Epi Pen redesign?

Posted on: Wed, 05/07/2003 - 5:45am
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At our food allergy support group meeting last night, our guest speaker was our area's Dey Lab rep. She was great and if you ever need a third party to do training for you school (or even your doctor!), I recommend seeing if your rep is available ([url]http://www.epipen.com/pro/6_6_1.cfm[/url] )
I mentioned to our rep that I would like to see Dey develop a shorter version of the Epi Pen that would be more convenient to slip into a pocket. I

Posted on: Wed, 05/07/2003 - 9:47am
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I agree that a shorter Epi Pen would be nice. But in the meantime, here are a few other ideas...
For the "men and boy" problem, I have heard that teenage boys often wear the Epi belts under their clothes - which these days are often oversized. Also the Epi Mate carrier (comes in black for dad and other colors for the kids)has a belt clip, so it sort of looks like an odd pager or phone, but it easy to carry.

Posted on: Thu, 05/08/2003 - 11:00am
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Along these same thoughts. What about Dey getting together with the makers of Benadryl to package a small ampoule or container of Benadryl to carry with the EpiPen. I have been told that liquid is the most effective form to take, but in order to make the EpiPens (2) and the Benadryl compact, I have to find a small bottle and pour the Benadryl in and label it. What if Benadryl came with the EpiPen prescription? Just wondering if there would be a market for this.
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Mary Kay

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 7:53am
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Benadryl has an e-mail contact page at [url="http://www.prodhelp.com/contactus.shtml"]http://www.prodhelp.com/contactus.shtml[/url]
We were discussing Benadryl at a recent support group meeting, too. Here's what I just wrote Pfizer:
I am a co-leader of a growing Seattle area food allergy support group. Many of us would purchase boxes of single dose bottles (ampules?) of Benadryl that can be more conveniently carried with our children's epi-pens. Has your company ever considered packaging it this way? Most allergists consider the liquid version of Benadryl more effective than the pills in treating mild food allergy reactions but we find it difficult to repackage the large bottles each time for the kits our children must carry with them at all times.
[This message has been edited by Jana R (edited May 13, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 7:24pm
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With regards to the Benadryl, how about suggesting sachets? I'm not sure if Calpol is available in the US/Canada, but they have just come out with sachets which contain single doses of Calpol (Calpol is infant pain relief medicine).
This link will bring you to a page which has all their products listed and pictured.
[url="http://www.mypharmacy.co.uk/medicines/medicines/c/calpol/calpol.htm"]http://www.mypharmacy.co.uk/medicines/medicines/c/calpol/calpol.htm[/url]
Gwen

Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2003 - 7:33am
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I emailed the company that makes Benadryl about a year ago in regards to single dose packaging. I don't remember exactly what they said but basically it was something like thanks for your input but no. Maybe if we keep contacting them they will reconsider.

Posted on: Fri, 05/16/2003 - 2:47am
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Here is my reply about Benadryl:
[i]Thank you for your e-mail, we appreciate your feedback regarding Benadryl. You may want to speak to your child's doctor to see if he/she has professional sample sizes of Benadryl Liquid.
I have forwarded your comments on to the appropriate personnel at Pfizer for their information. Your thoughts and comments are important to us.
For further assistance, please feel free to contact Consumer Affairs at 1-800-223-0182 (U.S.) or 1-800-661-4659 (Canada) weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time or reply by e-mail.
Melissa
Consumer Affairs Department
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare[/i]
Quote:Originally posted by Gwen Thornberry:
[b]With regards to the Benadryl, how about suggesting sachets? I'm not sure if Calpol is available in the US/Canada, but they have just come out with sachets which contain single doses of Calpol Gwen[/b]
Sachets look like a great compact idea! Are they sturdy? It also seems like you would be able to squeeze all the medicine out easy compared to medicine sticking to the sides of bottles!

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2003 - 12:32am
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I looked for the article about the guy who died but it is not there. I tried several times. Are you sure that is the right URL?

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2003 - 12:40am
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Carefulmom,
Is this the article you are looking for?
[url="http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=256016"]http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=256016[/url]

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2003 - 6:24am
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I edited my first post to make the link work - sorry about that (Thanks Love my C for getting it right)

Posted on: Tue, 05/20/2003 - 9:18pm
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Hi Jana
I haven't actually used them as dd is over 6. I imagine they would be foil wrapped and sturdy enough. Unless, like me, you tend to leave things at the bottomof your bag for months on end!
Gwen

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