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The techniques and equipment used at the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic include the latest advancements in the field.  Our group is dedicated to providing cutting edge, personal and compassionate care.  In addition, our providers have been educated at many of the top allergy training programs in the country.  The benefits of having such a wealth of experience, skill and scientific technology are realized daily by our patients.

Pollen & Mold Count

The Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic is a certified pollen and mold counting station for the National Allergy Bureau.  The most trusted and accurate pollen & mold count for the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.

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For pollen counts in other US cities visit http://www.aaaai.org/home.aspx

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Beginning May 8th, Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic will be using Phreesia for patient intake, allowing you to check-in from your computer, phone, or tablet before your appointment!

 

You Can Control Your Asthma!
World Asthma Day is Tuesday May 2, 2017
May Is Asthma Awareness Month

Millions of people in the United States have asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs. Asthma can cause wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. According to the allergists at the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic, although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma to reduce and prevent asthma attacks, also called episodes.

It’s time to get asthma under control. Tips for successful asthma management:

  • Know the warning signs of an attack.
  • Avoid things that may trigger an attack.
  • Follow the advice of your healthcare provider.
  • Create a personal asthma management plan.
  • Use your asthma medicine as prescribed.

Using what you know about managing your asthma can give you control over this chronic disease.

“Ideally, when you control your asthma you will breathe easier, be as active as you would like, sleep well, stay out of the hospital, and be free from coughing and wheezing,” said OAAC Board-Certified Allergist Bret Haymore, M.D.

Asthma Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 13 people have asthma. About 24 million Americans have asthma. This is 7.4 percent of adults and 8.6 percent of children. Asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s in all age, sex and racial groups. Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. It is also the top reason for missed school days.  Asthma is more common in adult women than adult men. Asthma is more common in children than adults and more common in boys than girls. Almost 6.3 million people with asthma are under the age of 18.

When you have asthma, the airways become inflamed and the muscles around the airways can tighten when you are exposed to a trigger for your asthma.  This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.

Haymore says asthma episodes can be prevented by the correct use of inhalers and as prescribed.

An allergist is the best qualified physician in diagnosing and treating asthma. With the help of your allergist, you can take control of your condition and participate in normal activities.

The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic main office is adjacent to the Oklahoma Health Science Center campus.  For patient convenience, satellite offices are located in Edmond, Midwest City, northwest Oklahoma City and Norman. Visit the OAAC website at www.oklahomaallergy.com to view the addresses for all Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic locations.  To make an initial appointment for an allergy, asthma, or immunology problem or to request more information, please call (405) 235-0040 or visit the website.

Please read our Spring Allergist Newsletter! 

Mylan Provides Update on Meridian Medical Technologies’, a Pfizer Company, Expanded Voluntary Worldwide Recall of EpiPen® Auto-Injector

Return and Replacement Update (as of April 1, 5:45PM ET)

If you think you may be impacted by this recall, it is very important that you first contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494. Stericycle’s hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.

Stericycle will ask you questions about your EpiPen 2-Pak® or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons to confirm if the devices come from one of the recalled lots.

Prior to calling Stericycle, you can confirm if you are in possession of a recalled EpiPen product by checking if the lot number matches any of the lot numbers listed in the table below. If so, you need to contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494. If not, your EpiPen product is not affected by the recall and there is no further action necessary.

If you are in possession of a recalled EpiPen product, Stericycle will initiate the process of providing a container to return the recalled medication.

Stericycle also will collect your contact information and will begin contacting patients back on Monday, April 3, with voucher information to redeem a free replacement product.

Patients should not return any devices affected by the recall until they have received their voucher to redeem their free replacement from their pharmacy. It is important that patients continue to carry their current EpiPen Auto-Injector until they receive a replacement device.

Patients may receive either EpiPen Auto-Injector or Mylan’s authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector at the pharmacy as a replacement based on availability. The authorized generic has the exact same drug formulation, has the exact same operating instructions and is therapeutically equivalent to EpiPen Auto-Injector, and may be substituted for EpiPen Auto-Injector.

Mylan is committed to replacing recalled devices at no cost and Mylan would like to reassure patients that there will be no additional replacement-related financial burden to them as a result of this recall.

Please check back here for any updates and additional information on the product return and replacement process.

Recall Details

Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner for EpiPen® Auto-Injector, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the U.S. and other markets in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The recall impacts certain lots of the 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths of EpiPen Auto-Injector. None of the recalled lots include the authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector, which is also manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies.

