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.
That's good. It seems like Mylan is recognizing that with the rise of food allergies, a LOT of epi-prescribed folks are children, and they and their parents need extra guidance in using their device safely. (As opposed to an adult patient.)
For more information on the FDA's communications about these changes: EpiPen: New label - http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/...16/019430s061lbl.pdf Letter to Mylan (makers of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.) http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/...9430Orig1s061ltr.pdf Adrenaclick: New label - http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/...16/020800s034lbl.pdf Letter to Amedra (makers of Adrenaclick and its generic version) http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/...0800Orig1s034ltr.pdf Auvi-Q (removed from market in 2015): New label -...
If you have any questions about the new labels, speak with your healthcare provider. Here is a message from Mylan, the makers of EpiPens: "Mylan offers a library of training and support resources for patients and caregivers which are in the process of being updated to reflect the new labeling. In the meantime, please speak to your healthcare professional or call the Mylan Customer Service team at 800-395-3376 with any questions about the changes. Additionally, each EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen...
Hi, Joyce, the trainer in an Epi pack is usually a "look alike" that doesn't have a needle. It can be reset to be used over and over again. It's basically a way to teach people which end is up, as with a real Epi, it can be confusing and you want the meds to go in your kid and not in a teacher or staff person's thumb.
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.
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