Advocacy at all levels of government is essential in creating a society that is safe for all who are managing allergies. And because people with allergies fly long distances in air planes, it is essential that they be stocked with epinephrine and staffed with people who know how to use it. There are many who advocate for policies that support allergy safety on airlines. Many thanks to Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) and David Valadao (R-CA) for taking a leadership role in requiring the stocking epi-auto-injectors on all flights.
Read the details of their progress and encourage them to continue the push. The allergy community will be watching.
US House Members Call for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors to be Mandated on All Flights
By Dave Bloom
June 22, 2023
Epinephrine is the only drug that can halt and reverse the progression of anaphylaxis, a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction to a food, drug, insect venom, or environmental substance, provided it is administered in a timely fashion. While epinephrine is normally carried in emergency medical kits aboard commercial flights, it is often in vial form that requires a trained medical professional to administer the drug via syringe.
That poses two problems. First, there is no guarantee a trained medical professional will be aboard any given flight, and finding that person, drawing the correct dose of the drug and administering it takes precious time during an anaphylactic emergency.
In April of this year, Dr. Lindsey Ulin, a resident physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was flying from Phoenix to Austin when she realized she was starting to feel the telltale signs of an anaphylactic reaction for the first time. Luckily, another doctor was on the flight and was able to administer epinephrine in time.