The lot number is located on both the 2-Pak carton and the auto-injector. If the recalled EpiPen® Auto-Injector is still contained in the carton, refer to the left flap on the carton, which is black in color. You will find the lot number written in white and preceded by the word ‘LOT.’

On the auto-injector itself, you will find the lot number towards the top of the label in black and preceded by the word ‘LOT.’

NOTE: The NDC on the box ends with “2” because it contains two EpiPen Auto-injectors. The NDC on the individual EpiPen within the box has an NDC ending in “1.”

Patient and Customer Contact

To return your product, please contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494. If you have any additional questions regarding this recall, please contact Mylan Customer Relations at 800-796-9526 or [email protected].

 

We're proud to announce that we've been named a Top Workplace by The Oklahoman! A big thank you goes out to all of our employees, who helped to make this happen! You can find more info on the @Top Workplace website: http://bit.ly/NTW13

CareCredit now available for OAAC Patients

Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic is proud to announce that we have now partnered with CareCredit.

What is CareCredit?

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed for your health, beauty, and wellness needs. It's a way to pay for the costs of many treatments and procedures and allows you to make convenient monthly payments. For complete details of healthcare financing terms, please review the CareCredit account agreement within the application.

Where can I use CareCredit?

CareCredit is accepted at over 175,000 providers nationwide for LASIK and Vision Care, Cosmetic and Dermatology Procedures, Dentistry, Veterinary, Hearing Care and other specialties

CareCredit is now also accepted at select retail locations.*

How is CareCredit different from my other bank cards?

CareCredit extends special financing offers that you can't get when using your Visa or MasterCard to pay for health, beauty and wellness care at enrolled providers. With shorter term financing options of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months no interest is charged on purchases of $200 or more when you make the minimum monthly payments and pay the full amount due by the end of the promotional period. If you do not, interest is charged from the original purchase date**.

CareCredit also extends longer term healthcare financing for 24, 36, 48 or 60-month periods with a Reduced APR and Fixed Monthly Payments Required until paid in Full. Purchases of $2,500 or more qualify for the 60-month offer with a 16.9% APR (24, 36 and 48 financing terms are for purchases of $1,000 or more with a 14.9% APR**).

For complete details, see the CareCredit account agreement within your application.

Is CareCredit a medical insurance policy?

No. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card and it does not replace medical insurance policies that you might have. It is intended to help you pay for out-of-pocket expenses that are not covered by your health plan.

I'm not sure I want another credit card. Why do I want CareCredit?

CareCredit helps you pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for you, your family, and even your pets! Once you are approved, you can use it again and again* to help you manage health, wellness and beauty costs not covered by insurance.

Plus, Special Financing** for 6, 12, 18 or 24 Months is available on qualifying purchases of $200 or more made with your CareCredit credit card account. For purchases of $1,000 or more special financing** for 24, 36 or 48 months is available, and for purchases of $2,500 or more special financing for 60 months is available.

For more information, visit www.carecredit.com

* Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Not all promotional financing options are available at all enrolled providers. Ask yours for details. Promotional financing options are not available at all retail locations that accept CareCredit and standard account terms will apply to such purchases.

** For new accounts: Purchase APR is 26.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreements for their applicable terms.

Proposed Government Regulation Could Seriously Reduce YOUR Access to Allergy Shots - Please go to the link and sign the petition.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), a professional membership organization of more than 6,800 allergist/immunologists, is spreading the word that newly proposed regulations from the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) could dramatically limit patient access to allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots).

https://www.change.org/p/united-states-pharmacopeia-save-patient-access-to-allergy-shots

 

When are allergies serious enough to seek medical help?

Allergies are extremely common and affect millions of Americans.  Symptoms range from a stuffy nose and occasional sneeze to severe allergic reactions.  Allergies are also a common trigger for asthma attacks.  Patients with asthma experience chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing.  Common substances that cause allergic symptoms include pollen (grass, tree and weeds), mold spores, dust mites, feathers and animal dander.  If allergies are causing you discomfort or impairing your ability to work, play or enjoy life, come visit us to see how we can help.

Why doesn't everyone have allergies?

Allergies are caused by the immune system reacting to substances (or allergens) that would typically not trigger a reaction.  Allergies result from environmental factors and genetic predisposition.  If one parent is allergic, the risk of allergies in a child is 30 to 40 percent.  If both parents are allergic, there is a 50 to 70 percent chance of a child developing allergies.  The board certified allergist's goal is to help patients prevent symptoms by managing their allergies and asthma so they can lead healthy, normal lives.  The strong emphasis placed on individualized patient care has been part of the clinic's philosophy of practice for over 75 years.

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