce shame or guilt, or details of the intimate lives of the patient and other people. The psychotherapy cannot take place unless these things are addressed, and they will not be addressed unless the patient knows that whatever is spoken will not adversely affect either the patient or...

The General Clinical Record

The basic clinical record or medical record for psychotherapy is similar to that for any other medical service. Elements that frame the notation include the patient's name, the date, the duration of time spent with the patient when time is an essential part of the service code (start and stop times in some instances), the nature of the service and the service code, and the signature of the clinician. Service codes are usually drawn from the AMAs Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). The clinical substance of the note may include any or all of the following relevant history, symptoms and signs, observations and examination findings, laboratory findings, results of other tests such as CT or MRI imaging studies, standardized symptom rating scales, psychological tests, diagnosis, functional status, the treatment plan, prognosis, and progress. If the patient is receiving medications as well as psychotherapy, notations regarding prescriptions, therapeutic effects, and side effects are also...

Model Uncertainty and Model Selection

In the previous sections we have described a variety of commonly used dose-response models and given some possibilities of deriving initial parameter estimates for constructing model contrasts. We have not yet discussed the problem of selecting a model for the final analysis. This is a particularly important issue in the regulated environment of pharmaceutical drug development, since it is required to prespecify completely the statistical analysis (and thus also the dose-response model used for the final analysis) prior to the start of a study.

Successful Aging Normative Aging and Frailty

A disclaimer has traditionally been appended to the official pronouncements of recommended nutrient intakes whether they are from national or international expert panels, the prescriptions are meant to apply to 'healthy' individuals. Nutrient needs in disease conditions are considered to be a clinical matter, and are related to the pathologies in question.

Future Considerations

Nature versus nurture issues will also continue to be debated with regard to nutrient requirements, especially in later life. Of course, with the recent assembling of the genetic code, the issues of 'nutri-genomics' and 'nutrigenetics' theoretically could soon be brought to bear on understanding individual variation in needs for and tolerances of essential and nonessential nutrients and dietary bioactive substances. The significance of this potential for the already aged person is likely to be limited for two reasons. First, the accumulative effects of nutrient imbalance will already have been established. Second, the economic and intellectual wherewithal to access and execute such individualized prescriptions for nutrient intakes and dietary patterns will likely escape the majority of older persons with limited financial means. Hence, further refinements in recommended intakes for older persons are likely to remain at the level of this segment of the population as a group and will...

H A Critical Retrospective What Went Right

More is better, permitting the system to provide too much hospitalization, too many prescriptions, unneeded surgeries, and millions of unnecessary procedures because the patient so demands, it benefits the practitioner, or it quells the fear of malpractice in a litigious world. These do not add up to value. Now that health care is organized and competitive, the buyer for the first time has the opportunity to address value pricing and the clout to defend it in the legislature, the courts, and the marketplace.

J A Critical Retrospective What Are the Surprises

The failure to change practice patterns is surprising in view of the profound impact managed care has had on the health sector. All kinds of practitioner behaviors have been altered, but practice remains a fragmented system where collaboration is still essentially referral from primary care to specialty care and back again. As a nationally organized system it might be expected that managed care would seize the opportunity to make behavioral health part of primary care. A few HMOs are slowly moving in that direction, with most perpetuating a system wherein psychotherapy remains essentially specialty practice. There is one notable exception to the general lack of interest in the integration of behavioral health with primary care. The Kaiser-Permanente Health Plan, with its 4.4 million enrollees in Northern California, has announced its goal that behavioral health and primary care will be integrated into teams and co-location by 2002. In the meantime, lacking the inclusion of behavioral...

Gender Related Social Groups

Samburu social groups are highly segregated by gender. Although small children play together in mixed groups, gender segregation increases as they move toward puberty. Samburu coalesce in predominantly single-sex groups and are reluctant to mix with members of other age-gender categories. In some cases there are formal patterns of avoidance. Older girls should not mix with elders, and may literally shake with fear in their company. Lmurran have formal prescriptions (Iminong) against eating food that has been seen by women they should eat in the bush, and avoid domestic life. However, uncir-cumcized girls may mix with lmurran, though they remain separate much of the time.

How reliable are costeffectiveness studies

In the absence of sound methodological standards, many cost-effectiveness studies, to date, have been of questionable quality. The most reliable studies are based on comprehensive patient databases from third party payers, health care providers, or national or state health departments. In contrast to clinical trials, these reflect very large, unselected patient populations, with cost figures that are derived from actual bills rather than projected or estimated bills. The overall costs of patient care are most meaningful if obtained from regional or managed-care databases that reflect hospitalizations, sick leave, outpatient visits and filled prescriptions.

Hospitals and Physicians Offices

Medical records are also confidential and as such should be retrievable only by the health professionals directly responsible for patient care. Once discharged, a patient may need continuing therapy and prescription drugs for home treatment. Often, a physician prescribes medication either by supplying a written prescription or by calling a pharmacy of the patient's choice. Either of these procedures can be very time-consuming for both health care professionals and patients. In addition, the study argues that e-technologies such as the Internet can be applied to provide pre-admission and postdischarge information to patients. Providing preadmission information such as instructions on preparation for surgery over the Internet could reduce the paperwork and the number of telephone calls between health providers and patients. It could also alleviate patients' anxiety and help patients make informed decisions. Similarly, discharge instructions and prescriptions can also be made available...

Organizational Cultural and Societal Impacts

The same notion of the cultural context for acceptance of e-technology applies in major corporations. For example, if a corporation wanted to make ordering prescriptions on-line mandatory for a group of retirees, major resistance and political lobbying might be encountered because some retirees would not be ready to go on-line. They would prefer to visit their local pharmacies, gaining assurance from those whom they have trusted for years and discussing dosages and alternative prescriptions face to face. Many elderly patients also do not like having to remember a series of passwords and policy identification numbers and fear being kicked out of the system for not doing it correctly. They are also fearful of security and privacy violations, because of the many horror stories that they have heard over the years. Conversely, if the system were to be presented to newly hired school teachers, the reaction might well be different, given the group's likely experience with the Internet and...

