The results of a 3 year study of the effectiveness of Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) for desensitization of peanut allergy in children was published today in the medical journal The Lancet.
The study, co-sponsored by the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, followed 85 children aged 7-16 with confirmed peanut allergy from January 2010 through March 2013.
We have been inundated with requests for peanut/tree nut free conversation hearts, those little candy hearts with messages printed on them like “Be Mine” and “Love You” traditionally sold for Valentine’s Day. We have also had many inquiries why we do not include them in the Valentine’s Day section of the current Safe Snack Guide.
Once again, Heather Selwa is taking action on behalf of an important humanitarian effort. The Founder and CEO of Peanut Free Planet and Dr Lucy Gibney, Founder of Lucy’s Cookies are partnering with Montero Medical Missions, a non-profit international medical effort bringing relief supplies to the people of the Philippines. The effort, which includes food and hospital supplies, supports those most affected by Super-Typhoon Haiyan which devastated much of the country in November. The Philippines Secretary of Health, Dr. Enrique Ona, will direct the supplies where they are most needed.
The Vermont Senate Agriculture Committee is considering a bill passed by the House last May that would protect the public “by enabling consumers to avoid the potential risks associated with genetically engineered food.” The bill would require all foods containing ingredients that were genetically modified (GM) to be labeled as such if offered for retail sale in Vermont.
Currently, federal labeling regulations do not require manufacturers to disclose whether their ingredients have been genetically modified. Furthermore, testimony by Dr Robert Merker, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety Officer, indicated that the FDA does not have the statutory authority to require such labeling.
Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) sponsored an informative webinar on January 14 entitled ”Food Allergy School Health Plans: 504 vs IHCP”. Presented by Laurel Francoeur, Esq, who served on the Board of Directors of the New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (the parent foundation of the KFA), the webinar is now available as a free one hour video on KFA’s site.
We sense love in the air, so it must be time for the 2014 Valentine’s Day Edition of the Safe Snack Guide! But before we go into specifics, first a reminder that with this issue we are introducing a change to the foods we list in the Guide.
Change to Treatment of Eggs
As we announced in a previous posting, with this issue we will be introducing a number of products that contain or are manufactured in facilities that also process eggs. This change will allow us to introduce many new products both with and without eggs.
Yesterday, New Jersey’s stock epinephrine bill, designated A2734, passed the Assembly by a vote of 73-0 with 6 abstentions. The bill was subsequently sent to the Senate (where it is designated S2109) and referred to the Senate Education Committee.
New Jersey has already enacted legislation that provides for the storage and administration of prescribed epinephrine to children with diagnosed allergies. This bill would extend those provisions to:
- Mandate epinephrine auto-injectors be stocked at all NJ schools, public and private, for use with any child suspected to be suffering anaphylaxis;
- Train individuals in addition to the school nurse to administer epinephrine;
- Extend immunity from liability beyond school employees acting in good faith to the physicians that prescribe stock epinephrine to schools.
There is another option that was not explicitly mentioned in the article by FARE that might help defray much of the consumer cost for epinephrine auto-injectors.
In addition to the $0 copay offers from the brand name auto-injector manufacturers, there is a similar $0 copay program for the generic version of the Adrenaclick© auto-injector manufactured by Lineage Therapeutics. As this is a generic auto-injector, the initial cost of the product may be less than the brand name options, and if you have prescription coverage, your co-pay may be lower/reimbursement rate higher. Combined with the $0 Co-pay offer, this may prove to be a more cost-effective solution for your family.
We know that renewing prescriptions for auto-injectors can be a costly venture especially if you have minimal or no prescription coverage. The good news is that pharmaceutical companies are providing incentives to help consumers afford their products.
We wanted to let you know of a fundamental change coming to the Safe Snack Guide, our 8 page guide of snacks free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs relied upon by hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of parents nationwide.
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