8. Tudorza is an orally inhaled dry powder of aclidinium which was approved by the FDA on 7/23/2012. Aclidinium inhibits the M3 receptor so it is classified as an antimuscarinic, which are in turn grouped as anticholinergic. This compound produces long-acting bronchodilation in patients with COPD. Tudorza has not been launched yet.
9. Generic Clarinex (desloratadine) was approved during the summer. I just got confirmation from some patients that this given to them for refills, not the name brand. Even recently, insurance companies have been pushing back to have the patient switched to a generic medication. Note this means that there no oral name-brand only antihistamines available by either OTC or prescription now.
10. Flucelvax is the first vaccine approved that uses a mammalian cell line not chicken eggs to grow the influenza virus. Flucelvax was approved on 11/20/12 for both types A & B in patients >18 years old.
The Allergy Dude wishes you a Happy New Year!!