I’m thrilled to see this national news story by CBS News Dr. Max Gomez in support of stock epinephrine in New York schools and the outstanding efforts of Susan Kavanagh and her son Spencer, friends of this blog, to make this happen. The news story is below. It’s also great to see Spencer wearing his medication in a belt from www.onespotallergy.com, and to see that it made the transition from EpiPen use to Auvi-Q use perfectly. It gives me great pleasure to provide a product that ensures Spencer always has his medication within reach.
Quote: EpiPens contain epininephrine or adrenaline. When taken within minutes of a severe reaction, it could mean the difference between life and death. Almost all schools allow children with known allergies like Spencer to carry EpiPens, but advocates worry about the students who may not be aware they’re allergic until it’s too late. About 25% of children who experience anaphylaxis experience it for the first time at school (Charlotte Collins, Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America). A federal bill that provides incentives to states to stock emergency EpiPens in school has made it through the House of Representatives. Twenty-seven states have already passed their own legislation, and five other states have bills pending. Says Susan Kavanagh, “If we can save a kid’s life, why wouldn’t we?” The issue is finding the money to pay for the medicine and the training. EpiPens cost over $100 each and have a shelf life of a little over a year and a half, so will have to be replaced often. Spencer had another anaphylactic incident at the start of school this year. His mom is thankful he had his EpiPen handy.
Great work promoting allergy safety, Susan Kavanagh and Spencer! Stock epinephrine legislation in New York state will protect both those with known allergies and the undiagnosed. As a child with known allergies, Spencer is very well prepared: Here he is wearing his Best EpiPen Belt to hold two Auvi-Q injectors. Below this photo is Spencer wearing the belt two years ago with two EpiPens in it. Please note as well that he’s wearing a medical ID bracelet, making him fully prepared to live safely with his allergies.