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Drugs & Pregnancy
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2014;84(5):6
The risks related to influenza infection in pregnant women have been recognised for a long time.1 The pandemic of the virus A/H1N1 in the 2009-2010 season was no exception: pregnant women were at greater risk of contracting a severe form of A/H1N1 influenza than the general population, and those...
Phytovigilance & Supplements
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2014;83(7):6
Despite the use of phytotherapy is constantly increasing, consumers and health professionals often ignore important issues regarding possible interactions between herbs and drugs, their adverse effects or, simply, the ineffectiveness of many products. On the contrary, just because the use of...
Drugs & Children
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2014;82(5):6
Vomiting is a common symptom in acute gastroenteritis. It affects about 75% of children with rotavirus infection, interferes with oral rehydration and often determines the necessity for venous access and hospitalization with higher direct and indirect costs for the community and the family. The...
Drugs & Elderly
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2014;81(3):6
The pharmacological treatment of elderly patients who are affected by chronic pathologies is doubtlessly a relevant issue.1 Data provided by the OsMed Report confirm that age is the most influential factor for drug use in the population, with average per capita expenditure 11 times higher for 65...
Drugs & Pregnancy
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2014;80(1):6
Infertility strikes 10-20% of couples in the Western countries.1 An increasing number of couples resort to medically assisted procreation techniques (intrauterine insemination, pharmacological induction of ovulation, in vitro fertilization with embryo transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection...
Phytovigilance & Supplements
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2013;79(11):7
Asthma is an inflammatory disease with recurrent exacerbations. Asthma exacerbations are associated to increased inflammation of the airways; in predisposed subjects, exacerbation can be caused by respiratory infections or allergen exposition. In case of asthma, complementary or alternative...
Drugs & Children
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2013;78(9):6
The ARNO Children Observatory Report of 2011 states that more than 30% of antibiotic treatments in paediatric age consist of cephalosporins.1 Among cephalosporins, ceftriaxone prescriptions have grown more than 75% from 2001 to 2008.2 This third generation cephalosporin, however, is no risk-free:...
Drugs & Pregnancy
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2013;76(5):6
About 1-5% of women develop hypertensive disorders in pregnancy and some of them are treated with antihypertensive drugs.1 Gestational hypertension increases the risk of preeclampsia1 and has been associated to negative outcomes in pregnancy, like spontaneous abortion, intrauterine growth...
Drugs & Elderly
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2013;77(7):6
Falls represent a common and complex geriatric pathology profile.1 About 30% of elderly patients living in community fall at least once per year and half of them has frequent falls.1-2 Percentages are higher for more advanced age group and for institutionalised subjects.3 Falls and their...
Phytovigilance & Supplements
Focus Farmacovigilanza 2013;75(3):6
In order to understand and evaluate the potential risks associated with natural products, Italy since 2002 has activated a surveillance system for adverse reactions to these products, which is coordinated by Istituto Superiore della Sanità (ISS).1 At present the database contains 850 reports of...

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