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The identity card shall be shown by the prisoner of war upon demand 30mg nifedipine fast delivery, but may in no case be taken away from him order 20 mg nifedipine free shipping. No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind. Prisoners of war who, owing to their physical or mental condition, are unable to state their identity, shall be handed over to the medical service. The identity of such prisoners shall be established by all possible means, subject to the provisions of the preceding paragraph. The questioning of prisoners of war shall be carried out in a language which they understand. Effects and articles used for their clothing or feeding shall likewise remain in their possession, even if such effects and articles belong to their regulation military equipment. The Detaining Power shall supply such documents to prisoners of war who possess none. Badges of rank and nationality, decorations and articles having above all a personal or sentimental value may not be taken from prisoners of war. Sums of money carried by prisoners of war may not be taken away from them except by order of an officer, and after the amount and particulars of the owner have been recorded in a special register and an itemized receipt has been given, legibly inscribed with the name, rank and unit of the person issuing the said receipt. Sums in the currency of the Detaining Power,or which are changed into such currency at the prisoner’s request, shall be placed to the credit of the prisoner’s account as provided in Article 64. The Detaining Power may withdraw articles of value from prisoners of war only for reasons of security; when such articles are withdrawn,the procedure laid down for sums of money impounded shall apply. Such objects, likewise the sums taken away in any currency other than that of the Detaining Power and the conversion of which has not been asked for by the owners, shall be kept in the custody of the Detaining Power and shall be returned in their initial shape to prisoners of war at the end of their captivity. Only those prisoners of war who, owing to wounds or sickness, would run greater risks by being evacuated than by remaining where they are, may be temporarily kept back in a danger zone. Prisoners of war shall not be unnecessarily exposed to danger while awaiting evacuation from a fighting zone. The Detaining Power shall supply prisoners of war who are being evacuated with sufficient food and potable water, and with the necessary clothing and medical attention. If prisoners of war must, during evacuation, pass through transit camps, their stay in such camps shall be as brief as possible. It may impose on them the obligation of not leaving, movement beyond certain limits, the camp where they are interned, or if the said camp is fenced in, of not going outside its perimeter. Subject to the provisions of the present Convention relative to penal and disciplinary sanctions, prisoners of war may not be held in close confinement except where necessary to safeguard their health and then only during the continuation of the circumstances which make such confinement necessary. Prisoners of war may be partially or wholly released on parole or promise, in so far as is allowed by the laws of the Power on which they depend. Such measures shall be taken particularly in cases where this may contribute to the improvement of their state of health. Upon the outbreak of hostilities, each Party to the conflict shall notify the adverse Party of the laws and regulations allowing or forbidding its own nationals to accept liberty on parole or promise. Prisoners of war who are paroled or who have given their promise in conformity with the laws and regulations so notified, are bound on their personal honour scrupulously to fulfil, both towards the Power on which they depend and towards the Power which has captured them, the engagements of their paroles or promises. In such cases, the Power on which they depend is bound neither to require nor to accept from them any service incompatible with the parole or promise given. Except in particular cases which are justified by the interest of the prisoners themselves, they shall not be interned in penitentiaries. Prisoners of war interned in unhealthy areas, or where the climate is injurious for them,shall be removed as soon as possible to a more favourable climate. The Detaining Power shall assemble prisoners of war in camps or camp compounds according to their nationality, language and customs, provided that such prisoners shall not be separated from prisoners of war belonging to the armed forces with which they were serving at the time of their capture, except with their consent. Prisoners of war shall have shelters against air bombardment and other hazards of war, to the same extent as the local civilian population. With the exception of those engaged in the protection of their quarters against the aforesaid hazards, they may enter such shelters as soon as possible after the giving of the alarm. Any other protective measure taken in favour of the population shall also apply to them. Detaining Powers shall give the Powers concerned, through the intermediary of the Protecting Powers, all useful information regarding the geographical location of prisoner of war camps. The said conditions shall make allowance for the habits and customs of the prisoners and shall in no case be prejudicial to their health. The foregoing provisions shall apply in particular to the dormitories of prisoners of war as regards both total surface and minimum cubic space, and the general installations, bedding and blankets. The premises provided for the use of prisoners of war individually or collectively, shall be entirely protected from dampness and adequately heated and lighted, in particular between dusk and lights out. In any camps in which women prisoners of war, as well as men, are accommodated,separate dormitories shall be provided for them. The Detaining Power shall supply prisoners of war who work with such additional rations as are necessary for the labour on which they are employed. Prisoners of war shall, as far as possible, be associated with the preparation of their meals; they may be employed for that purpose in the kitchens. Furthermore, they shall be given the means of preparing, themselves, the additional food in their possession. Uniforms of enemy armed forces captured by the Detaining Power should, if suitable for the climate, be made available to clothe prisoners of war. In addition, prisoners of war who work shall receive appropriate clothing, wherever the nature of the work demands. The profits made by camp canteens shall be used for the benefit of the prisoners; a special fund shall be created for this purpose. The prisoners’ representative shall have the right to collaborate in the management of the canteen and of this fund. When a camp is closed down, the credit balance of the special fund shall be handed to an international welfare organization, to be employed for the benefit of prisoners of war of the same nationality as those who have contributed to the fund. In case of a general repatriation, such profits shall be kept by the Detaining Power, subject to any agreement to the contrary between the Powers concerned. Prisoners of war shall have for their use, day and night, conveniences which conform to the rules of hygiene and are maintained in a constant state of cleanliness. In any camps in which women prisoners of war are accommodated, separate conveniences shall be provided for them. Also, apart from the baths and showers with which the camps shall be furnished, prisoners of war shall be provided with sufficient water and soap for their personal toilet and for washing their personal laundry; the necessary installations, facilities and time shall be granted them for that purpose.

