News articles posted within the last two years are linked below for reference

Dr. Steven presents in the Philippines

Dr. Steven traveled to Manila, Philippines earlier this month to present a lecture on Atopic Dermatitis to the first Skin Allergy Symposium of the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dr. Steven was chosen by the president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology to present on the organization's behalf. The main thrust of the presentation was how to start with simple treatments that people can do at home and determine how...

Posted on June 13, 2019 Read more...
Dr. Steven visits Capitol Hill

For the third year in a row, Dr. Steven traveled to Washington DC last week to participate in Asthma Action Day on Capitol Hill. This patient advocacy event sponsored by the Allergy & Asthma Network starts with patient testimonials. This year, two families told their stories about the complications they endured during the long prior authorization process for lifesaving, but expensive treatments for their severe asthma. Dr. Steven was then assigned a busy agenda, meeting...

Posted on May 15, 2019 Read more...
Health Disparities and World Health Day

In support of World Health Day this past weekend, the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center would like to remind everyone that the important health disparities that the World Health Organization wants to address are just as important here in southeastern Wisconsin as they are across the world. We opened our north side satellite in 2016 and were surprised at how many treatment opportunities hadn't even been offered to patients just a few miles away on...

Posted on April 10, 2019 Read more...
Symjepi: A new option for injectable epinephrine

Sandoz Pharmaceuticals announced the introduction of Symjepi, a prefilled epinephrine syringe for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. The Symjepi device is the fifth epinephrine injector on the market, joining EpiPen, the Epi-Pen authorized generic, Adrenaclick and Auvi-Q. Unlike the others, Symjepi is a manual syringe, rather than an autoinjector. While the first impression might be that an automatic injector would be better than having to inject epinephrine manually into the thigh, one study...

Posted on March 18, 2019 Read more...
Wixela: Generic version of Advair now approved

Mylan Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA approved their new Wixela inhalers (the generic versions of Advair). The wholesale cost of Wixela is less than half the cost of Advair, so we will hopefully see some of the price relief we have long needed in the treatment of asthma! If you are looking for a less expensive option, we recommend first talking with your allergist about whether switching might be appropriate for you. Next, you will...

Posted on March 4, 2019 Read more...
FDA approves Primatene Mist

The FDA approved Primatene Mist last week for over-the-counter (OTC) status. It was taken off the market in 2011 because of its CFC propellants, which have been shown to damage the ozone layer. It is now being reintroduced with an ozone-safe HFA propellant, the same one used in all prescription metered-dose inhalers for asthma and COPD. Dr. Steven shares the concerns about this development that have been expressed by the President of the ACAAI,

Posted on November 12, 2018 Read more...
FDA alerts patients with EpiPens

From the FDA: FDA is alerting patients, caregivers and health care professionals that the labels attached to some EpiPen 0.3mg and EpiPen Jr 0.15mg auto-injectors, and the authorized generic versions, may block access to the auto-injector and prevent the ability to easily access the product. In a letter to health care professionals from Pfizer, the manufacturer of the Mylan EpiPen, the label sticker on the auto-injector unit may have been improperly applied, causing...

Posted on November 7, 2018 Read more...
Publication: Shared decision making for the allergist

We are proud to announce the online publication of the review article “Shared decision making for the allergist” in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, October 2018. Dr. Steven was the second author for this publication in recognition of his contribution of the general design of the user interface. A longtime strong believer in the need for patients to understand all of their treatment options for a given condition,...

Posted on November 1, 2018 Read more...
Dupixent: New treatment for asthma

Last week, the FDA announced the approval of a new medication for asthma, Dupixent. This is the fifth monoclonal antibody approved for asthma, utilizing a fourth mechanism of action. Unlike steroids, which are known to alter at least 800 different inflammatory chemicals in the body, monoclonal antibodies latch on to a single protein. The trick is to figure out which proteins are most important in asthmatic inflammation in general, and which one or ones might...

Posted on October 23, 2018 Read more...
Peanut Allergy Alert: Ice Cream Recall

From the FDA: Kemps of St. Paul, Minn., is voluntarily recalling Sweet Me Creamery Brookie Dough ice cream, individual pints and pint four-packs, because it may contain an undeclared peanut allergen. Individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled products were initially distributed by Kemps to retailers and retailer distribution centers in Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota,...

