There is a new device out there for those with severe allergies:
“Attention moms of kids with food allergies: There’s an easier way to always be prepared. Veta, the EpiPen smart case and app (available for pre-order now, aterica.com, $59.00), keeps you from leaving home without the lifesaving device.
The case flashes a light when it’s misplaced, beeps when it’s too far from your phone and lets you know if the EpiPen is getting too hot or too cold. If you ever do take the autoinjector out of the case, the app alerts your personal network, sharing your exact location so they can come help or call emergency services.” – Family Circle/Dec 2015."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies’ voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions.
20th Food Allergy Awareness Week Highlights Serious, Often Life-Long Illness
Annual Event Marks Two Decades of Action, Education and Support
Arnold, MD, May 1, 2017– The 20th Food Allergy Awareness Week, a national awareness campaign to educate, advocate and unite in support of Americans affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis, will be commemorated May 14-20, 2017.
Food allergy is a life-altering and potentially life-threatening medical condition. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can occur suddenly and is potentially fatal.
About 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 1 in 13 children, or roughly two children in each classroom. The disease can develop at any age, and many childhood food allergies persist throughout adulthood.
Common foods that are safe for most people can put individuals with food allergies at risk for serious, even life-threatening reactions. Every 3 minutes in the U.S., food allergy sends someone to the emergency room. While promising therapies are being studied in clinical trials, there is currently no cure.
Food allergies are a growing public health issue. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the prevalence of food allergy in children increased by 50 percent between 1997-1999 and 2009-2011. Efforts to raise public awareness of food allergies have also increased, as supporters have reached out to share information and advocate for the needs of community members affected by food allergies.
A longstanding part of this outreach on behalf of food allergy patients is Food Allergy Awareness Week, created in 1998 by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, now Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). This year, FARE’s Food Allergy Awareness Week campaign honors “20 Years of Action, Education and Support.”
“Too often, people who aren’t affected by food allergies don’t understand how dangerous food allergy reactions can be. Patients with food allergies depend on the whole community – schools, medical personnel, food workers, caregivers, friends, neighbors – to help them avoid their problem foods and stay safe,” said James R. Baker, Jr., CEO of FARE. “During Food Allergy Awareness Week and every week, our goal is to educate the public about this serious disease and improve the quality of life for 15 million Americans who have food allergies.”
Learn more about Food Allergy Awareness Week and how you can get involved at www.foodallergyweek.org. For more information about food allergies, visit www.foodallergy.org. and our website: www.annapollendocs.com