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For those with congenital syphilis nifedipine 20mg for sale, treatment should Special Considerations be undertaken as described in the congenital syphilis section in this document 20mg nifedipine with visa. Those with acquired latent syphilis should Penicillin Allergy be evaluated for sexual abuse (e. Persons who receive a diagnosis of latent syphilis tetracycline (500 mg orally four times daily), each for 28 days. Clinical experience suggests that an interval of have not been defined; treatment decisions should be discussed 10–14 days between doses of benzathine penicillin for latent in consultation with a specialist. Persons with a penicillin syphilis might be acceptable before restarting the sequence of allergy whose compliance with therapy or follow-up cannot injections (i. Skin testing for penicillin allergy might be useful that an interval of 7–9 days between doses, if feasible, might in some circumstances in which the reagents and expertise are be more optimal (420–422). Missed doses are not acceptable available to perform the test adequately (see Management of for pregnant women receiving therapy for latent syphilis (423). Guidelines for all forms of syphilis, even in the absence of clinical neurologic findings. Special Considerations If compliance with therapy can be ensured, the following Penicillin Allergy alternative regimen might be considered. Providers should ask patients about known allergies to Alternative Regimen penicillin. Leukocyte count is a sensitive test results and delayed appearance of seroreactivity have also measure of the effectiveness of therapy. The magnitude of these risks is Penicillin Allergy not defined precisely, but is likely small. Careful follow-up after therapy cephalosporins is negligible (428–431) (see Management is essential. The use of antiretroviral therapy as per current of Persons Who Have a History of Penicillin Allergy). Other regimens have not been adequately Recommended Regimen evaluated for treatment of neurosyphilis. Persons with penicillin allergy whose the recommended benzathine penicillin treatment regimen compliance with therapy or follow-up cannot be ensured for primary and secondary syphilis. Certain studies have demonstrated that among only in conjunction with close serologic and clinical follow-up. Recommended Regimen for Late Latent Syphilis Follow-Up Benzathine penicillin G, at weekly doses of 2. In these circumstances, the need for additional therapy should be performed and treatment administered accordingly. Even after retreatment, serologic titers Management of Sex Partners might fail to decline. Special Considerations Syphilis During Pregnancy Penicillin Allergy All women should be screened serologically for syphilis early The efficacy of alternative nonpenicillin regimens in in pregnancy (106). Antepartum be ensured should be desensitized and treated with penicillin screening by nontreponemal antibody testing is typical, but (See Management of Persons Who Have a History of treponemal antibody testing is being used in some settings. Any woman who has a fetal death after 20 weeks’ Follow Up gestation should be tested for syphilis. For women with a history of obstetric attention after treatment if they notice any fever, adequately treated syphilis who do not have ongoing risk, contractions, or decrease in fetal movements. Women without a history a rare complication of treatment, but concern for this of treatment should be staged and treated accordingly with a complication should not delay necessary treatment. If the woman is at low risk for syphilis, • Missed doses are not acceptable for pregnant women lacks signs or symptoms of primary syphilis, has a partner receiving therapy for late latent syphilis (423). Pregnant with no clinical or serologic evidence of syphilis, and is likely women who miss any dose of therapy must repeat the full to follow up, repeat serologic testing within 4 weeks can be course of therapy. If follow-up is not possible, women without a history of treated syphilis should be treated according to the Coordinated prenatal care and treatment are vital. Serologic titers can be checked Treatment monthly in women at high risk for reinfection or in geographic Penicillin G is the only known effective antimicrobial for areas in which the prevalence of syphilis is high. Providers preventing maternal transmission to the fetus and treating fetal should ensure that the clinical and antibody responses are infection (443). Evidence is insufficient to determine optimal, appropriate for the patient’s stage of disease, although most recommended penicillin regimens (444). Inadequate maternal treatment is Recommended Regimen likely if delivery occurs within 30 days of therapy, clinical signs Pregnant women should be treated with the penicillin regimen of infection are present at delivery, or the maternal antibody appropriate for their stage of infection. Management of Sex Partners Other Management Considerations See Syphilis, Management of Sex Partners. For women who have primary, secondary, or early latent syphilis, a second dose of Penicillin Allergy benzathine penicillin 2. Pregnant women who • When syphilis is diagnosed during the second half of have a history of penicillin allergy should