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Adamis Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval for Symjepi (epinephrine) Pre-Filled Syringe

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

SAN DIEGO, June 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ:ADMP) (“Adamis”) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has approved Adamis’ EPINEPHRINE INJECTION, USP, 1:1000 (0.3 mg Pre-filled single dose syringe) (“PFS”) for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions (Type I) including anaphylaxis. The FDA has also approved the PFS trade name of Symjepi™. Symjepi provides two single dose syringes of epinephrine (adrenaline), which is considered the drug of choice for immediate administration in acute anaphylactic reactions to insect stings or bites, allergic reaction to foods (such as nuts), drugs and other allergens, as well as idiopathic or exercise-induced anaphylaxis. Dr. Dennis J. Carlo, President and CEO of Adamis, stated, “We are very excited by this approval, and at the same time, are already preparing to submit our se ... Read more

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Climate Change May Up Asthma Irritant, Study Says

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Climate change may increase people's exposure to an outdoor fungus that can damage airway cells, leading to a rise in asthma and allergy symptoms, a new study contends. The widespread fungus, called Alternaria alternata, produces spores in the dry, warm weather of late summer and early fall, said the researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Previous research has shown that the fungus produces up to three times more spores when atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are high. Rising CO2 emissions are thought to contribute to climate change. In some people, exposure to the spores can trigger allergy symptoms and asthma, the researchers explained. For this study, the research team exposed cells from the linings of human airways to Alternaria and found it produced more cell damage. They warned that climate change might ... Read more

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Nearly 4 Percent of Americans Suffer From Food Allergies

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – Millions of Americans have had to swear off shellfish, eggs, peanuts or soy to avoid allergic reactions that can range from stomach cramps to life-threatening swelling of the airways, new research shows. Approximately 4 percent of Americans have a food allergy, with women and Asians the most affected, the study found. "Recent reports suggest that food allergies are on the rise, with more food allergy-related hospitalizations in the U.S. over the last decade," said lead researcher Dr. Li Zhou. She's with the division of general medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Food allergies cost the United States an estimated $25 billion annually, Zhou said. For the study, Zhou and her colleagues reviewed nearly 3 million medical records identifying more than 97,000 patients who suffered from one or more food allergies or an intolerance to a ... Read more

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Could Cancer Drug Gleevec Help With Severe Asthma?

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – A leukemia drug might also effectively treat severe asthma, a small-scale clinical trial suggests. Gleevec (imatinib) reduced the "twitchiness" of airways, making them less likely to reflexively constrict when exposed to an allergen or asthma trigger, said senior researcher Dr. Elliot Israel. "We showed we could decrease the amount of airway twitchiness by a third," Israel said. "That's a substantial change, and that was significant compared with the placebo group." Israel is director of the respiratory therapy department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The drug also improved overall airway function, an effect researchers hadn't expected, Israel said. People whose severe asthma isn't controlled despite use of high-dose steroid medications are at risk of declining lung function and poor quality of life, the researchers said in background notes. But, ... Read more

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Allergies Getting Worse? Blame Climate Change

Posted 11 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 – If you're sniffling and sneezing a lot more lately, you're hardly alone. Climate change is making seasonal allergies worse, an expert says. "With the combination of increased temperature and carbon dioxide, we are seeing a dramatic change, and allergy sufferers can probably feel that change," said Dr. Richard Weber, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. "We are experiencing longer allergy seasons, earlier onset and there is just more pollen in the air," said Weber, who's also an allergist at National Jewish Health in Denver. About 40 million Americans have seasonal allergies – also known as hay fever – and they will have to cope with earlier and longer allergy seasons, Weber said. "A year ago, we saw pollen counts of certain trees that were about three times higher than what we normally would see in years past," he said in a ... Read more

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Expired EpiPens May Still Help Save a Life: Study

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – EpiPens – devices used to rescue people during a severe allergic reaction – can remain effective years after their expiration date, a new study reports. An evaluation of almost 40 expired, unused EpiPens brought in by patients revealed that all of the devices contained more than 80 percent of their initial dose of epinephrine. This was true even as long as four years past the expiration date on the device, said study lead researcher F. Lee Cantrell, director of the California Poison Control System - San Diego Division. People unable to replace an old EpiPen due to pharmacy shortages should hold onto it past expiration, because the device could still contain a lifesaving dose, Cantrell concluded. "There's still a dose that would be therapeutic in there," he said. "If this is all you have, this is better than nothing." Cantrell still recommends people replace ... Read more

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What's the Best Seasonal Allergy Med for Your Kid?

