Imagine a device that delivers life-saving medication immediately opening airways by giving the right dose of epinephrine to a person who needs it. Now imagine that life-saving medication is not affordable for many children and adults who are at risk for a severe allergic reaction. This dilemma was the reality for many families just a few months ago when epinephrine auto-injector prices rose dramatically. But good news came in February, 2017 with the return of AUVI-Q, a unique device created by food-allergy sufferers themselves.
The History of AUVI-Q
The creators of AUVI-Q, Eric and Evan Edwards, are twins with an engineering and medical background who also have life-threatening food allergies. When AUVI-Q was recalled in 2015 due to possibly administering incorrect doses, the Edwards brothers ensured the product went through extensive safety testing before returning to the market in 2017. Patients can rest assured that the creators are not only counting on AUVI-Q to work for themselves, they have children with food allergies who rely on AUVI-Q, too.
Unique features and compact size
Amber Patterson, MD, allergist with Blanchard Valley Medical Associates, prescribes AUVI-Q to many patients because of its unique features. The device provides step-by-step auditory cues, talking a person through the injection process. “AUVI-Q is great for children who are with parents and other caregivers, such as babysitters, who may not know how to use auto-injectors. It’s also great for adults because of its unique shape and size, easily fitting into a pocket,” explains Patterson.
Perhaps the best feature of AUVI-Q is the price. AUVI-Q 2-packs are free for those with commercial insurance, including high-deductible plans. They are also free for individuals without insurance in households making less than $100,000 annually. With reassuring features and an affordable price tag, keeping those with life-threatening allergies safe just got a little bit easier.