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Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – If you have surgery on your calendar, don't wait until the last minute to start preparing, especially if you're going to need anesthesia. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists says you're more likely to avoid complications if you follow these five tips: Stop taking unnecessary medications. Only use necessary, approved prescriptions ahead of time. If you have had or currently have a problem with alcohol or drug abuse, tell the anesthesiologist. He or she will need to consider possible drug interactions that could affect your safety during and after surgery. Halt herbal supplements. Discontinue using alternative medicines at least two weeks prior to surgery. Some herbal products can cause complications during and after surgery, such as dangerously high or low blood pressure. Disclose your family medical history. Tell your anesthesiologist about any ... 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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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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Steep Bills Surprise Patients Who Go 'Out-of-Network'

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Patients using specialists outside their health-plan network often receive surprise bills for services that cost far more than what Medicare considers a fair rate, a new study suggests. Most insurers use rates set by Medicare – the publicly funded insurance program for the elderly – as the benchmark for what they'll pay health care providers. But a look at 400,000 U.S. physicians' charges found many doctors bill their private-paying patients two, three, even six times more than what Medicare pays for the same services, the study revealed. The highest markups – four or more times greater than the Medicare rate – were for certain specialty services, including anesthesiology, interventional radiology, emergency medicine and pathology. Anesthesiologists had the highest markup, charging six times what Medicare considers a reasonable amount, the researchers ... 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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New Guidelines Urge Early Intro to Peanut Products in High-Risk Infants

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Babies at increased risk for peanut allergy should have peanut-containing foods added to their diets as early as 4 months of age, new U.S. guidelines suggest. The recommendation comes from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other expert groups. And it advocates a tactic that might seem counterintuitive: To drastically cut the chances of peanut allergy in high-risk babies, parents should introduce "age-appropriate" forms of peanut products early in life. Researchers said the advice is based on a pivotal clinical trial called LEAP, funded by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and first published in 2015. That study turned old thinking about peanut allergies on its head. At one time, doctors recommended complete peanut avoidance for babies and young children at high risk of an allergic reaction. That advice, however, didn't ... Read more

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Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – Escalating prices of the drug naloxone may threaten efforts to reduce opioid-related deaths across America, a team from Yale University and the Mayo Clinic warns. Naloxone is a drug given to people who overdose on prescription opioids and heroin. If administered in time, it can reverse the toxic and potentially deadly effects of "opioid intoxication." The research team called attention to skyrocketing prices for the lifesaving antidote, noting: Hospira (a Pfizer Inc. company) charges $142 for a 10-pack of naloxone – up 129 percent since 2012. Amphastar's 1 milligram version of naloxone is used off-label as a nasal spray. It's priced around $40 – a 95 percent increase since September 2014. Newer, easier-to-use formulations are even more expensive – a two-dose package of Evzio (naloxone) costs $4,500, an increase of more than 500 percent over two years. ... Read more

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Quick Shot of Epinephrine Boosts Cardiac Arrest Patients' Survival: Study

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Cardiac arrest patients who receive epinephrine (adrenaline) within five minutes of their heart stopping are more likely to survive than those who don't receive the drug within that time frame, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed outcomes among more than 100,000 patients who suffered cardiac arrest while staying at nearly 550 hospitals across the United States. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, while a heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked and heart tissue is damaged. In the study, survival rates were nearly 13 percent among patients who received epinephrine shots within five minutes of their heart stopping. Rates were only 11 percent among those who received the drug after five minutes had passed. "That is a 20 percent better survival rate for patients at hospitals where epinephrine is given quickly, ... 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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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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