be desensitized and pregnancy, management should include a sonographic treated with penicillin. However, this dose challenge might be helpful in identifying women at risk evaluation should not delay therapy. Sonographic signs of for acute allergic reactions (see Management of Persons Who fetal or placental syphilis (i. Erythromycin accompanied by these signs should be managed in and azithromycin should not be used, because neither reliably consultation with obstetric specialists. Data insufficient to recommend specific regimens for are insufficient to recommend ceftriaxone for treatment of these situations. Additional testing at for stillborn infants, skeletal survey demonstrating typical osseous 28 weeks’ gestation and again at delivery is warranted for lesions might aid in the diagnosis of congenital syphilis. Moreover, evaluation and treatment of neonates born to women who as part of the management of pregnant women who have have reactive serologic tests for syphilis during pregnancy. Routine screening of newborn sera or the neonate for congenital syphilis in most scenarios, except umbilical cord blood is not recommended, as diagnosis at when congenital syphilis is proven or highly probable (See this time does not prevent symptomatic congenital syphilis in Scenario 1). No mother or newborn infant should leave Scenario 1: Proven or highly probable congenital the hospital without maternal serologic status having been syphilis documented at least once during pregnancy, and preferably again at delivery if at risk.

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An • Excessive thirst and hunger overdose is always considered an emergency and • Fatigue treatment should be sought immediately nifedipine 20mg cheap. There are not much data regarding the abuse of traditional antipsychotics currently nifedipine 20 mg fast delivery. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (very rare) One novel antipsychotic that has had reports of • Blood pressure up and down abuse is quetiapine (Seroquel). Physical dependence from For women of childbearing age who may be or continued use of these medications across the class think they may be pregnant, the physician should is rare. Withdrawal reactions such as involuntary discuss the safety of this medication before movements that can last two to four weeks after starting, continuing, or discontinuing medication prolonged use of antipsychotics have been treatment. In order to manage these withdrawal role in encouraging this discussion by suggesting reactions, a slow tapering off of the antipsychotics their clients talk with the prescribing physician. Medications such as benztropine, diphenhydr- Generally, the use of antipsychotic medications amine and trihexyphenidyl can be used during this should be avoided in the frst trimester unless the taper period to lessen the movement’s frequency mother poses a danger to herself, to others, or to and severity. Survey research has Antiparkinsonian (anticholinergic) medications are found that many abusers of antiparkinsonians used used to control the side effects associated with these medications “to get high, to increase plea- antipsychotic medications. They are called antipar- sure, to decrease depression, to increase energy and kinsonian because the neurological side effects of to relax” (Buhrich et al. The survey antipsychotic medications are similar to the also found that the misuse of other drugs accompa- symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (i. The antiparkinsonian medications mental health and substance use disorders, listed in this section are only those used in the providers and consumers need to be aware of and management of the side effects of antipsychotic openly communicate about the abuse potential of medications. If you would like medications being taken and dosage, including more information on Parkinson’s disease talk with over-the-counter preparations, vitamins, your doctor or pharmacist. The physician will specify the exact amount of been checked with their physician and a change medication and when it should be taken. A doctor must be consulted in order to safely change the dose in response to The risk of birth defects associated with benztro- side effects of the antipsychotic medications. For all women of childbearing age • Dizziness who may be or think they may be pregnant, the • Dry mouth physician should discuss the safety of this medica- • Heart failure tion before starting, continuing, or discontinuing • Irritability medication treatment. Substance abuse counselors • Light-headedness may have a role in encouraging this discussion by suggesting their clients talk with the prescribing • Stomach upset physician. By valproic acid Depakene leveling mood swings with antimanic medications, some of the suicidal and other self-harming Atypical antipsychotics behaviors can be decreased. Certain medications will require a mood swings of bipolar (manic–depressive) illness. The “highs” and “lows” vary in Lithium products: Most common side effects are intensity, frequency, and severity. However, too much • Under or overactive thyroid* 11 fuid in a person’s diet can “wash” the lithium out • Weakness of his or her system, and too little fuid can allow • Weight gain the lithium to concentrate in the