Navigation Links
Large Geographic Differences in EpiPen Prescriptions in the U.S.,,From the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

MILWAUKEE, July 11, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study suggests strong variation in the occurrence of anaphylaxis between the northern and southern U.S. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal without treatment with epinephrine. The striking north-south differences in EpiPen prescribing, a marker of anaphylaxis risk, currently are without explanation. The investigators hypothesize, however, that low levels of vitamin D from lack of sunshine, may play a role and that this hypothesis requires further investigation.

The study, "Regional differences in EpiPen prescriptions in the United States: The potential role of vitamin D," can be found in the July 2007 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

Carlos A. Camargo, MD, DrPH, FAAAAI, and colleagues obtained data on EpiPen prescriptions in 2004 for all 50 states and Washington, D.C. They used state populations to calculate the average number of prescriptions written per person.

Researchers found that on average, there were 5.71 EpiPens prescribed per 1000 persons in the U.S. The highest number of prescriptions per 1000 persons was in Massachusetts with 11.8. Hawaii had the lowest with 2.7 prescriptions per 1000 persons.

The team also found a regional difference in the number of prescriptions. New England had the highest values with 8 to 12 EpiPen prescriptions per 1000 persons, and southern states had only 3 prescriptions per 1000 persons. These findings persisted even after adjusting for differences in population characteristics, healthcare data and other factors.

The explanation for the strong variation between northern states and southern states is not clear. The investigators note, however, that southern states have a warmer climate and more year-round sunlight and that their findings support rec ent speculation about a link between low Vitamin D levels from less sunlight, and higher incidence of respiratory and allergic diseases. This study suggests that perhaps more year-round sunshine in the south led to higher Vitamin D levels and could explain the north-south difference in the incidence of respiratory and allergic disease.

The AAAAI represents allergists, asthma specialists, clinical immunologists, allied health professionals and others with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic disease. Allergy/immunology specialists are pediatric or internal medicine physicians who have elected an additional two years of training to become specialized in the treatment of asthma, allergy and immunologic disease. Established in 1943, the AAAAI has more than 6,500 members in the United States, Canada and 60 other countries. The AAAAI serves as an advocate to the public by providing educational information through its Web site at http://www.aaaai.org.

CONTACT: Natalie Lemke, , or Amber Johnson,, +1-414-272-6071, both of the AAAAI nlemke@aaaai.org ajohnson@aaaai.org

Web site: http://www.aaaai.org/

Terms and conditions of use apply
Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire Association LLC. All rights reserved.
A United Business Media Company


'"/>




Related medicine technology :

1. Urinalysis Analyzers: Large Capabilities in Every Size Device
2. Halozyme Therapeutics Enhanze Technology Large Protein Molecule Therapeutic Clinical Trial Results Presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Controlled Release Society
3. Largest Cervical Cancer Vaccine Efficacy Trial Shows Cervarix Provides Excellent Protection Against Lesions Caused by Most Common Cancer-Causing Virus Types
4. Largest National U.S. Healthcare Facility MRSA Study Reveals Infection Rates Eight Times Greater Than Previous Estimates
5. Newly Published Data from Large Study Support Cardiovascular Safety of Avandia (Rosiglitazone Maleate)
6. MedImmune Announces Positive Clinical Results at PAS Annual Meeting From Large Prospective Trial in Prevention of Serious RSV Disease
7. First Controlled Large-Scale Intervention Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) Trial in a Japanese Population, JIKEI HEART Study Demonstrates Significant Reduction in Blood Pressure and Protection of Organs with Valsartan
8. Large Study Shows that Presence of Neutralizing Antibodies Did Not Predict Clinical Response to Betaseron Treatment
9. Medical Journal Publishes First Large-Scale Survey Revealing Experiences of IPF Patients
10. Positive Aggrastat Results Featured in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology
11. Peer Reviewed Journal Article Indicates Repros Proellex Exhibits Potential for New Approach to the Treatment and Prevention of Breast Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... Disinfecting - a broad-spectrum sanitization, disinfection and deodorization provider - is proud ... door-to-door sanitizing and disinfecting services for businesses and residents throughout the area. , ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... SAN ANTONIO (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2020 ... ... company and operator of primary care medical centers in Florida and San Antonio ... ambassador for its South Texas medical centers. , In this capacity he will ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... , ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... and aesthetic beauty, bringing a unique perspective and approach. Armed with her qualifications ... ventured out to share her knowledge of the human body with the nation ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... September 01, 2020 , ... ... $3 million convertible note financing, which will be used to accelerate the commercialization ... from this financing, the company will continue to expand its customer base of ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... 01, 2020 , ... Dr. Kiran Gill is a Board ... the face, breast, and body. In 2018, she founded Aesthetics in Plastic Surgery ... aesthetic practice in Southwest Florida. Dr. Gill and her team offer surgical and ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... N.J. (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2020 , ... Just found out your dear friend ... It’s heartbreaking when your friend or family member shares their diagnosis. Once the shock wears ... I say the wrong thing? What are the best ways to help? Words are failing ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Genesis Chiropractic ... announced today the launch of its integrated, HIPAA compliant, telehealth solution, available to ... practice in under 90 seconds. , According to the U.S. Department of ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... 31, 2020 , ... The pandemic and topsy-turvy economic outlook continues to put financial strain on ... ways to trim the fat from our monthly expenses and put more into savings, if ... that you have a financial safety net in place in case something were to happen ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):