Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

‘Medications’

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 »

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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Epi In the ER

Published March - 20 - 2014

epiERFirst come the hives … just a little rash on the cheek. Then a tingly sensation in the mouth … and a cough. Were there nuts in that cookie? Is this an allergic reaction? Anaphylaxis?

You don’t want to take a chance, so you call 911 or go directly to the local hospital emergency room (ER).

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Proposed Asthma Inhalers Puts Patients at Risk

Published February - 20 - 2014

PrimateneVIENNA, VA, FEB. 19, 2014 – An over-the-counter (OTC) asthma inhaler up for approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) endangers patients by encouraging substandard treatment, according to Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization.

On Feb. 25, FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and Read the rest of this entry »

Asthma Inhalers You Can ‘Count’ On

Published February - 18 - 2014

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In April 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance that could allow new generic quick-relief albuterol inhalers onto pharmacy shelves without dose counters, leaving asthma patients playing a dangerous guessing game.
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McLEAN, VA, NOV. 13, 2013 – Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) today commended President Obama for signing into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, legislation that helps protect schoolchildren who experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

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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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Primatene Mist: Going, Going, Gone

Published December - 16 - 2011

After more than 50 years on the market, Primatene® Mist, the only nonprescription bronchodilator inhaler, will no longer be manufactured, sold or distributed in the United States as of Dec. 31, 2011. Why not? Because Primatene Mist, which is inhaled epinephrine, contains chlorofluorcarbon (CFC) propellants.

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Kelsey never leaves home without it – her auto-injectable epinephrine, that is. In fact she always has two. You see, Kelsey is allergic to peanuts and while she does everything she can to avoid being exposed to them, she knows that accidents happen, Read the rest of this entry »

“With today’s news, we are able to reassure patients of the safety of these medications when used according to newly clarified label instructions Read the rest of this entry »