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600,000 Albuterol Inhalers Recalled
GlaxoSmithKline is recalling more than 590,000 albuterol inhalers. Three lots of Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers have been voluntarily recalled due to a potential issue with the delivery system, a spokesman for the British pharmaceutical company said. The affected lot numbers are 6ZP0003, 6ZP9944 and 6ZP9848. The devices have been recalled from hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and […]
FDA has issued recall alert for EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies’ voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in […]
FDA approves Odactra for house dust mite allergies!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Odactra, the first allergen extract to be administered under the tongue to treat house dust mite (HDM)-induced nasal inflammation. See below for highlights from the press release: -First allergen extract to be approved for oral (under the tongue) use – For treatment in patients 18-65 years of […]
Are Allergy Shots Right for You?
If you have allergies, regular shots (immunotherapy) are designed to make you less sensitive to allergens over time. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says you may be a candidate for allergy shots if: Your symptoms are moderate-to-severe and your allergy season lasts a few months or more. You want to avoid long-term […]
CVS Cuts Price of Generic Competitor to EpiPen
A generic competitor to Mylan’s EpiPen is now available at CVS for about one-sixth the price. CVS will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment than EpiPen, which can cost more than $600, the Associated Press reported. The products are auto-injectors that contain the hormone epinephrine and provide emergency […]
New Study Suggests Introducing Peanut Mush to Infants!
An update to the 2010 guidelines has been made based on a review of 64 publications including LEAP (Learning About Peanut allergy) trial. There are 3 different risk levels and the higher the risk, the earlier peanuts need to be introduced. For those at the highest risk (severe eczema or egg allergy) peanut mush should be introduced at […]
Mylan’s Cheaper Generic EpiPen Hits the Market
Drugmaker Mylan is rolling out a generic version of its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen at half the price of the brand name option. The company’s been under fire this year for its astronomical pricing of an inexpensive drug and has attracted Congressional inquiries. The EpiPen is filled with epinephrine and when injected can counter the […]
How the Holidays Can Affect Your Allergies
Are the Holidays Making You Sneeze?? Allergens could be lurking around this holiday season. Common allergens can include scented candles, smoke from a fireplace, mold spores from fresh pine trees and also seasonal flowers like poinsettias. You might also sneeze a little more from getting those dusty holiday decorations from the attic or basement. If your allergies […]
Food Allergen Labels Can be Confusing!
Shoppers are often confused by food labels that warn of potential allergens, and the consequences can be serious, new research suggests. “Up to 40 percent of consumers who either themselves have a food allergy or a child with a food allergy are purchasing products with precautionary allergen labels,” said lead researcher Dr. Ruchi Gupta. She […]