system. Additionally, anything that can decrease sodium in *These side effects are associated with lithium, the body (i. People taking any antimanic medications should have blood levels tested regularly to check Lithium overdose is a life-threatening emergency. Specifcally, people taking lithium products, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, mental dullness, carbamazepine and valproic acid and divalproex slurred speech, confusion, dizziness, muscle sodium, need their blood levels monitored for twitching, irregular heartbeat and blurred vision. An overdose of any of the other antimanic medica- 12 tions is always considered an emergency and Anticonvulsant products: Most common side treatment should be sought immediately. There are case reports in the literature For the most common side effects of atypical that do however show the potential for abuse of antipsychotics, refer to Antipsychotics/ lithium. It is likely that all of the newer that lithium can produce a “buzz” at high doses. Their abuse potential alone is • Blurred vision low; however, combining anticonvulsants with • Coma* alcohol on the other hand can lead to increased • Diarrhea* drowsiness. Physical dependence has not been • Drowsiness associated with lithium or anticonvulsants to date. Patients on anticonvulsants should not stop • Increased thirst and urination* their medications without medical supervision. Slow tapering off periods (two to • Kidney damage* four weeks depending on the drug) are recom- • Liver infammation, hepatitis mended to slow or prevent the withdrawal effects • Nausea or vomiting described. For patients with active seizures after • Problems with the blood, both red and white cells sudden withdrawal of anticonvulsants, benzodiaz- epines like diazepam and lorazepam may be used • Rash and skin changes to treat the immediate seizure. John’s stops convulsions; an abnormal violent, involuntary wort, echinacea, ginkgo, ginseng). Some antimanic medications, such as valproic acid, • Persons taking antimanic medications are are associated with several birth defects if taken particularly vulnerable to adverse medical during pregnancy. If this type of medication must consequences if they concurrently use alcohol be used during pregnancy, the woman must be told and/or street drugs. Those • Thyroid function must be monitored if a person exposed to lithium before week 12 of gestation are takes lithium. For women taking lithium, blood levels of the medica- • Heavy sweating or use of products that cause tion should be monitored every 2 weeks. Tapering and discontinuation of antipsychotic medication 10 days to 2 weeks before delivery is generally advised, though the way this is done varies by medication (Mortola 1989). For women of childbearing age who may be or think they may be pregnant, the physician should discuss the safety of these medications before starting, continuing, or discontinuing medication treatment. Substance abuse counselors may have a role in encouraging this discussion by suggesting their clients talk with the prescribing physician. Antidepressants are also the frst line medications citalopram Celexa for certain anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, escitalopram Lexapro social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. 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The consumption of health care in a foreign land is not a new phenomenon proven 20mg nifedipine, and developments must be situated within the historical context order nifedipine 20 mg online. Individuals have travelled abroad for health benefits since th ancient times, and during the 19 Century in Europe for example there was a fashion for the growing middle-classes to travel to spa towns to ‗take the waters‘, which were believed to have health-enhancing th qualities. During the 20 Century, wealthy people from less developed areas of the world travelled to developed nations to access better facilities and highly trained medics. However, the shifts that are currently underway with regard to medical tourism are quantitatively and qualitatively different from earlier forms of health-related travel. The key differences are a reversal of this flow from developed to less developed nations, more regional movements, and the emergence of an ‗international market‘ for patients. Fundamentally, such developments point towards a paradigm shift in the understanding and delivery of health services. The market in medical tourists is set to grow, with potentially far-reaching impacts on publicly-funded health care including the developing notion of patients as ‗consumers‘ of health care rather than ‗citizens‘ with rights to health care services. There will of course also be a range of attendant risks and 6 opportunities for patients. Predictions for this emerging global market are difficult but the direction and speed of its travel is becoming increasing clear. This report identifies the key emerging policy issues relating to the rise of ‗medical tourism‘. In this introductory section we explore competing definitions and concepts relating to medical tourism. For the purposes of this report we define medical tourism as when consumers elect to travel across international borders with the intention of receiving some form of medical