Bulletin Board Archive
May 31, 2023
Pregnancy & Allergy Meds
Allergist Purvi Parikh, MD, national spokesperson for Allergy & Asthma Network, was recently quoted in a Romper.com article on whether fluticasone nasal sprays are safe for allergy treatment during pregnancy. The risk to the unborn baby is “fairly low as very little [medication] is absorbed systemically,” Dr. Parikh says.
Allergy & Asthma Network is joining the Patient Advocacy Leaders and Drug Development Industry Network (PALADIN), a research and development consortium that works together to speed up the pace of new medication development, including improving awareness of and diversity in clinical trials.
Representing the Patient Voice
Allergy & Asthma Network is invited to speak at the FDA’s Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting on May 11. The committee is meeting to consider a needle-free epinephrine nasal spray for treatment of a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis. The device is expected to be easier to carry and use than auto-injectors.
May 8, 2023
‘Forbes Health’ Spotlight
Allergist Purvi Parikh, MD, national spokesperson for Allergy & Asthma Network, was quoted recently in a Forbes Health article on the use of over-the-counter antihistamines for anaphylactic food allergy reactions. “Antihistamines should only be used as an add-on therapy to epinephrine,” she says.
Advocacy in Action
Allergy & Asthma Network recently joined with 65 other organizations to send a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies advocating for $4.273 billion in NIH funding for continued asthma research and the COPD National Action Plan.
In a recent Healio article, Social Media and Digital Projects Manager Tori Martel shared her perspective on patient education and readability of asthma websites. Too many websites use medical jargon and come in above the recommended sixth-grade reading level, she says.
April 24, 2023
‘Today Show’ Spotlight
Allergy & Asthma Network spokesperson Purvi Parikh, MD, joined the NBC Today Show to talk about how to prepare for spring allergy season. Dr. Parikh also discussed why spring allergies are growing more intense each year.
Engagement in Research
The Research Involvement and Engagement medical journal published our article spotlighting the Black People Like Me virtual conference series. The series engaged under-resourced communities in asthma and COVID-19 patient-centered research.
Representing the Patient Voice
Congratulations to our own De De Gardner, Director of Research and Evaluation! De De is a newly appointed member of the American Thoracic Society’s Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR) starting in June 2023. PAR advances patient care, education, research and advocacy.
March 22, 2023
New Content on Chronic Hives
Allergy & Asthma Network recently published the Chronic Urticaria Toolkit. This toolkit is jam-packed with practical, medically accurate information on different kinds of hives, causes and treatment. It includes videos and a companion download (coming soon).
Food Allergy Advocacy for Babies
Allergy & Asthma Network recently submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support early introduction of peanut products in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food packages.
AAN presented posters at the AAAAI Annual Meeting in February. Topics included engaging the Hispanic community in research, asthma info on TikTok, uncontrolled asthma and nighttime cough, and a study about the monitoring of nighttime breath sounds.