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FDA Approves First Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Containing an Adjuvant

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Fluad, the first seasonal influenza vaccine containing an adjuvant.
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FDA Approves New Flu Treatment

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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza (flu) in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.
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FDA Extends Expiration Dates of Certain Lots of EpiPens®

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today took additional action to mitigate shortages of EpiPen (epinephrine) auto-injector by extending the expiration date of specific lots of 0.3 milligram products marketed by Mylan by four months beyond the labeled expiration date.
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FDA Proposes Ban on Most Powdered Medical Gloves

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FDA News Release FDA proposes ban on most powdered medical gloves For Immediate Release March 21, 2016 Release Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the United States. While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling. The proposed ban...
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FDA Warns of Fraudulent and Unapproved Flu Products

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As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency is reminding consumers to be wary of unapproved products claiming to prevent, treat or cure influenza, or flu. This year’s severe flu season raises new concerns about the potential for consumers to be lured into buying unproven flu treatments, and even worse, buying counterfeit antivirals online from websites that appear to be legitimate online pharmacies.
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February Advocacy Update: Over-the-Counter Medicines, Restaurant Safety and Cleaner Cars

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Welcome to your February advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I am pictured above with AAFA board member Renuka Babu Brown and Senator Ed Markey's (D-MA) policy advisor Adam Axler. Over-the-Counter Drug Access and Cleaner Cars Rollbacks AAFA and other members of the Healthy Choices Coalition met with Representative Judy Chu's office. We asked her to co-sponsor the Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019...
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Food Allergy Research Survey – Recruiting Now!

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This year’s theme for World Allergy Week is The Global Problem of Food Allergy. To help us take action on food allergies, we are seeking 1,000 individuals to fill out a survey that may take 15-30 minutes (the length of the survey depends on your answers).
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Global Climate Change Is a Rapidly Growing Health Emergency

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New research shows that climate change is already a significant public health issue and a looming global health emergency. Its findings, outlined in The Lancet medical journal, demonstrate the various ways climate change is already affecting the health of people across the planet, today.
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Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) Recommends the Use of Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) Monitoring for Difficult-to-Treat and Severe Asthma Management

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Circassia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Circassia” or “the Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on respiratory disease, today announced that Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) monitoring is recommended in the latest Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guide, “Difficult-to-Treat & Severe Asthma in Adolescent and Adult Patients – Diagnosis and Management.”
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Grateful to Our Asthma and Allergy Community

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported our important work this past year. We are honored to provide people with asthma and allergies life-saving information and support. Together, we are improving lives every day.
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We Are Grateful for You!

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We are thankful for you! Thanks to people like you, adults with asthma and allergies, and families raising children with asthma and allergies, have hope for this holiday season.
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Health Insurance 101 for People With Asthma and Allergies (Video and Resources)

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) hosted a webinar on Thursday, March 30, 2017, about Health Insurance 101 for People with Asthma and Allergies. Watch video on YouTube Our guest speaker was Prue Fitzpatrick, MPH, a member of the Board of Directors for AAFA. She has a background in health care policy, having been involved with recent health reform policy development and implementation, as well as experience working within the insurance industry. Ms. Fitzpatrick discussed:...
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Healthier Home Initiative Addresses Philadelphia’s Asthma Crisis

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The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program partnered with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help 30 families in the region improve their indoor home environment.
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High Heat, Air Pollution, Air Quality Create Problems for People with Asthma

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When we think of summer, we usually think of outdoor fun like swimming, cookouts, sporting events and going to the park. But with summer also comes a combination of heat and smog that can create bad air quality. Heat, air pollution and ragweed pollen create problems in the fall too. Since we spend more time outside in these warmer months, these combinations can be hard on your airways.
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House Representatives Introduce Resolution to Have May Declared National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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To mark World Asthma Day, Representatives Eliot L. Engel (NY-16) and Fred Upton (MI-6) have introduced a bipartisan House Resolution designating the month of May as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.”
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How Does Rain Affect Pollen Levels?

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Long, hot days are great for outdoor activities, but pollen can threaten to keep you indoors if you have pollen allergies and allergic asthma. They may leave you longing for a rain shower to wash the pollen away. But rain causes plant growth, producing more pollen, right? So is rain good for those with allergies or not?
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Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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With the current spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and around the world, many people with asthma wonder how it would affect them if they got the illness. There is a lot we still don't know about this illness. Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) Medical Scientific Council, wrote this article for our blog about what we do know at this time. There have been many questions about how having asthma affects your risk of getting...
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Pollen Immunotherapy May Relieve Oral Allergy Syndrome Symptoms in Children

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We know that children with pollen food allergy syndrome (PFAS) also suffer from seasonal allergies. A new study being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston shows that allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy) can be effective in reducing PFAS symptoms for pediatric patients.
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Recall Alert: Apotex Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray for Glass Particles

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Apotex Corp. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray USP 50 mcg Per Spray 120 Metered Sprays Due to Potential for Small Glass Particles
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September/October Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: Passenger Rights on Planes, Protections in Schools and Access to OTC Medicines

