A fellow teacher came to me this week with a flyer from a friend in the pharmaceutical industry about Auvi-Q, an epinephrine dispenser that will hit the market in 2013. I have to say, it makes for interesting reading.
The new device is considerably smaller and more compact than other EAIs on the market and is produced in the same dosages as other epinephrine injectors (0.15mg and 0.3mg) with two single-dose devices in each package.
The flyer describes Auvi-Q as “a breakthrough in epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) design for patients at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions.” The new EAI is prescribed for patients weighing 33 lbs to 66 lbs only. It is not known if it is safe and effective in children weighing less than 33 lbs.
It goes on to say that Auvi-Q is the first and only epi auto-injector with:
- Audio & visual cues that guide users through the injection process
- “Press-and-hold” action with 5-second hold time
- Retractable needle mechanism designed to help prevent accidental needle sticks
- Unique compact size and shape
I’d heard of the new EAI through the grapevine prior to receiving the above information and asked my son’s allergist about it. Although the product offers a more travel-friendly size for those with food allergies, he was concerned it might be difficult for those already trained on using a different EAI to make the switch. Yes, I know it has audio and visual cues, but it still takes time for a person to listen and look…precious time that you don’t have in the case of an emergency. I also understand the same basic rule applies to those learning to use other EAIs. The product is still not officially on the market, but with its arrival in 2013, consumers should have more complete information at their fingertips.
Want to learn more about this new product for yourself? Be sure to visit Auvi-Q and let us know what you think!