Illustrations From Other Types Of Research Studies

To determine the magnitude of the problem nationwide, the FDA strongly encouraged all healthcare professionals to report suspected cased of cardiac valvar disease associated with fen-phen use. It was know that between 1.2-4.7 million persons had been exposed (14 million prescriptions). Obesity clinics from five states reported echocardiographic findings from 284 subjects. The prevalence of valvulopathy was a staggering 32.8 22 in those with exposures 6 months and 35 in those with longer exposures. Multiplying the number of persons exposed with the risk of valvulopathy gives a number of persons affected ranging from 130 000-500 000. These estimates, of epidemic proportions, raised several questions regarding their reliability.

Germplasmcontinuity Theory

Fact, the only behavior controllable is one's own behavior. Likewise, according to Glasser, others cannot make us do anything we really don't want to do. For all practical purposes, choice theory proposes that we choose everything we do, including the unhappiness we may feel. Other people can neither make us miserable, nor make us happy - all we can get from others, or give to them, is information. Choice theory states that we choose all of our actions and thoughts as well as, indirectly, almost all of our feelings and much of our physiology. Glasser's behavioral choice theory helps individuals to avoid confrontation by having them ask pertinent questions, and views both conscious and unconscious desires for external control as the main problem in the four major personal relationships husband-wife, teacher-student, parent-child, and manager-worker. Choice theory advances the notion that all personal problems are both present problems and relationship problems, and suggests that anyone...

The relative paucity of SPRs

Thinking about causation (chapter 9) are potentially applicable to a very wide range of reasoning problems. Second, this objection seems to assume that the epistemological theory we defend, Strategic Reliabilism, is exhausted by the practical advice offered by Ameliorative Psychology. This is a misunderstanding. Strategic Reliabilism offers a general framework that accounts for the epistemic quality of particular reasoning strategies. While Strategic Reliabilism grounds the prescriptions of Ameliorative Psychology, it is not exhausted by those prescriptions. And third, while Ameliorative Psychology might not provide as much reason-guidance as we might hope, it does provide more than the theories of Standard Analytic Epistemology. The theories of SAE are almost entirely indifferent to issues of significance and to issues of the costs and benefits of reasoning. Such theories can perhaps advise that we should only adopt justified beliefs, and they can explain in exquisite detail what...

Protein Crystal Growth 31 Objectives

Biological macromolecules such as proteins, enzymes and viruses play a key role in the complex machinery of life. They possess active sites which make them bind or interact with other molecules in a very specific manner that determines their biological function. They intervene in the regulation, reproduction and maintenance mechanisms of living organisms, and they can be the cause of diseases and disorders. Pharmaceutical drugs are molecules that inhibit the active sites of macromolecules and, in principle, are intended to affect only the targeted macromolecule.

Patterns Of Compliance

Cardiovascular disease is a chronic disorder, requiring long term treatment. Medication taking behaviour starts with the first prescription and continues for a lifetime. Prescriptions for antihypertensive and lipid lowering medications are often given to patients based on the assumption that people are reluctant to participate in lifestyle modification. Physicians seem to think that patients who will not diet and exercise to improve their health will be willing to take medication. The result is that even simple once daily medications are not taken regularly.5 When blood pressure and lipids have been maintained at target levels for a long time, patients might feel that the medication is no longer necessary. A study of elderly patients newly treated for hypertension revealed that they filled prescriptions covering only 49 of days during the first year.6 Studies of treatment persistence have shown that half of patients discontinue lipid lowering treatment within five years.7 However,...

Consumer Driven EHealth Systems

With these trends, we will be seeing some drastic changes in the way health care will be financed in the future. Many consumers are already turning to alternative modalities such as integrative medicine, preventive medicine and therapies, and e-health. One financing suggestion is that the premiums paid for health care go into a savings account until health services are rendered. Other schemes include ensuring that the services meet the requirements and expectations of the consumers and the employers based on needs and priorities. Some employers are even demanding that cost-saving services such as e-prescriptions be instituted as the norm, regardless of employee preference. The U.S. government and government-funded research agencies have been studying the financing of health care costs, legislation on security and privacy of patient records, health care technology assessment issues, challenges to the quality and safety of health care services, and managed care schemes.

Development of Stereoisomeric Drugs

In previous chapters, analytical, biological, and other scientific aspects of drug stereochemistry were described. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss pharmaceutical drug development for those drugs containing a stereogenic center, it is currently estimated that it takes approximately 12 yr to bring a new chemical entity (NCE) to regulatory clearance in the United States, at a cost (including discovery and development) averaging 231 million (1). With such a major resource commitment by the pharmaceutical industry to research and development, it is critical that NCEs be subjected to a rational development program to appropriately evaluate their safety and efficacy. The development of drugs with chiral centers presents specific challenges that must be addressed at various stages from discovery through clinical evaluation and finally to market.

Physical Activity

Similarly, the NWCR data discussed earlier show that successful weight loss maintainers are very active, reporting more than 2500kcals week of activity. This suggests that an exercise prescription of at least 200 minutes per week may be needed to improve long-term weight loss. One study compared the effect of a standard activity recommendation (1000 kcals week) versus a higher physical activity prescription (2500 kcals week, equivalent to walking 75 minutes 5 days per week) in a standard behavioral weight loss intervention. The group with the higher physical activity prescription had greater long-term weight loss at 12 months (-8.5 vs. -6.1kg) and 18 months (-6.7 vs. -4.1kg). However, even with the higher exercise prescriptions, participants still regained weight during the maintenance phase. Strategies for improving maintenance of physical activity One of the most challenging problems with physical activity in weight control programs is adherence to activity...

