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IMPORTANT: Sanofi Issues Voluntary Recall of Auvi-Q (Most Issued This Year) October 28, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — malawer @ 8:08 pm

If you’ve filled an Auvi-Q prescription any time between March and now this likely affects you.

Sanofi, the makers of the epinephrine autoinjector Auvi-Q, is voluntarily issuing a recall of Auvi-Qs with expiration dates between March and December 2016.  This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230.

Sanofi was receiving reports that their devices were not issuing a sufficient dosage of epinephrine.  No fatalities had been reported, but we all know this could have serious consequences.  Sanofi suggests using another epinephrine autoinjector.  Only use these defective Auvi-Qs if NO OTHER EPINEPHRINE is available.

Sanofi recommends contacting your healthcare provider immediately and getting a prescription for one of the other epinephrine autoinjectors.  Initially, customers will have to pay out-of-pocket for them, but I understand that Sanofi will reimburse costs.  Details regarding Auvi-Q reimbursement will be up on the website as soon as they have it available:  http://www.Auvi‑

Customers can call 1-866-726-6340 M-F 8am-8pm with questions.  I’ll warn you:  I waited on hold for a full hour tonight and didn’t get a live person.  My phone died in the process of waiting.  And, I am told that they are only taking name and addresses to send a return box at the moment.  See for additional information.

If you’re interested, Mylan (the makers of EpiPens) are running a $0 Co-Pay program.  See if you qualify at:


Halloween, Safety and Teal Pumpkins October 23, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — malawer @ 2:00 pm

Please consider stocking non-food items this Halloween! If you really want to see a kid (and her parents) get excited, give one of these treats to a food allergic trick or treater who can’t eat most candy.

This is a good weekend to stock up!

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Halloween is a particularly tricky time for kids with food allergies.  I’m always amazed at how many houses give out treats laden with peanuts, tree nuts and other common allergens.  Although my son understands that he can get a safe treat from me when the house treat is a no-go, it’s hard not to be disappointed for him.   Holidays routinely make kids with food allergies feel left out and Halloween is the king among them.


There ARE a few things you can do to make this Halloween safe and pure fun:


1.  Carry a variety of safe treats for your child to choose from so that he/she can get a replacement treat when the neighbor’s doesn’t cut it;

2.  Always carry your epinephrine while you trick or treat and remind your child NOT to eat any candy until you get home to ensure its safety;

3.  Don’t…

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A Little More Halloween Magic with The Switch Witch October 19, 2015

Let’s face it:  candy makes Halloween magical for most kids.  As a kid, when else do your parents let you go out after dark and collect candy from your neighbors?  It’s heaven!

Unless you have food allergies.  And then it’s fraught with danger and uncertainty.  Not only is candy laden with dairy and nuts, but wheat, soy and eggs are all potential pitfalls for families with food allergies.  Ingredient lists are often missing – or extremely hard to read – on small, packaged candy.  And what may be safe to eat in a larger size is sometimes no longer safe when miniaturized due to manufacturing practices. Even when candy does not contain a particular allergen, it’s often processed on equipment that poses a risk.

Nothing is more fun-ending for a kid than realizing most of your candy isn’t safe to enjoy – except, of course, having a food allergy reaction.  There have been many years when my son’s “Trade” pile was larger than his “Keep.”

Switch Witch

Enter The Switch Witch.  At bedtime on Halloween night, tired and over-sugared kids can leave a heap of their Halloween candy out with their Switch Witch doll.  While they’re sleeping, the Switch Witch trades their stash for a special gift.  It’s brilliant!  Whether, like us, you have a child with food allergies whose Halloween candy isn’t safe for him or -also like us- your kids are just super-stellar candy collectors who have amassed way too much unhealthy sugar, the Switch Witch extends the excitement of Halloween.  This is a great way for food allergic children to have fun trick-or-treating, knowing that their milk and nut-filled loot will be traded for a satisfying surprise.

I’m getting on board this craze now!  It’s sure to be fun for ALL my kids.


[I feel like I need to say it for the record, but I get nothing from the genius that is Switch Witch.  This is not a sponsored post.  There are affiliate links within the article – a portion of which will benefit AllergyStrong, an organization that supports at-risk and low income families with food allergies.  Thank you and enjoy!]