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Welcome to the Allergy Advocacy Association website.  We are here to help better serve any individuals concerned with issues relating to allergies and anaphylaxis.

The Viaskin Peanut Patch: Will It Help Prevent Anaphylaxis?

Viaskin Peanut Patch

DBV Technologies has been developing the Viaskin Peanut Patch, a new method for preventing anaphylaxis. If used appropriately, the patch can increase tolerance to peanuts. The patch helps peanut allergic individuals who accidentally ingest or are accidentally exposed to peanut protein.

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Allergies come in all shapes and sizes ...

Just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

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Auvi-Q Offers Possible Alternative to Epi-Pen

Various Epinepherine Injectors

By Kristen Stewart
February 6th, 2017

Anyone with severe allergies knows the importance of having an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) at the ready. However, with the Epi-PenTM jumping more than $500 in price in the last eight years and until recently no other companies having an epinephrine auto-injector device available, not everyone can afford this potentially life-saving medication. That may be about to change as Kaleo’s Auvi-Q re-enters the U.S. market ...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Preventing Peanut Allergies in Babies

Peanuts and Opened Shell

After being told for years to avoid giving allergens such as peanuts and shellfish to children, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is now recommending that parents introduce children to peanuts in the first four to six months of life, based on their child’s risk level. Below are some excellent guidelines to help determine what that risk level might be and how to include peanuts in a baby’s diet. Always check with your pediatrician first before feeding your child any potential allergens.

Scientists say early and consistent feeding of peanuts can help prevent peanut allergies in children. A food allergy expert explains what parents should know.

By Rebecca Priest
January 31st, 2017

Food allergies have grown in prevalence and severity, and until recently pediatricians have told parents to keep their babies away from peanuts, shellfish and other common allergenic foods.

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Lawmakers Say Mylan Stonewalling Them

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch with arm raised for 'sworn' testimony
Mylan CEO Heather Bresch

Mylan remains on the hot seat as members of Congress become increasingly frustrated with the delay in obtaining requested documents. If Mylan does not provide the unedited information by Feb. 28, 2017, Congress has the right to subpoena them. The company has already agreed to pay the federal government $465 million to settle claims that it overcharged Medicaid for the EpiPen.

By Robert King
February 2nd, 2017

Two high-ranking members of Congress are clamoring for drug maker Mylan to produce documents about its controversial 400 percent price hike of the EpiPen.

Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Friday to Mylan, saying that the company hasn't produced enough documents "despite repeated requests." Chaffetz is chairman and Cummings the top Democrat of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which held a hearing on Mylan last year.

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