Kids and Cough: Dr. Mandel Sher Cough Expert at FDA

Nearly 100 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose including children, according to the Center for Disease Control.  Drug treatment for kids and cough has come under increasing scrutiny due to opioids in some medications.

One internationally known Tampa Bay area Cough Specialist, Dr. Mandel Sher, is doing his part to increase the safety of treating kids and cough and stem the tide of cough medicine-related opioid deaths.  Dr. Mandel Sher, Cough Expert and Founder of the Center for Cough in Largo, focuses on comprehensive cough treatment and leads the investigation of novel, safe medicines. 

Dr. Mandel Sher represented the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology at FDA Roundtable of Experts on Kids and Cough

Dr. Sher represented the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology at a roundtable meeting of experts convened by the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research on the use of cough suppressants in children, particularly opioid-containing antitussives. 

Dr. Sher says, “At the present, there is no safe and effective cough medicine for both children and adults.” 

As a result of input by Dr. Sher and his colleagues, the FDA has restricted the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children.

Codeine is approved to treat pain and cough, and tramadol is approved for pain. These medicines, however, have been shown to carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children younger than 12 years. Codeine and tramadol should also be limited in some older children, according to the FDA. Codeine and tramadol are both opioids.

Dr. Sher is the only dedicated cough doctor in the Southeast, a leading clinical investigator of new cough drugs, and an educator among his peers.  After 25 years of diagnosing and effectively treating patients with chronic cough in Sher Allergy Specialists, Dr. Sher founded the Center for Cough in 2009.  He offers patients a comprehensive approach to cough diagnosis and cough treatment.

Dr. Sher is a frequent contributor at national professional society meetings.  So far in 2017, Dr. Sher has presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.  Dr. Sher has also contributed to the evolving body of knowledge on cough by being a co-author on a paper reporting clinical research findings of a promising new non-narcotic cough drug that was presented at the American Thoracic Society International Meeting in Washington, D.C. last month.




The Cough Whisperer: Dr. Mandel Sher

The Cough Whisperer” an honorary title bestowed upon Dr. Mandel Sher by a Cough patient whose Cough is GONE..Read below:

“I had a persistent cough that would not go away. After seeing Dr. Sher, he correctly diagnosed the problem and with his guidance on diet, exercise therapy and medicine the cough is gone. I had a cough lingering for almost 7 months and Dr. Sher, quickly got the problem solved. I would call him the “Cough Whisperer” His staff was friendly and effective and thorough. I would highly recommend Dr. Sher.”

What does it mean to be “The Cough Whisperer?”  A “whisperer” generally refers to someone who has a natural or unusually effective way of communicating and interacting with someone or something to achieve desired results. And so it is with Dr. Sher and people suffering with Chronic Cough.

Dr. Mandel Sher as “The Cough Whisperer” has a remarkably effective approach to relieving people of Chronic Cough – even when those people have seen other physicians and tried but failed other cough therapies.  

Dr. Sher’s stunning effectiveness is rooted in things that come to him naturally and other that he has and continues to work tirelessly for:

  • Empathy, Confidence, Optimism and Determination:  Dr. Mandel Sher and the Center For Cough team understand the adverse impact Chronic Cough has on Quality of Life.  Anxiety, Frustration, Embarrassment,  and Needless Worry Be Gone!  Dr. Mandel Sher Never Gives Up.
  • Specialty Training in Chronic Medical Conditions at the World’s Leading Academic Medical Centers including Northwestern, Duke, Harvard, and the University of Michigan
  • Expertise in Respiratory and Throat Triggers That Result in Cough
  • Scientific and Clinical Research Collaboration with Global Cough Leaders on Promising New Cough Drugs
  • Lifelong Learning and Teaching to Other Physicians

Thank You to Dr. Sher’s patient for so generously bestowing “The Cough Whisperer” honorary title upon him.  Nothing is more satisfying to Dr. Sher and the Center For Cough team than knowing they have made a meaningful difference in improving patients’ health and quality of life.

A Cough that Does Not Go Away is Not Normal.  Don’t Learn to Live With It.  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough:  727-393-8067.


Wait, Wait, Hurry Up!: Coughing for Years and Now Want an Appointment Yesterday…

“Wait, Wait, Hurry Up!”

That’s a familiar sentiment this Center For Cough New Patient Coordinator often hears from callers and prospective patients.  People who state they’ve been coughing for months or years without relief, call Center For Cough and suddenly want an appointment to see Dr. Mandel Sher yesterday.  What’s up with that sense of urgency?  Well, I get it…

Sometimes, people with Chronic Cough are STUCK. 

