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

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...
Managing Allergies at Camp

Reposted from FARE (https://www.foodallergy.org/resources/camps) It’s estimated that each year, more than 11 million children and adults attend a camp. Throughout the U.S., there are more than 12,000 day and summer camps, run by nonprofit organizations, religious organizations, or private entities. Camps provide wonderful opportunities for enrichment and socialization. For the nearly 6 million children in the U.S. with food allergies, it’s important that camps have established food...

Posted on June 9, 2017 Read more...
Peanut Allergies: New Guidelines Announced

An increasing number of children are being diagnosed with food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that between 1997-2011, food allergies in children increased by 50%. The CDC also reported that instances of peanut or tree nut allergies more than tripled from 1997-2008. Earlier this year, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) updated their peanut allergy prevention guidelines, suggesting that parents introduce peanuts to children earlier to help prevent allergies....

Posted on May 10, 2017 Read more...
Cluster IT vs. Traditional IT: What’s the Difference?

Allergy shots, also known as Immunotherapy (IT) is the most natural form of allergy therapy and the best way to treat allergies. After having skin testing done, we will know the allergens to which you are allergic and can make vials for injection under your skin. During the first phase of injections, the “buildup phase”, you will progressively receive increasing doses of these allergens which will become more concentrated. Once you get to the most...

Posted on April 26, 2017 Read more...
Pollen Counting at AASC

Pollen Counting is now in full swing in the AASC office.  Did you know that we are the only location in Southeastern Wisconsin that perfoms daily pollen and mold counts? We have a machine on the roof of our building that gathers the data on a slide over the course of a 24-hour period and is read (counted) by microscope by our staff. The higher the counts are, the more likely you will suffer...

Posted on April 12, 2017 Read more...
GlaxoSmithKline is voluntarily recalling Ventolin inhalers

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) reported today a recall of nearly 600,000 Ventolin inhalers. The affected lot numbers can be seen in the article by clicking here. If you have any questions on this recall, please call AASC today at 414.529.8500 and speak with one of our clinical staff members....

Posted on April 6, 2017 Read more...
Mylan Reports Voluntary EpiPen & EpiPen Jr Recall

Last Friday, the pharmaceutical company Mylan, announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of its products, EpiPen 2-Pak® or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak®. Information on the recall, affected lot numbers and instructions for those with affected products can be found by clicking here. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact AASC and speak with one of our clinical staff members....

Posted on April 2, 2017 Read more...