Get Ready for Flu Season!

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The 2018-2019 flu season is upon us.  It is important to begin getting your vaccination now.  The flu shot takes about 2 weeks to work and your immunity will last through the spring. Here are two of the biggest flu season questions answered:

I’m healthy, Do I really need the flu vaccine?

Yes.  Influenza is a contagious disease which affects the lungs and can lead to a more serious illness.  The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months of age or older.  Some individuals are at more risk of complications of the flu and should consider vaccination including pregnant women, older people, and individuals with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

When is the right time to get the vaccine, can I get it too early? 

Now is the right time to get the flu vaccine.  Flu activity can begin as early as October and last well into March.  If the influenza virus is circulating, you should still get the flu vaccine.  Flu season can often last into the spring, and the sooner you get vaccinated, the more effective it will be.

Do you have any questions regarding the flu vaccine?

Tria Health provides one-on-one confidential counseling with a pharmacist for any of your medication related questions. If Tria Health is currently a part of your healthcare plan, call the Tria Health Help desk today for any of your questions.

Tria Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Children’s Medicine Recall

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The FDA has recently released a statement regarding more than 30 King Bio medicines for children and infants. A “small percentage” of the medicines tested positive for microbial contamination. King Bio is notifying its distributors and customers by letter and is arranging for return and/or replacement of all recalled products. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have product which is being recalled should discontinue use/distribution and contact King Bio at recall@kingbio.com to make arrangements to return product. These products were distributed Nationwide to distributors and retail stores August 2017 – July 2018.1

What is a Microbial Contamination?

Microbial contamination is the unintended introduction of bacteria into a controlled area (petri dish, stock media, work station). Administration or use of drug products with microbial contamination, could potentially result in increased infections that may require medical intervention, and could result in infections that could be life threatening to certain individuals. King Bio has not received reports of injury or illness to date.

What Products are Recalled?

You can find a list of the products affected on the FDA’s website.

Have any Questions for us?

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Source:

  1. https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm617945.htm

FDA Extends EpiPen Expiration Dates

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The good news continues for those who rely on EpiPens! The FDA has extended the expiration date of some EpiPens due to shortages. As the school year begins the demand for this life-saving drug has continued to rise. After manufacturing delays and supply disruptions, pharmacies have been struggling to keep EpiPens in stock.

How is the Expiration Date Changing?

The FDA has received “stability data” from Pfizer, a manufacturer of EpiPens, and conducted its own review to conclude the devices are effective beyond the expiration dates set by the manufacturers. This expiration date extension will only apply to specific lots of EpiPen that are expired or close to expiring. Specific batches of 0.3 milligram products manufactured by Mylan may be used for four months beyond their expiration dates. If you have any concerns regarding the usability of your EpiPen, contact your dispensing pharmacy.

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Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742

Recipes for Lowering Your Cholesterol

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Are you looking to lower your cholesterol? A healthy diet is a great way to get started. From a dietary standpoint, the best way to lower your cholesterol is reduce saturated fat and trans-fat. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fat to 5 to 6 percent of daily calories and minimizing the amount of trans fat you eat.1 You’ll typically see these types of fats in fried food, red meat and products made with whole milk. If you’re ready to start eating healthy, meal-planning can help keep you from falling into old temptations. Here are a few tips and recipes to get you motivated!

What Should You Look for in a Healthy Diet?

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Nuts

Our Favorite Recipes:

Banana Mini-Muffins

Oven-Baked Salmon

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas

Have any Questions for us?

Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/prevention-and-treatment-of-high-cholesterol-hyperlipidemia

 

FDA Approves First Generic Version of EpiPen

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On Thursday, The FDA approved the first generic version of EpiPen. EpiPens are designed to automatically inject a dose of epinephrine into a person’s thigh to stop an allergic reaction. The generic is made by Teva Pharmaceuticals and will compete against Mylan. Teva has not disclosed the price or release date at this time.

Background

Since purchasing EpiPen in 2007, Mylan has drastically raised the price of EpiPen. Mylan has also had many issues with shortages and issues with their manufacturer. The FDA issued a warning to Mylan’s manufacturer Pfizer after multiple cases of EpiPen malfunctions.

Are there other EpiPen Generics?

In 2016, Mylan released its own generic version of the EpiPen that was roughly half the cost of the original price. The brand name medication can cost as much as $600 for a package of two pens. Teva’s EpiPen is the first from a competitor that is a true “therapeutic equivalent” according to the FDA. This will be the first product that can be easily substituted for customers by their pharmacists.

Have any Questions for us?

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