They are stuck believing that because they have seen other doctors and tried other cough treatments that have failed, they have to learn to live with Chronic Cough.  Then, they learn about Dr. Mandel Sher and the REMARKABLE SUCCESSES of Center For Cough patients, and these same people GET UNSTUCK.  They are MOTIVATED.  They have finally DECIDED TO TAKE ACTION TO FINALLY ACHIEVE REAL, EFFECTIVE, AND LASTING COUGH RELIEF.    “Wait, Wait, Hurry Up!…”

Wait, Wait, Hurry Up! I’d Like an Appointment with Dr. Mandel Sher YESTERDAY!

“I Can’t Stand It Anymore”

“I’m Worn-Out”

“I’m Tired of Sitting Home Alone Because Everyone Thinks I’m Sick”

“I Feel So Embarrassed.  My Coughing Episodes Interrupt the Silence”

I’m Frustrated.  I Used to Love Singing and Now I can Barely Talk Without Coughing”

Dr. Sher and Center For Cough understand this wait, wait, hurry up sentiment. They understand that people who have been looking for a real and lasting cough solution can almost taste it now that they have found Center For Cough.

After many conversations with people who have been coughing for a long time, I now understand that people often procrastinate because of anxiety – that something really serious may be wrong – and because of past cough treatments and failures.

Don’t Wait!  Be Evaluated by Dr. Mandel Sher and FINALLY Understand the Cause(s) of YOUR Cough and Begin the Short Road to Cough Relief and Success!    After all, why put-off feeling good and living life to the fullest one more day?

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher:  Nationally Renown Cough Specialist:  727-393-8067.


“C-H-R-O-N-I-C:” “C” is for……(a la Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E)

“C-H-R-O-N-I-C”:  “C” is for … Remember Nat King Cole’s lyrics for “L-O-V-E?”    “C” is for…

C:  CONDITION.  CONSTANT.  Cough symptom may come and go BUT the CONDITION is CONSTANT and NOT GOING AWAY by ITSELF. 

H:  “Hypersensitive Cough Response,” that TICKLE in the BACK of YOUR THROAT THAT MAKES YOU COUGH.


O:  ONLY.  You may think you are the ONLY ONE who has Chronic Cough – BUT you’re not.  It affects approximately 12 percent of the population.  You are NOT alone.

N:  NAGGING.  That generally Dry and Hacking Cough.


C:  C-H-R-O-N-I-C Cough.

Chronic Cough doesn’t have to be all that.  It is a Chronic medical condition that can be successfully managed.  You can have relief and enhance the overall quality of your daily life.

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center For Cough are their patients partners in Cough relief.  The RESULTS ARE REMARKABLE!  Over 85% of Dr. Sher’s patients with Chronic Cough demonstrate a meaningful and measurable reduction in Cough frequency and intensity AND report an overall improvement in the quality of life.

What are you waiting for?  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher and Center For Cough today:  727-393-8067.

If It’s Orlando, Then It’s Chronic Cough at Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society

Dr. Mandel Sher Presents “New Paradigms in Chronic Cough” to More than 100 Allergist Colleagues in State of Florida

If it’s Orlando, it must be the annual meeting of The Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society.  More than 100 specialists in allergy, asthma, and immunology will be gathering in Orlando from June 30 to July 2.

Dr. Mandel Sher will be participating in the Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society meeting as faculty speaking to  colleagues on “New Paradigms in Cough.”  Dr. Sher is excited to share recent advances in Chronic Cough treatment with his allergy colleagues.  Many of Dr. Sher’s colleagues throughout the State of Florida refer Chronic Cough patients to him at Center For Cough. 

The Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society was established in 1949 with the following mission:

“To  promote the highest quality, evidence based, specialty care for patients with allergy, asthma and immunologic diseases. Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society  provides cutting-edge education to its patients, its members and to the health-care community at large while promoting the advancement of the specialty of allergy, asthma and immunology in the great state of Florida.”

Dr. Mandel Sher is proud to be a member of FAAIS.  He welcomes this opportunity to continue to educate the professional medical community about Chronic Cough and be an advocate for people suffering with Chronic Cough.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a renown national cough expert.  He is a contributing author and frequent lecturer on Chronic Cough to professional societies and physician audiences around the world.  In his efforts to advance Chronic Cough treatment, Dr. Sher works with scientists and researchers developing new cough drugs, and leads clinical research studies.

Cough that doesn’t go away is not normal.  Do Not Learn to Live With It.  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center For Cough:  727-393-8067. 

Chronic Cough Talk: People with Chronic Cough Do Not Need To Be Coughing When They See Dr. Mandel Sher

CHRONIC COUGH TALK.  Unlike National Public Radio’s podcast, Car Talk, COUGH TALK is not a  laughing matter.  More importantly, people with Chronic Cough, who have been coughing for months or years, DO NOT NEED TO BE COUGHING WHEN THEY SEE DR. MANDEL SHER.


