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Our journal is the official publication of Inonu University Medical Faculty and published uninterruptedly for 25 years. It was first published as the name of Inonu University Medical Journal and later as Journal of Turgut Ozal Medical Center. During its publication period, the journal accepted Turkish or English articles for publication.

Abstracting in an international index is just a paramount objective in the 25th year of the journal. Because of this goal, it was necessary to make a decision both in terms of journal name and publication language. It was important in this respect that the name of a general medical journal should be related to medicine again and it should be in English. For these reasons, the name of the journal was switched to Annals of Medical Research and its publication language is changed to in English. The logo of the journal was chosen as an apricot, which is the symbol of our city Malatya, the world capital of apricot. I hope the journal succeeds with its new name. Annals of Medical Research is published monthly.



The potential gastrointestinal side effects of excipients in imatinib preparations (p.3071-5)

The potential gastrointestinal side effects of excipients in imatinib preparations (p.3071-5)

Aydan Akdeniz1, Gulhan Orekici2, Berrin Balik1, Mahmut Bakir Koyuncu1, Mehmet Ali Ucar1, Anil Tombak1, Nalan Tiftik3, Eyup Naci Tiftik1
1Department of Hematology, Faculty of Medicine, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey
2Department of Statistics, Faculty of Medicine, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey
3Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey
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Aim: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a BCR-ABL positive myeloproliferative disorder characterized by clonal proliferation of the hematopoietic stem cells. Imatinib mesylate represents the most important agent associated with improved survival in CML that has been introduced for clinical use in 2000s. The original imatinib preparation Glivec ® was subsequently followed by the introduction of biosimilar products containing a variety of excipients. Gastrointestinal side effects represent the major limitation for therapeutic use of imatinib. This study was planned to examine whether excipients in the original and biosimilar imatinib products had any role in the emergence of GIS side effects.
Materials and methods: Excipients in imatinib preparations used for the treatment of chronic phase (CP) CML patients followed up and treated at the hematology department of Mersin University between 2000 and 2019 were analyzed with respect to their potential GIS side effects.
Results: Totally 42 CML patients included in the study. The median age was 53.2, and female:male ratio was 20:22. They had similar demographic characteristics as compared to previously reported CML populations. No patients had GIS side effect requiring drug discontinuation or switch to another agent. While bovine gelatin and polyvinyl alcohol had no significant effects on GIS side effects, those that contained titanium were found to be associated with a significant increase in the risk of GIS side effects (52%, contained titanium vs 0/2, contained no titanium). These side effects are less frequently in products that have lowest number of excipient types.
Conclusion: GIS side effects can be triggered by various excipients in imatinib preparations

Keywords: Chronic myeloid neoplasm; excipients; gastrointestinal side effects; imatinib; myeloproliferative neoplasm



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Annals of Medical Research is the scientific official journal of the Inonu University Faculty of Medicine. It is published monthly. The essential aim of the Annals of Medical Research is to publish scientifically high quality clinical and experimental research articles on fields of medicine which can contribute to the literature data. In addition, review articles, case reports, editorials, letters to the editors and manuscripts on publication ethics and medical history, which can contribute to the education and practices of physicians and health sector professionals within the scope of the journal’s target audience and which can increase the level of scientific communication between the authors and readers, are included in the scope of the journal.



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