PITTSBURGH, March 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mylan Specialty will present initial data from The Anaphylaxis Risk Assessment (TARA) study at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) held in San Diego, Calif., Feb. 28 - March 4. TARA aims to uncover factors associated with an individual's risk for experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) and involved a retrospective claims analysis of more than 28,000 medical records from a large managed care database associated with Optum.
"As leaders in the space, Mylan Specialty continually works to advance the understanding of anaphylaxis," said Roger Graham, President, Mylan Specialty. "Collectively, these data shed light on anaphylaxis risk factors and support the need for future research toward a clinically useful risk assessment tool for anaphylaxis."
Details for the TARA study poster sessions are as follows:
-- Methodology for Identifying Patients Presenting with Anaphylaxis Using Administrative Claims Data Poster 94, March 1, 2014; 12:45 p.m. EST -- Factors Associated With Increased Risk of Anaphylaxis Poster 73, March 1, 2014; 12:45 p.m. EST
Additional presentations, supported by Mylan Specialty, include studies examining factors linked to untimely refills of epinephrine auto-injector prescriptions and a report of individual state pharmacist guidelines regarding substitution of epinephrine auto-injector prescriptions.
-- Factors Associated with a Lower Probability of Refilling an EpiPen(®) Auto-Injector in a Timely MannerPoster 88, March 1, 2014; 12:45 p.m. EST -- Confusion With Substituting Epinephrine Auto-Injectors: A Focus on Medication Counseling, Dispensing, and Patient EducationPoster 96, March 1, 2014; 12:45 p.m. EST
Full session details and data abstracts for the 2014 Annual Meeting can be found on the AAAAI website at http://annualmeeting.aaaai.org/; full-text abstracts are published in an online supplement of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI).
About the TARA Study
The Anaphylaxis Risk Assessment (TARA) study is a retrospective claims analysis that used medical and pharmacy claims data from 2011 and 2012 for commercial enrollees in a large U.S. health plan associated with Optum. Data from adult and pediatric patients with claims-based evidence of anaphylaxis during emergency department or in-patient visits were identified and compared with data from controls with no evidence of anaphylaxis. A 12-month baseline period was used to assess patients' characteristics including history of allergies and conditions related to anaphylaxis, comorbidities and health care resource utilization and costs. Patient demographics and baseline characteristics were also compared between anaphylaxis cases and controls.
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that has many possible triggers, occurs quickly, without warning, and must be treated immediately with epinephrine. Symptoms may include hives or redness of the skin, tightness in the throat, nausea, dizziness, breathing problems, a decrease in blood pressure and/or fainting. Anaphylaxis can be caused by triggers such as food, stinging and biting insects, medicines, latex or even exercise. Epinephrine is the only first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. According to the food allergy guidelines developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, if experiencing anaphylaxis, a person should use an epinephrine auto-injector and seek immediate emergency medical attention. Epinephrine is a naturally-occurring hormone, also known as adrenaline, and it should be available at all times to patients at risk. Delays in epinephrine administration have been associated with negative health consequences, even possibly death.
About EpiPen Auto-Injector
EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors are used for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions. Each EpiPen 2-Pak(® )and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak(® )contains two single auto-injectors, instructions for use and a training device, with no drug product or needle, to help patients become familiar with the administration technique. EpiPen Auto-Injector should be administered immediately at the first sign of an anaphylactic reaction. EpiPen Auto-Injector is not a substitute for emergency medical treatment.( )Patients should seek emergency medical attention immediately following administration. EpiPen Auto-Injector has been the No. 1 dispensed epinephrine auto-injector for more than 25 years and has three-step easy-to-follow instructions for use. For more information about EpiPen Auto-Injector, please visit www.EpiPen.com.
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About Mylan Specialty
Mylan Specialty, a subsidiary of Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ: MYL), is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and marketing of prescription drug products for the treatment of respiratory diseases, life-threatening allergic reactions and psychiatric disorders. For more information, please visit mylanspecialty.com.
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