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JULY 14, 2007

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2007;17(06-07)

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[ACE-INHIBITORS IN THE SECONDARY PREVENTION OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE]

SÁRSZEGI Zsolt

[The beneficial effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors on biochemical and vascular markers have been proven by many experimental studies. Reduction of the angiotensin-II level has a positive effect on oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, apoptosis, inflammatory and prothrombotic processes. Two large multicentric trials, EUROPA and HOPE, showed that perindopril and ramipril significantly reduce mortality and the risk of both fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events in patients with atherosclerosis, thereby making them the base drugs of secondary prevention of coronary artery disease.]

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FERENCZI Andrea

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[RECENT TRENDS IN THE PHARMACOLOGICAL TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY]

SZUPERA Zoltán

[Over the last decades, drug therapy for epilepsy has changed substantially, which generated new expectations. The first-line therapy of epilepsies is pharmacological treatment, which is effective in 60 to 70% of patients. Despite this favourable result, even today's drug therapy cannot yet be considered optimal. Prior to 1990, only six major antiepileptics were available for the clinicians, while since then more than ten new drugs have been introduced into the market. The older drugs have the advantage of long-term experience, known efficacy, and lower cost. These first generation drugs, while effective in patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy, share some unfavourable properties. They do not control many patients adequately, while with their long-term use chronic side effects develop. The purpose of this paper is to summarize recent data on the efficacy, safety, and administration of the older and new antiepileptic drugs. The main factors to consider when choosing a drug for treatment include syndromatological classification of the disease, efficacy and tolerability of the drug, and individual patient considerations. Of the first generation antiepileptics, carbamapezine, valproate, ethosuximide, and to some extent the clobazam and clonazepam are still widely used (benzodiazepines only as adjunctive therapy). The use of phenobarbitals, primidone, phenytoin, and sulthiam has diminished because of their side effects and inadequate efficacy. New antiepileptics are more efficient primarily in the therapy of West syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and in idiopathic generalized epilepsies. The pharmacokinetic properties of gabapentin, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, and oxcarbazepine are favourable, and their clinical use is safe. The use of felbamate, vigabatrin, and topiramate requires close attention because of their side effects.]

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[Affective temperaments (cyclothymic, hypertymic, depressive, anxious, irritable) are stable parts of personality and after adolescent only their minor changes are detectable. Their connections with psychopathology is well-described; depressive temperament plays role in major depression, cyclothymic temperament in bipolar II disorder, while hyperthymic temperament in bipolar I disorder. Moreover, scientific data of the last decade suggest, that affective temperaments are also associated with somatic diseases. Cyclothymic temperament is supposed to have the closest connection with hypertension. The prevalence of hypertension is higher parallel with the presence of dominant cyclothymic affective temperament and in this condition the frequency of cardiovascular complications in hypertensive patients was also described to be higher. In chronic hypertensive patients cyclothymic temperament score is positively associated with systolic blood pressure and in women with the earlier development of hypertension. The background of these associations is probably based on the more prevalent presence of common risk factors (smoking, obesity, alcoholism) with more pronounced cyclothymic temperament. The scientific importance of the research of the associations of personality traits including affective temperaments with somatic disorders can help in the identification of higher risk patient subgroups.]

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[Decisional collisions between evidence and experience based medicine in care of people with epilepsy]

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[Background – Based on the literature and his long-term clinical practice the author stresses the main collisions of evidence and experience based medicine in the care of people with epilepsy. Purpose – To see, what are the professional decisions of high responsibility in the epilepsy-care, in whose the relevant clinical research is still lacking or does not give a satisfactory basis. Methods – Following the structure of the Hungarian Guideline the author points the critical situations and decisions. He explains also the causes of the dilemmas: the lack or uncertainty of evidences or the difficulty of scientific investigation of the situation. Results – There are some priorities of experience based medicine in the following areas: definition of epilepsy, classification of seizures, etiology – including genetic background –, role of precipitating and provoking factors. These are able to influence the complex diagnosis. In the pharmacotherapy the choice of the first drug and the optimal algorithm as well as the tasks during the care are also depends on personal experiences sometimes contradictory to the official recommendations. Same can occur in the choice of the non-pharmacological treatments and rehabilitation. Discussion and conclusion – Personal professional experiences (and interests of patients) must be obligatory accessories of evidence based attitude, but for achieving the optimal results, in some situations they replace the official recommendations. Therefore it is very important that the problematic patients do meet experts having necessary experiences and also professional responsibility to help in these decisions. ]