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Welcome to our first monthly advocacy update. My name is Jenna Riemenschneider, Director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I'm pictured above with Mark Vieth, Senior Vice President at Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, at a meeting with Airlines for America. Through this monthly blog series, I will update you on our advocacy efforts. We have already had a busy fall. This first post will include our September and October activity.
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Several Factors Can Affect Length of Child’s Hospital Stay After an Asthma Attack

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from the 2017 ACAAI Scientific Annual Meeting to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Eczema Plus Family History Can Mean a Longer Hospital Stay for Kids with Asthma Study finds number of allergies don’t necessarily affect length of hospital stay. BOSTON, MA (October 27, 2017) – Asthma and allergies are related, and many people who suffer from asthma have allergies that trigger their asthma.
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Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

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Has the increase in pets on planes made travel difficult for you or family members with asthma or allergies? Have you had to change travel plans or leave a plane because of animals on your flight? Have you had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction on a flight because of sharing a cabin with animals? If so, we encourage you to share your story with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). They are asking for public comments on pets on planes.
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Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

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A new over-the-counter device that works with your smartphone will warn you if your asthma is about to flare. The FDA recently approved the device, called Wing. Wing attaches to your smartphone and measures your lung function. Wing has a sensor that monitors your asthma zones. The pocket-sized device includes a mouthpiece. The Wing app collects and analyzes the data from the lung test.
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Springfield, Massachusetts: Why It's the #1 Asthma Capital

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Last year’s top Asthma Capital, Springfield, Massachusetts, is again the most challenging place in the U.S. to live with asthma. To get a better understanding of the asthma problem there, we talked with a local family, senator, allergist and city councilor.
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Successes and Setbacks for Kathy P as She Trains to #TackleAsthma

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The past month has been filled with many personal breakthroughs and self-revelations. At times, I’ve made great progress and other times, asthma has stopped me in my tracks.
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Teens With Asthma Almost Twice As Likely to Smoke

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A study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found adolescents with asthma were twice as likely to smoke as kids without asthma. And they continue to smoke well into their teen years, even though they know smoking is particularly bad for their lungs.
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Teva Announces FDA Approval of QVAR® RediHaler™ Inhaler

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) inhalation aerosol, a breath-actuated inhaler for the maintenance treatment of asthma as a prophylactic therapy in patients 4 years of age and older.
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Thunderstorms and Asthma: An Unexpected Connection

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In November 2016, a surprising event occurred in Melbourne, Australia. During an outbreak of thunderstorms, thousands of people had sudden asthma attacks around the same time. The strange weather event overwhelmed emergency facilities and personnel. Nine people died from the event. The phenomenon is called thunderstorm asthma. Experts in Australia and Europe have been studying thunderstorm asthma for years. But we don’t hear much about it in the United States. Does that mean Americans won’t...
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Tree Pollen: Spring’s First Allergy Offender

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When spring allergy season first starts, causing you to sniffle and sneeze, tree pollen is to blame. Trees start producing pollen as early as January in the Southern U.S. Many trees keep producing pollen through June. What Are the Symptoms of a Tree Pollen Allergy? Pollen allergy symptoms are commonly called “hay fever.” Pollen released by trees, as well as grasses and weeds, cause these symptoms. They include: Runny nose and mucus production Sneezing Itchy nose, eyes, ears and mouth Stuffy...
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Webinar: Caring for Patients with Asthma and Allergy: Leveraging Digital Solutions

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As part of Asthma Week at the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and ATS will present a webinar on Wednesday, June 22, at 3:00 pm. The webinar, "Caring for Patients with Asthma and Allergy: Leveraging Digital Solutions,” will be hosted by AAFA’s President and CEO, Dr. Cary Sennett. RSVP: Reserve your seat by registering WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 TIME: 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern time WHERE: Your computer, iOS or Android device Asthma is a...
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Why the Weatherford, Texas, School Board’s Anaphylaxis Policy Is a Bad Idea

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School is a common place for children to experience anaphylaxis – a serious allergic reaction. But the Weatherford Independent School District in Texas recently took a step backward. They created a policy that guides staff to give Benadryl® for severe allergic reactions, instead of unassigned stock epinephrine. But this goes against medical evidence.
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World Asthma Day Twitter Chat: Latinos & The Crisis of Air Quality

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Storify: Bilingual Twitter chat to discuss Latinos & The Crisis of Air Quality on World Asthma Day (May 2, 2107).
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You’re Invited: Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion on “Asthma Alley”

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Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), American Lung Association, Allergy & Asthma Network and GroundTruth Films for a virtual film screening of “Asthma Alley,” a short documentary that follows a young teen with asthma and her classmates in the South Bronx, a neighborhood known for extraordinarily high rates of asthma.
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How to Apply for Social Security Benefits If You Have Severe Asthma