CHRONIC COUGH IS JUST THAT…CHRONIC!  THE SYMPTOM OF COUGHING MAY COME AND GO, BUT THE REASON FOR COUGHING IS NOT GOING to DISAPPEAR BY ITSELF.  People who are suffering with Chronic Cough may think that they are free from Cough when their symptoms decrease.


Like other chronic health conditions, Chronic Cough is a medical condition that can be EFFECTIVELY MANAGED and REDUCED TO LESSEN THE ADVERSE IMPACT ON YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE.

Dr. Mandel Sher is one of very few dedicated Chronic Cough Experts in the United States.  All of Dr. Mandel Sher’s services are EVIDENCE-BASED medicine recognized by Medicare and private insurers. Dr. Sher is at the forefront of Chronic Cough science and research.  It is his APPROACH of listening and putting together the puzzle pieces that is INNOVATIVE.

The RESULTS for Dr. Sher’s Center For Cough patients are REMARKABLE!


Generally, Cough lasting 8 weeks or longer is Chronic Cough.  Time is a terrible thing to waste.  If you have a HISTORY of suffering with Chronic Cough, contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center For Cough now:  727-393-8067.


Chronic Cough: Mood & Quality of Life Buster

Where in the world are there many Chronic Cough Specialists?  The United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, and Japan are home to many of the global physician and scientific leaders in Chronic Cough.  Dr. Mandel Sher is just returning from presenting at The American Cough Conference where he enjoyed sharing updates on Chronic Cough with his global Chronic Cough colleagues.

Chronic Cough Negatively Affects Mood and Participation in Life

is one of very few Chronic Cough Specialists in the United States.  While based in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, referring physicians and people suffering with Chronic Cough throughout the State of Florida and the Southeastern United States come to see Dr. Sher.  For many of these patients, Dr. Sher is their “last hope” for Cough relief and resolution.

The European community conducted an online survey, available in 12 languages, of 1,120 people from 29 different countries.  The study was published in the journal, Lung.  Most participants responded that the overall quality of their lives had been negatively affected by their cough – specifically their mood and participation in activities.   This finding is echoed by people with cough who are FINALLY motivated to call Dr. Mandel Sher’s Center for Cough:

“I used to sing in choir but can’t anymore.”  “Volunteering at church is really important to me but my constant coughing makes everyone act like they don’t want to be around me even though I know I’m not sick.”  “My family is worried about me.  They say I don’t sound healthy.”  “My job is on the line.  I have to talk to clients a lot and my constant coughing is distracting and a real turn-off.”

Dr. Mandel Sher and the Center For Cough team listen carefully to patients’ personal histories and observe that people who have been suffering with Chronic Cough for years, and even decades, express “HITTING THE WALL.”  Once they have made-up their minds that they are not going to learn to live with cough and that they are not going to give-up in-spite of visiting other doctors and trying but failing other cough treatments , they finally call Dr. Sher and want to be soon as soon as possible.






Dr. Sher on The Importance of Being Distinct: Establishing a Chronic Cough Identity

Doctors Kelkar and Sher Facilitate Workshop: American Cough Conference

“Chronic Cough is a distinct medical condition that deserves a distinct identity,”  says Dr. Mandel Sher.

Dr. Sher and his colleague, Dr. Pramod Kelkar of the Minneapolis area, will be sharing the podium at the Sixth American Cough Conference to facilitate a workshop on developing a cough center.  They will be speaking to an audience of global cough doctors, researchers, and scientists gathering in Reston, Virginia this Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10.

Dr. Sher’s philosophy about the importance of establishing a distinct identify for Chronic Cough is rooted in his experience since creating Center For Cough in 2009.  Dr. Sher believes that a distinct identity, a unique fingerprint, for Chronic Cough is key to patient access, awareness and advocacy, and a focused approach to diagnosis and treatment.  Since opening Center for Cough, Dr. Sher has heard patients say over-and-over again that they didn’t know there is such a thing as a “cough doctor.”  Surprising given that cough is consistently the number one medical reason for visits to the doctor in the United States.

Dr. Sher’s ongoing outreach efforts target primary and specialty care physicians as well direct to prospective, current, and alumni patients.  The primary purpose of outreach initiatives is education which leads to awareness and results in timely intervention and effective treatment for people suffering with Chronic Cough.

Dr. Sher is the only doctor in the Southeast who has a distinct and dedicated focus on Chronic Cough.  There are very few Cough Doctors in the United States.  The American Cough Conference gathers Cough leaders and thinkers to discuss groundbreaking updates in Chronic Cough treatment.  Dr. Kelkar, Dr. Sher’s C0-Workshop facilitator, Dr. Peter Dicpinigatis, Chairman of the American Cough Conference and Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of Montefiore’s Cough Center in New York, Dr. Jacky Smith of University of Manchester in England and Dr. Sher’s Co-Author on recently published study results, along with many other friends and colleagues will be in attendance.

