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ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

FDA Pulls Unapproved Cold and Allergy Drugs; AAAAI Weighs In
March 3, 2011 11:07 AM by Valerie Newitt
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced March 2 that they are requiring the removal of unapproved prescription cold, oral cough and allergy products from the market, ranging from Accuhist DM to Zotex tablets in an A-to-Z banishment of hundreds Read More...
Study Looks at Efficacy and Safety of Omalizumab
May 19, 2010 4:53 PM by Sharlene George
A late-breaking clinical abstract presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in New Orleans May 18 demonstrated that omalizumab (Xolair®, Novartis and Genentech) reduced the rate of asthma exacerbations by 25 percent in high-risk Read More...
FDA Says LABAs Shouldn't Be Used Alone to Treat Asthma
February 22, 2010 8:22 AM by Colleen Mullarkey
Long-acting beta agonists should never be used alone in the treatment of asthma in children or adults, the FDA announced yesterday . Manufacturers must now include this warning on product labeling and take other steps to reduce the overall use of these Read More...
Dispose of Unused Drugs in Environmentally Safe Manner
January 27, 2010 3:51 PM by Vern Enge
Until recently, I have not paid much attention to the proper way to dispose of unused medications. And if your household is like mine, you probably have lots of vials of unneeded drugs in your medicine cabinet. Amidst recent media articles detailing dangers Read More...
Finger Stick Test Checks Cholesterol Levels
October 7, 2009 10:50 AM by Vern Enge
Therapists may be able to forget the old blood-drawn cholesterol tests when looking for risks of some coronary heart diseases down the line. Probably many of you have had that test and waited days for test results. One new blood test, measuring the level Read More...
Decisions Surround Flu Shot Choices
September 25, 2009 12:38 PM by Vern Enge
Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! That's the status quo in many healthcare departments today as clinicians ponder the many choices they confront on the flu vaccine front. The hard part is deciding whether to get the flu shot or not, and according to a Read More...
Pregnant Women & Children First for H1N1 Vaccine, CDC Advisors Say
September 14, 2009 3:41 PM by test test
CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ( ACIP ) has released recommendations for use of vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1) or swine flu. ACIP met to develop recommendations on who should receive vaccine against H1N1 when it becomes available, Read More...
Discovery May Yield New Asthma Therapy
August 14, 2009 2:12 PM by Vern Enge
Aldose reductase is not a term frequently bandied about in respiratory therapy departments today, but file that term in your brain, therapists, because current studies show aldose reductase inhibitors might significantly reduce allergic reactions that Read More...
Drug Firms Gear up for Swine Flu Season
August 11, 2009 10:42 AM by Vern Enge
Flu season will be here all too soon, and some of the world's key drug companies are already gearing up for battle, putting their final touches on vaccines that will be used in countries across the globe this season. So far, however, no vaccine has gained Read More...
Aisle 3: Asthma Treatment
June 23, 2009 12:38 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
Could the local Walgreen's or CVS become your asthma patients' first stop when they need an allergy shot or nebulizer treatment? It certainly seems like that's what the pharmacy giants are hoping . With retail sales floundering, outpatient medical care Read More...
Tennis Star Loses Big after Straying from Asthma Guidelines
January 21, 2009 12:00 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
When clinicians don't follow the asthma guidelines, patients usually end up paying the price. But in Filippo Volandri's case, he's literally paying the price - $166,000 in fact - for not following the guidelines as an asthma patient, Sky Sports reported Read More...
Patients; Doctors Weigh in On LABA Risk
December 11, 2008 11:20 AM by test test
A panel of 30 medical and scientific Food and Drug Administration advisors plans to vote today on whether the safety risks posed by long acting beta agonists outweigh the benefits to respiratory patients. But professional and patient organizations across Read More...
ACAAI 2008: The Sunny Side of Genomics in Asthma
November 7, 2008 6:17 PM by Colleen Mullarkey
Seattle's rain clouds and overcast skies didn't stop presenters from offering a sunny outlook for genomics and personalized medicine in asthma at this morning's breakfast symposium, "Asthma at the Cutting Edge." Stephen Peters, MD, PhD, kicked off the Read More...
Billionaires to Fund $500 Million Anti-Smoking Campaign
July 23, 2008 3:29 PM by Lauren Meade Kamath
Bill Gates and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have pledged $500 million for a global anti-smoking campaign. The campaign, nicknamed Mpower, will urge governments in poor- and middle-income countries to raise tobacco taxes, outlaw smoking in Read More...
Doctor Bilks Medicare for More than Half Million Dollars
July 22, 2008 12:14 PM by test test
A Miami-area doctor was sentenced last week to 41 months in prison for her role in schemes to defraud the Medicare program to the tune of $621,646, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. A jury convicted the physician of writing Read More...


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