Posts from ‘General’
Love this so much. People are people and we need to embrace everyone and show compassion – no matter their size, gender, color, religion, etc.
There is really big news for anyone who carries EpiPens, or spends time with someone who carries an EpiPen or EpiPen Jr.
Mylan reached out to me as a blogger via email to help get the word out. For those of you who like to double and triple-check your sources, you can also find this information on the FDA website and FARE just published an update as well: Updates to Instructions for Epinephrine Auto Injectors.
WHAT ARE THE NEW PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS?
The EpiPen device has NOT changed, but the instructions on how to use EpiPens have changed. I’ve highlighted changes in the image here (quick and easy way to see what’s new). Below are more details provided by Mylan (the pharma company which markets and distributes the EpiPen):
1. Hold patient’s leg and limit movement during administration
Lacerations, bent needles and embedded needles have been reported when epinephrine has been injected into the thigh of young children who are uncooperative and kick or move during an injection. In order to minimize the risk of injection-related injury when administering the epinephrine injection to young children, caregivers are advised to hold the child’s leg firmly in place and limit movement prior to and during injection.
Some of you may remember when I first talked about the new Veta Smart Case for EpiPens.
It’s an exciting idea – a smart case that can alert you if you or your child ever forgets their life-saving medication, or if it gets too hot or cold, or if they open it and you need to rush into action.
I had the opportunity to meet the people behind Veta at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference and asked them to give me a demonstration so I could share it all with you.
The allergy community cried out this week when news hit that Sanofi is abandoning the smaller, talking Auvi-Q – which means it may not be returning to pharmacies any time soon. While most families carry EpiPens – the leading epinephrine auto-injector available – many struggle with the size, portability and temperature sensitivity of the device.
While there are no similar products to Auvi-Q on the market right now, there are two epinephrine injectors in development that will interest those at risk of anaphylaxis. In fact, they are both smaller and more portable than the Auvi-Q, and one of them intends to be temperature stable which can withstand both hot and cold temperatures.
I never imagined Girl Scout Cookies would be safe for food allergies, but last year decided to do some research and was pleasantly surprised to learn there are many cookie options for people with allergies to common foods like milk, egg, peanuts and tree nuts!
Where do the cookies come from?
There are two different bakeries where all of the Girl Scout Cookies are produced, the ABC Bakers and the Little Brownie Bakers. Where your cookies come from depends on where you live in the United States. In Minnesota, our cookies come from the ABC Bakers but yours may be different!
How are they safe for food allergies?
Both companies have very clear allergy protocols and labeling standards which exceed the labeling laws in the United States. They both acknowledge on their web sites the seriousness of food allergies and promise to disclose if there is any chance of cross-contamination. They clearly list ingredients, call out specific allergens in a separate line AND include a warning if the cookies have been made on shared equipment. More on this below.