I’ve been working with Mylan Specialty, the makers of EpiPen, for some time now. They’ve impressed me with their dedication and zeal for keeping people with life threatening allergies, be they food, latex, or insects, safe. It’s easy to see that they not only care, they walk the walk and are tirelessly working to to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the epinephrine they desperately need. Epinephrine is the only medication that can safe a life in the event of anaphylaxis, thus the incredible importance.

The EpiPen4Schools program is undeniable proof that Mylan believes in what they’re doing. It’s recently undergone some changes and I’d like to share them with you so you can spread the word far and wide. This message is important, it has and will continue to save lives.

What is EpiPen4Schools?

EpiPen4Schools is a program that offers schools free EpiPens to keep on hand in the event of an anaphylactic emergency at school with a prescription.

In their own words the program offers:

·         Four EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors: With a qualifying prescription, each calendar year schools can apply online to receive two EpiPen 2-Pak® cartons, two EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons or one 2-Pak of each kind. 

·         Anaphylaxis: Know It. See It. Treat It. Training Video: The video is available on DVD or for download at EpiPen4Schools.com.

·         EpiPen® Trainer: Designed to practice administration technique, the EpiPen Trainer contains no drug product or needle.

·         EpiLocker™: A brightly colored unit to store the free EpiPen and/or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors received through the program, so they are easily identifiable in the event of an emergency. 

·         Replenishment Offer: Qualifying schools that use the free supply of EpiPen Auto-Injectors to respond to anaphylaxis may order a replenishment supply at no additional cost.

·         Online Order Process: Schools may now submit and track their orders online.

 Not only do they offer the medicine, they offer the training that is vital to proper implementation. They’ve worked closely with a dear friend, Dr. Ruchi Gupta (Dr. rockstar food allergy researcher advocate extraordinaire…etc)  to provide instructions that are totally approachable and easy to implement for staff and administrators. Every one in the school should be trained in my opinion, and this makes it incredibly easy to do so. Check out her video!

I really think this is majorly helpful for everybody. If your school doesn’t know, YOU can share this with your nurse or administration!

Please do so that we can protect as many kids as we possibly can.

Indications

EpiPen® (epinephrine) 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are intended for immediate self-administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment after use.

 Important Safety Information

EpiPen Auto-Injectors contain a single dose of epinephrine, which you inject into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO YOUR VEIN, BUTTOCK, FINGERS, TOES, HANDS OR FEET. In case of accidental injection, please seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

 Tell your doctor if you have certain medical conditions such as asthma, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Be sure to also tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have longer lasting side effects when you take the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector.

 The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly, especially if you rest.

 Talk to your healthcare professional to see if EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector is right for you.

 Please see the full Prescribing Information and Patient Information.

 You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.