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AAAAI: New Anaphylaxis Research Shows the Need for Additional Education, Research
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Their stories are different, but yet so similar. A tiny accidental taste of food or medicine to which they are allergic, or an insect sting in a susceptible person, may lead to an episode of anaphylaxis. That episode may be mild or life-threatening,
ultimately leading to death.

Hundreds of Americans die each year from anaphylaxis -- a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is bringing this health concern to the
attention of the nation through education and new research presented on National Anaphylaxis Day, Sunday, March 5, at the AAAAI 2006 Annual Meeting in Miami Beach.

"The keys to decreasing deaths caused by anaphylaxis are: assess risk in people who have experienced previous severe allergic reactions, begin long-term risk-reduction strategies for these people, and provide anaphylaxis
education," said F. Estelle R. Simons, MD, President of the AAAAI.

AAAAI: New Anaphylaxis Research

Verus Pharmaceuticals Announces Study Results Supporting the Potential Need for Two Doses of Epinephrine to Treat Anaphylaxis

Tuesday March 7, 9:45 am ET
Twinject(R) is the Only Available Epinephrine Auto-Injector With Two Doses in One Compact Device
One Third of Patients Experiencing Anaphylactic Episodes in the Field Required Two Epinephrine Injections; Only 16% Carried Two Doses at All Times

SAN DIEGO, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Verus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pediatric-oriented specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced study results supporting the potential need for two doses of epinephrine to treat anaphylaxis, a severe, life-threatening systemic allergic reaction. The study, "Factors Affecting the Use of Automatic Epinephrine Injectors," was presented today as a poster session at the 2006 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting. According to the 100-person study, one third of patients experiencing an anaphylactic episode in the field required two epinephrine injections and 50% treated in an urgent care facility required two injections. Importantly, only 16% carried two epinephrine auto-injectors (two doses in total) at all times. Twinject®, a novel epinephrine auto-injector indicated for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions, is the only available product approved by the FDA that contains two doses of epinephrine in a single, compact device. Twinject was launched in the U.S. in August, 2005 after the study was completed.

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Need for Two Doses of Epinephrine to Treat Anaphylaxis

Work-site Accomodation Ideas for Natural Latex Allergies in the Healthcare Environment
Tracie DeFreitas Saab, M.S.

Allergy to Natural Rubber Latex (NRL) manifests as a reaction to proteins present in latex derived from the rubber tree, Havea brasiliensis. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), approximately three percent of the general public is sensitized to latex. Healthcare workers are at high risk for developing latex allergies due to the nature of the work they perform and the increased need to take universal precautions to avoid exposure to infectious diseases. Frequent exposure to latex proteins can lead to an allergy to latex. In the article, "Latex Allergy Increasing in Health Care Workers," it is stated that, "Natural rubber latex causes allergic sensitization in 5 percent to 17 percent of exposed health care workers. An allergic reaction can occur from direct contact with latex gloves and by inhaling latex allergens from powdered gloves (ACAAI, 2002)."

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Scibak, Easthampton resident push for ban on latex gloves

By Jim Bildner
For Daily Hampshire Gazette
February 23, 2006

BOSTON - A bill aimed at protecting consumers and workers allergic to latex would ban the use of latex gloves by food workers in all aspects of food production in the state.

The bill would make Massachusetts the fourth state in the nation to prohibit latex rubber gloves in food handling. Arizona, Oregon and Rhode Island already ban the use of these gloves.

''Latex gloves have been used by workers in virtually all sectors of our economy,'' said Nancy DiRocco, an Easthampton resident who initially asked state Rep. John Scibak, D-South Hadley, to look at the issue. She has worked closely with him to file the pending legislation.

A nurse at Cooley Dickinson Hospital for over 20 years, DiRocco says she knows well the dangerous effects of prolonged exposure to these gloves.

''I became deathly allergic to latex and know firsthand what inadvertent exposure can mean when you've eaten a food product that was prepared, at retail or in processing, by someone using latex gloves,'' she said.

For those with latex sensitivities, exposure can trigger allergic reactions as acute as breathing difficulties or anaphylactic shock.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, latex allergies have become a growing problem, as more and more workers have had prolonged exposure to latex gloves in the workplace.

The DPH cites studies that suggest that 10 percent of health care workers have developed sensitivities to latex. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has estimated that 1 percent of the general population has this sensitivity.

Other organizations such as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, estimate the number to be as high as 6 percent of all Americans.

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Scibak, Easthampton resident push for ban on latex gloves

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