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.
#1 – Windgap Medical
This device is still a few years out from going to market, but has great promise. I had the opportunity to meet Chris Stepanian, President & CEO of Windgap Medical, at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference last fall. I’m particularly impressed with the wet-dry technology, which allows the medicine to stay stable even if exposed to extreme temperatures. I recorded the following 5-minute interview where Chris discusses the goals of the new device and demonstrates how it works. Chris told me recently the team is making great progress and has two issued patents and a number of other patents are in the application process.
#2 – AllergyStop by AllergyMedical
This device is currently under the FDA approval process and could hit the market as early as this spring (2016). It received some media coverage in the last couple of months, so you may have heard about this one. Twin Cities Allergist Doug McMahon, MD, has worked to help develop the AllergyStop device. Here is the story that played on the local news in Minnesota which demos the product. For more info, visit AllergyMedical. They are also asking people for donations to help launch the product.
Kudos to the teams behind Windgap Medical and AllergyStop for your work to innovate in the epinephrine auto-injector space. Families all over the world are eager for more choices when it comes to carrying this life-saving medicine.
You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.
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