treatment. Setting the boundary of what is health and counts as medical tourism for the purposes of trade accounts is not straightforward. Medical tourism is related to the broader notion of health tourism which, in some countries, has longstanding historical antecedents of spa towns and coastal localities, and other therapeutic landscapes. Some commentators have considered health and medical tourism as a combined phenomenon but with different emphases. This definition encompasses medical tourism which is delimited to ―organised travel outside one‘s natural health care jurisdiction for the enhancement or restoration of the individual‘s health through medical intervention‖. As Figure 1 suggests, medical tourism is distinguished from health tourism by virtue of the differences with regard to the types of intervention, setting and inputs. Medical tourism can be understood as a subset of the wider notion of patient mobility which itself may be sub-divided as follows: 13. Temporary visitors abroad: These include those individuals holidaying abroad who use health services as a result of an accident or a sudden illness. These would not be considered as ‗medical tourists‘, more just ‗unfortunate tourists‘! Such residents may receive health services funded variously by the country of residence, the country of origin, private insurance, or through private contributions. Common borders: countries that share common borders may collaborate in providing cross- national public funding for health care services from providers in other countries (Rosenmöller et al. Outsourced patients: are those patients opting to be sent abroad by health agencies using cross- national purchasing agreements. Typically, such agreements are driven by long waiting lists and a lack of available specialists and specialist equipment in the home country. These patients often travel relatively short distances and contracted services (both public and private) are more likely to be subject to robust safety audits and quality assurance (Lowson et al. These individuals could be described as ‗collective‘ medical tourists, albeit they being state or agency-sponsored rather than acting as individual consumers in the traditional sense. Medical tourism more commonly refers to patients who are mobile through their own volition and this type of patient mobility is the focus of this report. Within the European context a medical tourist may be categorised in one of two ways. There is ongoing debate about the most appropriate terminology to describe the movement of individuals overseas for treatment. A range of nomenclature is used in the health services literature, including international medical travel (Huat, 2006a, Fedorov et al. Although for the purposes of this report we adopt the term medical tourism, some commentators object to the use of this term (Whittaker, 2008, Glinos et al. The term promotes a market place model that disregards the suffering that patients experience‖ (Kangas, 2010, p. As a concept it conveys both the willingness to travel and willingness to treat as core processes within the new global market of health travel. It also captures the health sector element as well as the wider economic impact of such travel. Such a focus facilitates an understanding of which individuals go where, why and for what, and what the impact is for whom from this. Whilst we agree medical tourism may have little to do with general tourism (cf Glinos et al. Medical tourism also highlights the role of the industry, issues of advertising, supplier- induced demand and extends beyond the notion of ‗willingness to travel‘. Health policies and health delivery have traditionally been bounded by the nation state or between federal tiers of government. In recent decades significant economic, social and political changes have encouraged a more trans-national and international role for health policy development. These national interconnections (political, economic, social and technical) include the movement of people, products, capital and ideas and this has offered new opportunities and challenges for health care delivery and regulation. A number of developments support this growth in medical travel:  Regulatory regimes (such as the General Agreement on Trade in Services and other World Trade Organization agreements);  Recognition of transnational disease patterns;  Growing patient mobility (low-cost airlines, advancements in information-communication technology, and shifting cultural attitudes among the public about overseas destinations);  Industry development. The medical tourist industry is dynamic and volatile and a range of factors including the economic climate, domestic policy changes, political instability, travel restrictions, advertising practices, geo-political shifts, and innovative and pioneering forms of treatment may all contribute towards shifts in patterns of consumption and production of domestic and overseas health services. United States to Mexico; United States to Korea; northern Europe to central and eastern Europe). Rather, the attempt is to identify policy issues at the systemic (regulation and finance), programmatic (system-level priorities), organisation (management of services) and instrumental (clinical interface) levels (Frenk, 1994) (see Section Seven ).