Chapter References

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Principles of Dietary Management of Diabetes

Developing the diabetes nutrition plan With the emphasis on individualization, the meal plan is driven by the diagnosis, pharmacologic treatment, lifestyle, and treatment goals. Important consideration is given to dietary preferences, socioeconomic factors, and the patient's ability to understand and implement instructions. Some patients will need instruction on fine points such as carbohydrate counting others will benefit from the crudest of prescriptions, such as advice to stop buying concentrated sweets or frequenting fast-food restaurants.

Description Of Behavioral Insomnia Therapies

Formal applications of behavioral interventions to insomnia were first reported in the 1950s but such treatments did not gain much popularity until the 1970s. Over the past 30 years, various behavioral insomnia therapies have been developed, tested, and, at times, modified. The nature and specific focus of these treatments has varied significantly in that some are composed of fairly formalized exercises designed primarily to address sleep-related performance anxiety and excessive bedtime arousal, whereas others include fairly regimented behavioral prescriptions designed to eliminate sleep-disruptive habits. The following discussion provides brief descriptions of the most commonly employed behavioral insomnia therapies.

Comparing the types of OTC painkillers

Acetaminophen is often sold as a prescription drug in combination with opioid medications, available only by a prescription for stronger pain. You can buy the medicine OTC in 325 milligram and 500 milligram tablets and it can be safely taken in doses up to 1,000 milligrams four times a day.

Biographies of Pharmaceuticals and Contraceptives

It has been shown repeatedly that the introduction of pharmaceuticals has had major impacts, many of them negative, in societies without a health sector that has a well-functioning and well-funded infrastructure. In El Salvador, for example, when the use of locally produced indigenous medicinals was largely replaced, due to the introduction of a commercial pharmaceutical sector, community breakdown was evident as well as individual dependence on brand name prescription medications (Ferguson, 1981). Van Der Geest and

Early Ethnographies and Surveys

Placenta is rarely random or careless. Often it is burned, or buried in a significant location. Sometimes the placenta is preserved to later create a medicine or to use in ritual practice. Early discussions of the placenta also mention methods of cutting the umbilical cord (knife, arrow, other sharp implement), preferred timing of cord-cutting (after the placenta is expelled, for instance), and means of tying the cord. Little information is available in the earliest studies regarding treatment of the mother postpartum, except to indicate that she may wash, and is often secluded for a ritualized period of time. A few societies are described as employing techniques to prevent excessive bleeding. Dietary proscriptions and prescriptions are also noted, as are sexual restrictions during the postpartum period. Approximately half the world's societies in the ethnographic record have lengthy postpartum sex taboos, sometimes encouraging abstinence for as long as two years (Whiting, 1964).

Treatment and Disposition

When drug-seeking behavior is confirmed or suspected in ED, it should be documented in the chart with careful attention to the facts. When physicians are notified by a pharmacist of forged or altered prescriptions, law enforcement authorities should be called, and physicians should cooperate with the legal investigation. Ihe prosecution of many fraudulent behaviors, such as using aliases to obtain narcotics, requires the involvement of the state bureau of investigation or a similar agency of the state. Physicians may inquire about the legal proceedings with either the hospital attorney or the police. Finally, the primary care provider or pain specialist can be contacted to establish a contract with the patient. Such contracts may include specific directions for ED treatment and usually stipulate that prescriptions will only be given by the primary care provider. Such contracts ease the burden for emergency physicians and set realistic expectations for the patient.

Toxicity of NSAIDs at Therapeutic Doses

NSAIDs are relatively safe drugs that have a number of well-documented side effects at therapeutic doses. Given the huge number of NSAID prescriptions written by emergency department physicians, it is important to be aware of common side effects. Morbidity and death from renal insufficiency and GI bleeding with chronic NSAID use far overshadow that of acute NSAID overdose. Other organ systems that may show toxicity at therapeutic doses include the central nervous system (CNS), cardiovascular, respiratory, hepatic, and dermatologic. It is generally believed that indomethacin and the long-acting agents phenylbutazone and piroxicam are responsible for a greater proportion of side effects, and that the propionic acid agents such as ibuprofen are responsible for fewer side effects.

Compliance Quality Assurance

R Prescription drug advertising and promotion The regulation of prescription drug advertising and promotion by FDA is intended to achieve two main purposes (1). ensure that the pharmaceutical industry does not promote unapproved drugs or unapproved indications of marketed products, and (2). ensure that prescribers and consumers are not misled through advertising that is false and misleading or lacks fair balance (Fig. 7.36). Every promotional advertisement or piece shown or given to prescribers (e.g., drug brochures or calendars) is submitted by the sponsor to the FDA for review. The FDA also has the authority to regulate all direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs, including both written ads and those used in the broadcast media. Unlike other compliance regulations that are written to inform a sponsor on what they should do to be in compliance, many of the regulations for drug advertising are written to tell a sponsor what they can't do. It is not the intent of the FDA...

Historical Context of Interest in Drugs

Order to protect people against the ravages of addiction, polities prohibited people from using drugs such as alcohol, opium, and cocaine altogether, and this approach doomed all subsequent efforts to use law enforcement as the principal arm for prevention of drug misuse. Furthermore, prohibition gave law enforcers license to continue policies aimed at controlling the behavior of culturally distinct groups in their respective communities. On the other hand, culturally distinctive communities had an advantage in the continued procurement, sale, and distribution of forbidden commodities, because police forces did not understand them very well. Moreover, culturally distinctive sub-communities in large cities, such as San Francisco's Chinatown, New York's Harlem, and Miami's Overtown developed reputations as places where rules of decent behavior were in suspension, and one could seek pleasures there that one could not find in

Helping the Public Get Accurate Science Based Information

Prescription Drug User Fee Act -1992, 1997, 2002 r Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act -1997 Pediatric Research Equity Act -2003 The Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 1992 (PDUFA) requires pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to pay fees for the FDA to review applications for new drugs and biologics and changes to approved drugs and biologics. The act also requires that FDA use these fees to pay for more reviewers to speed the review process. This act provides targeted periods of time for FDA to review an application and more accountability to meet these review deadlines. Today, the fee for a new drug or biologic product to be reviewed is more than 500,000, and typically the fee is raised each year. Another important provision of PUDFA in accelerating product approvals codifies some of the communications that occur between FDA and sponsors during the development of a drug to facilitate more rapid and efficient drug development and approval for example, interim NDA...

