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Sarah Denny, MD, is a physician in the emergency department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and also the mom of a boy with food allergies. Her unique perspective helps explain why every school needs to stock undesignated epinephrine to treat allergy emergencies.


With Liam, we know what his allergies are and how to keep him safe. He has an EpiPen® everywhere he goes, but what about the kids who don’t? With 25 percent of first time allergic reactions in kids occurring at school, this is scary. Food allergies are on the rise. It's estimated that 1 in 8 children has a food allergy, and almost every school in the United States has a student with diagnosed food allergies. There are children with known food allergies who, for whatever reason, don't have an epinephrine auto injector at school, and there are children who have unknown allergies who could get exposed to a new food that they are allergic to, or have a first time reaction to a food they've been exposed to hundreds of times.

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This is such an important issue and many lives could be saved if epi-pens were stocked in places such as schools and even amusement parks or restaurants. Where ever there is a greater chance of an allergic reaction.

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