On February 23rd at this year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) in Houston, a study was presented regarding incidence of anaphylaxis in schools during the 2013-2014 school year, confirming the need for stock epinephrine.
Of 5683 schools that responded to the study survey, a total of 919 anaphylactic events were reported by 11% of the schools. Here’s a quick breakdown:
Mylan Inc, marketers of the Epipen® brand of epinephrine auto-injectors, have announced a multi-year strategic alliance with Disney Parks and Resorts to help increase awareness of anaphylaxis.
The agreement will facilitate the roll-out of stock epinephrine stations at Disney parks and cruise ships toward the end of 2014. Along with the roll-out, nurses and first aid personnel will receive training in the recognition of symptoms of anaphylaxis and the administration of epinephrine. Signage identifying nearby Epipen stations will be deployed as well.
It’s Food Allergy Awareness Week, and no doubt you’ve been getting your fill of war stories and gruesome statistics. But if you have food allergies or care for someone who does, you don’t need more educating… the rest of the world does.
If every one of us with a personal stake in raising awareness would share just one article, flyer, or video with someone outside their immediate circle – say a neighbor, a teacher, or a co-worker – we could spread awareness in the spirit this week was intended for.
Here’s one of our favorites, the video funded by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) and Mylan released in September entitled: “An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America”. It’s a terrific primer, one that will bring anyone up to speed on the trials, hardships, and dangers families dealing with food allergies face every day:
The manufacturer of Epipen brand auto-injectors has introduced a new $0 Co-Pay Card which will reimburse eligible participants for a portion of their out-of-pocket expenses. The program provides a great benefit for those families that require multiple auto-injectors, such as for home, school, day-care, etc.
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