Epi-pens in carry-on & med necessity documentation

Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2001 - 4:07am
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Practical advice I've received from airline industry professionals: For those who may be flying in the future and carrying epi-pens: it would be wise to carry through security & on board with you documentation showing the medical necessity for the epi-pens -- letter from physician, copy of written Rx, etc. as well as the descriptive instruction insert from the epi-pen. The new, heightened security measures in place for airline travel may (understandably) make some security checkpoints problematic for carrying such a device as an epi-pen.

As we in the PA community strive to be proactive in all our encounters with those who may be unknowledgeable about PA emergency treatment, this seemed to me to be some good advice to pass along.

EB

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2001 - 10:00am
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Thanks, I was wondering about just this thing since the Tuesday incidents. Does anyone know if the new FAA security rules specifically cover the topic of allowing epi-pens on board planes?
-Cindia

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2001 - 5:22am
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Thx to blackmoss for posting this link on the "Living with PA" forum:
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/whatsnew.html#epi"]http://www.foodallergy.org/whatsnew.html#epi[/url]
We have found it impossible to even access the FAA website to get a copy of the new/current no-no items in carry-ons. We'll keep trying. Hopefully foodallergy.org will get a reply from FAA to their query.
Has anyone had any correspondence with FAAN on this epipen matter?
EB

Posted on: Sat, 09/29/2001 - 5:53am
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Below is the recommendation to follow until firm regulations are implemented with regard to EpiPens. The info is Canadian-specific, but is likely similar to the U.S. recommendations.
ANAPHYLAXIS CANADA BULLETIN: September, 2001
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Airline Travel with EpiPens

Posted on: Tue, 10/02/2001 - 6:34am
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I just spoke to the FAA as we are traveling soon. I was told to have a notarized medical letter stating my son's need for the epi-pen and to present that at the airport. She also said (which is a little concerning) that the flight attendant would keep it for me. Hmmmm... I don't know that I like that. I'm nervous enough about flying and this adds a little to it!

Posted on: Tue, 10/02/2001 - 9:25am
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Well, I just don't get the notarized part. Are we supposed to get the note from the doctor then take it to get notarized? What does that do? Am I misunderstanding what "notarized" means? I need help understanding this part.
*Cindia*

Posted on: Thu, 10/11/2001 - 5:16am
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This topic has been on my mind especially since I leave tomorrow for company business from Atlanta to Detriot. I just had my doctor write me a letter and I didn't think to have it notarized.
I already told my boss that if I am unable to get on the plane without my Epi-pen than I will not be in Detriot for my meetings. I refuse to fly without my epi-pen. Granted, I have never (knock on wood) had a reaction on a plane - but my luck would be that I would and would not have the pen to use.
I'll let everyone know how my flight goes tomorrow. It's the first time I have had to fly since the September 11th tragadies.
Take Care,
Melanie

Posted on: Thu, 10/11/2001 - 7:08am
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I wish you luck, Melanie.

Posted on: Thu, 10/11/2001 - 8:09am
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Cayley's Mom posted above with Anaphylaxis Canada's provisional recommendation for air travellers carrying EpiPens.
AC has drafted a sample medical letter which they now have on their website at [url="http://www.anaphylaxis.ca"]www.anaphylaxis.ca[/url]
DH is leaving on a trip in the next day or so and has taken every precaution; still, my fingers are crossed. I'm interested in hearing how others fare.
Best of luck to those who are travelling.

Posted on: Tue, 10/16/2001 - 4:56am
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I flew twice in the last 10 days with our EpiPens in my purse, and not one person ever even asked to look at them. (My purse went through the xray.) Honestly I dont know if this is good news or bad! I guess I dont fit the terroist profile with a grumpy 2 year old in my arms.

Posted on: Tue, 10/16/2001 - 5:06am
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Well we're back. I took a letter from the dr. (unnotarized) and never had to show it. We were never asked to open our backpack so it was never an issue. But, then again the 2 airports we were in had different security measures in place so I'm guessing they are still ironing out all the new procedures.

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