Drug related diseases

Reports on the efficacy of the combination of fenfluramine and phentermine in the treatment of obesity appeared in 1992. Dexfenfluramine, the d-isomer of fenfluramine, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. These drugs were very successful, and by 1997 approximately 14 million prescriptions had been written (although a concern was raised on their association with pulmonary hypertension). However, in July 1997, Connolly and colleagues reported a series of 24 patients who had taken the fenfluramine-phentermine combination for an average of 11 months, and found a high incidence of cardiac valve regurgitation five patients in the study need valve surgery, with findings similar to those occurring in serotonin related carcinoid syndrome (although in these patients they were left sided).15 Immediately afterwards, a series of retrospective echocardiographic studies found that the prevalence of aortic or mitral regurgitations in patients treated with these drugs...

The In Vitro Pyrogen Test Whole Blood Pyrogen Test

However, pointing to the lack of general agreement, Novitsky maintains that -glucans represent a clear case of an adulterated (i.e., contaminated product when present in an otherwise current GMP-prepared pharmaceutical drug or device and suggests differentiating and quantifying such contamination using ACC's glucan-specific LAL products. Elsewhere, he details ACC's current thinking on a particular nonendotoxin pyrogen it has been our policy to treat glucans as 'bioactive' molecules and as 'foreign substances' when present in pharmaceutical preparations (53). In the ACC technical report, Novitsky prescribes caution in moving too quickly to IPT and details perceived shortcoming on several fronts.

Normative Ethical Theories

Almost universal acceptance of the principle of moral neutrality. This principle, accepted by virtually all mainstream Anglo-American moral philosophers from the 1930s to the 1960s, asserted that the results of metaethical investigations were logically independent of normative ethics. When coupled with the original understanding of metaethics as an account of the meaning of key ethical terms, it implied that such semantic investigations were logically irrelevant to inquiries about how to live. Under the influence of this principle, normative ethics was largely abandoned by Anglo-American moral philosophers in favor of a single-minded pursuit of metaethical inquiry. And since the metaethical views most in favor during this period were various forms of noncognitivism (e.g., emotivism and prescriptivism), it was regularly asserted that normative ethics should be relegated to preachers, novelists, and other nonphilosophers. The widely accepted noncognitivist views held that there was no...

TABLE 827 Diagnosis and Treatment of Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

Hepatic Encephalopathy Hepatic encephalopathy is a complex syndrome that often accompanies acute or fulminant liver failure and frequently complicates the course and management of cirrhotics. In acute or fulminant liver failure, encephalopathy occurs in response to the metabolic insults of the disease and also cerebral edema. In chronic liver disease, fluctuating encephalopathy occurs in response to the accumulation of a variety of nitrogenous metabolic wastes normally cleared by the liver and also the prolonged effects of incompletely metabolized substances ingested such as prescription drugs and other more overt hepatotoxins such as acetominophen, NSAIDs, and alcohol.30

Pharmaceutical and Health Care Product Companies

While using e-technologies has distinct advantages for pharmaceutical companies, some disadvantages and unsafe practices are also associated with these applications. For example, Pill Box Pharmacy, a popular Internet pharmacy, allows visitors to order medications such as Viagra, Propecia, and homeopathic drugs on-line. Visitors connected to the Pill Box Pharmacy Web site can seek an on-line prescription by linking to Medical Center Net a doctor employed by that Web site approves or declines a prescription based on the customer's answers to a preset questionnaire (Weber, 1999). This practice provides potent medication prescriptions without physically evaluating patients. Pamela Gemmel, a spokesperson for Pfizer, the manufacturer of Viagra, has stated that the company does not support such on-line prescription of medication (West, 1998).

Clinical Ethics Analysis of Case

Family issues may affect Crystal's treatment decisions, such as the parents' anger, resentment, assumptions, and fear about Crystal, and the obligatory paternalism. Their family finances are sufficient currently however if her stepfather lost his job, his insurance might be lost at some point, and Crystal could lack funding for her treatment program and prescription drugs, which would be a serious maleficence for her. The present psychotherapist and adolescent psychiatric program might be unable to treat Crystal if her health insurance were to change or her stepfather were transferred out of state, or if she were to have a court-ordered incarceration.

Management Of Patients With Drugseeking Behavior

There are few controlled studies on drug-seeking behavior. Although it is known that approximately 10 percent of patients seeking treatment for drug addiction identify a prescription drug as the principal drug of abuse,20 there is no statistical documentation of the problem in the ED. The spectrum of drug-seeking patients includes those who have chronic pain and have been advised to avoid taking narcotics, the drug addict who is trying to supplement his or her habit, and the hustler who is obtaining prescription drugs to sell on the street. Patients may move from chronic pain patient to addict to hustler as their social and financial support deteriorates.

Early Identification and Screening in the Emergency Department

Similar questions can be asked for use of illegal substances. Questions about drugs should elicit the type of substance used, the frequency, the quantity (hits for crack and bags for heroin), the route, and whether drugs are used in combination with each other or with alcohol. It is also important to include an inquiry about nonmedical use of prescription drugs, since this is a common source of problems among women. If concerns about drugs and alcohol arise based on these data, it is recommended that brief intervention and referral be delayed to attend to acute medical issues before negotiating behavior change with the patient. Addressing the secondary diagnosis of alcohol and drug abuse dependency should be an integral part of an appropriate and safe discharge and follow-up plan.

