Category Archives: In the News

Mylan expands EpiPen cost-cutting programs after charges of price gouging

From CNBC, Mylan is reducing the cost of EpiPens through the use of a savings card that will cover up to $300 for the EpiPen 2-Pak.

Patients who were previously paying the full price for the EpiPen will have their out-of-pocket cost cut by 50 percent. Mylan also is doubling the eligibility for its patient assistance program, which will eliminate out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and under-insured patients and families, as well.

Read the article here and the official press release here.

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Louisville again one of the Worst “Spring Allergy Capitals”

More than 50 million Americans are living with seasonal nasal allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) annual Spring Allergy Capitals report provides insights into cities where people are most affected by seasonal symptoms. Louisville remains in the top 5 again this spring.

If you need relief, call us at (502)882-2063 to schedule an appointment.

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Recall Alert: Auvi-Q

Sanofi US Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Auvi‑Q® Due to Potential Inaccurate Dosage Delivery 

Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi‑Q® (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi‑Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery.

Customers with questions regarding this recall can go to www.Auvi‑Q.com and call1‑866‑726‑6340 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET for information about how to return their Auvi‑Q devices. Customers may also email cs@sanofi.com. Sanofi US will provide reimbursement for out of pocket costs incurred for the purchase of new epinephrine auto‑injectors with proof of purchase.

Customers should immediately contact their healthcare provider (HCP) for a prescription for an alternate epinephrine auto‑injector.

See the full release below.

Source: Recall Alert: Auvi-Q

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Source: Recall Alert: Auvi-Q

Courier-Journal Interview: Dr. Damin talks about Sublingual Tablet Immunotherapy

photoCheck out the front page of today’s Courier-Journal Health & Fitness section. Health Wrter Darla Carter interviews Dr. Damin about the new allergy tablets and their use as an alternative to allergy shots. Click here for the full story and video.

Mayor Greg Fischer and Allergy Partners of Louisville proclaim May 11-17 Food Allergy Awareness Week

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Allergy Partners of Louisville have proclaimed May 11-17 as Food Allergy Awareness Week to highlight a disease that’s rising in America, including a dramatic increase among children.IMG_9487

The condition can be life-threatening and has no cure. Based on findings released last year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates for children below age 18 increased by about 50 percent from 1997 to 2011. Food allergy affects one in 13 children or two students per classroom.

In the Louisville Metro area, rates are tracking national trends as more than 100,000 people are estimated to have food allergies, said Dr. Derek Damin, of Allergy Partners of Louisville, a board-certified practice.

“Allergy Partners of Louisville worked with the mayor’s office to take a stand against a condition that, as new data clearly shows, requires continued education and advocacy to reduce incidents and save lives,” Damin said.

Food allergy causes more than 200,000 visits to the emergency room each year and has an economic cost of about $25 billion annually, according to information available from Food Allergy Research & Education. FARE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to cure food allergies and protect individuals with the disease. Of these emergency room visits, about 90,000 carry a probability of being highly severe with the potential for being life-threatening.

Despite the statistics, being informed is the best defense against food allergies, Damin said. And with summer around the corner, Food Allergy Awareness Week is an appropriate time to step up education efforts.

Camping, picnics, fairs and vacation travel all mix food with fun. But they present opportunities for snack sharing among kids, exposure to foods prepared outside home supervision or being farther from one’s regular allergy-care provider or a hospital.

FARE’s website, www.foodallergy.org, offers potentially life-saving information to address just about any situation. The Tools and Resource section has a field guide for newly diagnosed patients; a personal emergency plan to address symptoms of an allergic reaction; and much more. It’s not just for patients and family members, but restaurants, schools, camps and other organizations, making it a community resource.

For example, there’s a template for creating a Chef Card, a wallet-sized card that lists your food allergies and states your food must be cooked in a clean and safe area. It can be presented to restaurant managers or servers to ensure a safe dining experience. Another section is devoted to summer camps, with guidelines for all parties involved ─ parents, children and camp administrators.

Suspected food allergies should always be evaluated, diagnosed and treated by a qualified medical professional, such as a board-certified allergist. Your primary care provider may refer you to an allergist. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of reactions are important in preventing serious health consequences.

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Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community. If you need to establish care with an allergist, Allergy Partners of Louisville would love to help you find relief. Call 502-882-2063 for an appointment.

AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

You may recall my Free Allergy App Friday blog last summer featuring a great online and mobile resource – AllergyEats.

The organization has released its 2014 list of the most allergy-friendly restaurant chains based on how well restaurants have accommodated food-allergic diners. Click here to view the entire press release.

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First Grass Tablet, Oralair, Approved by the FDA

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the FDA approved Oralair, a grass tablet for sublingual use. Initial reports show it will be indicated for those ages 10-65 with seasonal allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis and a confirmed positive skin test or blood test to any the following grasses: timothy, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial rye, orchard and sweet vernal. Oralair, once available, should be dosed once daily and held under the tongue until fully dissolved. Treatment should begin four months before grass season and continued until grass season ends. Additionally, the first dose should be administered in a physician’s office where the patient can be monitored for a period of time after administration. allergy tabletPatients should be prescribed injectable epinephrine and counseled on the signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction. Clinical studies showed an improvement in symptoms between 16 and 30%. It is not without risk, as one-third of adults had oral itching with its use and 12% of kids had mouth swelling.

This is the first sublingual immunotherapy product to be approved by the FDA. There are other sublingual tablets in development including ones for dust mites, ragweed and an additional grass tablet.

It does not appear to be as effective as traditional allergy shots, but head to head studies are lacking. Cost and insurance coverage will definitely affect prescribing habits.

Call our office to get allergy tested and see if this new treatment is right for you. We’ve missed the window for the 2014 grass season in the Louisville area, but use will likey increase in subsequent seasons.

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Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community. If you need to establish care with an allergist, Allergy Partners of Louisville would love to help you find relief. Call 502-882-2063 for an appointment.