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The onset of action, duration of effects, intensity and quality of the drug experience may vary depending upon the route of administration (Table 4). Intravenous drug administration provides maximum drug delivery and rapid onset of effects. However, this bypasses many of the body’s natural safeguards and may result in complications of intravenous drug use. When a drug is smoked, it is rapidly absorbed in the lungs and transported to the brain via the arterial blood supply. Smoking is a preferred route of crack cocaine administration due to rapid onset, intensity and euphoria, even though pipes and smoking apparatus become hot and may burn the lips. In general, the efficiency and speed of drug delivery (the faster it is deliv- ered to the brain) increases the potential for abuse and dependency. This process is largely determined by the physical and chemical properties of the drug. Most drugs can be characterized as acidic, basic or neutral, and unlike alcohol, which is highly water-soluble, many drugs are also soluble in fat or lipids. The degree to which a particular drug is water-soluble or fat-soluble influences how it is distributed throughout the body. Distribution As soon as the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is circulated to surrounding tissues and organs, and the distribution phase begins. Drugs that are lipid (fat) soluble are distributed more readily into the tissues, such as the heart, liver, kidney, brain and fat. The extent to which a drug is distributed in the body is given by its volume of distribution (Vd). Conversely, drugs with large volumes of distribution, like heroin (Vd = 25 L/kg), are widely distributed throughout the body, including the tissues (Table 5). Alternatively, some drug metabolites may be pharmacologically active, therefore contributing to the overall effect, such as: • Metabolism of diazepam to nordiazepam (an active metabolite of many benzodiazepines) • Carisoprodol to meprobamate • Codeine to morphine There are a great many variables that can affect drug metabolism, includ- ing age, sex, genetic polymorphisms (common genetic mutations that may relate to specific genetic predispositions), health, disease and nutrition. Elimination Elimination is the pharmacokinetic process of getting the drug out of the body. Drugs are eliminated in two major ways—referred to as zero order and first order kinetics or elimination. Ethanol is eliminated at a fixed or linear rate which means that the body eliminates it at a relatively constant amount per unit of time (zero order kinetics). However, most drugs are eliminated using first order kinetics, which means that elimination is non- linear. When a drug is metabolized in a non-linear fashion, it is generally not possible to extrapolate backwards from some known drug concentration to some earlier time and concen- tration. Figure 1 illustrates both zero and first order kinetics on a graph that plots drug concentration over time. The zero order line is straight, while the first order line curves over time, depending upon a drug’s specific half-life. It is important to understand the overall dynamic nature of drug phar- macokinetics. The processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimi- nation do not occur in a discrete chronological fashion, one simply fol- lowing completion of the other, but rather, they occur in combination with each other. Initially following drug administration, absorption will likely prevail; later, absorption wanes and elimination becomes the dominant process in the body. Corresponding drug and metabolite concentrations therefore represent the overall net effect of the pharmacokinetic processes at the time of sampling. Similarly, corresponding drug effects are also related to drug pharmacokinetics, or the timeline of drug use. For exam- ple, initial effects of methamphetamine may include intense euphoria, talkativeness and excitement, followed by dysphoria (unpleasant feelings), lethargy and anxiety several hours later. In addition to the relatively complex way in which many drugs are eliminated, the additional pres- ence of active metabolites creates yet another level of consideration or complexity to the interpretation. A simpler way to consider elimination is this analogy: a baseball dropped by a 10-year-old child sitting in a tree house, high above the ground, will fall straight down (alcohol zero order elimination). If that same 10-year-old then drops a maple leaf attached to an acorn, it should hit the ground at about the same time as the baseball (other drugs with zero order elimination). It will drop much more slowly—as it is tossed and turned in the breeze—than the baseball or the leaf and acorn. The leaf’s size also changes during its descent as pieces break off in the wind (changing drug half-life); this also causes its rate of descent to slow. Eventually the leaf gets to the ground, but not in a straight line nor in a necessarily highly predictable time frame (drug first order elimination). The effect of a drug is a result of the drug’s interaction at a given receptor site. Drugs that affect the central nervous system must reach and bind to specific receptors for their effects to be exhibited. These drugs act to either stimulate or depress certain areas of the brain to achieve a response, i. Typically, an increase in the concentration of the drug modulates the receptor response and enhances the pharmacologic effect. A relationship exists between the amount of drug administered (dose) and the corresponding effect (response) on the body, including the extent to which it may “impair” normal function. Residual effects may exist long after the “acute” effects of the drug have been experienced (Table 5). The link between the amount of drug and its effect over time is the basis for establishing therapeutic and toxic drug concentrations. These ranges are widely published for clinical purpos- es, but there are no “therapeutic concentrations” for many illicit drugs. Remember: A habitual drug user may develop a tolerance to the toxic effects of a drug, allowing him or her to withstand concentra- tions of drug that may be highly toxic or even fatal in a naïve (inexpe- rienced) subject. For example, after consuming ethanol, a person tends to feel more excited and euphoric during the initial absorp- tion phase than during the elimination phase, during which time they may feel more sedated and depressed (Mellanby effect).