Guide for Separating Food Folklore Facts from Fiction in Clinical Situations and A Practical Example

In the late 1980s, in a study examining the interaction between alcohol and felodopine (a calcium antagonist used to lower blood pressure), it was accidentally discovered that grapefruit juice, which was being used as a placebo, dramatically altered the drug's metabolism. The drug was a common one, the juice dose - about 6 ounces (180 ml) - was within the range many people drink, and the effects were large (similar to a doubling of the drug dose). Therefore, it was of potential clinical importance. Since then, more than 200 scientific papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals on the issue of drug interactions with grapefruit, confirming the original observations. By the mid-1990s, the finding had received a great deal of media coverage and the notion that grapefruit juice was dangerous for those on prescription drugs had become a subject of food folklore. This particular bit of folklore is an example of a strongly held belief for which there is some scientific evidence....

Fit Between Cognitivebehavioral Therapy And Primary Care

Primary care therapy is generally concerned with improving patients' quality of life. Cognitive-behavioral clinicians in primary care settings are armed with a multitude of empirically based strategies that are likely to promote patient welfare and increase the potency of interventions. Cognitive interventions are used in primary care settings to modify thoughts, beliefs, and underlying assumptions negatively affecting the patient's health. Cognitive-behavioral factors may negatively influence health in many ways. First, irrational beliefs may contribute to health-risk behaviors and the avoidance of health-promoting behaviors (Masters, Burish, Hollon, & Rimm, 1987). For example, a patient who does not perceive a behavior as a risk to health, fails to see the behavior as personally threatening to health, and does not see that an alternative behavior will reduce the risk is less likely to change the behavior. Second, motivation to change a behavior appears to exert a powerful influence...

Gastrooesophageal reflux disease

Everybody experiences episodes of reflux, but in 10-40 of the population of the UK this occurs frequently enough to significantly impair their quality of life. The incidence of this problem seems to be increasing, though it is hard to accurately measure just how many people are affected. What is clear is that it is a highly significant problem accounting for a large number of attendances at both primary and secondary care, and requiring a large amount of money for therapeutic measures (mainly anti-secretory agent prescriptions). There are a number of mechanisms which help to prevent GORD, including a lower oesophageal 'sphincter', the diaphragmatic crura at the hiatus, and the presence of a short segment of distal oesophagus within the abdominal compartment. Some patients with GORD have a hiatus hernia, but it must be realised that the presence of a hiatus hernia does not imply reflux (most hernias are asymptomatic for GORD), and that having reflux does not imply the presence of a...

Why offlabel use of drug should be avoided

In contrast to the drug approval process, the practice of medicine is not regulated, so healthcare professionals can prescribe drugs for unapproved uses if they believe this is in the best interests of the patient. The pharmaceutical industry takes advantage of this through indirect marketing of its drugs for unapproved indications. This so-called off-label use is common. A study of 160 commonly prescribed drugs used among office-based physicians revealed that 21 of prescriptions were off-label.2 There was little or no scientific support for most of these uses.

Hospitalized Patients

Occasionally, patients will present to the ED requesting methadone because they missed their outpatient or community program appointment. Unless the provider or clinic can be contacted and they indicate that the request is appropriate and valid, it should not be honored. Indiscriminate dispensing of methadone undermines methadone maintenance programs. Similarly, it is difficult to think of any valid rationale to prescribe methadone for outpatient use from the ED. In fact, pharmacies will generally not honor methadone prescriptions written on standard ED prescription pads. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rigidly controls how methadone is prescribed. Methadone prescriptions for detoxification programs (maximum 3 days) and maintenance therapy (longer than 3 days), can be filled only at methadone clinics sanctioned by the DEA. Reprimand and even loss of license to practice medicine has occurred for violations.

Nonprofit Status Of Health Insurance Pioneers

Because pioneer health insurance organizations had among their objectives supporting the providers of care, they designed insurance plans based on comprehensive benefits that would cover not only infrequently needed high-cost services but also many low-cost services that might be used regularly by most subscribers. The idea of comprehensive benefits was very popular with the employees whose employers were paying most, or all, of the premiums for health insurance. This popularity was supported by the post-World War II belief that economic growth could permanently keep pace with new demands. During the 1960s and 1970s, most Blue Cross Blue Shield and prepaid group practice plans covered, with little deductible or coinsurance cost to the insured, most of the costs of physician, laboratory, X-ray, emergency room, and hospital medical and surgical services. During the 1970s, insurers increasingly added coverage for prescription drugs. To keep pace,...

What Makes Interventions Conventional

Recently, the influence of the media and marketing on cultural acceptance has made advertising a powerful tool both for matters of public health policy and for improved profitability of some prescription drugs. Public health officials are making increasingly sophisticated use of the media to wage wars on smoking, drug use, and head injury. Similarly, drug companies interested in the rapid transition of new drugs into the realm of conventional therapies have shown the dramatic results of direct marketing of prescription drugs to consumers. Similarly, through the use of the Internet, direct mail, and the underwriting of workshops and conferences, some marketers of unconventional therapies for Down syndrome are plying this path toward wider acceptance.

Managing the Chronic Physical Pain

Figuring out chronic pain Going over the counter Moving to prescription drugs Trying creams Looking to exercise Melting away with heat therapy In this chapter, we tell you how to keep the pain of endometriosis under control as much as is humanly possible. We cover the different types of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and prescription drugs as well as other methods that can help you manage the pain.

History of Behavioral Theory

Kazdin traces the history of the theoretical foundations of behavior modification from Sechenov (1829-1905), through Pavlov (1849-1936), Bechterev (1857-1927), Watson (1878-1958), Thorndike (1874-1949), Guthrie (1886-1959), Tolman (1896-1961), Hull (1884-1952), Mowrer (1907-1982), to Skinner (1904-1990). Kazdin devotes all of Chapter 4 to Skinner, Chapter 7 to the emergence and evolution of applied behavior analysis, and Chapter 8 to contemporary applied behavior analysis. Kazdin's Chapter 5 traces the clinical applications of work on experimental neuroses and conditioning to human behavior. Wolpe's work on systematic desensitization beginning in South Africa and efforts by Eysenck and others in the Maudsley Group in England are chronicled. Work in the United States is also covered. Kazdin's Chapter 9 reviews cognitive behavior modification and self-control before considering ethical and legal issues in Chapter 10. The details of these events have been omitted because they are...

