Empowering Physicians to Fight Seasonal Allergies with Immunotherapy

Empowering Physicians to Fight Seasonal Allergies with Immunotherapy


June 1, 2015

“UAS is providing a way for primary care physicians to test and treat their patients with chronic allergic symptoms in a way that is safe and effective, while improving their quality of life.” Here, John Thresher of United Allergy Services sets the record straight.

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NEW PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE DEMONSTRATES SAFETY OF SELF-ADMINISTERED ALLERGY SHOTS

NEW PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE DEMONSTRATES SAFETY OF SELF-ADMINISTERED ALLERGY SHOTS


December 17, 2014

(Dec. 16, 2014) SAN ANTONIO – United Allergy Services (UAS) ®, a leading healthcare services company assisting family physicians and health systems to deliver safe and effective allergy testing and customized immunotherapy services, today announced the publication of an original article that analyzes the safety of implementing a self-administration protocol of allergen immunotherapy characterized by patient pre-selection and a slow buildup process. The peer-reviewed article written by Frederick M. Schaffer, M.D., a board certified allergist and lead investigator of the study, Andrew Naples and Larry Garner has been published online in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology.

The article, “The safety of self-administered allergen immunotherapy during the buildup and maintenance phases” concludes that the risk of systemic, or adverse, reaction is lower with UAS treatment protocol than traditional dosage and fast buildup, or RUSH, methods that involve immunotherapy shots administered at a physician’s office. The UAS protocol in the study was administered by primary care physicians and is characterized by self-administration at home. Investigators conclude that the results are driven by UAS patient pre-selection to exclude those with a high risk of adverse reactions and slower, more incremental, immunotherapy buildup phase as a self-administered treatment for patients suffering from seasonal and perennial allergies.

The article states, “The enhanced safety of this protocol results in a decreased frequency and severity of adverse reactions. This safety report corroborates and expands the observations of previous studies of self-administered, subcutaneous immunotherapy in a low-risk patient population by assessing self-administered allergen immunotherapy during the buildup and maintenance phases.”

Until recently, the only real relief for allergies and allergic asthma remained primarily in the hands of allergists who administer immunotherapy shots. This already small community of approximately 5,000 U.S. specialists is expected to decline 6.8 percent by 2020, while demand for allergy-related services is projected to grow 35 percent in the same timeframe. This forecast only scratches the surface of the true demand for allergy and asthma care, as only a portion of the approximately 60 million Americans suffering from allergic rhinitis are aware of their condition and seek specialty care.

About United Allergy Services
United Allergy Services ® (UAS) brings effective and convenient allergy testing and immunotherapy to primary care physicians, pulmonologists, ENT physicians, pediatricians, internal medicine physicians, and healthcare systems that treat the vast majority of patients with seasonal and perennial allergies. UAS’ complete service line features in-office UAS Certified Clinical Allergy Technician staffing and training; quality assurance and compliance; and supply and inventory management. By collaborating with physicians to safely administer allergy testing and shots, UAS has assisted the expansion of access to effective allergy care for thousands of patients that suffer from seasonal and perennial allergies.

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For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking while pregnant or around an infant has long been linked to development of asthma and allergies in young children. Now, researchers have found that the risk may persist into the teen years.

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State Honor Roll 2014

State Honor Roll 2014

 

 

 

 

The State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for schools,  www.StateHonorRoll.org, is an annual research project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), sponsored by Mylan Specialty, L.P., to help identify states with the most comprehensive and preferred statewide public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related allergic diseases in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools. The goal of this report is to identify state-level progress towards better school-based policies, and to provide a blueprint for advocates nationwide.

Get Involved! Review the report, find out where your state stands on policies protecting people with asthma and allergies, see the links to resources below, and take action today!

THE 2014 HONOR ROLL LIST

Eight states and the District of Columbia are named to AAFA's Honor Roll this year. Congratulations to: Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Mississippi (new), New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia (new). Click on the interactive map and the additional resource links for detailed reports for all 50 states and DC, comprehensive reports for the Honor Roll states, study methodology and more.

The 2014 report is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Mylan Specialty L.P., and additional support from Genentech and individual donations to AAFA from patients, families and supporters.

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Study: Allergy symptoms while driving may be same as .03 BAC

AUSTIN, Texas -- Sneezing, itchy, watery eyes are among the negative symptoms associated with allergies. As if that's not bad enough, now a new study says pollen allergies can impair your driving to the point where you compare to drivers with a blood alcohol content of .03.

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Medical Corner: 10 tips to help allergy sufferers

An estimated 36 million Americans are keeping their tissue boxes close at hand with the peak of the allergy season upon us. The budding trees, grass and weeds mark another battle against sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and congestion for allergy sufferers.

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Family Medicine Services Can Increase Access to Allergy Care

UAS Advisory Board Member Bernice Gonzalez, MD, of Vital Life Wellness Center in San Antonio, has written an article that focuses on expanding access to allergy treatment through the primary care setting as part of the June issue’s theme, “The Fate of Specialties.”

Please see attached for a copy of the article. San Antonio Medicine is a monthly magazine produced by the Bexar County Medical Society

San Antonio Medicine


Clearing the Air: United Allergy Services

President & CEO Nick Hollis is featured on the cover of NSIDE magazine, a Texas-based business and healthcare magazine. Click the link below for an online preview of the magazine or open the pdf of the cover and feature article.

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http://issuu.com/getnside/docs/nsidetx_md_sa_mayjune2014

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Texas MD- May/June 2014


The Most Challenging Places to Live With Asthma

The Asthma Capitals™ is an annual research project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America® (AAFA) to identify "the most challenging places to live with asthma." This report provides a summary of factors used to compare and rank the 100 largest U.S. metro areas. Visit us online to learn how to manage your asthma better no matter where you live. Go to www.AsthmaCapitals.com, call 1-800-7-ASTHMA or write to info@aafa.org for more information. This year's report is made possible by a grant from Boston Scientific.

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Two-Thirds of Americans Suffer from Allergies but Only Half See a Physician

Sneezing, Coughing & Itchy, Watery Eyes? Relief from Allergy Symptoms Begins When Patients Discuss Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment with Their Primary Care Physician

SAN ANTONIO, April 23, 2014According to a recent national survey, while two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans suffer from seasonal or perennial allergy symptoms, only half of these sufferers are addressing the issue with a medical professional, leaving millions across the country unnecessarily suffering from ongoing coughs, sneezes and itchy, watery eyes often causing people to avoid outdoor activities.

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