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The Phillies, Direct Relief International and Teva Respiratory Team to Promote Asthma Awareness

- Asthma Awareness Event Open to the Public -

PHILADELPHIA, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Phillie Phanatic, 2008 World Series trophy and Phillies Ballgirls will be on hand at the Haddington Health Center, a part of Spectrum Health Services, to promote asthma awareness. Stop by for photos with The Phanatic, the Phillies Ballgirls, and the World Series trophy. Clinic staff will offer free inhaler medication checks, proper inhaler use demonstrations and provide valuable educational materials/tools regarding asthma -- the condition, symptoms, signs and management of the disease. Representatives from Direct Relief International and Teva Respiratory will also announce a donation of inhaler products to the Health Center to assist with increased demand from uninsured patients.

Asthma is the most common chronic condition affecting children, and approximately 22% of Philadelphia children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with asthma. More than half (51.3%) of the children with asthma in Philadelphia have gone to the emergency room at least once in the past year due to asthma, as compared to only one-third (33.8%) of children in the city's surrounding suburban counties. The effects of asthma are highly correlated with poverty, urban air quality, indoor allergens, lack of patient education, and inadequate medical care.

The donation and awareness event is part of a larger program to help economically disadvantaged and uninsured patients, and includes a partnership with Direct Relief International, a nonprofit humanitarian medical relief organization. Teva Respiratory has donated hundreds of thousands of product worldwide and recently hosted asthma awareness night at the Phillies ballpark.

    WHO:    Phillie Phanatic, 2008 World Series Trophy & Phillies Ballgirls
            Danielle Johnson, COO, Spectrum Health Services
            Terry McGroarty, Health Educator, Haddington Health Center
            Representatives from Teva Respiratory & Direct Relief
    WHEN:   Tuesday, June 23rd, 2:00 - 3:00pm
    WHERE:  Haddington Health Center, 5619 Vine St., Philadelphia

About Asthma

  • Asthma related deaths and contributor to deaths is 11,000 Americans each year
  • An estimated 20,000,000 or 1 in 5 Americans suffer from asthma
  • Asthma causes 500,000 hospitalizations, nearly half of which are children
  • Asthma accounts for one-quarter of all emergency room visits in the United States each year, with 2,000,000 emergency room visits
  • Asthma is the most chronic condition among children in the U.S., affecting more than 1 in every 20 children. Nearly 5,000,000 asthma sufferers are under the age of 18 yrs.
  • Asthma costs an estimated $19,700,000,000 annually

SOURCE Teva Respiratory
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