Posted on October 22, 2018 Read more...
National Penicillin Allergy Day

September 28, 2018 Milwaukee, WI - Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center (AASC) announced today its participation in the second annual National Penicillin Allergy Day, a national awareness day to help spread the word and educate the healthcare community and the broader U.S. public on penicillin allergy and the critical importance of testing for this allergy. This date has maintained its significance as the day Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the...

Posted on September 28, 2018 Read more...
Are you able to enjoy peanuts?

Today is National Peanut Day, a celebration of the importance of peanut in our diet, culture and economy. Dr. George Washington Carver published his research on 105 ways to prepare peanut for human consumption in 1916. But for an increasing number of people, the thought of hidden peanut in the diet is a constant source of anxiety and fright. If you or a loved one is affected by peanut allergy, it...

Posted on September 13, 2018 Read more...
Fluticasone nasal spray recall

Dr. Steven encourages patients to check their fluticasone nasal spray bottle to see if it was made by Apotex; they are recalling one lot because of contamination with small glass particles. The only reported problem is that some of the bottles have become plugged by the particles. Nobody has been reported to have been injured from spraying glass particles into their nose, but that is possible. Thus, if you have a bottle of fluticasone nasal...

Posted on June 20, 2018 Read more...
Webinar: Steroid Overreliance in Severe Asthma

From the Allergy & Asthma Network, featuring Dr. Gary Steven: Oral corticosteroids are often prescribed to treat a severe asthma flare, but risks and benefits must be considered due to potentially serious side effects. What are consequences of overusing these medications? We'll explore oral corticosteroids in our next webinar -- "Oral Corticosteroid Overreliance In Severe Asthma" -- on Thursday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m. ET. We'll be joined by Gary Steven, MD, a board-certified...

Posted on May 21, 2018 Read more...
Record tree pollen count May 17th

The tree pollen season is always more brutal when spring comes late. The reason is that normally, some tree species tend to pollinate early in spring, some in the middle, and others more toward the end of spring. But trees won’t pollinate until it’s warm enough; if it isn’t warm enough for the early pollinators to pollinate, they wait. Then, if it’s STILL not warm enough for the middle pollinators to pollinate, they wait too....

Posted on May 18, 2018 Read more...
Pollen allergies are more than just sneezing

The tree pollen season is upon us! The cold weather in April forced the early pollinating tree species to wait, so they’re all pollinating at the same time now and we’re reaching record tree pollen levels! We urge everyone to take advantage of the assistance we can provide - our warm weather season here in Wisconsin is too short to spend much of it indoors because your outdoor allergies make you miserable! It’s also important...

Posted on May 17, 2018 Read more...
Dr. Steven visits Capitol Hill

Dr. Steven traveled to Washington, DC yesterday for Allergy & Asthma Action Day on Capitol Hill to advocate for patients with allergies and asthma on behalf of the Allergy & Asthma Network, the nation’s largest patient advocacy group for people who suffer with these disorders. The day started off with three people explaining the importance of confronting these issues. A ten-year-old boy was brave enough to come to the mic to explain that he was...

Posted on May 10, 2018 Read more...
HELP US TO BE "THE CHANGE" IN 2018!

For the past 24 years, Dr. Gary C. Steven has been a staunch patient advocate, and has been recognized not only for providing excellent care to his patients*, but also helping to advance the specialty of allergy and immunology.** This year he and his associate, Dr. Don Bukstein, are taking the problem of moderate to severe asthma head-on together with the entire staff of the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center. WE'RE ASKING FOR YOUR...

Posted on January 15, 2018 Read more...
Cold or Allergies: How Do I know?

With spring “springing up" around us here in Wisconsin, it’s common for symptoms associated with colds and allergies to also appear. How do you know which is which? If your symptoms occur around the same time every year, it could be allergies. A chart of symptoms from the Mayo Clinic website shows us which symptoms are distinctly cold or allergy symptoms and which are shared. Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/expert-answers/common-cold/faq-20057857

Posted on September 25, 2017 Read more...