Monthly Newsletter from the Arizona Asthma Coalition

Albuterol Shortage Could Worsen After Asthma Drugmaker's Closure 

CBS News

A shortage of albuterol, a widely used drug for the treatment of asthma and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), could worsen after a major manufacturer, Akorn, shuttered three of its facilities last month.

Akorn, a generic drug maker which filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month, shut down its facilities in New Jersey, New York and Illinois. Its Illinois factory was licensed to produce liquid albuterol used in nebulizers, a type of medical device that converts the respiratory medication into a mist that can be inhaled.

The closures leave only one domestic supplier of liquid albuterol fully operational in the U.S. 

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[Webinar] Reimagining Asthma Care, Climate Resilience & Equity in Contra Costa, CA: Partnering to Address IEDOH

March 29, 2023

Join on March 29, 2023, to hear Michael Kent, Hazardous Materials Ombudsman for Contra Costa Health Services, as he discusses his reflections on building a county-level model for Reimagining Asthma Care, Climate Resilience and Equity in Contra Costa County, California, where cross-sector Health Care and Weatherization Partners Address the Indoor Environmental Determinants of Health (IEDOH) to improve community asthma outcomes.

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[Webinar Recording] Navigating Mature and Emerging IAQ Technologies in Your Schools for COVID and Beyond

United States Environmental Protection Agency

In this webinar, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and expert speakers use current science and evidence to explore some of the various indoor air quality (IAQ) technologies available to help schools implement recommended strategies to reduce airborne viruses while providing lasting improvements to IAQ.

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647,000 Arizonans Could Lose Medicaid Coverage from AHCCCS on April 1


More than half a million Arizonans could lose their health care coverage on April 1. These individuals rely on AHCCCS, the state’s Medicaid program. Now, the agency is trying to contact everyone at risk of losing their insurance.

Time is running out. Heidi Capriotti is the public information officer with AHCCCS, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

"During COVID, state Medicaid agencies were able to suspend most disenrollment while they still renewed members, no one was disenrolled," Capriotti said.

So even if they no longer qualified for AHCCCS at that time, individuals were able to maintain coverage. 

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Adult-onset Asthma is Common. What to Consider If You’re Diagnosed.

Jill U. Adams, The Washington Post

I used to think asthma was a condition you either had or didn’t, and that it was typically diagnosed in childhood. That changed when I was diagnosed with asthma in my 50s.

I’m not alone. In the United States, 21 million adults (8.4 percent of adults) have asthma, compared with 4.2 million children (5.8 percent). More than half of U.S. women over age 40 with asthma were diagnosed as adults.

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Open Seat on the Arizona Asthma Coalition Board

We are interested in adding a member to our board who has skill and experience in public policy and advocacy. As part of our effort to improve the health and quality of life for all asthmatics in Arizona, this new board member’s portfolio will include:

  • Networking and building relationships with coalitions and partners
  • Informing the Board and stakeholders about emerging public policies that would have an impact on people with asthma
  • Advocating for public policies which support clean air, access to healthcare and best practices for preventing and treating asthma

The successful candidate will bring a strong public health policy perspective to our board. It currently includes physicians, nurse practitioners, a school nurse manager, respiratory therapists, asthma educators, program administrators and academic faculty in pharmacy and public health.

Relevant types of experience may include:

  • Participation in local and/or statewide public health coalitions and partnerships
  • Analyzing and summarizing public policy issues in writing
  • Sharing information about policies with a statewide audience
  • Tracking proposed legislation and sharing its relevance with stakeholders
  • Representing your organization’s policy positions in presentations, media or testimony

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send a cover letter and CV to Lisa Rascon at

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