Asthma can require food-allergic children to need extra medicine
MILWAUKEE According to new research in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, a second dose of the allergy medication epinephrine was needed in nearly 1 out of 5 cases of food-induced anaphylaxis in children. As part of this study, the researchers also stated that nearly all patients who required the increased dosage also suffered from asthma.
The study stated that many children and adults at risk of severe allergic reactions are currently advised to carry only a single epinephrine auto-injector, but a conclusion of the study was that, “the recommendation to carry two doses of epinephrine should as a minimum be extended to individuals with asthma and significant food allergies,” according to lead author Kirsi Jarvinen of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
The study consisted of 413 food-allergic children. The researchers identified 78 patients who had received epinephrine to treat a total of 95 anaphylactic reactions. Parents of the children were asked to recall the suspected food trigger, how rapidly symptoms developed and the timing of treatment.
Of the 95 reactions treated with epinephrine, a second dose of the medication was administered in 19 percent of cases (18 patients). A third dose was required in 6 percent of cases (6 cases). Of those who received multiple doses, all but one (94 percent) was also diagnosed with asthma.
Food allergies affect 3 million American children, including 1 in 17 children under the age of 3, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. Additionally, about 9 million children in the United States have asthma.
California information-sharing bill struck down by Assembly
LOS ANGELES A California bill aimed at sharing people’s prescription medication information with mass mailers did not receive a single vote of support in the Assembly Health Committee after being approved by the Senate on May 29, according to the Los Angeles Times. The bill, SB 1096, was written by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who will most likely not reintroduce it, even though he reserved the right to do so.
In presenting the legislation Tuesday, Calderon described it as a boon to consumers, especially those with chronic medical conditions. He said it would allow drugstores to send letters to people reminding them to take their medication or refill a prescription.
The problem with the bill, besides the fact that the patients did not want their prescription medical history shared with someone other than their doctor, is that the bill did not state who would be paying for the reminder letters and which patients would receive them.
According to the Times, it appeared that pharmaceutical companies were behind the funding in an effort to bring in more money on their respective medicines. Also, another provision stated that people who wanted to not be on the mailers would have to opt-out of the program, instead of opting into the program by stating that they would be okay with their information shared.
CCPA: track-and-trace mandate could cost pharmacies $110,000 per store
ALEXANDRIA, Va. Implementing a track-and-trace system would cost drug store chains $84,000 to $110,000 or more per store in the first year, according to a study that examined the safety of the prescription drug supply chain and the potential effects of a federally mandated system.
The study, released by the Coalition of Community Pharmacy Action, examined the safety of the prescription drug supply chain and the potential effects of a federally mandated track-and-trace system. It also found that existing security measures since 2005, including changes in state laws and steps the chains themselves have taken, have already cut the risk of counterfeit drugs entering the supply chain. The study found no cases of counterfeit drugs in the normal distribution channels since 2005, and most of the problems were from Web sites distributing drugs illegally.
The cost estimate was based on costs of computer hardware software, infrastructure, labor and other resources.
The CCPA is comprised of the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.