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A Nurse Works to Make Epinephrine the New AED in Public Venues

The hard work of getting legislation passed to allow public entities to stock and administer epinephrine has been accomplished. But much remains to be done in order to convince the owners of restaurants, sports stadiums, daycare centers and churches to stock EpiPens and to be properly trained. Read about a Canadian nurse who took matters into her own hands to provide storage cabinets and obtain EpiPen donations from pharmaceutical companies along with free training materials.

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A Nurse Works to Make Epinephrine the New AED in Public Venues

By Janet Goldman
May 22nd, 2017

What happens if you’re at a restaurant when suddenly your best friend has a severe allergic reaction?! Furthermore, what happens if your friend forgot his/her epinephrine auto-injector? What happens if they didn’t know they had any allergies to begin with?! Last September, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York State’s Emergency Allergy Treatment Act (EATA). This legislation allows public entities to stock and administer epinephrine. Public entities include a wide variety of venues such as restaurants, sports leagues, daycare centers and community centers. The possible benefits are priceless!

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Mueller Family Inspire with “Do it for Dillon”

Angel and George Mueller lost their son Dillon as a result of a bee sting, but vowed to make a positive difference by helping to educate others about the dangers of anaphylaxis. They teamed up with the Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons to provide anaphylaxis training and certification to help medical students learn how to recognize and react to someone going into anaphylactic shock. You can read the full article here.

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Mueller Family Inspire with “Do it for Dillon”

By Patty Cobb
May 4th, 2017

Every now and then, someone touches your heart in a way that inspires you. I had this experience last fall when I met Angel and George Mueller of Mishicot. Although our paths crossed in a completely random manner, I’m incredibly grateful to have met this extraordinary couple.

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Study: EpiPens should work at least a while past expiration dates

Is an expired EpiPen better than no EpiPen at all? A recent study by pharmacist F. Lee Cantrell of the California Poison Control Center says definitely yes! After analyzing 40 expired EpiPens, he found that even 50 months past expiration the EpiPens retained 84 percent of epinephrine concentrations - enough to prevent anaphylactic shock. While Mylan is working on producing an EpiPen with a longer shelf life, patients are still encouraged to refill their EpiPen Auto-Injector approximately every 12 to 18 months to be assured of 100% effectiveness.

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Study: EpiPens should work at least a while past expiration dates

Posted by the Reuters News Service on CNBC Web site
May 9th, 2017

It's worth a shot to use an expired EpiPen, if that's all you have, a new study suggests.

For more than four years past their stamped expiration dates, the handheld injectors retained high-enough concentrations of epinephrine to in all likelihood prevent potentially fatal allergic reactions, the study found.

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One Student’s Death Was a Belated “Wake-Up Call”

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How Chicago Public Schools Got Emergency Supplies of Epinephrine Into Every One of Its Buildings

By Katy Smyser, Phil Rogers and Rich Moy
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

For many children, the first time they suffer a severe allergic reaction to a food is when they’re in school. Chicago-area public schools can keep extra supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors on hand for just these types of emergencies, but NBC5 Investigates has discovered that a surprising number do not.

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