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Final Report Page 31 Access to medicines for multiple sclerosis February 2014 Charles River Associates signposted. Studies have shown that patients participating in disease management programmes have a 10% higher rate of adherence. This data suggests that ensuring that patients are enrolled in the appropriate product support programme when they start therapy is important. Pozzilli et al noted on average patients in Europe experienced 4 relapses before being initiated on treatment. Although there are differences in clinical guidelines, the recommendations are broadly similar in most cases and seem unlikely to have a significant impact on usage. The exception is the Czech Republic where the guidelines appear significantly more restrictive. For example, all five countries except for the Czech Republic recommended patients to have experienced at least two attacks in the last two years before initiation on beta-interferons or Glatiramer acetate. Patients can switch treatment if the number of attacks increases or the level of disability increases over the course of one year of treatment. Final Report Page 35 Access to medicines for multiple sclerosis February 2014 Charles River Associates not specify what constitutes a clinically significant relapse. Positive recommendation is also contingent on a discount provided as part of the patient access scheme. Final Report Page 36 Access to medicines for multiple sclerosis February 2014 Charles River Associates Society recommends beta-interferons and Glatiramer acetate as first line treatments and Natalizumab as second line treatments. Examples of this are Spain and Italy, where the regions have high autonomy in outlining clinical guidelines and organization regional/hospital formularies. As a result, regional formularies dictate treatment which could vary access significantly within a country. Final Report Page 37 Access to medicines for multiple sclerosis February 2014 Charles River Associates 3. All markets provide access to all interferons and Glatiramer acetate (with the exception of Austria which doesn’t provide access to Extavia). Final Report Page 38 Access to medicines for multiple sclerosis February 2014 Charles River Associates 86 reasons. Final Report Page 39 Access to medicines for multiple sclerosis February 2014 Charles River Associates who have failed to respond to a full and adequate course (normally at least one year of treatment) of beta-interferon,94 (patient group 1), as well as patients with rapidly evolving severe relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis95 (patient group 2). A “non-responder” could also be defined as a patient with an unchanged or increased relapse rate or ongoing severe relapses, as compared to the previous year. However, this is not the case in all countries, for example, Italy and the Czech Republic have imposed restrictions on patient group 1. We determined the time of availability as the point when significant uptake began (the month at which unit sales as a percentage of the latest month, increased over the previous month by several percent). We would expect that countries with higher income pay higher prices, but access could depend on the affordability of medicines (and associated medical costs). These were in some cases publically available prices published on the local authorities’ webpages (e. If the ex-factory price was not available, but the pharmacy or public price was, we used an estimated price based on average industry margins (e. As with any analysis of prices, this is based on list prices and does not include confidential rebates and discounts. Novartis revised its analyses for a subgroup of the licensed population, so Fingolimod is now recommended for this subgroup, i. We created an index using the level of prices and expenditure in Germany as the base. Following Kobelt we determined the price index using the weighted average price for each drug for each country and divided this by Germany’s price. Another way to examine this is to create an ‘affordability index’ as created by Kobelt. This is calculated by combining the relative price of medicines paid by each country with the total level of healthcare expenditures into one index. A higher index means that it is more difficult for the country to afford innovative medicines. The affordability index has exhibited a decrease in all Eastern European countries as well as in some Northern European countries (Finland and Denmark) meaning that treatment has become more affordable in these countries. This is most likely due to increases in uptake of new innovative medicines used as second line treatment as shown in section 2. These patient registries have helped to collect secondary data related to patients with a specific conditions and play an important role in improving the management of care, as well facilitating post marketing surveillance. Table 11 provides an overview of existing national registries that have been developed in Europe. Final Report Page 47 Access to medicines for multiple sclerosis February 2014 Charles River Associates 3. However, within Western Europe, differences in access are explained by restrictive reimbursement decisions as well as by a clear lack of neurologists in some countries. There are also still some important variations in the product entry/uptake with some countries exhibiting a significant delay.

