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IMPORTANT: EpiPen Recall April 1, 2017

IMG_3211Expanding on its recall in other countries, Mylan is now recalling EpiPens in the United States.

 

The recall began when reports of two devices outside of the U.S. failed to activate due to a potential defect in a supplier component.

 

According to Mylan, “The potential defect could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency (failure to activate or increased force needed to activate) and have significant health consequences for a patient experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). ”

 

As a precaution, Mylan is recalling EpiPens made my their manufacturer, Meridian Medical Technologies, between December 2015 and July 2016.  This recall applies to both their EpiPen Jr. dose (0.15mg) and their regular dose (0.3mg).   The recall does NOT affect generic EpiPens introduced in December 2016.

 

Please see below for lot numbers and expiration dates.  Remember to check any EpiPen sets you may have including those outside of your home (for example, at school, daycare or a relative’s house).  Mylan said that recalled EpiPens will be replaced at no cost to the consumer.

 

For more information as well as product replacement information, please visit Mylan’s site directly.

 

Mylan EpiPen recall April 2017*Please share widely with friends and family as well as school administrators and nurses.*

 

UPDATE:

If your EpiPens are affected by the recall:

  1.  Contact Stericycle to obtain a voucher code for a free, new replacement EpiPen.  Stericycle: 877-650-3494.  Stericycle will send you a pre-paid return package to ship back your recalled EpiPens.
  2. Bring your voucher information to your local pharmacy to receive your free replacement EpiPens.
  3. Send your recalled EpiPens back to Stericycle using their packaging.  Remember: DO NOT send back your recalled EpiPens until you have replacements in hand.

 

Mylan continues to update its recall page with their latest information at mylan.com/epipenrecall.

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Auvi-Q’s Returning to Market With an Innovative New Approach January 23, 2017

Oh, happy day!

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Auvi-Q is coming back to market on February 14, 2017!

As many of you already know, Auvi-Q is an innovative, FDA-approved epinephrine auto-injector that is about the size of a deck of cards.  Auvi-Q was invented by twin brothers, Eric and Evan Edwards, who suffered from severe, life-threatening food allergies as children. Eric Edwards, an MD, and Evan Edwards, an engineer, teamed up as adults to invent this unique and effective life-saving device.

 

This product has a very valuable place on the market:

  • It fits in your pocket – making a great choices for dads, preteens and teens;
  • It speaks the instructions, step-by-step – reducing the worry over training and operation;
  • Auvi-Q’s needle retracts immediately after injection, mitigating the possibility of lacerations and making it safe to handle.

 

But that’s not even the best part.  Not only are Eric and Evan patients, they’re also food allergy parents who understand the needs of our community from a unique, first-hand perspective.  After speaking to patients and considering their own family’s needs, they wanted to ensure all families had access to and could afford their product.  So they are introducing AffordAbility, a first-of-its-kind program under which the vast majority of patients (including those with high deductibles) can obtain Auvi-Q for $0.  And, not only will the product be free for so many patients, but Auvi-Q will also be available for direct-delivery to your home (in most cases, in less than 48 hours in insulated packaging).

 

The makers of Auvi-Q, kaléo Pharma, wanted to remove as many of the barriers families face in order to ensure that the patients who needed this life-saving medication would be able to obtain it.  No family should have fear they are unprepared to help in a life-or-death severe allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis.

 

The Auvi-Q website is a wealth of information: Auvi-Q.com.  Please refer to it for further questions the device, prescription, the AffordAbility program, and direct delivery service.

 

 

 

Stay Healthy This Winter – Flu Vaccine For the Severely Egg Allergic October 23, 2013

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Here’s some good news for everyone.  Researchers have come up with Flublock which uses recombinant DNA technology to prevent the flu.  Now available and approved for adults ages 18-49.

 

This is great news for those who are severely allergic to eggs!  Instead of using traditional vaccine components including egg, it uses an insect virus to help protect us from the dreaded flu.  Not only is it safe for those with an egg allergy, but it also protects those vaccinated against all strains of the flu and represents an advancement in the vaccine manufacturing process.

 

So, don’t cringe too much when you’re headed for your shot.  Relish in your good health and remember that you’re a part of the future of medicine!

 

And, if you’re looking to vaccinate those allergic to egg UNDER the age of 18, there’s more good news.  The CDC – endorsed by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ( ACAAI) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – just recently updated their recommendations regarding flue vaccines for the egg allergic.  The October 2012 edition of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology stated that special precautions (such as receiving the vaccine under a doctor’s care and remaining under observation for 30 minutes following the vaccine) are likely not necessary.

 

In emphasizing that the benefits of the flu vaccine outweigh the risk, allergist Dr. John Kelso, of the ACAAI, said, “In a large number of research studies published over the last several years, thousands of egg allergic children, including those with a severe life-threatening reaction to eating eggs, have received injectable influenza vaccine (IIV) as a single dose without a reaction. ”

 

**As always, contact your allergist with any concerns and for guidance specific to your individual healthy history.**

 

Emergency On-the-Go Pack January 7, 2011

Like many of you, we carry two EpiPens wherever we go, just in case.  Upon buying my sixteenth spur-of-the-moment bottle of Children’s Benadryl, I also began carrying that with us all the time.  After that we added an inhaler to the portable pharmacy in my purse.  And, then…I couldn’t find ANYTHING!

 

Finally, I got smart.  I decided to put together an emergency pack for my son where all his medications could be easily retrieved.

 

Since the emergency medications might need to be used urgently, the container had to be easily opened and indestructible. I opted to use a 3″ x 6″ tupperware container.  All my essentials fit in perfectly and the pack isn’t so bulky that I can’t stick it in my purse easily.

 

My pack contains:

1.  My son’s two Epi-Pens,

2.  The instructions for their use,

3.   An asthma inhaler; and

4.  Children’s Benadryl Perfect Measure Single-Use spoons.

 

I’ve found that there are many benefits to having an On-the-Go pack like this.  First, it keeps all his meds in one place — there’s no need to roam around my bag and check all those side pockets.  Secondly, it’s easy to transfer.  For example, if I’m switching from my day bag to pool bag, I can transfer just one item rather than having to account for many.  Finally, it easily goes where my son does.  When my son heads off to a playdate or enjoys an afternoon with his grandparents, it’s simple to pass along those medications that should accompany him to another adult in charge and eliminates some of the questions about what to do if he has a reaction.