Tagged With "EpiPen"

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NFL Vikings' Adrian Peterson Recalls Anaphylaxis Scare

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Last year, we reported that Vikings' star Adrian Peterson had been rushed to the hospital after a severe allergic reaction to seafood. Now, he's partnering with Mylan Specialty (maker of EpiPens) to launch the Anaphylaxis Preparedness Campaign....
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Valentine’s Day Provides Families with Teachable Moments About Potentially Life-Threatening Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Basking Ridge, NJ, January 31, 2013 – Valentine’s Day brings the exchange of cards and candy, and marks a popular time for social events and dates involving food. But for parents whose children have life-threatening food allergies, it...
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Mylan Specialty L.P. Joins Forces with Adrian Peterson and Jo Frost to Launch Anaphylaxis Preparedness Campaign

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Mylan Specialty L.P. Joins Forces with Adrian Peterson and Jo Frost to Launch Anaphylaxis Preparedness CampaignInspired by the millions of people who have made EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector the No. 1 prescribed epinephrine auto-injector for...
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Walt Disney Parks and Cruises to Stock EpiPens and Promote Food Allergy Awareness

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Mylan Signs Strategic Alliance Agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Enhance Access to EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors EpiPen® Auto-Injector Locations Designated on Updated Guide Maps and Signage; New Multi-year Alliance to...
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Ignore the Media Reports, There is NO Shortage of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

KFA Medical Advisors ·
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...
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Mylan Kicks Off Second Year of Providing Free EpiPen® (Epinephrine) Auto-Injectors to U.S. Schools

Kids With Food Allergies ·
This Back-to-School Season, Mylan Specialty L.P. Encourages People to be Better Prepared for a Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Mylan Specialty L.P., the fully integrated specialty...
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Mylan Specialty Offers Free EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors to Schools Nationwide

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Through EpiPen4Schools™ Program, Mylan Helps Schools Better Prepare For Students With Life-Threatening Allergies  BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mylan Specialty L.P., the fully-integrated specialty pharmaceutical...
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Latest Mobile Tech Devices Look to Improve Food Allergy, Asthma Safety

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Perhaps you already use your smartphone for grocery lists and calendar alerts for doctor appointments and meetings. Maybe you already use a wearable fitness tracker, like a FitBit, to help you stay in shape. What if your phone also told you and your...
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Kathy P ·
Wow - both look pretty cool!
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Re: Ignore the Media Reports, There is NO Shortage of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

HealthyMama ·
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?
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Allison ·
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...
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Kathy P ·
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.
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HealthyMama ·
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!
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Allison ·
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.
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Re: Ignore the Media Reports, There is NO Shortage of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

StephC ·
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?
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Allison ·
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....)
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Re: Ignore the Media Reports, There is NO Shortage of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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.
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Re: Walt Disney Parks and Cruises to Stock EpiPens and Promote Food Allergy Awareness

josephine ·
This is fantastic! Thank you Disney. I hope other theme parks follow suit, it's badly needed. Sending hugs your way.
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Re: Everything You Need to Know About Epinephrine (Video & Resources)

TiffanyAC ·
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!
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MAD RN ·
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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Kathy P ·
Thanks for the feedback ladies! I'm glad you both found the webinar and resources helpful. Thanks for noting that that the link for the babysitting handout is not there.
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Re: Everything You Need to Know About Epinephrine (Video & Resources)

melkorey ·
Here is the link where you can download KFA's Babysitter/Drop-Off form: http://community.kidswithfooda...ivers-camps-and-more
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Re: What to Do If You Can’t Afford Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Lynda ·
In case this offers any additional information, here's a recent NPR article. How To Save Money On Prescription Drugs, Insured Or Not SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 6:08 AM ET
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FDA Updates Instructions for EpiPens and Other Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Kids With Food Allergies ·
The FDA announced changes to the labeling for epinephrine auto-injectors to help patients and caregivers use the medication appropriately in the event of anaphylaxis (anna-fih-LACK-sis). Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction. Epinephrine is always the first treatment for serious allergic reactions . For all epinephrine auto-injectors: Hold the patient's leg and keep the leg steady while you inject the epinephrine This will help prevent the needles from cutting the thigh or becoming...
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LSK ·
thanks! really helpful to get this update
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Re: FDA Updates Instructions for EpiPens and Other Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