Treatment should address the needs of the whole treatment for many patients buy nifedipine 20 mg low cost, especially when person trusted nifedipine 20 mg, rather than just focusing on his or her drug combined with counseling and other behavioral use. Medically assisted detoxifcation is only the frst stage of addiction treatment and by itself does 10. Sensitive issues such as violence and child abuse or little to change long-term drug abuse. Staying in treatment for an adequate period continuously, as lapses during treatment do occur. However, unlike treatments for most other medical illnesses, substance use disorder treatment has traditionally been provided in programs (both residential and outpatient) outside of the mainstream health care system. The intensity of the treatment regimens offered can vary substantially across program types. Relapse rates for substance(s) used, severity of substance substance use disorders (40 to 60 percent) are comparable use disorder, comorbidities, and the individual’s preferences. Treatment Planning Assessment and Diagnosis Among the frst steps involved in substance use disorder treatment are assessment and diagnosis. The diagnosis of substance use disorders is based primarily on the results of a clinical interview. Several assessment instruments are available to help structure and elicit the information required to diagnose 1 substance use disorders. The number of diagnostic symptoms present defnes the severity of the disorder, ranging from mild to severe (i. This assessment is important in determining the intensity of care that will be recommended and the composition of the treatment plan. Individualized Treatment Planning After a formal assessment, the information is discussed with the patient to jointly develop a personalized treatment plan designed to address the patient’s needs. Individualized treatment plans should consider age, gender identity, race and ethnicity, language, health literacy, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, culture, trauma history, and co-occurring physical and mental health problems. Such considerations are critical for understanding the individual and for tailoring the treatment to his or her specifc needs. This increases the likelihood of successful treatment engagement and retention, and research shows that those who participate more fully in treatment typically have better outcomes. For example, treatment programs that provide gender-specifc and gender-responsive care are more likely to enhance women’s treatment outcomes. For example, American Indians or Alaska Natives may require specifc elements in their treatment plan that respond to their unique cultural experiences and to intergenerational and historical trauma and trauma from violent encounters. A disaster can disrupt a program’s ability to provide treatment services or an individual’s ability to maintain treatment. Individuals in recovery, for example, may relapse due to sudden discontinuation of services or stress when having to cope with effects of a disaster. Treatment Setting and the Continuum of Care As indicated above, the treatment of addiction is delivered in predominantly freestanding programs that differ in their setting (hospital, residential, or outpatient); in the frequency of care delivery (daily sessions to monthly visits); in the range of treatment components offered; and in the planned duration of care. In general, as patients progress in treatment and begin to meet the goals of their individualized treatment plan, they transfer from clinical management in residential or intensive outpatient programs to less clinically intensive outpatient programs that promote patient self-management. For many patients whose current living situations See Chapter 5 - Recovery: The Many are not conducive to recovery, outpatient services should be Paths to Wellness. In general, patients with serious substance use disorders are recommended to stay engaged for at least 1 year in the treatment process, which may involve participation in three to four different programs or services at reduced levels of intensity, all of which are ideally designed to help the patient prepare for continued self-management after treatment ends. Brief summaries of the major levels of the treatment continuum are discussed below. Medically monitored and managed inpatient care is an intensive 1 service delivered in an acute, inpatient hospital setting. These programs typically provide support, structure, and an array of evidence-based clinical services. Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services range from counseling and education to clinically intensive programming. Outpatient services provide both group and individual behavioral interventions and medications when appropriate. Typically, outpatient programs are appropriate as the initial level of care for individuals with a mild to moderate substance use disorder or as continuing care after completing more intensive treatment. These include developed to inform the public and to guide individual choices about treatment. Treatment 1 programs that offer more of these evidence-based components have the greatest likelihood of producing better outcomes. Currently, no approved medications are available to treat marijuana, amphetamine, or cocaine use disorders. Physicians who wish to prescribe Sublingual tablet: buprenorphine, must obtain a 1. However, it is considered the preferred formulation for pregnant patients, patients with hepatic impairment, and patients with sensitivity to naloxone. It is also used for initiating treatment in patients transferring from methadone, in preference to products containing naloxone, because of the risk of precipitating withdrawal in these patients. Extended- 380mg/vial disorder Act release injectable naltrexone is recommended to prevent relapse to opioids or alcohol. The prescriber need not be a physician, but must be licensed and authorized to prescribe by the state. Acamprosate Alcohol Delayed-release tablet: Not Provided by prescription; use 333mg Scheduled acamprosate is used in the disorder under the maintenance of alcohol Controlled abstinence. The prescriber need Substances not be a physician, but must Act be licensed and authorized to prescribe by the state. Disulfram Alcohol Tablet: Not When taken in combination with use 250mg, 500mg Scheduled alcohol, disulfram causes severe disorder under the physical reactions, including Controlled nausea, fushing, and heart Substances palpitations. The knowledge that Act such a reaction is likely if alcohol is consumed acts as a deterrent to drinking. For these reasons, only appropriately trained health care professionals should decide whether medication is needed as part of treatment, how the medication is provided in the context of other clinical services, and under what conditions the medication should be withdrawn or terminated. Prescribed in this fashion, medications for substance use disorders are in some ways like insulin for patients with diabetes.

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