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Archive for May, 2014

Safe Travels

Published May - 22 - 2014

SafeTravelsCareful Planning Can Go a Long Way

 – Wherever Your Destination

When Diane, a 22-year-old graduate student at the University of Maryland, packed for a three-week study abroad course in Morocco last winter, she never thought she would need an epinephrine auto-injector.

Diane figured she had long outgrown her food allergies. She hadn’t had an allergic reaction to peanut since 2000 – when she was 9 years old.

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BreatheFreeWomen have a higher asthma prevalence than men, according to numerous studies. Why? Women with asthma have unique issues affecting their airways including hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menstrual cycles.

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Melting Away Allergies

Published May - 15 - 2014

womanFieldPeople allergic to grass or ragweed – two common seasonal allergies in the U.S. – now have a new treatment option: immunotherapy tablets that dissolve under your tongue.

Allergy immunotherapy gradually builds a person’s tolerance to specific allergens by exposing the patient to ever-increasing doses over a period of time – eventually reducing or eliminating symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

CSP2U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) envisions a day when people say, “There once was a disease called asthma.” She sees a time in the not-too-distant future when parents tell kids, “People actually used to die from eating peanut butter.”

What will it take to reach that day? A renewed emphasis on medical research, patient education, high-quality and ethical care, federal and community programs – and most of all, a commitment to patient safety. Read the rest of this entry »

FDA Agenda Addresses OTC Medications

Published May - 4 - 2014

FDA_logoAllergy and asthma medications are at the forefront of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agenda this year as the agency considers moving more drugs from prescription to over-the-counter (OTC) status.

Two medications recently considered were Nasacort®, the corticosteroid nasal spray approved for OTC use in late 2013, and Primatene HFA, an OTC asthma bronchodilator still under consideration at this time.

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RxCardVIENNA, VA, MAY 2, 2014 – Patients and families with asthma, allergies and other health conditions now have access to a simple and free Prescription Assistance Program through Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) offering savings of up to 75 percent on prescription medications, both brand and generic. Read the rest of this entry »