A recent media report said epinephrine auto-injectors are in short supply and/or not available nationwide. This report is incorrect. The report has led to panic among many living with food allergies. Any such report is a gross...
Thanks so much for this information! Should we be concerned that an ambulance/emergency medical service might not carry epinephrine as a result of this shortage? Would you recommend we call our local township/ambulance to confirm they carry it?
That is an interesting question! In fact, it is never a given that any squad will have epinephrine. Where I live, basic life support squads (BLS, and most often volunteers) have to apply to the state (NJ) to carry it, and then they use auto-injectors. Advanced EMTs, or paramedics from hospitals - I am not sure what they carry but I think they are auto-injectors - I read there is one state out west that started carrying ampules and syringes to cut down on cost. There are other companies that...
That's a really good question. And my understanding is that some carry ampules and some carry autoinjectors. And depending on the squad they send, they may or may not be authorized to inject. This all varies by locality. So, you really do need to contact your local first responders and find out what they do carry.
Thanks for the responses! Someone recommended this to me a few years ago, just to make sure our local ambulances carry epinephrine, and I have yet to do so. This news is giving me the extra push to call!
Let us know what they say...I know that volunteer-run companies struggle with a shortage of both money and volunteers and still have training requirements to deal with anytime they want to do something new or better, and sometimes that comes into play, at least where I live.
I just emailed the ABC station WRIC in VA who issued the report, asking that they issue a correction and update on their report of July 13. Aside from the confusion about injections vs. auto-injectors, there was a whole lot of weird quoting of the pediatrician, who sounds either misinformed or misquoted. Was wondering if KFA or AAFA has reached out to them?
I don't believe so. I just looked at the story again under the video - they updated the text to say "there is no immediate concern" but the video is still there. I suppose if one is on Facebook, one could share our post in their comments section (that appears to be what they use....)
UPDATE: We have official responses from EpiPen ™ and Auvi-Q ™ that they are not affected by a shortage of epinephrine. We do not have an official response from Adrenaclick ™ (or the generic version). If we receive more information, we will update here.
Thanks for a great webinar! Very informative and helpful. I noticed the babysitting handout shown on one of the last slides wasn't included in your list of links here, I was able to find it on my own, but thought I would point that out in case you want to add it. Thanks!
Thank you so much for this webinar! You answered so many questions for this school nurse, both during your presentation & in the Q & A session! I appreciate the time each of you gave to educate us more about epinephrine & anaphylaxis!
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Commercially Available Epinephrine Auto-Injectors Available with a Prescription in the United States Update: On October 28, 2015, all Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injector devices were recalled . Please visit the www.auvi-q.com website for details...
My son's allergist gave us a voucher/coupon in case our insurance did not cover it - $25.00 for the first 2. Luckily, our insurance covered it, but it is still more expensive than Epi Pens. However, the smaller size (my son is just starting to carry) and the automated instructions are worth the extra expense for us. Ask your allergist if he/she has any coupons to spare!
Hello Francesca, By overwrite, do you mean will brand Adrenaclick production be halted or are you wondering about generic substitution requirements between the two? As far as availability, many pharmacies won't order in a product or keep a product in stock unless they see a need for it (ie: until they have consistent requests for it). If you would like a specific item, most pharmacies are happy to order it in for you, and often they can have it in stock within a day or two of your request.
We will be updating the downloadable resource with new discount information from Auvi-Q: New discount offer from Auvi-Q. Up to $100 per two‑pack of Auvi‑Q, up to a maximum of three two‑packs per prescription. This offer can be used an unlimited number of times until 12/31/13. More info at http://www.auvi-q.com/ support-and-savings
Unfortunately, our insurance won't cover auvi-Q. It is interesting, however, since we pay 90% of our prescriptions. I did find out through an Auvi-Q rep that pharmacies set their own price. I had the pharmacist check on the pricing since we pay most of the price anyway, but it was about $39 more. It is sold to the pharmacies as the same price as the Epi-pens. My husband is self imployed - thus the expensive insurance.
well im just finding out that my two youngest one s has got a milk and peach allery and one of them also have asthsm too and I don't even have a pen in the house at all wht do I doi also have a food allergy to and we can afford one either and I ask my insurance they don't knw if they cover it
Hi Esther - I know that Auvi-Q and Epi Pen both have discounts at the moment to cover the cost of a prescription. You can see the link Lynda posted about regarding the Auvi-Q. And here is the info on EpiPen .
Welcome Esther!! Sorry to hear that you are dealing with food allergies, but we are glad that you found us! You've come to the right place for support. The majority of insurances do cover epinephrine auto-injectors, but it really depends on your insurance policy as to which ones they will cover and how much they will cover. Has your doctor called in a prescription to your pharmacy already? Once your pharmacy has a prescription on file they should be able to submit a claim and tell you what...
This content has been updated for 2014 and can be found here: http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/commercially-available-epinephrine-auto-injectors-available-with-a-prescription-in-the-united-states-2014 Commercially Available...
Epinephrine is a lifesaving medicine for people with severe allergies. It is important to discuss with your doctor about what is the most appropriate prescription for your family. You may also need to find out which options your insurance provider prefers. This will affect your out-of-pocket costs.
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) , a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America hosted a free educational webinar on February 26, 2014 featuring two of our medical advisors, Michael Pistiner, MD, and Angela Nace, PharmD. They...
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