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FDA and Nasal Sprays

Published July - 18 - 2013

Do you – or someone in your family – use a corticosteroid nasal spray?

On July 31, AANMA released results of our recent survey regarding patient use of intranasal corticosteroid sprays. Findings were shared during the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nonprescription Drug Advisory Committee meeting considering the switch of triamcinolone nasal spray from prescription to over-the-counter status.

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Organizations launch interactive tool to support volunteer networks and state laws protecting students with life-threatening allergies

July 1, 2013 – McLean, VA – Today, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) and Anaphylaxis Community Experts across the country launch the USAnaphylaxis™ Map, an interactive web tool tracking the progress of state laws regarding emergency anaphylaxis preparedness plans in schools. Read the rest of this entry »


Published June - 14 - 2013

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is concerned about the increasing “do-it-yourself” trend that treats allergy and asthma patients more like piggy banks than people with serious health concerns. A recent story in USA Today about home allergy tests is a case in point. Read the rest of this entry »

Summertime Tips for Easy Breathing

Published June - 12 - 2013

Controlling humidity is a breeze – literally

Summer heat goes hand-in-hand with humidity – but it doesn’t have to dampen your spirits or take your breath away. Leading nonprofit patient education Read the rest of this entry »

Federal government sequestration cuts have begun. Sequestration is the employment of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts in the face of annual budget deficits. As members of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, we (AANMA) have concluded that the FDA’s public health responsibilities cannot be accomplished with its existing budget, particularly post-sequestration. Read the rest of this entry »

Making An Impact On Capitol Hill

Published May - 23 - 2013


Are you paying more and getting less for your healthcare dollars? Patients’ rights to routine medical care are increasingly in doubt – all in an effort to save money in our overburdened healthcare system. Truth is, asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis require professional medical care – these are NOT do-it-yourself diseases.

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Colorado Springs Anaphylaxis Marathon Man

Published May - 23 - 2013

Turns out you can go home again.

Eric L. Caplan, MD, FACAAI, FAAP, grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo. His medical training took him east to Virginia, then Indiana and finally Georgia, but he always wanted to return home. He joined Colorado Springs Allergy & Asthma Clinic in 2004.

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Patients, Not Piggy Banks!

Published April - 24 - 2013

Feeling more and more like the nation’s healthcare piggy bank? Shaken, pinched and poked at every turn? No wonder! The Kaiser Foundation reports insurance premiums soared a whopping 131 percent in the last decade. Commercial insurance and government payers are shifting healthcare costs onto consumers faster than Farmer Dell can ring the dinner bell. And to some enterprising allergy and asthma businesses, that spells opportunity!

Don’t go running wee, wee, wheezing all the way home! We’ve got work to do! Read the rest of this entry »

Locally Grown: A Little Dirt Never Hurt

Published April - 24 - 2013

It’s spring! Plant a little happiness in your backyard or in containers on the front steps this year.

Start with a packet of seeds or a six-pack of your favorite herbs and veggies from the garden center. Buy lush, healthy specimens, plant in good soil, add water and tend according to directions. Read the rest of this entry »

DIY Asthma?

Published April - 24 - 2013
In March 2012, the Food and Drug Administration held a pubic hearing in which Janet Woodcock, MD, Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, posed the following questions: Should there be more flexibility in FDA’s concept of non-prescription drugs? Can FDA broaden the assistance that a consumer gets, for example, Read the rest of this entry »