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Insulin Prices Skyrocket, Putting Many Diabetics in a Bind

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – Insulin, a life-saving medication used to treat diabetes, was discovered nearly 100 years ago, yet the price of the drug has now spiked by 700 percent in just two decades. In early November, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democrat, pointed out that certain insulins had risen from $21 a vial in 1996 to $255 a vial in 2016. Some have likened the insulin price boosts to the recent price hikes for EpiPen – the life-saving medication needed when someone has a serious allergic reaction. Edith Prentiss, 64, of New York City, knows all too well what the rising cost of insulin means for her. She needs insulin to treat her diabetes and stay alive, yet living on a fixed income has forced her to make tough choices on which drug she can afford. "I have other medications I've been on for years, and as they became generic, they got cheaper. Insulin has never gotten any ... Read more

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Food Labels on Potential Allergens May Confuse Shoppers

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – 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 is a pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The most misunderstood food labels, the researchers found, are those that say "may contain" or "manufactured on shared equipment." While those labels may sound like the foods aren't as dangerous as those that say a product definitely contains a particular allergen, that's not the case, Gupta stressed. Gupta and her colleagues conducted an online survey of more than 6,600 respondents in the United States and Canada. Those answering the questions either ... Read more

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Americans Fed Up With Soaring Drug Prices: HealthDay/Harris Poll

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Americans are dismayed by sharp hikes in pharmaceutical prices, with more and more declaring their support for price caps on prescription drugs, according to the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll. Nine out of 10 adults blame pharmaceutical companies either "some" or "a lot" for the high cost of health care, and two-thirds blame them "a lot," the poll revealed. As a result, the proportion of Americans who support price controls or caps on drugs and medical devices has now increased to 81 percent. That's a steady rise from the 64 percent and 73 percent seen in similar Harris Poll surveys conducted in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Support for allowing Medicare to "negotiate prices on pharmaceuticals for all insurers" has also jumped from 66 percent in a 2015 poll to 74 percent in the latest poll. "The very large majorities of people who support tough government ... Read more

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Steep Rise in Price of Older Cancer Drugs

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Many older cancer drugs took a bigger bite out of Medicare and older Americans' wallets last year than five years earlier, a new analysis finds. After adjusting for inflation, nearly two-thirds of 86 cancer medicines in the study had price increases between 2010 and 2015, researchers reported. Eleven drugs more than doubled in price, and older drugs increased more than newer drugs, the study found. The study included oral and intravenous chemotherapy drugs covered by Medicare Part B. Medicare is the federal health insurance plan for people 65 or older. "Higher costs lead to higher copays," said study co-author Dr. Sham Mailankody. He's a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. "And empiric research suggests higher copays lead to treatment delays or discontinuation," he added. Patients with Medicare Part B coverage are ... Read more

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COPD Deaths Down for Most Americans: CDC

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – Fewer Americans are dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but not black women and the middle-aged, a new government report shows. Between 2000 and 2014, there was a 12 percent overall drop in deaths from the progressive lung disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Report co-author Hanyu Ni said the figures aren't unexpected, noting that "the declines in the COPD-related mortality are consistent with declines in the prevalence of current smoking for men and women in the United States." But, Ni added, the study only quantified death rate trends, and didn't look at the reasons behind those trends. Ni is an associate director for science with the CDC's division of vital statistics at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Dr. David Mannino, who's with the University of Kentucky's College of Public ... Read more

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Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen

Posted 29 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 – A cheaper generic version of the emergency allergy treatment EpiPen will be made available within the next few weeks, manufacturer Mylan said Monday. In the wake of mounting criticism over recent price hikes, the company said the generic version will be distributed by its U.S. subsidiary. It will have a list price of $300 for a two-pack, compared with $608 for the brand-name version. The generic version will be available in both 0.15 milligram (mg) and 0.30 mg strengths, the Associated Press reported. EpiPens are used to treat anaphylaxis – a severe, potentially fatal allergic reaction to insect bites and foods like nuts and eggs. The auto-injection device, which contains the hormone epinephrine, expires after a year. Since most users need several – one for home, and one for school or work, for example – the costs can mount up. With just one competitor, Mylan ... Read more

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Patent Monopolies Driving High U.S. Drug Prices: Study

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing in the United States due in large part to government regulations, a new analysis finds. These regulations allow drug manufacturers to charge monopolistic prices that aren't opposed by competing market forces, the researchers believe. The result? For each person in the United States, $858 was spent on prescription drugs, compared with an average of $400 per person across 19 other industrialized nations. Prescription medications now comprise an estimated 17 percent of overall health care expenses, the authors of the new report said. Drug makers charge high prices for drugs thanks largely to "market exclusivity" regulations intended to allow them to recoup the research and development costs for new breakthrough medications, said senior author Ameet Sarpatwari. He's an instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard ... Read more

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Congress Questioning EpiPen Price Hike