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Choosing an over-the-counter allergy medicine for a child sounds easy enough. But a new survey finds that the wide range of allergy medications, along with dosing and labeling differences, can make it a challenge to select the right medicine for kids. "Parents often face an overwhelming selection of allergy medicine without clear guidelines on how to choose the right one for their child," said pediatrician Dr. Gary Freed. Freed is co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan. "If parents are unsure how to navigate allergy medication choices, they should always check with their child's health-care provider," Freed said in a university news release. Freed's group surveyed more than 1,000 parents of children aged 6 to 12 across the United States. More than half of the parents had given allergy ... Read more

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EpiPen Out-of-Pocket Costs More Than Doubled Over Decade

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – Annual out-of-pocket costs for lifesaving EpiPens in the United States skyrocketed nearly 124 percent for many privately insured patients between 2007 and 2014, a new study finds. An EpiPen is the most widely used epinephrine auto-injector. The pocket-sized device is needed when someone is having a life-threatening allergic reaction. "The major concern is that these increases may lead patients to forgo filling EpiPen prescriptions due to cost, since having an EpiPen can mean the difference between life and death when serious allergic reactions occur," said study lead author Dr. Kao-Ping Chua. Chua is an assistant professor of pediatrics and public health sciences at the University of Chicago. He and his colleagues analyzed nationwide data on people with employer-provided insurance. Out-of-pocket costs for EpiPens rose from $33.80 in 2007 to $75.50 in 2014, even ... Read more

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Defect Prompts Mylan to Recall Some Epipens

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Mylan, the maker of the Epipen, says it is recalling "select lots" of the device used to treat dangerous allergic reactions due to a defect that might render it "difficult to activate in an emergency." The pen-like device is used to help counteract potentially fatal reactions (anaphylactic shock) in people with severe allergies. Epipen gives users an injection of epinephrine to help curb the reaction. Mylan said it consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and "Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan's manufacturing partner for EpiPen Auto-Injector, and has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots" of Epipen and Epipen Jr. Mylan said the recall was prompted by two reports – both occurring outside the United States – of the products' "failure to activate" because of a potential defect in a component part. Failure to activate could ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: EpiPen and and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector: Recall - Failure to Activate Device

Posted 2 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Mylan N.V. announced that Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner for EpiPen Auto-Injector, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the U.S. and other markets. This recall is being conducted as a result of the receipt of two previously disclosed reports outside of the U.S. of failure to activate the device due to a potential defect in a supplier component. The potential defect could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency (failure to activate or increased force needed to activate) and have significant health consequences for a patient experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Both reports are related to the single lot that was previously recalled. The r ... Read more

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FDA Alerts Consumers of Nationwide Voluntary Recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

March 31, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies’ voluntary recalldisclaimer icon 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 the devices’ failure to activate. The recalled product was manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies and distributed by Mylan Specialty. While the number of reported failures is small, EpiPen products that potentially contain a defective part are being recalled because of the potential for life-threatening risk if a severe allergic reaction goes untreated. Consumers should keep and use their current EpiPens if needed until they get a replacement. Consumers should contact Mylan at 800-796-9526 or ... Read more

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Allergic to Peanuts? Tree Nuts Might Still Be Safe

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Having an allergy to one type of nut may not necessarily doom you to a lifelong avoidance of all nuts, a new study suggests. In fact, more than half of the people who were allergic to one type of tree nut did not have a reaction to other tree nuts, the researchers reported. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts. Interestingly, the scientists also discovered that almost none of those with peanut allergies were allergic to tree nuts. Peanuts are actually legumes, and not nuts. Even if you have a positive skin or blood prick test to a tree nut, you aren't automatically allergic, especially if you've never actually eaten that tree nut, the researchers explained. Instead, allergy sufferers should take what is called an oral food challenge, the researchers said. In such a challenge, they eat increasingly larger amounts of ... Read more

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Early Allergies -- Payback for a Mild Winter?

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – The mild winter in many parts of the United States looks like it could mean an early and severe allergy season, a physician says. "For weeks, I've had patients arrive in my office with complaints of allergy symptoms," said Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a family physician with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Stratford, N.J. During spring, tree pollen and mold are the primary allergens. With the mild winter, mold spores in the environment could continue to grow and spread rather than go dormant, Caudle said. Also, trees are starting to bloom in many parts of the United States, in some cases weeks before they normally do, she added. "The good news is that only a relatively small number of tree species produce pollen that can cause an allergic reaction," she said in a university news release. "The bad news is that trees are prolific pollinators and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Create an Emergency Plan for Deadly Allergy Reaction

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- An anaphylaxis emergency plan is key to protecting your child against a deadly allergic reaction – especially at school when you're not around. Here's what the plan should include, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: A simple explanation of symptoms that indicate a serious allergic reaction. Guidance on when to use epinephrine. Used properly and when appropriate, it can save a life. Customize the plan to your child's allergies, as well to the school and local laws that could apply. The plan should be easy to understand for anyone who cares for your child. Keep copies of the plan at your child's school, daycare and after-school care facility. Read more

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Health Tip: Could Allergy Shots Help You?

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 use of allergy medications. You can commit the time needed for getting regular allergy shots. You can afford the cost of allergy shots and related medical visits. Read more

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