Anxiolytics and the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

In recent years there has been growing concern among members of the public and the medical profession regarding the problem of dependence and possible abuse of the benzodiazepines, and the recent decrease in the number of prescriptions of these drugs for the treatment of anxiety reflects this concern. And yet, despite the decline in the short-term use of benzodiazepine drugs to treat anxiety, their use as hypnotic sedatives is largely unchanged. Furthermore, their long-term use for the treatment of anxiety and or insomnia continues. Thus in the UK approximately 1.5 of the adult population have taken benzodiazepines continuously for 1 year or more, while nearly half of these have taken the drugs for at least 7 years. It has been variously estimated that approximately 0.25 million people have

Chemical Distributors Offering Excipients

Many large chemical distributors service a range of industries. They may market their products for use in cosmetics, food, or other industrial applications. Because many excipients are multifunctional, it is not unreasonable to assume that the same ingredient, albeit a different grade, marketed to the food or cosmetic industry may also be marketed to a pharmaceutical drug maker. At this point, it is important to consider the level of service that will be offered by such a distributor, as well as the integrity of the grades offered. In other words, if a large distributor is offering many grades of the same ingredient Food Chemical Codex (FCC), or food-grade United States Pharmacopoeia National Formulary (USP NF) or pharmaceutical grade, etc. and they are engaging in any further processing of the excipient such as analytical testing or repacking, it is important to determine whether the original excipient is manufactured according to IPEC GMP guidelines, and not just tested to meet the...

Health Care Issues

Increase is driven by changes to two factors (1) utilization of services and products and (2) medical prices. The percentage contribution of these two factors varies annually. Each factor contributed about 50 to the growth in NHE from 2000 to 2002. Utilization is comprised of usage (e.g., number of visits or products), new technologies, and the mix of services. Figure 1.1 demonstrates that the income sources for the U.S.A. health dollar were private health insurance (36 ), major government programs (33 , that is, Medicare, 17 , Medicaid, 16 ), other public income, (13 ), out-of-pocket payments by patients (14 ), and other private sources (5 ) in 2002. Other public resources include worker's compensation, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, Indian Health Service, state and local subsidies, school health, and state children's health insurance program (SCHIP), a Medicaid supplement. SCHIP covered 19.8 of all children in the USA in 1998 for physician, emergency room, and...

Special Situations

The only way to lose weight and keep weight off is to combine a healthful nutrition program ( diet ) with regular physical activity. Prescription medications for weight loss may be considered in moderately overweight or obese people with weight-related health problems. Use of these medications does not eliminate the need for healthful nutrition and activity or behavior modification strategies. Medical supervision is essential because there are potential risks, in addition to benefits.


Pharmaceutical excipients have no official regulatory status independent of the finished dosage form in which they are used. As a result, the mechanism for regulation of these ingredients is uncertain and variable. For excipients found in OTC drug products regulated under the FDA's OTC monograph system, the agency operates under a set of proposed rules (still pending) that provide the general considerations for acceptable excipients and their functions. For prescription drugs (as well as any OTC drugs approved pursuant to a new drug application), excipients are reviewed as a part of the drug application, and not given any independent review. While in theory the FDA examines every ingredient in a new drug application, in practice, excipients long used in drugs or as food ingredients are given only cursory review. The FDA looks to several sources to identify these previously reviewed excipients, including food additive or food GRAS status, favorable review by JECFA, inclusion in the USP...

Myths about oxygen

Oxygen was discovered by Joseph Priestley in 1777 and has become one of the most commonly used drugs in medical practice. Yet it is poorly prescribed by most medical staff. In 2000 we carried out two surveys of oxygen therapy. The first looked at oxygen prescriptions in postoperative patients in a large district general hospital. It found that there were several dozen ways used to prescribe oxygen and that the prescriptions were rarely followed. The second surveyed 50 medical and nursing staff working on a medical admissions, coronary care, and respiratory unit of another district hospital. They were asked questions about oxygen masks and the concentration of oxygen delivered by each mask. They were also asked which mask was most appropriate for a range of clinical situations and how much oxygen may be given to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The answers were very revealing

Nut Rient composition

Grapefruit contains a chemical that can alter intestinal absorption of some medications and lead to higher than normal blood levels of some drugs and potential problems. Individuals who take prescription medications and who frequently drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit should notify their health care practitioners.

Contributing Factors

Water is lost through a variety of avenues, including urine, feces, breath, and sweat. In illness or disease, excessive diuresis, diarrhea, and or vomiting are the main pathways of water loss. During exercise or heat exposure, sweating is the primary mechanism for dehydration. Significant water loss may be stimulated by cold- or altitude-induced diuresis. Additionally, some prescription drugs and over-the-counter herbal products have diuretic effects that exacerbate water loss. Under normal conditions, the body regulates its water contents tightly over a 24-h period (approximately 200 ml) however, over short periods, water loss can significantly exceed water gain (Figure 3).


At the moment, only about 20 percent of the world's population receives 80 percent of the costly medical procedures and prescription drugs that advances in science and technology have made available. Globalization promises to close this gap and to extend these new discoveries to the underserved 80 percent. For e-consumers, global e-health networks can provide access to on-line consultations with qualified caregivers twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week the potential for emergency assistance and the portability of insurance coverage from one country to another. Other possibilities include e-prescription and e-claim services, instant messaging capabilities, realtime e-health information queries and retrievals, and on-line directory assistance.