StephC ·
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.)
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Re: FDA Updates Instructions for EpiPens and Other Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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 -...
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Re: FDA Updates Instructions for EpiPens and Other Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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...
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KellyM ·
Thanks so much for getting this info out! Grateful to Dr. Julie Brown et al for raising some awareness around auto injector issues and Kids with Food Allergies for spreading the word.
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KellyM ·
Wondering if there is any discussion about "swing and jab" v. press firmly until injector engages? Bruising from overly forceful impact of auto injector on tissues also a commonly expressed concern.
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Jen ·
Hi Kelly, There is a little more information pertaining to your question re swing/jab in this blog post from last fall. I hope that helps.
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Re: FDA Updates Instructions for EpiPens and Other Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

JoyceZ ·
Is the training device a device regulated by FDA? any safety issues?
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Re: FDA Updates Instructions for EpiPens and Other Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

K8sMom2002 ·
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.
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Re: What to Do If You Can’t Afford Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

hurley ·
Yes, it would not fire. We tried both pens in the pack and neither would fire. I remembered I had epi pens I refilled in May before insurance made us go generic. I ran and grabbed them. It worked as always. My daughter still has bruises from where we tried to inject the generic pens a week later. I will never trust them again. Stef
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hurley ·
Anyone else having issues with the generic epi not working? We are fighting for the brand so we know it works well for our daughter. She was in a panic when the generic epi wouldn't work. She is so afraid of them now. How can I get her brand if I have insurance? Thank goodness we were home to grab an epi pen I had in the kitchen drawer!
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Allison ·
What do you mean by "not working?" It wouldn't fire? By the way, we just published updates on our blog about the branded one: http://community.kidswithfooda...costs-of-epinephrine
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Re: What to Do If You Can’t Afford Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Taric25 ·
Uh, just use a syringe? It's about twenty bucks, medicine included. Seriously, for a family that can't afford food if they purchase an auto-injector, a syringe takes a bit of training and provides the same medicine. Yes, an auto-injector is nice, but not everybody can afford it.
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Jen ·
Hi Taric, Welcome to KFA. What food allergies do you manage? A syringe can be an option. However, in an emergency, it can be difficult to draw up the meds quickly. I was just talking re that w an er nurse the other day. But...still better than not having epinephrine for sure.
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hurley ·
That's an issue. She's out until I refill hers. The insurance is more lenient with kids. They know the school requires one with the refill tag on it as does the church, one at home and one on her. I keep her epi that stays home in my towel drawer. So kind of a built in back up. I couldn't believe when I picked up the recent brand refill, it was $600 before insurance. Stef Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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hurley ·
The end of last week, my doctor talked to the insurance. He got me brand epi pens back. But I am still only allowed a two pack every 23 days as their prescription plan does for all drugs. Errrr! Thank goodness my daughter and I use the same dose in epi's now. Doctor said to fill it every 23 days until I get three packs. Then replace as needed. Stef
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K8sMom2002 ·
Hurley, here's an updated blog post about epinephrine auto-injectors ... looks like some of the branded auto-injectors will soon have a generic option . Maybe that will help you?
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hurley ·
I have idiopathic anaphylaxis. I'm told it's a form of a mast cell disorder. All it means is that I can become anaphylactic to anything at anytime. Example- I just had knee replacement surgery. I had been taking my pain medicine less than recommended for about two weeks. When I took it the next time I needed it, I went into anaphylaxis. Another one is sometimes I walk out the door and I go into anaphylaxis. I do have known food allergies, but I avoid them. So anytime, anywhere. My kids have...
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hurley ·
I hope. I hate dealing with insurance. Why do they fight something that saves lives? Stef Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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NonnaJ ·
This issue should not only take in account those who have a low income. The issue is that the cost of the epi is exorbitantly and greedily marked up by Mylan! It should be ashamed! The strain of paying for epi twin packs is there for everyone who needs it, and especially for families who have more than one member with life-threatening allergies. Moderate income families are always disregarded.
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NonnaJ ·
PS ...daughter's family insurance carrier wouldn't cover the epis she needed for herself and her son because "it's not preventative"....what? really??? It prevents DEATH!
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Re: FDA Updates Instructions for EpiPens and Other Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Rebekah Baharestan ·
This update should be on every news channel and on every epinephrine Epi pen box with a new sticker warning . Please .
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K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, Rebekah and ... what food allergies do you manage?
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Re: What to Do If You Can’t Afford Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Kathy P ·
Sabine - will the cover a different generic epinephrine autoinjector? You doctor has to specifically write the prescription for the generic ones. Otherwise, the pharmacy has to dispense the brand name.
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