Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases and when they are no longer needed it is important to dispose of them properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse. Below, we list some options and special instructions for you to consider when disposing of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines. Transfer Unused Medicine to Authorized Collectors for Disposal Consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others may accidentally take or intentionally…Read more

Topical Acne Products Can Cause Dangerous Side Effects

Certain acne treatments can, in rare instances, cause severe allergic reactions that are potentially life-threatening. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the use of certain acne products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. An active ingredient is the component that makes the medicine effective against the illness or condition it is treating. The acne products the FDA is warning about are sold over-the-counter (OTC) and applied to the skin (topical). Their serious allergic reactions…Read more

Article on Asthma and Allergies in Kids: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Article from ParentMap.com  http://www.parentmap.com/blog/20219/asthma-and-allergies-in-kids-causes-symptoms-treatment     Guest Blogger  April 13, 2013 12:08 p.m. Filed under:    News     Health Dr. Ashley Jerath Tatum is an allergy specialist at Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center. Q:  How do parents know if their child is suffering from allergies and/or asthma? <img src="/c/5167932f/blogfiles/2013/04/allergyboy1-300x200.jpg" title="symptoms and treatment of allergy and asthma in kids" height="200" width="300" alt="Boy with Allergies Outside">Children with respiratory allergies, or allergic rhinitis, will experience nasal congestion and discharge, eye redness, tearing, and/or itching, as well as sneezing during specific times of the year (for example, in the early…Read more

Article on the Effect of Inhaled Glucocorticoids in Childhood on Adult Height, written by members of the CAMP research group, including our own Dr Paul Williams

Effect of Inhaled Glucocorticoids in Childhood on Adult Height H. William Kelly, Pharm.D., Alice L. Sternberg, Sc.M., Rachel Lescher, M.D., Anne L. Fuhlbrigge, M.D., Paul Williams, M.D., Robert S. Zeiger, M.D., Ph.D., Hengameh H. Raissy, Pharm.D., Mark L. Van Natta, M.H.S., James Tonascia, Ph.D., and Robert C. Strunk, M.D. for the CAMP Research Group N Engl J Med 2012;  367:904-912September 6, 2012 Background The use of inhaled glucocorticoids for persistent asthma causes a temporary reduction in growth velocity in prepubertal children. The resulting decrease in attained height 1 to 4 years after the…Read more

Article on the Diagnosis of Occupational Asthma to Alaska Pollock and Yellowfin Sole, written by Drs Leonard Altman and Andrew Ayars

A protocol to aid in the diagnosis of occupational asthma to Alaska pollock and Yellowfin sole Leonard C. Altman, MD⁎, †, Andrew G. Ayars, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington † Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center, Seattle, Washington Available online 14 March 2012.   Occupational asthma has been described in workers exposed to aerosolized Alaska pollock and Yellowfin sole. We present a protocol to aid in the diagnosis of this unique occupational asthma as well as the results of 11 inhalation challenges. Harvesting and processing Alaska pollock (Theragra…Read more

Generic Epipen no longer manufactured

Shionogi Pharmaceuticals confirms that they will no longer manufacture the generic Epinephrine injector in the US.  Current supplies of this are limited and will not be replenished.  Patients will need to contact their providers to get new prescriptions for the Epi Pen 2-pack to replace their generic injectors as they expire or are no longer available.Read more

Influenza Vaccination in Egg Allergic Patients

Based on a study performed in our offices last year, in addition to studies at several other centers across the country, our approach to influenza vaccination in egg allergic patients has changed: Skin testing with influenza vaccine is no longer necessary;   Egg allergic patients who have never had a systemic reaction to egg or tolerate egg in baked goods can safely receive influenza vaccination;   Egg allergic patients with a history of a systemic reaction to egg e.g. hives, wheezing, decreased blood pressure or loss of consciousness should make an appointment with…Read more

Influenza Vaccinations in Children

Please click on the link below for the American Academy of Pediatrics algorithm for recommendations on which children should receive just one dose, and which ones should also receive a booster. AAP Red book recommendation algorithm for flu vaccine for 2011-2012 6m to 8yRead more

Health Alert FDA Advisory on Product for Premature Infants

The FDA is advising parents, caregivers and healthcare providers not to feed SimplyThick, a thickening product, to premature infants. The product may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening condition.    FDA first learned of adverse events possibly linked to the product on May 13, 2011. To date, the agency is aware of 15 cases of NEC, including two deaths, involving premature infants who were fed SimplyThick for varying amounts of time. The product was mixed with mothers’ breast milk or infant formula products.  Illnesses have been reported from at least four different medical…Read more
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