FDA warns Pfizer’s Meridian over EpiPen flawsFDA warned about an injunction or seizure if Meridian Medical Technologies, a division of Pfizer, does not correct its problems with the EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector).
Get response ready for the anaphylactic momentEvery nurse practitioner should review the AAP guidelines and include an action plan in each of their practice settings. All providers should communicate information to all school, camp, and field nurses who are often the first to assess a child presenting with symptoms of anaphylaxis outside a medical facility.
AAP's first-ever action plan for epinephrine and anaphylaxis
AAP's first-ever action plan for epinephrine and anaphylaxisAnaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur suddenly without warning. In children and adolescents, the leading cause of anaphylaxis is exposure to food allergens. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published 2 clinical reports that discuss guidance on appropriate epinephrine use for anaphylaxis and developing an emergency action plan for patients at risk.
Allergic Kids Aren’t Getting Enough Epinephrine
Allergic Kids Aren’t Getting Enough EpinephrineA new study shows that only a third of children suffering allergic reactions receive epinephrine immediately.
New guidelines for early peanut exposureNew recommendations for infant exposure to peanuts to prevent peanut allergy address something many pediatricians have long suspected: Early exposure to peanuts, even in infants that have eczema, could prevent development of peanut allergy.
EpiPen adoption in U.S. schools soars after passage of federal lawBefore passage of this legislation, only four states mandated access to epinephrine in schools. Now nearly every state has passed such a law.
Keeping epinephrine on hand at school saves livesSchools that stock epinephrine for emergency use to treat anaphylaxis caused by food reactions or other triggers can see striking benefits, a new study shows.
Food allergy, anaphylaxis and the 911 lottery (VIDEO)Learn about variations between EMS provided from state-to-state... country-to-country.. and even agency-to-agency.
Immunotherapy for food allergy: Promise and progress
Immunotherapy for food allergy: Promise and progressAllergen-specific immunotherapy, although still experimental, is becoming an area of active research for treatment of food allergy in children.
Study highlights need to address anaphylaxis preventionSevere life-threatening allergic reactions are more common than many thought. Anaphylaxis very likely occurs in nearly 1 in 50 Americans (1.6%), and the rate is probably higher, close to 1 in 20 (5.1%), according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.