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E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

June, 2017

Summer greetings! Your Allergy Advocacy Association is busier than ever this time of year, as we have more opportunities to help kids stay safe at summer camp and to educate the public at various events. It seems like every June we have something to celebrate as far as getting legislation passed, and this year will be no exception. Read all about passage of a bill allowing school bus drivers to administer epinephrine, as well as the current status of keeping safe from allergens while dining in restaurants. And while you’re staying cool in movie theaters this summer, be sure to check out Richard Gere’s new movie where he plays a man with a peanut allergy.

Here’s wishing you a safe and happy summer! 

UPDATE: Allergy Safety on NYS School Buses

As the school year comes to an end, it’s the perfect time to focus on ways to keep children with allergies safe on school buses, so we can be all ready to roll in September. We are pleased to report that legislation allowing school bus drivers to administer epinephrine in an emergency was passed by houses of the New York State legislature. Now the bill will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for consideration and (hopefully) enactment. Please support our efforts by contacting him directly to sign the bill.

UPDATE: Allergy Safety on NYS School Buses

Kids Getting On School Bus
Photo by Daniel Hurst

By Kristen Stewart
June 21st, 2017

Good news from Albany!

School busses are two steps closer to being safer for children who suffer from life-threatening allergies thanks to the passage of Assembly Bill A07635 sponsored by David Buchwald and Senate Bill S06005 sponsored by Terrance Murphy. The bill would allow employees of companies that provide transportation for NYS school districts to be able to administer an epinephrine auto-injector in emergency circumstances.

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Movie Review: Richard Gere as “Norman”

When Central New York native Richard Gere appears in a new movie, it’s reason enough to cause excitement. But those with life-threatening food allergies will be particularly pleased to see that epinephrine plays a major part in the plot. Our founder, Jon Terry, gives us a preview of the film, without giving away the dramatic ending!

Movie Review: Richard Gere as “Norman

By Jon Terry
June 16th, 2017

When I founded the Allergy Advocacy Association seven years ago, I knew I would have to open myself up to any number of new experiences. Why did I decide to do this? Because I was determined to do whatever it takes to raise awareness of the dangers of anaphylaxis. Before January 2011, Web sites, newsletters, power point presentations, public events, and allergy conferences never entered my mind. To become an effective public advocate I would have to talk with many different kinds of people, develop better interpersonal skills, travel to new places, improve my IT network, etc. I think that a good public advocate must be articulate, polite, a good listener, patient, open-minded, and persistent. And I would like to think that I have learned how to do at least some of these new things well.

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Outcry Over EpiPen Prices Hasn’t Made Them Lower

Charles Duhigg provides an eye-opening look at what really goes on behind the scenes at Mylan, the manufacturer of EpiPens. He interviewed 10 former Mylan executives who describe uncaring CEOs and how employees objected to misleading and dangerous television ads—and to the recent price gouging. We can only hope that alternatives to Mylan’s EpiPens will continue to offer some competition.

Outcry Over EpiPen Prices Hasn’t Made Them Lower

Activists Protest Cost of Meds
Activists protesting the cost of medication outside Mylan’s offices in New York in September. Credit Erik McGregor/Pacific Press, via LightRocket and Getty Images

By Charles Duhigg
June 4th, 2017

 A few weeks ago, after some particularly incompetent parenting on my part (nuts in the dessert, a rushed trip to an emergency room after my child’s allergic reaction), I visited the local pharmacy to fill an EpiPen prescription.

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