Recent Faculty Publications

Below is a list of recent publications from faculty, students, and alumni affiliated with the Pharmaceuticals Program. To help identify BU pharm affiliates who have coauthored the publications below, their names are in bold and red.

Ashigbie PG, Azameti D, Wirtz VJ. Challenges of medicines management in the public and private sector under Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme – A qualitative study. J Pharm Policy Pract. 2016; 9:6. PMID: 26913200. View in: PubMed

Gill CJ, DeSilva MB, Hamer DH, Keyi X, Wilson IB, Sabin L. Novel Approaches for Visualizing and Analyzing Dose-Timing Data from Electronic Drug Monitors, or “How the ‘Broken Window’ Theory Pertains to ART Adherence“. AIDS Behav. 2015 Nov; 19(11):2057-68. PMID: 25893658. View in: PubMed

Hossain B, Islam MS, Rahman A, Marzan M, Rafiqullah I, Connor NE, Hasanuzzaman M, Islam M, Hamer DH, Hibberd PL, Saha SK. Understanding Bacterial Isolates in Blood Culture and Approaches Used to Define Bacteria as Contaminants: A Literature Review. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 May; 35(5 Suppl 1):S45-51. PMID: 27070064. View in: PubMed

Chen LH, Hamer DH. Zika Virus: Rapid Spread in the Western Hemisphere. Ann Intern Med. 2016 May 3; 164(9):613-5. PMID: 26832396. View in: PubMed

Mockenhaupt FP, Barbre KA, Jensenius M, Larsen CS, Barnett ED, Stauffer W, Rothe C, Asgeirsson H, Hamer DH, Esposito DH, Gautret P, Schlagenhauf P. Profile of illness in Syrian refugees: A GeoSentinel analysis, 2013 to 2015. Euro Surveill. 2016 Mar 10; 21(10). PMID: 26987893. View in: PubMed

Barnett JB, Dao MC, Hamer DH, Kandel R, Brandeis G, Wu D, Dallal GE, Jacques PF, Schreiber R, Kong E, Meydani SN. Effect of zinc supplementation on serum zinc concentration and T cell proliferation in nursing home elderly: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Mar; 103(3):942-51. PMID: 26817502. View in: PubMed

Hossain B, Weber MW, Hamer DH, Hibberd PL, Ahmed AS, Marzan M, Islam M, Connor NE, Islam MS, Zaidi AK, Baqui AH, Bhutta ZA, Qureshi SM, Rafiqullah I, McGee L, Saha SK. Classification of Blood Culture Isolates Into Contaminants and Pathogens on the Basis of Clinical and Laboratory Data. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 May; 35(5 Suppl 1):S52-4. PMID: 27070065. View in: PubMed

Mendelson M, Røttingen JA, Gopinathan U, Hamer DH, Wertheim H, Basnyat B, Butler C, Tomson G, Balasegaram M. Maximising access to achieve appropriate human antimicrobial use in low-income and middle-income countries. Lancet. 2016 Jan 9; 387(10014):188-98. PMID: 26603919.

Stoney RJ, Chen LH, Jentes ES, Wilson ME, Han PV, Benoit CM, Macleod WB, Hamer DH, Barnett ED for the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network. Malaria prevention strategies: adherence among Boston-area travelers visiting malaria-endemic countries. Am J Trop Med Hyg, published online October 19, 2015.

Ndhlovu M, Nkhama E, Miller JM, Hamer DH. Antibiotic prescribing practices for patients with fever in the transition from presumptive treatment of malaria to “confirm and treat” in Zambia: a cross sectional study. Trop Med Int Health 2015;12:1696-1706.

Ehrenstein V, Petersen I, Smeeth L, Jick SS, Benchimol EI, Ludvigsson JF, Sørensen HT. Helping everyone do better: a call for validation studies of routinely recorded health data. Clin Epidemiol. 2016; 8:49-51. PMID: 27110139. View in: PubMed

Bloechliger M, Ceschi A, Rüegg S, Kupferschmidt H, Kraehenbuehl S, Jick SS, Meier CR, Bodmer M. Risk of Seizures Associated with Antidepressant Use in Patients with Depressive Disorder: Follow-up Study with a Nested Case-Control Analysis Using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Drug Saf. 2016 Apr; 39(4):307-21. PMID: 26650063. View in: PubMed

Spoendlin J, Karatas G, Furlano RI, Jick SS, Meier CR. Rosacea in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease: A Population-based Case-control Study. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2016 Mar; 22(3):680-7. PMID: 26717319. View in: PubMed

