Auvi-Q: A New Epinephrine Auto-Injector

Posted 5.7.13 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

NOTICE: Auvi-Q products have been voluntarily recalled. Read more here.

Many Neocate families are on constant “high alert” for severe allergic reactions, especially when away from home. For many children and adults with severe food allergies, coming into contact with a food they don’t tolerate can cause a number of reactions, including anaphylaxis, or shock. Anaphylaxis hits fast, and causes breathing to become very difficult, very quickly, or even worse. If you or a loved one has ever had an anaphylactic reaction to food or an insect sting, your healthcare team may have prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector to keep on hand as an extra precaution. An injection of epinephrine can buy time while emergency medical care is on the way in the case of anaphylaxis.

A new development in epinephrine auto-injectors debuted recently. If you haven’t heard about it yet, it’s the Auvi-Q auto-injector, made by Sanofi. The Auvi-Q works the same way as other auto-injectors, by delivering a quick shot of epinephrine to the thigh. What makes Auvi-Q unique is that it provides voice instructions, which can guide the patient or a bystander through the injection process. Each Auvi-Q auto-injector contains a single doses of epinephrine.

Many families might prefer an epinephrine auto-injector with spoken instructions, since use of an auto-injector might be scary or difficult, especially for someone unfamiliar with anaphylaxis. If you’ve been carrying an epinephrine auto-injector and are interested in the Auvi-Q, you can view a video demo on the Auvi-Q website. Still want to know more? Ask your allergy team for more information.

- Rob

Nutricia North America does not promote or sell the Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injector

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