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

Members of Congress want the maker of EpiPens to explain why the price of the lifesaving product has risen 400 percent since 2007 and now costs as much as $600. An EpiPen delivers a potentially life-saving injection of medicine into people suffering a severe allergic reaction. In a letter to the pharmaceutical company Mylan, Senator Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican who heads the Judiciary Committee, demanded to know the reasons for the huge price hike, The New York Times reported. "Access to epinephrine can mean the difference between life and death, especially for children," wrote Grassley, who also noted that many children who need EpiPens are enrolled in government health care programs. "It follows that many of the children who are prescribed EpiPens are covered by Medicaid, and therefore, the taxpayers are picking up the tab for this medication," he wrote. Previously, Senator ... Read more

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Peanut Allergy Treatment: The Earlier in Childhood, the Better

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – A treatment for peanut allergies may work better if it's given to children earlier, even as young as 9 months, before the body's "allergic program" fully matures, new research suggests. The treatment is called oral immunotherapy – also known as exposure therapy. In this approach, peanut-allergic children are given very tiny amounts of peanut allergen as directed by a doctor. Over time, these small amounts of the allergen are thought to lessen the body's reaction to it. "If you are peanut-allergic, treatment early in life can have a longer benefit after stopping the treatment," said study leader Dr. Wesley Burks. He's a pediatric allergist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. The new study included 37 children between 9 months and 36 months old. They were given either high- or low-dose peanut exposure daily for about 29 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dining Out With Food Allergies

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Restaurants aren't off-limits if you have a severe food allergy, but you should plan ahead to make sure you stay safe. The Food Allergy Research and Education website advises: Call the restaurant and speak with the chef about which menu items are safe choices. Plan your meal times within the first hour of meal service, so the restaurant is less busy and the staff more alert. Bring a chef card that explains your allergies. Always bring an epinephrine pen, a medical ID bracelet and any medications you may need. Ask around for allergy-friendly restaurants, or opt for a chain restaurant that is allergy-aware and likely has the same menu at any location. Read more

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Allergy and Asthma Sufferers Beware as Holiday Season Kicks In

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 21, 2015 – There are a number of steps people with allergies and asthma can take to deal with the challenges they may face over the holidays, an expert says. "Two-thirds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round, so it's not just a matter of the first freeze hitting and your symptoms disappearing," Dr. Bryan Martin, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a college news release. "Even after the pollen season dies down, there are environmental triggers to deal with – things like mold, dust and pet dander. The winter holidays can bring a whole new set of triggers," he explained. For example, very cold, dry air can trigger asthma, experts warn. When going outside in very cold weather, people with asthma should cover their mouth and nose with a scarf or face mask, especially if they're exercising. People with allergies and ... Read more

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Second Severe Allergic Reaction Isn't Uncommon

Posted 10 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 – About 15 percent of children who have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can have a second one within a few hours, a new study shows. "The key message here for parents, caregivers and first responders is to administer epinephrine at the first sign of a severe allergic reaction to prevent anaphylaxis from worsening," Dr. James Sublett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, said in a college news release. "Anaphylaxis symptoms occur suddenly and can progress quickly. Always have a second dose with you and, when in doubt, administer it, too. Anaphylaxis can be fatal if left untreated," he added. Early symptoms of a severe allergic reaction may be mild, such as a runny nose, skin rash or "strange feeling." But these symptoms can quickly progress to more serious problems, including difficulty breathing, hives or swelling, throat ... Read more

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Asthma Treatments Fail Older Patients More Often: Study

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – Asthma treatments, especially inhaled corticosteroids, are less likely to work for older patients, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 1,200 patients with mild-to-moderate asthma, and found that treatment failure occurred in about 17 percent of those aged 30 and older, compared with about 10 percent of those younger than 30. Lower lung function and having asthma for a longer time were associated with a higher risk of treatment failure. When the researchers focused on specific therapies, they found that treatment failure increased consistently for every year above age 30 among patients who used inhaled corticosteroids. Patients aged 30 and older who used inhaled corticosteroids, either alone or in combination with other therapies, were more than twice as likely to have treatment failure than those younger than 30, the investigators found. Men and women ... Read more

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Peanut Allergy Exposure Occurs Most Often at Home, Study Says

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – For children with peanut allergies, home is more dangerous than school, researchers say. The Canadian study also found schools that ban peanut products are not less likely to have an accidental exposure occur than schools that don't have these policies in place. "Our study looked at 1,941 children who had been diagnosed as being allergic to peanuts to determine how exposure occurs, how serious the outcomes of the exposure are, and what treatment is given," said the study's first author, Sabrine Cherkaoui, of the University of Montreal. "We discovered that children are most at risk of exposure in their own homes. Furthermore, when children do have a moderate or severe reaction to an exposure, parents and medical professionals often do not know how to react appropriately," Cherkaoui said in a university news release. The children were nearly 7 years old on average ... Read more

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Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

Posted 18 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 – Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows. Just 16 percent knew the correct way to use an epinephrine injector for someone with a life-threatening allergy. And only 7 percent knew how to use an asthma inhaler as directed. "This isn't a new concern. We always worry about our patients, especially those with food allergies," said one of the study's authors, Dr. Aasia Ghazi, from the Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Dallas. "We had a patient call in the middle of a reaction, and she didn't remember how to use the epinephrine injector. That's why we looked to see what's going on, and what are the barriers that keep patients from using these devices properly?" Ghazi explained. The study was published online Dec. 18 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma ... Read more

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