Seliger C, Meier CR, Becker C, Jick SS, Bogdahn U, Hau P, Leitzmann MF. Use of Selective Cyclooxygenase-2 Inhibitors, Other Analgesics, and Risk of Glioma. PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0149293. PMID: 26871579. View in: PubMed

Hagberg KW, Sahasrabuddhe VV, McGlynn KA, Jick SS. Does Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor and ß-Blocker Use Reduce the Risk of Primary Liver Cancer? A Case-Control Study Using the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Pharmacotherapy. 2016 Feb; 36(2):187-95. PMID: 26846893. View in: PubMed

Seliger C, Meier CR, Jick SS, Uhl M, Bogdahn U, Hau P, Leitzmann MF. Use of cardiac glycosides and risk of glioma. J Neurooncol. 2016 Apr; 127(2):321-8. PMID: 26721242. View in: PubMed

McGlynn KA, Hagberg K, Chen J, Braunlin M, Graubard BI, Suneja N, Jick S, Sahasrabuddhe VV. Menopausal hormone therapy use and risk of primary liver cancer in the clinical practice research datalink. Int J Cancer. 2016 May 1; 138(9):2146-53. PMID: 26662112. View in: PubMed
Li L, Jick S, Breitenstein S, Michel A. Prevalence of Diabetes and Diabetic Nephropathy in a Large U.S. Commercially Insured Pediatric Population, 2002-2013. Diabetes Care. 2016 Feb; 39(2):278-84. PMID: 26681728. View in: PubMed

Bornand D, Toovey S, Jick SS, Meier CR. The risk of new onset depression in association with influenza – A population-based observational study. Brain Behav Immun. 2016 Mar; 53:131-7. PMID: 26681501. View in: PubMed

Bruderer SG, Bodmer M, Jick SS, Meier CR. Association of hormone therapy and incident gout: population-based case-control study. Menopause. 2015 Dec; 22(12):1335-42. PMID: 25968834. View in: PubMed

Li L, Hagberg KW, Peng M, Shah K, Paris M, Jick S. Rates of Cardiovascular Disease and Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Patients With Psoriatic Arthritis Compared to Patients Without Psoriatic Arthritis. J Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Dec; 21(8):405-10. PMID: 26406567. View in: PubMed.

Jick S, Li L, Gastanaga VM, Liede A. Prevalence of hypercalcemia of malignancy among cancer patients in the UK: analysis of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink database. Cancer Epidemiol. 2015 Dec; 39(6):901-7. PMID: 26520619. View in: PubMed

Christiansen CF, Ehrenstein V, Heide-Jørgensen U, Skovbo S, Nørrulund H, Sørensen HT, Li L, Jick SMetformin initiation and renal impairment: a cohort study in Denmark and the UKBMJ Open, 2015 Sep 2;5(9):e008531.  doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008531.

Bloechliger M, Rüegg S, Jick SS, Meier CR, Bodmer M.  Antipsychotic drug use and the risk of seizures: Follow-up study with a nested case-control analysisCNS Drugs 2015;29(7):591-563.  doi: 10.1007/s40263-015-0262-y.

Spoendlin J, Meier C, Jick SS, Meier CR.  Oral and inhaled glucocorticoid use and risk of Achilles or biceps tendon rupture:  a population-based case-control studyAnnals of Medicine 2015;47(6):492-498.  doi: 10.3109/07853890.2015.1074272. [Epub 2015 Sep 11]

Bruderer SG, Bodmer M, Jick SS, Meier CR.  Association of hormone therapy and incident gout:  population-based case-control studyMenopause  2015 May 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Becker C, Jick SS, Meier CR, Bodmer M.  No evidence for a decreased risk of thyroid cancer in association with use of metformin or other antidiabetic drugs:  a case-control studyBMC Cancer 2015 Oct 16;15(1):719. doi: 10.1186/s12885-015-1719-6.

Bloechliger M, Ceschi A, Rüegg S, Kupferschmidt H, Kraehenbuehl S, Jick S, Meier CR, Bodmer M.  Risk of Seizures Associated with Antidepressant Use in Patients with Depressive Disorder:  Follow-up Study with a Nested Case-Control analysis Using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Drug Safety, published on-line 9 December 2015.  Doi:  10.1007/s40264-015-0363-z.

Kaufman DW, Kelly JP, Battista DR, Malone MK, Weinstein RB, Shiffman S. The relation of health literacy to exceeding the labeled maximum daily dose of acetaminophen. Am J Prev Med 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.11.005.

