Anaphylaxis

Video: Anaphylaxis incident at school is a lesson for teachers and parents

Mum tells us about the day her daughter ate nuts at school but was afraid to tell anyone.

Sally’s daughter Margot is a bright, sporty school student with severe allergy to egg and nuts.

Sharing food

One day, Margot could not resist having a taste of her school friend’s pesto pasta during lunch break. But the food contained nuts and she felt unwell soon afterwards and had difficulty breathing.

Margot went to the office for help but was afraid to tell anyone that she had broken the school’s rule against sharing food.

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Sally tells us in the video that she received a call from the school, but they did not know Margot had eaten nuts. As it turned out, that day was the first time Margot needed EpiPen®.

Sally’s message to parents and teachers is to reassure children that they will never get into trouble for making a mistake with the food they eat.

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Prepared November 2021. EPI-2021-0335

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When collecting your EpiPen® or EpiPen® Jr Auto-Injector prescription, your pharmacist may try to switch it, or talk to you about switching to Anapen®.1

EpiPen® Auto-Injectors and Anapen® are not the same:2-4

EpiPen® takes just 2 steps to use.2,3

Anapen® takes 6 steps.4

EpiPen® delivers adrenaline in approx. 3 seconds.2,3

Anapen® requires 10 seconds.4

EpiPen® has a Never-See-Needle.™2,3

Anapen®’s needle is exposed after use.4

  • Switching means retraining: You, your family, friends and caregivers must retrain to use a different device correctly if you have an anaphylactic attack2-4
  • Switching means a different ASCIA Action Plan: You will also need to get a new ASCIA Action Plan, specific to Anapen®5

Remember, you don’t have to change. It’s your choice6
Be specific and tell your GP and pharmacist that you want your EpiPen® Auto-Injector prescription.

References:

  1. NPS Medicinewise. Brand equivalence — ‘a’ flagging explained. Available at: https://www.nps.org.au/radar/articles/brand-equivalence-a-flagging-explained. Accessed December 2021.
  2. EpiPen® Adrenaline (epinephrine) 300 μg/0.3 mL Auto-Injector. Consumer Medicine information. July 2021.
  3. EpiPen® Jr. Adrenaline (epinephrine) 150 μg/0.3 mL Auto-Injector. Consumer Medicine information. July 2021.
  4. Anapen® Consumer Medicine information. March 2021.
  5. ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis (RED). https://www.allergy.org.au/hp/ascia-plans-action-and-treatment. Accessed December 2021.
  6. Medical Director. Active Ingredient Prescribing is coming: here’s what you need to know. https://www.medicaldirector.com/news/clinical-practice/2020/08/active-ingredient-prescribing-is-coming-heres-what-you-need-to-know. Accessed December 2021.

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