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Epi-Pen Recall

3/20/2017: Epi-Pen Recall

The following batches of EpiPen® 300 Auto-Injectors are being recalled due to the potential that these devices may fail to activate or require increased force to activate.

Batch number


Expiration Date        



Apr 17



Apr 17



Apr 17



Apr 17


Auvi-Q Injector Available

2/14/2017:  Auvi-Q Injector Available

The Auvi-Q epinephrine injector that is smaller and rectangular shaped will be available again on 2/14.  Efforts are being made to make it cost effective if the family has insurance. Those with commercial insurance, including those with high-deductible plans or who make less than $100k annually, will be able to obtain Auvi-Q for $0 out- of-pocket according to the maker.  Else, the cash price is $360 for those without insurance or who earn more thank $100K.


Peanut Foods for Infants

1/5/2017:  National Institute of Health Recommends for Peanut Foods for Infants

The National Institue of Health (NIH) recommends giving peanuts to infants in varying degrees based upon that child's risk.  Here are the 3 degrees but all should be under the supervision of a doctor: 

  1. Guideline 1 focuses on infants deemed at high risk of developing peanut allergy because they already have severe eczema, egg allergy or both. The expert panel recommends that these infants have peanut-containing foods introduced into their diets as early as 4 to 6 months of age to reduce the risk.
  2. Guideline 2 suggests that infants with mild or moderate eczema should have peanut-containing foods introduced into their diets around 6 months of age to reduce the risk of peanut allergy.
  3. Guideline 3 suggests that infants without eczema or any food allergy have peanut-containing foods freely introduced into their diets.


Allergen Labels & Generic Epi-Pen 

12/1/2016:  Adrenaclick Provides a Generic Epi-Pen AutoInjector

In light of the recent controversy about the high cost of the infamous Epi-Pen autoinjectors, there is a generic version on the market.  It is called "Adrenaclick" and can be obtained if your doctor includes "generic" on the prescription for epinephrine.  [1]

12/15/2016:  VITAL Allergen Labels

The United States may consider adopting Australian-based VITAL Allergen Labels.  VITAL stands for Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling and defines a way to standardize labels for allergen risks.  The VITAL program uses an Action Level grid to show, "Action Level concentrations (ppm) calculated using the Reference Dose (mg allergen protein) and a Reference Amount specific to the food." Download the PowerPoint. [2]




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]