Sleep Restriction

Which a record of each night's sleep is kept. After the insomnia sufferer has maintained a sleep record for 2 to 3 weeks, the average total sleep time (ATST) is calculated from the information recorded. Subsequently an initial time-in-bed (TIB) prescription may either be set at the ATST or at a value equal to the ATST plus an amount of time that is deemed to represent normal nocturnal wake-fulness. However, unless there is persuasive evidence to suggest the individual has an unusually low sleep requirement, the initial TIB prescription is seldom set below 5 hours per night. Subsequently, the TIB prescription is increased by 15 to 20 minute increments following weeks the insomnia sufferer, on average, is sleeping greater than 85 or 90 of the TIB and continues to report daytime sleepiness. Conversely TIB is usually reduced by similar increments following weeks wherein the individual, on average, sleeps less that 80 of the time spent in bed. Since TIB adjustments are usually necessary,...

Relapse Prevention

Returning to old, unhealthy habits and to develop specific plans to manage these high-risk situations. For example, parties might be a high-risk situation for overeating. The person might develop a plan of action that involves healthy eating before going to the party to reduce hunger and standing or sitting in areas that are away from tempting foods. Relapse prevention programs also often include a discussion of the distinction between lapses and relapse. People often engage in all-or-nothing thinking so that when they deviate from the behavioral prescriptions of the program, they feel as though they have failed, resulting in loss of motivation and returning to old habits.

Trends in EHRs

Among the oldest surviving examples of medical data recording are papyri from ancient Egypt containing details of surgery and prescriptions. Those involved in the art and science of healing and treatment have always needed to pass on the details of successful procedures or medications either in writing or through an oral tradition. As medicine has evolved, this need has continued along two avenues the need for structured data in order to derive conclusions (that is, use of objective measures and quantitative means) and the need for narrative data (that is, application of more interpretive and qualitative approaches). In Doctors' Stories, Kathryn Montgomery Hunter (1993) notes the need to value and listen to the patient's side of the story. She suggests that when physicians have a working knowledge of life histories and a sense of medical narrative that can accommodate the experience of illness, they are better able to provide good medical care, especially for those they cannot quickly...

Purposes of EHRs

Moreover, it is anticipated that there is an increasing need to demonstrate e-clinical competence by drawing attention to preventive measures, possibly recording these items in a separate part of the EHRs system. Screening procedures are often performed because of an e-clinician's order rather than at the request of the e-patient. Prompting mechanisms from within the EHRs structure can greatly enhance the likelihood of these procedures being appropriately scheduled. The paper trail often used in mainstream health care systems has not been very successful, so EHRs can have a competitive advantage. As we have indicated, EHRs have the potential to reduce the risks of adverse medication interactions by capturing information on all current prescriptions and therapies, including data from complementary and alternative medical practitioners. EHRs will also aid in storing and retrieving data relating to future health care needs. Although local systems can anticipate future health requirements...

Food Crops Storage

This article describes various factors to be considered during the storage of fresh fruits and vegetables and some supplemental methods used with cold storage. Space limitations preclude detailed prescriptions of storage for specific crops. This information is available in other publications (1-4).

Change in Habits

The use of illicit drugs or prescription drugs that lower the threshold. Examples are neuroleptic agents, lindane (Kwell), theophylline, phencyclidene (PCP), LSD, cyclosporine, isoniazid, meperidine, tricyclic antidepressants, stimulants, and certain anesthetic agents (e.g., ethrane).


Radical whole-tradition communitarianism results in the most radical prescriptions, since it nullifies all rights claims and counsels a return to separate communities to work out a shared ethic. As we have seen, most communitarians have far more subtle prescriptions for facilitating the kind of public deliberation that they seek.

Aspirin and Heparin

You are probably familiar with aspirin as an over-the-counter medication that has traditionally been used to relieve minor pain and fever. In recent years, aspirin has become well known for its blood-thinning properties. Heparin is a prescription medication that has long been used to thin out the blood and prevent the formation of blood clots.


Dyspnea. ' ' - With programs that have included education about dyspnea self-management strategies coupled with some type of exercise and reinforcing phone calls, a decrease was found in dyspnea with laboratory exercise sessions, a decrease in dyspnea with ADL was found after additional supervised exercise, and a decrease in dyspnea with ADL was found with with a home walking prescription.113 Recent programs for patients with COPD that have provided self-management education, action plans, and prescriptions for antibiotics and steroids coupled with home visits, a limited exercise program, and regularly scheduled follow-up phone calls120'131-133 reported significant reductions in healthcare utilization compared to usual care groups. This decrease in healthcare utilization could be presumed to mirror a reduction in symptoms, however, which component of these multi-treatment programs had the primary effect on the outcomes is unknown.


Animal with its young on the same day for the pain of the animals under such circumstances is very great.'' Such a concern not to cause animals pain* is reflected in the various prescriptions regarding killing of animals for food. In the Jewish tradition, meat eating is regarded as giving in to human weakness in this light, animals must be spared pain when they are slaughtered. Only a properly qualified slaughterer is permitted to engage in such an activity he is to be a pious and sensitive person. The knife used must be sharp and clean without imperfections so that animals are slaughtered as painlessly as possible the act of slaughter should render the animal senseless. Although arguably more humane methods of slaughter have been introduced in the modern world involving prestunning (see TRANSPORTATION AND SLAUGHTER), this ancient practice was intended to cause as little suffering as possible. Such concern about animal welfare is reflected in a variety of incidents in which the rabbis...


Supervision is a distinct professional activity in which education and training aimed at developing science-informed practice are facilitated through a collaborative interpersonal process. It involves observation, evaluation, feedback, the facilitation of supervisee self-assessment, and the acquisition of knowledge and skills by instruction, modeling, and mutual problem solving. In addition, by building on the recognition of the strengths and talents of the supervisee, supervision encourages self-efficacy. Supervision ensures that clinical consultation is conducted in a competent manner in which ethical standards, legal prescriptions, and professional practices are used to promote and protect the welfare of the client, the profession, and society at large p. 3 .