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[Legal status and regulation of complementary and alternative medicine in Europe]

HEGYI Gabriella, VINJAR Fønnebø, TORKEL Falkenberg, HÖK Johanna, SOLVEIG Wiesener

[OBJECTIVE - This study aims to review the current legal status of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the 27 member states and 12 associated states of the European Union (EU). METHODS - We contacted national Ministries of Health and educational institutions of all participating countries, international, local and regional CAM associations and members of the EU project CAMbrella. Literature search was performed in governmental, scientific and popular science websites as well as the web sites/databases of health ministries and EU and Hungarian law documents. RESULTS - All 39 nations have different legislative frameworks and different regulations of CAM. CAM activities are regulated by health legislation in 17 member states, 11 of which have created a specific CAM law, and 6 of which include sections related to CAM in their general health laws. Some countries only regulate several CAM treatments. Preparations, agents and herbal products used in CAM are subject to similar authorization requirements in all countries, comparably to other medicinal products. One exception is the requirement for documentation of efficacy studies. The Directives, Regulations and Resolutions of the EU will affect the conditions that might influence CAM treatment(s) in Europe. CONCLUSION - We experienced an extraordinary diversity in EU countries with regard to the regulation and practice of CAM, but did not find differences in the regulation of herbal products and medicines used in CAM. This motivates patients, practitioners as well as researchers when crossing the borders of European countries. In the current legislative environment we think that harmonisation of law is possible within the EU: individual states within culturally similar regions should harmonise their CAM legislation and regulation. This would probably safeguard against inadequately justified, over- or underregulated practice at national levels. In Hungary, modifications of the decree regulating on CAM are currently being prepared following professional recommendations. This outdated decree needs to be reconsidered, as 17 years of practice have shown which practices are worthy to be maintainted, taught and applied within the healthcare system and which should be omitted.]

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[Population-level QALY gain estimates with the use of cariprazine for patients with negative symptoms of schizophrenia in Hungary]

BENDES Rita, NÉMETH Bertalan, PITTER János György, KÓCZIÁN Kristóf, GÖTZE Árpád, KALÓ Zoltán

[INTRODUCTION - The loss in quality of life caused by mental illnesses has been growing in developed countries. This study aims to quantify the possible gains in quality of life by advantages of cariprazine therapy while treating patients with negative symptoms of schizophrenia in Hungary. Comparator therapy was defined as the currently available second-generation oral antipsychotic drugs. METHODS - In order to estimate the reachable gain in quality of life with cariprazine, an 8-state deterministic Markov cohort model was developed. Data was gathered from relevant scientific literature and public databases. The main assumptions regarding patient pathways have been validated by clinical experts, based on their real-life experience. The number of patients with negative symptoms of schizophrenia was estimated by the same methods as well. Sensitivity analyses were conducted on the input parameters. RESULTS - When compared with currently available second-generation oral antipsychotics, cariprazine generated an estimated increase of 0.05 quality-adjusted life years per patient in 2 years run. The deterministic sensitivity analysis confirmed the robustness of the results. Based on data of the National Health Insurance Fund and the scientific literature, a total gain of 450 quality-adjusted life years is expected at national level over a time horizon of 2 years. Even higher gains of QALY can be expected for longer time horizons. CONCLUSION - Based on conservative estimates significant health gain can be ge­ne­rated, if all patients with negative symp­toms of schizophrenia would receive the adequate cariprazine therapy in Hungary in­stead of the currently used se­cond-ge­ne­ration oral antipsychotic drugs. ]