US COPD Coalition

Year: 2018


CPAP Mask Cushion Recalled Due to Possible Air Leaks

Compass Health is recalling the replacement cushion seals for its Probasics Brand Zzz-Mask SG Full Face CPAP Mask. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has determined that this recall qualifies as a Class I recall, which it deems “the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death”. According to a press … Read more


Second-Hand Smoke Exposure as Child Raises Risk of Death from COPD as Adult

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reports that individuals exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS) as a child have a significantly increased likelihood of dying from COPD as an adult. The study revealed that children who lived with someone who smoked on a daily basis had a 31% higher death rate from COPD than those … Read more


CDC Releases Info on Protecting Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Individuals living with chronic lung disease are particularly sensitive to poor air quality. With the massive wildfires that are raging in the western United States causing serious air-quality issues, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) wants you to know how to protect yourself. According to a press release from the CDC, “Wildfire smoke … Read more


Generic EpiPen Approved by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that it has given approval for a generic version of the EpiPen and EpiPen, Jr. auto-injector. The device is designed to administer life-saving epinephrine as an emergency treatment for severe allergic reactions. In making today’s announcement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D stated, “Today’s approval of the first … Read more


FDA Launches New Medication Guide Database

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the launch of its new Medication Guide database. The new database replaces the current Medication Guide web page. According to the announcement by the FDA, “Medication guides are provided with many prescription medicines. A Medication Guide is a form of patient labeling that is part of the … Read more


CMS Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Rule Changes for Oxygen Reimbursement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing new rules that will impact the ability for home oxygen and ventilator patients to receive the durable medical equipment that best meets their clinical needs.  CMS is inviting public comments on the proposed rules.  The U.S. COPD Coalition will be submitting comments, and we would … Read more


ALA Reports Coordinated Attack on Medicaid that Threatens Access to Care

The American Lung Association has released a policy brief that outlines a “coordinated effort between federal and state officials [that] is threatening access to healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Americans”. The report, entitled A COORDINATED ATTACK: REDUCING PATIENT ACCESS TO CARE IN STATE MEDICAID PROGRAMS describes policy changes in Medicaid’s “1115 Waiver” applications that significantly restrict … Read more


Study Finds Vaping May Not Help Smokers Quit

A new study published by the Public Library of Science has found that using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), better known as e-cigarettes, did not result in any increase in quit rates for combustible cigarettes. The authors of the study concluded that they found “no evidence that ENDS use, within context of the 2015–2016 US regulatory and … Read more


FDA Warns Consumers of New Scam

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is waring consumers that if they tried buying drugs online and received a warning letter from the FDA instead of the drugs, they have likely been by scam artists. The press release announcing the FDA’s concerns notes that while the FDA does routinely issue warning letters, they are typically sent to … Read more


FDA Approves New Breathing Valve for Severe Emphysema

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has approved the Zephyr Breathing Valve, a device designed to help alleviate breathing difficulty for patients suffering from severe emphysema. Tina Kiang, Ph.D., the acting director of the Division of Anesthesiology, General Hospital, Respiratory, Infection Control and Dental Devices, in the FDA’s Center for Devices … Read more