Just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!
Articles for Advocacy
Check and Inject Program Final Report
We have an important update on the Check & Inject NY project where EMTs are trained to use a syringe rather than the more expensive epi-pen to administer epinephrine. The final report of the trial program found “a significant increase in understanding of anaphylaxis and the role of epinephrine.” With 500 agencies now enrolled, cost savings are projected to be over $400,000 per year. The State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee has approved the project and it is just waiting for final approval from the state health commissioner.
Buying Epi-PensTM in Canada: What You Need to Know
With the skyrocketing costs of epi-pens, many people are considering ordering them from pharmacies in Canada just like some do for other prescriptions. One mother obtained them at half the cost compared to prices in the U.S. This article also provides some helpful Websites so you can check to make sure the pharmacy you are ordering from is licensed. The question remains, why can the Canadian government negotiate price caps or lower prices with the manufacturers while in the U.S. drug companies set whatever price they want?
How to Navigate Around Food Allergies This Halloween
Here are some very practical tips on what to hand out for treats this Halloween. Included are some allergens you might not expect to find in common candy brands, and some suggestions for allergen-free candy or other non-edible items you might give instead. Time to get out that teal paint!