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FDA Conducts Major Global Operation to Protect Consumers From Potentially Dangerous Prescription Drugs Sold Online

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

September 25, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, recently took action against more than 500 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved versions of prescription medicines, including opioids, antibiotics and injectable epinephrine products to American consumers. These actions were part of a major global operation that the FDA participated in to target illegal drugs being marketed online, and shipped and distributed through the postal system, directly to American consumers. Among other actions, the FDA also issued warning letters to the operators of a majority of the illegal websites that were targeted in the operation and worked with internet registrars to confiscate certain websites. Patients who buy prescription medicines from illegal online pharmacies may be putting their health ... Read more

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Too Few Children Get EpiPen When Needed: Study

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – EpiPens are the go-to solution when a child has a severe allergic reaction. But many kids don't get this essential treatment, U.S. researchers found. Even when the epinephrine-delivering device has been prescribed, parents or caretakers frequently fail to use it in the face of a potentially fatal allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, investigators found. "In our study, less than half of children experiencing anaphylaxis received epinephrine prior to hospital arrival," said Dr. Melissa Robinson. She's an allergy and immunology fellow at National Jewish Health in Denver. Her team examined medical records of more than 400 children, average age 7, treated for anaphylaxis in a Columbus, Ohio, emergency department or urgent care. The researchers wanted to see if an EpiPen was used when symptoms emerged. About two-thirds of the children had a known history of ... Read more

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Lifesaving Drugs From Pfizer, Including Epinephrine, in Short Supply: FDA

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it's working with the drug company Pfizer to remedy a shortage of important injectable medications, including emergency syringes of epinephrine. Epinephrine treats anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction to bee stings and foods such as peanuts. The drugs in short supply are made by the Pfizer company Hospira. In some cases, the FDA is extending expiration dates. "These are all critically important drugs for treating patients with life-threatening conditions," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The conditions these drugs treat include cardiac arrest (when the heart suddenly stops); a chemical imbalance in the blood called metabolic acidosis; and abnormal heart rhythms, Glatter said. "The reality is this: There is no substitute for medications such as ... 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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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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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 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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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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Needed: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic Reactions

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – When kids are at risk of severe allergic reactions, all their caregivers should have a written action plan and epinephrine auto-injectors readily available, according to new reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The reports include a new "universal" action plan for doctors to give parents, to help ensure they're ready to manage a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe allergic reaction that affects multiple organs in the body. The symptoms include swelling of the throat, lips and tongue; trouble breathing and swallowing; chest tightness; vomiting, and hives or skin rash. It's an emergency and needs to be quickly treated with an auto-injection of epinephrine, said Dr. Scott Sicherer. He's a professor of pediatrics, allergy and immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Sicherer ... Read more

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Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Check Again

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – Many people who think they're allergic to penicillin don't really have an allergy to this antibiotic, a pediatric expert says. And anyone who thinks they have had an allergic reaction to penicillin should undergo an allergy test to ensure they really need to avoid these important drugs, Dr. Min Lee advised. She is a pediatric allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "Penicillins are some of the safest and cheapest antibiotics available, and people who are reported to be allergic often get antibiotics that are costlier and potentially more toxic," Lee said in a news release from the medical center. According to UT Southwestern researchers, 90 percent of people who have a penicillin allergy listed in their medical records didn't actually have a reaction when exposed to the medication during an allergy test. Doctors can test for a penicillin allergy in ... Read more

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ER Doctor Offers Tips for Safer Snow Shoveling

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – If you're a middle-aged couch potato, shoveling snow could put you at risk for a heart attack. While shoveling isn't dangerous for many people, certain people are at higher risk. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people should check with a doctor first if they don't get regular exercise, have a medical condition or are middle-aged or older. If you must shovel, know the symptoms of a heart attack. Symptoms include: pain in the chest, arm(s), back, neck, jaw or stomach; a cold sweat; shortness of breath; nausea; lightheadedness; and uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness in the center of your chest. "If you are concerned that you may be having a heart attack, you should not hesitate about seeking medical treatment – every minute is crucial when experiencing a heart attack," said Dr. George Becker. He is director of the emergency department ... Read more

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CVS Cuts Price of Generic Competitor to EpiPen

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

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 treatment for potentially deadly allergic reactions to foods such as nuts and eggs and to insect bites and stings. The drug store chain said it cut the price of the generic version of Adrenaclick nearly in half and that the lower price is available in all its stores. The new price applies to both insured patients and those who pay cash without coverage, and is what customers will pay at the pharmacy counter, the AP reported. Mylan has faced severe criticism for increasing the price of its EpiPen by more than 500 percent since ... Read more

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