Drug Prescriptions

Publication Title: 
Journal of Addictive Diseases

Surveys of physicians' attitudes regarding the therapeutic value of marijuana are rare. Drawing on a national sample of family physicians, general internists, obstetrician-gynecologists, psychiatrists, and addiction specialists, 960 (adjusted response rate 66%) offered opinions about the legal prescription of marijuana as medical therapy. Thirty-six percent believed prescribed marijuana should be legal and 26% were neutral to the proposition.

Author(s): 
Charuvastra, Anthony
Friedmann, Peter D.
Stein, Michael D.
Publication Title: 
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne

BACKGROUND: The therapeutic use of cannabis and cannabis-based medicines raises safety concerns for patients, clinicians, policy-makers, insurers, researchers and regulators. Although the efficacy of cannabinoids is being increasingly demonstrated in randomized controlled trials, most safety information comes from studies of recreational use. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of safety studies of medical cannabinoids published over the past 40 years to create an evidence base for cannabis-related adverse events and to facilitate future cannabis research initiatives.

Author(s): 
Wang, Tongtong
Collet, Jean-Paul
Shapiro, Stan
Ware, Mark A.
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

OBJECTIVES: To examine the differences between medical and non-medical practitioners with regard to the selection of potency. DESIGN: Postal survey to medical homeopaths belonging to the Faculty of Homeopathy, and to non-medical homeopaths, members of the Society of Homeopaths. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred medical homeopaths and 100 non-medical homeopaths. RESULTS: Homeopaths from both groups agreed on certain fundamental concepts.

Author(s): 
Deroukakis, M.
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

A committee of the Dutch Association of Homeopathic Physicians is trying to validate materia medica by evaluating successful cases. These cases are presented and assessed by a group of experienced homeopathic physicians to provide indications about the prevalence of symptoms related to particular homeopathic medicines. The next logical question is whether epidemiological techniques can be applied to them. We have some ideas concerning the information these data can provide, based on epidemiological theory and limited experimental data.

Author(s): 
Stolper, C. F.
Rutten, A. L. B.
Lugten, R. F. G.
Barthels, R. J. W. M.
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

There is little research on cost-effectiveness of homeopathy in General Practice. This study aimed to compare the costs of homeopathic prescribing with conventional drugs prescribing. Data were collected for 4 years on all patients who were treated homeopathically. Costs of homeopathic remedies and costs of conventional drugs which otherwise would be prescribed for these patients was calculated for the total duration of treatment. Savings were calculated. One hundred patients were included in the study. Average cost savings per patient was pounds 60.40.

Author(s): 
Jain, Asha
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A base for targeted research and development in homeopathy can be founded on systematic collection and analysis of relevant clinical data obtained by doctors in routine practice. With these longer-term aims in mind, we conducted a pilot data collection study, in which 14 homeopathic physicians collected clinical and outcomes data over a 6-month period in their practice setting.

Author(s): 
Mathie, R. T.
Robinson, T. W.
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

The practice of Homeopathy ought to be strictly logical. In the Organon Samuel Hahnemann gives the impression that the unprejudiced observer should be able to follow an algorithmic route to the simillimum in every case. Judgement and Decision Research, however, indicates that when people grapple with complex systems like homeopathy they are more likely to use heuristics or empirical rules to help them reach a solution. Thus Hahnemann's concept of the unprejudiced observer is virtually impossible to attain. There is inevitable bias in both case-taking and remedy selection.

Author(s): 
Souter, K.
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Targeted research development in veterinary homeopathy is properly informed by the systematic collection and analysis of relevant clinical data obtained by its practitioners. We organised a pilot data collection study, in which 8 Faculty of Homeopathy veterinarians collected practice-based clinical and outcomes data over a 6-month period.

Author(s): 
Mathie, R. T.
Hansen, L.
Elliott, M. F.
Hoare, J.
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A base for targeted research development in dental homeopathy can be founded on systematic collection and analysis of relevant data obtained by dentists in clinical practice. With these longer-term aims in mind, we conducted a pilot data collection study, in which 14 homeopathic dentists collected clinical and outcome data over a 6-month period in their practice setting.

Author(s): 
Mathie, R. T.
Farrer, S.
Publication Title: 
The Veterinary Record

Twelve Faculty of Homeopathy veterinarians recorded data systematically at 777 consecutive homeopathic appointments for horses over a period of 12 months.

Author(s): 
Mathie, R. T.
Baitson, E. S.
Hansen, L.
Elliott, M. F.
Hoare, J.

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