corticosteroids

Pediatricians could be overprescribing combination antifungal/corticosteroidsA review of a large claims-based database suggests that they are. Investigators identified almost 10,000 children aged up to 14 years who were prescribed either Lotrisone or Mycolog-II creams (antifungal and corticosteroid combination products) by pediatricians and other specialists from 2007 through 2014.
Are children with asthma prescribed too many OCSs?An analysis of 2015 claims data for about 69,000 children with an asthma diagnosis suggests that the answer to this question is “yes.” Of these children, who were insured through a large Texas health plan for children with Medicaid and CHIP and who ranged in age from 1 to 18 years, 42.1% were given an oral corticosteroid (OCS) 1 or more times during the year; 9.9%, 2 or more times; and 3.3%, 3 or more times.
Asthma biologic may reduce oral steroid useA new trial for AstraZeneca’s benralizumab shows promising results for severe asthma patients.
NICE recommends dexamethasone adalimumab for uveitisThe UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given preliminary approval to dexamethasone 0.7 mg intravitreal implant (Ozurdex, Allergan) and adalimumab (Humira, AbbVie) for sight-threatening non-infectious posterior uveitis.
CDC issues advisory on Zika testingThe latest on testing guidelines for Zika from the CDC. Plus: Are corticosteroids effective when administered only hours before delivery? Also, a look at the prevalence of hepatitis C among pregnancy women in the United States.
Rituximab appears to cure Mooren’s ulcers in 5 patientsMooren’s ulcers completely healed in 5 patients treated with rituximab after conventional treatment failed, according to researchers.
Is intervention in our DNA?Too many ob/gyns believe that doing something is better than doing nothing, says this reader.
Managing viral eye infection: What clinicians should knowThough much research is happening in the diagnosis and treatment of viral eye infections, much of it might not be readily apparent to clinicians, explains Todd P. Margolis, MD, PhD.
Pruritic vesicles erupt on a boy’s legsA healthy 12-year-old boy with eczema shows up at the office with an incredibly itchy rash on his legs that has exploded over the last 48 hours. He has a history of dry skin to which his mother regularly applies various moisturizers, including calendula oil.
Selecting topical regimens for cataract patients
Selecting topical regimens for cataract patientsEyecare practitioners who deal with patients in the perioperative period are well aware of the need for topical therapy. In most cases, a combination of a steroid, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and an antibiotic will be used for a few days before the day of surgery and then for a period afterward.