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My dad is one of the 24 million Americans who grew up with asthma. He is also allergic to pollen - which made working as a groundskeeper on a golf course pretty challenging. In May, he’d sometimes be unable to work for a full week at a time. My dad was able to manage his asthma and allergies (for the most part) with medication and a quick-relief asthma inhaler . He was never hospitalized due to an attack. Yet if his asthma was worse, he may have not been able to work at all. If you or a...
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Immunotherapy May Help People With Allergic Asthma Breathe Easier

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Out of the 25 million people who have asthma, about 60% of them have allergic asthma. If you have allergic asthma, this means allergens trigger asthma symptoms. Immunotherapy may help allergic asthma symptoms.
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Increasing Awareness of Atopic Dermatitis Is the Focus of World Allergy Week 2018

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World Allergy Organization (WAO), together with its member societies around the world, will host World Allergy Week from April 22-28, 2018. The theme and educational focus will be: Atopic Dermatitis: An Itch that Rashes.
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Increasing Inhaled Steroids Temporarily Does Not Stop Asthma Flare-Ups in Children

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Researchers have found that temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, and may be associated with slowing a child’s growth, challenging a common medical practice involving children with mild-to-moderate asthma.
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January Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: Progress Toward School Protections

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Happy New Year! Welcome to your January advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Join Us for a Spring Allergies Twitter Party

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Are you on Twitter? Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America @AAFANational Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm for a Spring Allergies Twitter Party! The chat is hosted by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Allergic Living. Follow @AAAAI_org and @AllergicLiving and use #allergyready. Post questions about hay fever, pollen troubles and other spring allergy topics. The AAAAI Allergist Panel includes: Dr. Thanai Pongdee @Tpongdee Dr. Matthew Bowdish @MatthewBowdish Dr.
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Join Us in Thanking Lynda Mitchell for Her Contributions to Patient-Centered Care

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Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) honors Lynda Mitchell’s dedication and service to people with asthma and allergies. Her last day as Chief Operating Officer of AAFA will be on the first of August. Lynda will be pursuing other opportunities. “Lynda Mitchell’s groundbreaking formation of Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) in 1998 created a new benchmark in the patient-centered care movement. Her deep dedication and continuing commitment to families and patients, as well...
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Kathy P Trains to #TackleAsthma

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Clearly, I’ve lost my mind! I’ve committed to train for and participate in a half century (50-mile) bike ride. That’s not the crazy part. I have asthma and it frequently becomes a factor in what I do. Will I be able to keep my exercise induced asthma under control so it will allow me to even train for this ride?
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Kids Tackle Their Asthma While Having Fun at AAFA Alaska Summer Camp

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Sleepaway camp is a rite of passage for some kids. For children with asthma, there are additional concerns. What if my child gets sick? How will she know to take her medicine? Asthma camps provide health education for kids and peace of mind for parents.
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Learn More About Managing Your Asthma at a Free Virtual Asthma Conference

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Learn about asthma management from top experts and patients at AsthmaCon, a free virtual asthma conference, now through June 30, 2020.
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Managing Your Indoor Allergies During the Winter

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If you’re having allergy symptoms during winter, the likely culprit is indoor allergies. The top indoor allergy triggers are dust mites, pet dander and mold.
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Many Doctors Still Don’t Know Facts About Penicillin Allergy

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If you think you’re allergic to penicillin, but have never been tested, ask for a referral to an allergist to confirm the allergy. Many physicians whose patients have “penicillin allergy” in their charts don’t know that frequently, a penicillin allergy diagnosis is given to a child as the result of a rash but without any follow up testing.
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Medicare Advantage Plans to Offer Medical Coverage That Can Benefit Those With Asthma

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Air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals may be among the new benefits added to Medicare Advantage coverage when new federal rules take effect next ye
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Asthma Medication Recall Alert: Montelukast Tablets From Camber Pharmaceuticals for Incorrect Drug in Bottle

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care professionals about a voluntary recall of one lot of Montelukast Sodium Tablets – lot number MON17384, expiration 12/31/2019 – by Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Piscataway, N.J. Sealed bottles labeled as montelukast sodium tablets, 10 milligram, 30-count bottle from Camber were found to instead contain 90 tablets of Losartan Potassium Tablets, 50 mg.
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Missouri Law Helps Children With Uncontrolled Asthma

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Children with uncontrolled asthma in Missouri have a new option to stay healthier. The law that makes this possible will save the state thousands of dollars. We recently spoke with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter, which campaigned for the law, to find out more about it.
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Generic Montelukast and Singulair Will Now Carry Stronger Warning Label About Possible Side Effects

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is requiring a boxed warning – the agency’s most prominent warning – for montelukast (sold under the brand name Singulair and in generic form) to strengthen an existing warning about the risk of neuropsychiatric events associated with the drug, which is used to treat asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
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New Eczema Drug Dupixent Approved by FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Dupixent (dupilumab) injection to treat adults with moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis). Dupixent is intended for patients whose eczema is not controlled adequately by topical therapies, or those for whom topical therapies are not advisable. Dupixent can be used with or without topical corticosteroids.
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