The World Health Organization estimates that 15 of all clinically recognizable pregnancies end in abortion. Of these, 50-60 are due to chromosomal abnormalities. In addition, 3-6 of all offspring are malformed. The causes of these malformations can be divided into three categories unknown, genetic, and environmental. Environmental causes only account for 10 of all congenital malformations and can be further divided into maternal conditions, infectious agents, mechanical problems (deformations), and chemicals (including prescription drugs and high-dose ionizing radiation). Chemical environmental causes include consumption during pregnancy of the teratogenic agents discussed later. These account for less than 1 of all congenital malformations but are important in that the exposures to these chemicals may be preventable.


At this time I became further involved when an elderly patient died of digoxin toxicity. It was clear that this was due to her having two medicine bottles of digoxin at home and taking them simultaneously. She was also enrolled in a study, a fact I confirmed with the sponsoring pharmaceutical company. I was horrified to find that Dr Fairhurst had altered, in his handwriting, hospital consultants' letters and entries in her medical records made by myself. The effect of these alterations was to change the medical record to make the patient eligible for inclusion into his study. I knew that the alterations had no basis in fact as I had been seeing her regularly until a few months previously. The study involved two medicines that were available on prescription. To complete the deception and to avoid having to get patient consent or arouse suspicion, the study medicine packs were being discarded and NHS prescriptions issued for their equivalents.

Mild Analgesics

In addition to the above categories, many other prescription drugs may have psychoactive effects, even if doctors, pharmacologists, and manufacturers don't recognize them. Sometimes these effects show up in many patients who take a drug, sometimes in only a few. If you begin a course of prescription drug treatment and experience sleepiness, depression, highs, unusual dreams, or other mental changes you cannot account for, the drug may be responsible. To prove it, you would have to stop the drug and, after an interval, start it again to see if there is a relationship between it and the symptoms.

Ethical Standards

Facilitate the professional and scientific development of their employees, supervisees, students, and trainees by ensuring that these persons understand the values and ethical prescriptions of the discipline, and by providing or arranging for adequate working conditions, timely evaluations, and constructive consultation and experience opportunities.


Consistent with the FDA's mission to protect the public's health, the agency has regulatory authority over the advertising and promotion of prescription drugs (Fig. 7.25). The intent is to ensure that promotions of drug and biologic products to prescribers and or consumers are truthful, do not exaggerate the benefits, and fairly present the risks of the products. There are written regulations on what can and cannot be presented in advertising materials. It is a regulatory requirement that sponsors submit all their promotional materials to the FDA for review at the time of dissemination or publication.


In daily practice, after the physician determines the diagnosis and selects an appropriate treatment, the burden of achieving a good outcome is shifted to the patient. Depending on the setting, patients might be left to accomplish this important task of self management with little guidance. Both physicians and patients need to understand that key factors affecting outcome are compliance (that is, attempting to take the medication each day as prescribed) and persistence (that is, continuing to take the medication long term).1 We know that the current treatment style does not work well because national surveys continue to demonstrate that only 23 of people with diagnosed hypertension have blood pressure measurements within the target range. Why is effectiveness so low The diagnoses and prescribed treatments probably are appropriate. The patients heard the diagnosis and received the prescriptions. Why were the prescriptions not filled, or refilled Why were doses not taken daily or long...

Ethanol Withdrawal

Significant liver disease.12 The initial dose is 2 mg IV, followed by doses of 2 to 4 mg IV every 15 to 30 min until light sedation is attained. At the same time, 1 L of 5 dextrose in normal saline solution with 100 mg of thiamine and 4 g of magnesium sulfate is given IV over 1 to 2 h. Although magnesium has not been shown to be effective against ethanol withdrawal in general, hypomagnesemia has been closely associated with tremor in alcoholics and may play a role in the genesis of seizures. An alternative primary drug is phenobarbital, starting with a dose of 260 mg administered intravenously over 15 min, followed by doses of 130 mg every 30 to 45 min as needed. Phenobarbital has a relatively long half-life, 24 to 96 h, obviating the need for outpatient prescriptions if the patient is discharged. 13 Clinicians should approach treatment of alcohol withdrawal prepared to administer lorazepam (or phenobarbital) repeatedly and in cumulatively large doses. There is no evidence that...


Prioritization of other life-sustaining activities, such as finding food or shelter, may interfere with compliance with medical regimens or follow-up despite the intention to do so.14 Money may be unavailable for prescriptions. Even hospital-dispensed medications may be traded for cash or other items perceived as more essential, depending on the patient's level of despair and how well the patient understands the consequences of forgoing treatment. Some items necessary for treatment, such as insulin syringes or other medications, are valuable for illicit use and are at risk of theft. Agents such as insulin may lose their efficacy and safety when stored improperly. It may be impossible to refrigerate medications. A regular dosing medication schedule is complicated by a lifestyle devoid of daily routines.


Sulfonylureas stimulate the b-islet cells of the pancreas to release insulin through inhibition of potassium channels and changes in membrane potential. 7 First-generation sulfonylureas, such as chlorpropamide, reduce hepatic clearance of insulin and have active metabolites. These agents are renally excreted, complicating glycemic control in diabetics with intrinsic renal disease. Second-generation sulfonylureas, such as glyburide and glipizide, have half-lives that exceed 24 h and are therefore associated with frequent episodes of hypoglycemia. Sulfonylureas represent about 1 percent of all prescriptions in the United States and are


We predict that plants will be the premier expression system for diagnostic and therapeutic compounds. Plant expression systems have the potential to be as abundant tomorrow as prescription drugs are today. We foresee that molecular farming will provide a basket full of novel medicines for the diseases of the 21st century, just as plants were the source of medicine in Aztec, Mayan, Egyptian, and Greek times.

Medical History

The medical history for nutritional assessment is no different from a general medical history, in which familial and past and present environmental factors and their possible association with specific diseases or disease risk are considered. For the purpose of nutritional assessment, this information will be used to determine if any nutritional finding or complaint may be caused by an underlying medical condition, particularly one that remains unrecognized at the time of the examination. Additionally, specific medical conditions and their current status are important factors altering nutrient requirements and dietary prescriptions.