Zoni Epi-Belt vs. MedicAlert Belt

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2001 - 2:51pm
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pI know this should actually have been placed under Products, but I know that that's a section I rarely go to, so I thought I would place it under Living with PA because it also kinda fits here./p
pNow, everyone knows that one of the things I need to get Jesse is an epi-belt for his Epi-pen. He is currently wearing it in a fanny pack at school and the tubing is getting crushed. There is also sand from the playground getting into the fanny pack. I also think it is cumbersome and invites curiosity and is so "out there" (especially in his class picture)./p
pNow, I just visited the zoni site and found out how much the Epi-belt is. To me, the cost is quite high, or, shall I say, it is quite high to what MedicAlert offers for an epi-belt. I does look like a wonderful product and does have the advantage of adding clip ons for Benadryl (which we wouldn't need) and asthma puffers (which we would)./p
pI'm wondering if anyone has purchased a MedicAlert Single Auto-Injector Belt for Epi-Pen for their child/themselves rather than the zoni epi-belt? Do you find it works for you?/p
pIt is about $20.00 cheaper and financially right now, $20.00 cheaper sounds good to me.br /
But I still want to make sure I make the right decision for Jesse and I. The one thing I particularly like about the MedicAlert epi-belt is that it has the MedicAlert words and symbol on it, which I think would draw it to people's attention./p
pDoes anyone have any thoughts on this? For example, since the MedicAlert one is more affordable for me right now, do you think that would be better than the fanny pack and then get the zoni Epi-belt for his next size up (I'm thinking I'll be better off financially when he moves one size up! LOL!)/p
pAny thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated as I was actually going to order the MedicAlert one within the next month. But, if the zoni one is far superior from everyone's experience, I would have to take that into consideration and budget for an additional $20.00 or so./p
pI must say that I was quite pleased to see that zoni is Canadian - I don't know why - perhaps only because I didn't have to try to convert our lowly Canadian dollar into American dollars!/p
pMany thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p
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Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2001 - 7:07pm
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Cindy - as far as I am concerned, having weighed up the EpiPen protection available, the E-Belt from Zoni was the only one which seemed to give me what I was looking for. I have been using mine for quite some weeks now and I am *very* pleased with it.
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Nick (PA sufferer)

Posted on: Wed, 02/28/2001 - 1:01am
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Nick, I'm sorry, do you mind my asking what other products you also explored? I know that the zoni belt does look fantastic. Now, I'm wondering if I should be exploring more than the zoni and MedicAlert before I make a decision.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 12:03pm
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In Canada, they are the same thing. Canadian MedicAlert Epi-belts are manufactured by zoni. The only difference between the two is that the MedicAlert Epi-belt has the MedicAlert symbol on it, which I prefer.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 09/16/2002 - 12:22am
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Hi Cindy,
I also found the price high for the Zoni belt but did not know of a reliable alternative so I ordered on last week from Allergy Essentials here in Ottawa.
[url="http://www.allergy-essentials.com/"]http://www.allergy-essentials.com/[/url]
I also decided that if I was going to keep Wade safe year after year at school, I would need the tools to do so. I ordered about $150 worth of training materials to help "educate" school staff. Now I do not plan on donating it to the school, but I will make it available to anyone who needs it.
The woman I spoke to at Allergy Essentials told me that if we had additional medical coverage, we should submit our receipt because a number of parents had had some success getting at least some rebate back for their allergy related expenses because it was deemed necessary for the medical safety of their child. I plan on giving it a try, I'll let you know what they say.
BTW, the Zoni belt was the one our allergist reccomended.
Take care,
Katiee

Posted on: Mon, 09/16/2002 - 2:18am
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Cindy, my son wears the Medic Alert belt and has for 18 months. He has the double one and we like it alot. The Medic Alert label helps educate and ensures that he is allowed to wear it while playing soccer, baseball etc.

Posted on: Mon, 09/16/2002 - 3:06am
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When I finally made my decision about this just over a year ago, I went with the MedicAlert Epi-belt because it looked exactly like the zoni belt and like Kathyrn, I wanted the MedicAlert logo on the belt as well.
Well, imagine my surprise and thrill (to be quite honest) when I received the MedicAlert belt and it had the tag on it saying "made by zoni". So, in effect, I got the zoni belt through MedicAlert, with the MedicAlert symbol on it (bonus [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ) and cheaper than I would have had I ordered it through zoni.
It's well over a year later and I continue to be really pleased with it. I have helped sell a couple to Americans who are unable to buy them through MedicAlert U.S. and they are also pleased because of the MedicAlert logo on the belt.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 5:19am
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Anyone use the epipen belt WITH the puffer pouch?
Any children with asthma that require the Areo Chamber use the epipen belt?
what do you with the Areo Chamber?

Posted on: Sat, 04/26/2003 - 11:14am
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Can someone please give me some contact info for zoni.'Thx

Posted on: Sat, 04/26/2003 - 9:39pm
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Go to Links on the home page of pa.com and you will find Zoni.

Posted on: Wed, 07/09/2003 - 3:23pm
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Codymom,
Did you ever find out what to do with the aerochamber?

Posted on: Wed, 07/09/2003 - 11:31pm
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Thanks for re-raising this thread. I just got my son's medica alert bracelet and the zoni (by medic alert). I forgot that some insurance policies cover these expenses. I'm going to dig up receipts and try submitting them.

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2003 - 11:34am
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Why can't Zoni or Medic Alert make the belt (children's size) with both the inhaler and benedryl attachments??? Then one could have all meds in one place.

Posted on: Sat, 01/31/2004 - 11:04pm
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re-raising to go with the thread "For Asthmatic PA's - When You Go Out Do You Carry Puffers as Well As Epi-Pen?"
pgrubbs: sorry I didn't see your question until now. I had a computer virus during the summer, so I was probably off line at the time you posted.
To answer your question, NO I have not figured what to do with the areochamber. For my daughter, we still carry 2 red medic alert bags, one for her epipens and the other for her inhaler meds and areochamber. For my son, we carry a medication bag that we received from Shopper Drug Mart, similar to my daughters but not red, and he has his asthma meds and areochamber in it. I didn't order the epi-belt as I would still need something for the areochamber.
Anyone have suggestions for the areochamber?

Posted on: Sun, 02/01/2004 - 4:37am
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We are still looking to streamline. Ds carries epi-pens, inhaler, aerochamber, and Benedryl tablets in a waist pack, but whenever he is going to do anything physical, he puts it in his backpack (which he then brings with him). I would really like to find a better belt, something that would hold what he needs to carry and be comfortable for physical activity.
Andrea
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