Cough that won’t go away is not normal and should be evaluated by a Cough Doctor.  Chronic Cough can be effectively treated to reduce cough frequency and cough severity and improve the overall quality of life – don’t learn to live with it.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher:  727-393-8067.




Congratulations Dr. Sher!: Gentleman and Fellow

Congratulations Dr. Sher!

Congratulations Dr. Mandel Sher!  Dr. Sher was promoted from a “Member” of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) to a “Fellow.”  The Credentials Committee and Board of Regents approved Dr. Sher’s qualifications and application for “Fellow” status at its May 2017 meeting.

“Fellow” status is a big deal!  It reflects the professional and personal accomplishments leading-up to that point.  The eligibility criteria to qualify as a “Fellow” include:

  • Physicians who are certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology who have taught for at least two years in a medical school or affiliated hospital OR have devoted 75 percent of their professional hours to the specialty.  Dr. Sher is a Professor at USF Health at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital who trains the next generation of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology doctors.
  • High moral, ethical, and professional standards attested to by three (3) physicians familiar with Dr. Sher.

You may wonder why this achievement should matter to you.  Quite simply, it’s because Dr. Sher constantly strives to be first-in-class.  He is consistently recognized by his peers for his dedication and excellence to patient care and advancing his peers’ knowledge and skills.  You may remember from an earlier blog that Dr. Sher has been selected by his peers as a “Best Doctor” every year since the honor was bestowed.  Most recently, Dr. Sher’s peers nominated him as the ONLY Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Specialist in Pinellas County to be a “Best Doctor.”

Dr. Sher is a frequent contributor at national professional society meetings.  So far in 2017, Dr. Sher has presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.  Dr. Sher has also contributed to the evolving body of knowledge on Cough by being a Co-Author on a paper reporting clinical research findings of a promising new Cough drug that was presented at the American Thoracic Society International Meeting in Washington, D.C. recently.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Nationally Renown Cough Expert.  He continuously strives to be his best in order to bring his patients and health care colleagues innovative approaches to effectively treating Chronic Cough.

Center for Cough’s Results are Remarkable!  Over 85% of Center for Cough patients demonstrate a measurable decrease in Cough Frequency and report a vast improvement in quality of life.

Dr. Mandel Sher for the Cough that Won’t Go Away:  727-393-8067.



Center For Cough Doctor Mandel R. Sher

Dr. Mandel Sher, Co-Author: American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting Features Dr. Sher’s and Co-Authors’ Clinical Research Study Findings

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Co-Author on a paper that presented the results from a Phase 2 clinical research study of a new drug (Merck’s MK-7264) for the treatment of Chronic Cough. Dr. Sher is one of the nation’s leading

Center For Cough Doctor Mandel R. Sher

Dr. Sher’s and Co-Authors’ results from clinical research study of new Chronic Cough treatment were presented by Dr. Jacky Smith at American Thoracic Society 113th Annual Conference

of new Chronic Cough therapies.  There are currently no approved therapies for the treatment of chronic cough.

Dr. Sher’s esteemed colleague and co-author, Dr. Jacky Smith, professor of respiratory medicine at the University of Manchester and University Hospital Manchester NHS Foundation Trust presented the paper at the American Thoracic Society 113th Annual Conference 2017 in Washington D.C. this week.

“There is a significant unmet need for effective treatments for chronic cough,” said Dr. Jacky Smith.  We are encouraged by the results of the MK-7264 study and look forward to further evaluations of this investigational therapy.”

MK-7264 is taken by mouth and is non-narcotic.  Doctors Smith and Sher and their other co-authors reported that the drug reduced the number of coughs per hour and reduced patient-reported cough severity.  Some patients experienced an alteration in taste.  Merck plans to discuss these results and the next phase of clinical development for MK-7264 with regulatory agencies later this year.

“These results, from the largest study to date in chronic cough, provide evidence to continue evaluating MK-7264,” said Dr. Andrew M. Tershakovec, executive director, clinical research, Merck Research Laboratories. “We look forward to further discussions with regulatory agencies this year to discuss next steps.”

Dr. Mandel Sher leads clinical research studies for the treatment of Chronic Cough at Center for Cough.  Participation in clinical research studies is always voluntary and only permitted if patients meet clinical eligibility criteria.  Health insurance is not required for participation.

New clinical research studies for Chronic Cough are beginning soon.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Amy, Clinical Research Nurse, at Center for Cough:  727-393-8067.