Season's greetings! November is here and with its great anticipation of a unique holiday season. Despite the pandemic pervasive here in America, our association wishes everyone a safe and healthy holiday season.
As fall reaches its’ conclusion, the Allergy Advocacy Association celebrated our Allergy Action Awards Gala as a virtual event. We are so grateful to everyone who watched our broadcast and made donations. Your support means so very much to us. In Article 1 you find some of the highlights of our Gala. Enjoy!
Our Epi Near You NY anaphylaxis emergency training program is now VIRTUAL! We will broadcast our next seminar via our website on TUESDAY December 1st, 2020 at 6pm. Our presentation is FREE of charge!
Our association will help provide the following:
Free state approved training presentation
New York State recognized certification
Assistance for public entities to obtain a non-patient specific prescription for emergency epinephrine
Every year the Allergy Advocacy Association Action Awards honor individuals that personify our program of Awareness, Alertness and Action.
Action Awards Virtual Gala Rated a Fun-For-All Success!
By Jon Terry November 15th, 2020
The Allergy Advocacy Association Gala was broadcasted virtually on Wednesday, October 21st. This year the theme of our Allergy Action Awards was a celebration of Halloween featuring "Tricks" rather than "Treats!" Since we were using the world wide web for the very first time we can’t say exactly how many people joined our celebration. We can only hope everyone else had as much fun as we did. Many thanks to one and all who helped make our Virtual Gala & Silent Auction so successful!
This year Brenda Tremblay acted hostess and EMCEE for our celebration. Ms. Tremblay is the (very early!) morning host at WXXI Classical 91.5 FM. Our association is very grateful to Brenda for taking time away from her day job to help our cause. She was a positively wonderful hostess; by wearing a series of very stylish (and humorous!) Halloween hats Brenda established a wonderfully whimsical mood. Brenda's contributions of her time and energy to our association are greatly appreciated!
Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued long-awaited draft guidance regarding the danger of sesame to allergic individuals, urging manufacturers to clearly label for the ingredient. Once again, the FDA falls short in adequately protecting allergic individuals.
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new oral immunotherapy (OIT) for peanut allergy in children on January 31, 2020, it marked an important milestone. This biologic OIT drug, called PALFORZIA [Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Allergen Powder-DNFP], became the first treatment approved by the FDA for people who are allergic to peanuts.
PALFORZIA can help reduce the severity of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to peanut. PALFORZIA may be started in patients aged 4 through 17 years old. Patients who turn 18 years of age while on PALFORZIA treatment should continue taking PALFORZIA unless otherwise instructed by their doctor. PALFORZIA does NOT treat allergic reactions and should not be given during an allergic reaction. Patients must maintain a strict peanut-free diet while taking PALFORZIA.
Today in America racial inequality is a great concern for everyone. This article shows immediate need for more research studies; only with accurate data can the food allergy community develop an effective program of action to aid indigent children and other minority children. They need improved access to appropriate childcare, safe food, medical care, and lifesaving medicine like epinephrine for them. Please see more details by clicking here.
As Emily Brown stood in a food pantry looking at her options, she felt alone. Up to that point, she had never struggled financially. But there she was, desperate to find safe food for her young daughter with food allergies. What she found was a jar of salsa and some potatoes. “That was all that was available,” said Brown, who lives in Kansas City, Kansas. “It was just a desperate place.”
When she became a parent, Brown left her job for lack of childcare that would accommodate her daughter’s allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, and soy. When she and her husband then turned to a federal food assistance program, they found few allowable allergy substitutions. The closest allergy support group she could find was an hour away. She was almost always the only Black parent, and the only poor parent, there.