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Science, Engineering and Medicine Report

11/1/2016:  Auvi-Q Injector Coming Back

The small, convenient, rectangular shaped epinephrine injector called Auvi-Q are planned to be back in the market in the first half of 2017.  It was recalled in 2015 and originally invented by twin brothers with allergies--one is a doctor and the other an engineer. The device also has voice instructions to guide the administrator through the injection process. [1]

11/30/2016:  National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Report

A meeting took place and report released on November 30th by the above academy to review the work that was done over the past 18-months by the food allergy research committee as funded by the U.S. government.  Food allergy prevalence, diagnosis, prevention and approaches to manage allergies were studied for IgE based food allergies. It is expected that, "significant" recommendations will be provided over the next few years. For example, it may be recommended that an infant-based auto injector be created for  a very low dose administration. Also, food allergy labels may be revamped based upon the VITAL system currently used in Australia and New Zealand.  Further, more standard regulations may be imposed on food companies and where foods are served publicly like on airplanes or in schools.  A 1-hour recording can be heard.  Follow on Twitter at #NASEMFOODALLERGIES. The full report can be downloaded. [2]



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