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Anaphylaxis is an acute multi-system severe type I hypersensitivity reaction. Due in part to the variety of definitions, between 1% and 15% of the population of the United States can be considered "at risk" for having an anaphylactic reaction if they are exposed to one or more allergens. Of those people who actually experience anaphylaxis, up to 1% may die as a result.
Researchers aim to safely and quickly suppress food allergies in human

Researchers aim to safely and quickly suppress food allergies in human

In mice, the answer appears to be "yes," but making sure the same can happen in humans is a task that Fred Finkelman, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics in the University of Cincinnati's (UC) College of Medicine and a researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is attempting to tackle. [More]
FDA approves use of Menactra for booster vaccination against meningococcal disease

FDA approves use of Menactra for booster vaccination against meningococcal disease

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use of Menactra® [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine] for booster vaccination against meningococcal disease in persons 15 years through 55 years of age. [More]
People with food allergies have to watch what their fruits and vegetables eat

People with food allergies have to watch what their fruits and vegetables eat

People with food allergies always have to watch what they eat. Now, they may have to watch what their fruits and vegetables eat, as it seems it's possible to have an allergic reaction to antibiotic residues in food. [More]
Baxter reports positive results from BAX 855 Phase 3 trial for hemophilia A

Baxter reports positive results from BAX 855 Phase 3 trial for hemophilia A

Nektar Therapeutics reports Baxter International Inc. today announced positive results from its Phase 3 pivotal clinical trial of BAX 855, an investigational, extended half-life recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) treatment for hemophilia A based on ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)], which met its primary endpoint in reducing annualized bleed rates (ABR) in the prophylaxis arm compared to the on-demand arm. [More]
New method could make cashews safer for people with allergies

New method could make cashews safer for people with allergies

For the millions of adults and children in the U.S. who have to shun nuts to avoid an allergic reaction, help could be on the way. Scientists are now developing a method to process cashews - and potentially other nuts - that could make them safer to eat for people who are allergic to them. [More]
Tips from ACAAI to help kids enjoy healthy, symptom-free days in classroom

Tips from ACAAI to help kids enjoy healthy, symptom-free days in classroom

Your kids may be enjoying the lazy days of summer, but if they have asthma, allergies, or both, they need to be prepared for back-to-school. And so do their classrooms. More than 10 million kids under age 18 have asthma, and 11 percent suffer from respiratory allergies. About 6 percent have also been diagnosed with food allergies. [More]
GSK begins shipment of flu vaccines to U.S. for the upcoming 2014-15 season

GSK begins shipment of flu vaccines to U.S. for the upcoming 2014-15 season

GSK announced today it has begun shipping FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) doses to U.S. healthcare providers. This is the first shipment of GSK’s U.S. flu vaccine supply for the flu season, following licensing and lot-release approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. [More]
Allergy & Asthma Network, ALAA to increase awareness on life-threatening latex allergies

Allergy & Asthma Network, ALAA to increase awareness on life-threatening latex allergies

Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education organization, is pleased to announce that its Anaphylaxis Community Expert (ACE) volunteer program is partnering with the American Latex Allergy Association (ALAA) to increase awareness about life-threatening latex allergies. [More]
FDA approves Protein Sciences' strain change amendment for Flublok influenza vaccine

FDA approves Protein Sciences' strain change amendment for Flublok influenza vaccine

Protein Sciences Corporation announced today that the FDA has approved the Company's strain change amendment for its seasonal influenza vaccine, Flublok. [More]
Tips to help kids enjoy healthy, symptom-free days in classroom and on sports field

Tips to help kids enjoy healthy, symptom-free days in classroom and on sports field

Your kids may be enjoying the lazy days of summer, but if they have asthma, allergies - or both - they need to be prepared for back-to-school. And so do their classrooms. More than 10 million kids under age 18 have asthma, and 11 percent suffer from respiratory allergies. About 6 percent have also been diagnosed with food allergies. [More]
Astellas seeks marketing approval for Flublok recombinant influenza vaccine in Japan

Astellas seeks marketing approval for Flublok recombinant influenza vaccine in Japan

Protein Sciences Corporation announced today that Astellas Pharma has submitted an application for marketing approval of recombinant influenza HA vaccine ASP7374 (marketed as Flublok® in the United States by Protein Sciences) to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan for the prevention of influenza. [More]
GE Healthcare to supply technetium-99m generators following FDA approval

GE Healthcare to supply technetium-99m generators following FDA approval

Effective from June 1st 2014 and following approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), GE Healthcare today announced the intent to supply generators for the production of sodium pertechnetate; technetium (Tc99m) injection to its radiopharmacies in the US. [More]
FDA approves Takeda's Entyvio for severe active ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease

FDA approves Takeda's Entyvio for severe active ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., has announced that the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) simultaneously approved a new biologic therapy, Entyvio™ (vedolizumab), for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD). [More]
Endo acquires worldwide rights to Zogenix' sumatriptan injection

Endo acquires worldwide rights to Zogenix' sumatriptan injection

Endo International plc announced today that affiliates of the company have completed the acquisition of worldwide rights to Sumavel® DosePro® (sumatriptan injection), a needle-free delivery system for subcutaneous use, from Zogenix, Inc, for $85 million in cash and rights to additional cash payments based on the achievement of certain commercial milestones. [More]
Convenient new treatment option for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers offers patient freedom and control of disease

Convenient new treatment option for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers offers patient freedom and control of disease

A new subcutaneous formulation of RoActemra® (tocilizumab) has today been launched providing thousands of UK rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with a potentially life-changing treatment option.1 [More]
FDA approves Bayer's Kogenate FS antihemophilic factor VIII to prevent bleeding episodes in adults with hemophilia A

FDA approves Bayer's Kogenate FS antihemophilic factor VIII to prevent bleeding episodes in adults with hemophilia A

Bayer HealthCare announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication for Bayer's Kogenate® FS antihemophilic factor VIII (recombinant), for routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adults with hemophilia A. [More]
Anaphylaxis Campaign's special conference to explore issues in allergy care

Anaphylaxis Campaign's special conference to explore issues in allergy care

This special conference for our 20th Anniversary year will focus on providing a full and comprehensive round up of past, present and emerging themes and trends in allergy, care and management. The conference is free to all our Healthcare Professional Members and we are expecting over 70 clinicians in the field of allergy to attend. [More]

FDA approves expanded use Dyax’s KALBITOR in treatment of acute hereditary angioedema

Dyax Corp. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expansion of the indication for KALBITOR (ecallantide), a peptide inhibitor of plasma kallikrein used in the treatment of acute hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks, to include patients 12 years of age and older. [More]
FDA expands age indication of Adacel vaccine for immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis

FDA expands age indication of Adacel vaccine for immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the approved age indication of Adacel® (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed; Tdap) for active booster immunization for the prevention of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis as a single dose in persons 10 through 64 years of age. [More]
FDA approves ORALAIR sublingual allergy immunotherapy tablet

FDA approves ORALAIR sublingual allergy immunotherapy tablet

GREER Laboratories, Inc., a leading developer and provider of allergy immunotherapy products and services, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved ORALAIR (Sweet Vernal, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Timothy and Kentucky Blue Grass Mixed Pollens Allergen Extract) sublingual allergy immunotherapy tablet. [More]