Families with Food Allergies Struggle with Bare Shelves

It’s hard enough for those who have multiple food allergies to find products that are safe for them to eat, but with many grocery shelves now empty, the challenge is even greater. Read here about many families who are struggling to find the foods they know are safe due to the hoarding and stocking up by others. Please keep your fellow allergy sufferers in mind and only buy what you need. Food manufacturers are trying to keep up with the demand, and you may be able to buy directly from them if the need arises.

Families with Food Allergies Struggle with Bare Shelves

Scant offerings at a grocery store in Brooklyn last month.
Photo credit...Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

As the coronavirus spreads and locked-down communities stock up, products needed by allergy sufferers are increasingly hard to come by.

By Eric Athas
April 7, 2020

Like many Americans these days, Lisa M. Delmont is kept up at night by worry. But for Ms. Delmont, it’s the empty grocery store shelves that bring on dread.

Her 2-year-old son, Benjamin, is severely allergic to milk, eggs, cashews, pistachios and bananas, so she has to be judicious about the items she brings home. Exposure to the wrong food could send Benjamin into anaphylactic shock, something that has happened three times since he was born.

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Study: Recurring Anaphylaxis Often Follows the Same Progression in Individuals

In this helpful article, researchers report that the large majority of people who experience recurrent anaphylaxis will suffer the exact same sequence of symptoms and reactions. So if one starts to experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, they will know to seek help immediately and administer an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) device. Medical practitioners can teach their patients to recognize their unique symptoms to allow them to earlier identify anaphylaxis and administer therapeutic interventions.

Study: Recurring Anaphylaxis Often Follows the Same Progression in Individuals

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By Dave Bloom SnackSafely.com
2020/03/25

In a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers at the University of Toronto sought to determine whether people who suffered recurring anaphylaxis had a similar progression of symptoms each time.

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UPDATE: Lawsuits against Brand Name and Generic Pharma Companies Move Ahead

Are you ready to join a class action suit against “Big Pharma” for trying to monopolize the epinephrine auto-injector market? A recent ruling by a US District Judge said that numerous lawsuits against the marketers and manufacturers of epinephrine auto-injectors may proceed as a nationwide class-action under a federal racketeering statute. Both brand name and generic drug companies allegedly tried to eliminate competition so they could raise prices by 500% or more. This ruling allows all persons and entities in the US who paid or provided reimbursement for Epi-Pens© as of August 24, 2011, to sue for damages under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch testifies before a U.S. House of Representatives Committee

Ruling Allows Millions to Join Lawsuit in Epi-Pen© Racketeering Case

By Dave Bloom
SnackSafely.com
2020/02/28

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled yesterday that numerous lawsuits against the marketer and manufacturer of Epi-Pen© may proceed as a nationwide class-action under a federal racketeering statute. His ruling also allows consumers to sue for damages under state antitrust laws.

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FDA: Inspect Epinephrine Auto-injectors to Head Off Problem

Attention all EpiPen users! The FDA has found defects in certain models of the Epi-Pen© and is strongly urging all users to closely inspect their pens as soon as they are purchased. This article lists in detail what defects to look for, such as making sure the blue safety release is not raised and that they can remove the device easily from the carrier tube. Tips are also provided regarding user errors that prevent the device from operating properly. You can get a free replacement from Mylan if your device appears to be defective by calling the number below.

FDA: Inspect Epinephrine Auto-injectors to Head Off Problem

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By Trisha Korioth, Staff Writer
AAP News
March 25, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that EpiPen 0.3 mg, EpiPen Jr. 0.15 mg and the authorized generic versions of the epinephrine products may have delayed injection or be prevented from proper injection.

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Study: Co-Treatments Like Antihistamines and Probiotics Make Peanut OIT Success in Children More Likely

You’ve probably heard of the recent advances in Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) where patients are given very small amounts of peanut protein that do not trigger a reaction, and then increasing the dose over time to increase the amount the body can tolerate. A study by researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia found that adding antihistamines and probiotics increase the success rate by 10%. Overall, the study found that the treatment worked in around 70% of children, so it might be worth asking your doctor for more information.

Study: Co-Treatments Like Antihistamines and Probiotics Make Peanut OIT Success in Children More Likely

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By  News Wire ~ 3rd Party Press Release
2020/02/07

Co-treatments like antihistamines and probiotics make successful de-sensitisation treatment of peanut allergy in children via oral immunotherapy 10 percent more likely, researchers from the University of Adelaide have found.

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