Anyone with severe allergies knows the importance of having an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) at the ready. However, with the Epi-PenTM jumping more than $500 in price in the last eight years and until recently no other companies having an epinephrine auto-injector device available, not everyone can afford this potentially life-saving medication. That may be about to change as Kaleo’s Auvi-Q re-enters the U.S. market on February 14th.
If you have a food allergic child, you know how much fear and anxiety can present itself whenever you must travel on an airliner. Advocates for raising awareness of the dangers of anaphylaxis have worked diligently to change protocols and attitudes about peanuts and air travel. Lianne Mandelbaum, the “No Nut Traveler,” shares one story with a safe and happy ending.
By Lianne Mandelbaum January 3rd, 2017
Dear Head Flight Attendant on Air Canada Flight 85,
You may remember me as the mother of a boy who has a severe peanut allergy. We were on your Toronto bound flight on December 29th from Tel Aviv. I know you were aware that our flight, which took off at 7PM, was originally supposed to take off about seven hours earlier, but what I am sure you don’t realize is the unique stress that this delay caused our family.
Two high-ranking members of Congress are clamoring for drug maker Mylan to produce documents about its controversial 400 percent price hike of the EpiPen.
Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Friday to Mylan, saying that the company hasn't produced enough documents "despite repeated requests." Chaffetz is chairman and Cummings the top Democrat of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which held a hearing on Mylan last year.
With the start of 2017 the news media has been full of articles reporting the new guidelines, issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommend giving babies puréed food or finger food containing peanut powder or extract before they are 6 months old, and even earlier if a child is prone to allergies and doctors say it is safe to do so. However, many parents of peanut allergic children remain very skeptical.
When Nicole Lepke’s son was born, she listened to her pediatrician and kept peanuts away until the age of 2, but the toddler still developed a severe peanut allergy when he finally tried them.
Now, 12 years later, health experts have reversed their advice on peanuts, urging parents to begin feeding foods containing peanut powder or extract during infancy in hopes of reducing a child’s risk for allergy.