Beall RF, Nickerson JW, Kaplan WA, Attaran A. Is Patent “Evergreening” Restricting Access to Medicine/Device Combination Products? PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0148939. PMID: 26910128. View in: PubMed

Kaplan W, Laing R, Ewen M, Beran D. Insulin patents and market exclusivities: unresolved issues. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2016 Feb; 4(2):98. PMID: 26825233. View in: PubMed

Beran D, Ewen M, Laing R. Constraints and challenges in access to insulin: a global perspective. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2016 Mar; 4(3):275-85. PMID: 26857998. View in: PubMed

Nuria Cañigueral-Vila, Jennifer C. Chen, Lindsey Frenkel-Rorden and Richard Laing (2015) Improvements for international medicine donations: a review of the World Health Organization Guidelines for Medicine Donations, 3rd edition. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2015, 8:28. Available at 

Tobin, M. R., & Laing, R. (2015). Generic medicine: Boston University students’ perceptions and surprising lack of knowledge. Journal of Generic Medicines: The Business Journal for the Generic Medicines Sector, 1741134315596012. Available at

Bradley, H., & Laing, R. (2015). Access to medicines–overcoming the barriers. EMHJ, 21(8). Available at

Bigdeli, M., Laing, R., Tomson, G., & Babar, Z. U. D. (2015). Medicines and universal health coverage. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2015, 8 (1): 8. Available at

Simeone RM, Feldkamp ML, Reefhuis J, Mitchell AA, Gilboa SM, Honein MA, Iskander J. CDC Grand Rounds: understanding the causes of major birth defects — steps to prevention. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2015;64(39):1104-7. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6439a3.

Benedum CM, Yazdy MM, Mitchell AA, Werler MM. Impact of periconceptional use of nitrosatable drugs on the risk of neural tube defects. Am J Epidemiol 2015;182(8):675-84. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv126.

Louik C, Werler MM, Anderka M, Mitchell AA. Application of data screening to drug exposure in large risk factor studies of birth defects. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 2015;103(8):713-7. doi: 10.1002/bdra.23407.

Shiffman S, Rohay JM, Battista D, Kelly JP, Malone MK, Weinstein RB, Kaufman DW. Patterns of acetaminophen medication use associated with exceeding the recommended maximum daily dose. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2015;24:915–21. doi: 10.1002/pds.3830.

Sabin LL, Bachman DeSilva M, Gill CJ, et al. Improving Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy With Triggered Real-time Text Message Reminders: The China Adherence Through Technology Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015; 69(5): 551-9. Available at:

Sharma A, Rorden L, Ewen M, Laing R. Evaluating availability and price of essential medicines in Boston area (Massachusetts, USA) using WHO/HAI methodology. J Pharm Policy Pract. 2016; 9:12. PMID: 27054040. View in: PubMed

Sharma A, Kaplan WA, Chokshi M, Hasan Farooqui H, Zodpey SP. Implications of private sector Hib vaccine coverage for the introduction of public sector Hib-containing pentavalent vaccine in India: evidence from retrospective time series data. BMJ Open. 2015; 5(2):e007038. PMID: 25712822. View in: PubMed

Mishra SR, Sharma A, Bhandari PM, Bhochhibhoya S, Thapa K (2015) Depression and Health-Related Quality of Life among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Cross-Sectional Study in Nepal. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0141385. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141385

Vogler S, Zimmermann N, Ferrario A, Wirtz VJ, de Joncheere K, Pedersen HB, Dedet G, Paris V, Mantel-Teeuwisse AK, Babar ZU. Pharmaceutical policies in a crisis? Challenges and solutions identified at the PPRI Conference. J Pharm Policy Pract. 2016; 9:9. PMID: 26981252. View in: PubMed

Edson Servan-Mori E, Ileana Heredia-Pi I, Julio C. Montañez-Hernandez JC, Leticia Avila-Burgos L, Veronika J. Wirtz. Access to medicines by Seguro Popular beneficiaries: pending tasks towards universal health coverage. PLoS One, 10(9):e0136823 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136823. eCollection 2015. Available at

Corrina Moucheraud, Veronika J. Wirtz, Michael R. Reich. Examining economic data in the application review process of the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines List Research. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2015 Oct 1;93(10):693-699. Available at

Sandra Díaz‐Portillo, Alvaro J. Idrovo, Anahi Dreser, Federico R. Bonilla, Bonni Matías‐Juan, Veronika J. Wirtz. Consultorios médicos adyacentes a farmacias privadas en México: Condiciones laborales, infraestructura y servicios ofrecidos. Salud Publica de Mexico 2015;57:320-328. Available at

Jennifer Manne-Goehler, Michael Reich, Veronika J. Wirtz. Access to Care for Chagas Disease in the United States: A Health Systems Analysis. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2015 93(1):108-13. Available at