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Drugs & Elderly
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2017;97(6):1
Many drugs commonly used in the clinical practice have an anticholinergic activity. These are mostly psychotropic drugs like tricyclic antidepressants and antipsychotics, but also drugs that target other organs and apparatus, like for example first generation antihistaminics or furosemide (see...
Drugs & Pregnancy
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2017;96(3):1
The Summary of the Product Characteristics (SPC) represents the source of official and legitimate drug information for the healthcare professionals within the European Union. Specific information concerning the use in pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertile age, besides the effects on fertility, are...
Phytovigilance & Supplements
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2016;95(11):11
The use of natural products is a growing phenomenon both in Italy and in the rest of the world. Some mushrooms have been used by the Eastern traditional medicine for centuries to improve the general health, increase the immune defenses and as adjuvant for the treatment of chronic diseases. The...
Drugs & Children
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2016;94(9):2
Over the past twenty years, the worldwide increase in cases of pleural empyema and complicated pneumonia by Streptococcus pneumoniae in children has attracted much epidemiological and clinical attention.1 In fact, particularly invasive and/or pathogenic serotypes have emerged – especially serotypes...
Drugs & Elderly
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2016;93(3):7
Over-65 diabetics represent about half of the patients visiting general practitioners. Although diabetes pathogenesis in geriatric and young age are similar, treatment gold standards and clinical conditions are extremely variable, requiring a more individualised approach.1 In this context, a...
Drugs & Pregnancy
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2016;92(1):9
EUROmediCAT – “Safety of medication use in pregnancy”, a project of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development funded by the European Union in the period 2011-2015, experimented integrating “traditional” registers for congenital anomalies with other already existing...
Phytovigilance & Supplements
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2015;91(11):6
The topic of interactions between oncologic drugs and natural products has been recently at the heart of two events organized by the Project Convivio at the Oncology Unit of the Hospital of Verona, with the participation of oncological out-patients, and of another event on nutrition and cancer held...
Drugs & Children
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2015;90(9):7
Paediatricians have always dedicated great attention and several diagnostic-therapeutic tools in order to tackle the gastroesophageal reflux, especially in early childhood. The most recent literature has scaled down the problem, attributing the gastroesophageal reflux to its paraphysiological...
Drugs & Elderly
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2015;89(8):6
Appropriate prescription of drugs in elderly patients is one of the biggest current challenges in clinical geriatrics. As is already known, the elderly often have multiple concomitant chronic conditions (multi-morbidities), which require the simultaneous use of multiple drugs (polypharmacy), which...
Drugs & Pregnancy
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2015;88(5):7
Migraine is a very common ailment in the reproductive age groups, with a peak prevalence of 25% between the 30th and 40th years.1 Generally, the symptoms of migraine improve during pregnancy, and return about a month after the birth. During the breastfeeding period, environmental factors, like a...

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