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My husband who is an allergist has a question

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health. Has 21 years experience.

Do you have any families who are refusing the "adrenaclick" epi due to an exposed needle? The Epi-pen rep is at his office right now and is claiming that, and he is curious what you are seeing in schools. None of my kids use the adrenaclick. I have one using the Impax and rest all have Epi-pens.

KKEGS, MSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 8 years experience.

Haven't heard of anyone refusing it. I have a couple of Adrenaclicks but most of my kids have EpiPens.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

No issues. Most kids have Epis as well.

WineRN

Specializes in NCSN. Has 4 years experience.

I have one with the adrenaclick but I know his parents are going to be changing to the AuviQ because it "seems easier"

MHDNURSE, BSN, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health. Has 21 years experience.

He's pretty sure the rep is full of bs anyway...so I guess the rep is trying to say the school nurses are the ones refusing it. I told my husband that we basically throw a party when the family actually manages to send one in when they are supposed to and that I doubt we would suddenly become brand snobs and turn one away...my guess is that would be illegal anyway

Windchaser22

Specializes in School nurse. Has 5 years experience.

If it's not expired and works I'll take it. I have one with that device.

Cattz, ADN

Specializes in School Nurse. Having conversations with littles.. Has 35 years experience.

My kids all have epi-pens. But, I would take whatever device, as well. I am just sooooo happy to get what the parent is supposed to provide.

Flare, ASN, BSN

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

no, haven't heard of anyone refusing it.

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing.

Nope. But as someone said above, I'll take any device that works and isn't expired.

But I also did away with students providing their own epi this year in favor of using stock EpiPens. I am loving this change thus far. I still ask parents to provide epi for field trips and the feedback I've gotten on that from parents is very positive. I'll let you know it goes after the first field trip ;).

BCgradnurse, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in allergy and asthma, urgent care. Has 12 years experience.

I'm an allergy NP and had a rep in my office claiming the same thing. I haven't heard anything from parents stating they can't have Adrenaclick in school. Sounds like BS to me. I've transitioned most of my patients to AuviQ cause it's free for commercial insurance. The rest get whatever their insurance will cover.

moreoreo

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 3 years experience.

I am not familiar with Adrenaclick--all my students with allergies have only ever turned in EpiPens but I know we would not refuse any warranted med so long as the doctor has signed our district's specific med form. I guess it would be extra training for teachers as they also are most familiar with EpiPens but just like everyone else I am just excited to receive any emergency medication!

I love my husband but it would also be GREAT to be married to an allergist, as a school nurse. I am always reading articles and trying to learn more about anaphylaxis, best practice, allergy causes, etc. I'm sure it helps your husband too to be married to a school nurse and be aware of your side of things. (To my husband's "credit," he has an anaphylactic food allergy which has given me a lot of insight into what it's like to grow up with one!)

MHDNURSE, BSN, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health. Has 21 years experience.

I'm an allergy NP and had a rep in my office claiming the same thing. I haven't heard anything from parents stating they can't have Adrenaclick in school. Sounds like BS to me. I've transitioned most of my patients to AuviQ cause it's free for commercial insurance. The rest get whatever their insurance will cover.

Are you in the Boston area? Probably the same rep!

MHDNURSE, BSN, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health. Has 21 years experience.

I'm an allergy NP and had a rep in my office claiming the same thing. I haven't heard anything from parents stating they can't have Adrenaclick in school. Sounds like BS to me. I've transitioned most of my patients to AuviQ cause it's free for commercial insurance. The rest get whatever their insurance will cover.

As an aside, AuviQ charges commercial insurance companies $4500!!! That's why it's "free".:no: Crazy!

MHDNURSE, BSN, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health. Has 21 years experience.

I am not familiar with Adrenaclick--all my students with allergies have only ever turned in EpiPens but I know we would not refuse any warranted med so long as the doctor has signed our district's specific med form. I guess it would be extra training for teachers as they also are most familiar with EpiPens but just like everyone else I am just excited to receive any emergency medication!

I love my husband but it would also be GREAT to be married to an allergist, as a school nurse. I am always reading articles and trying to learn more about anaphylaxis, best practice, allergy causes, etc. I'm sure it helps your husband too to be married to a school nurse and be aware of your side of things. (To my husband's "credit," he has an anaphylactic food allergy which has given me a lot of insight into what it's like to grow up with one!)

Definitely comes in handy, especially when one of HIS patients isn't bringing me in the proper orders or paperwork ;)

OldDude

Specializes in Pediatrics Retired.

I wonder how insulin pens made it into the school?

BCgradnurse, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in allergy and asthma, urgent care. Has 12 years experience.

Are you in the Boston area? Probably the same rep!

I'm in the Providence area.

scuba nurse, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing, Pediatrics. Has 31 years experience.

All of mine still have the traditional Epi pens, I havent even seen the new ones yet, so I can't tell you if people are refusing them, BUT I highly doubt it!

I have two sets of the generic Adrenaclick for my own peanut allergic son. I showed my non-medical husband the difference (i.e. recap the needle and put it back in the case when done) and he was totally unconcerned about that. I was just incredibly excited to not spend hundreds of dollars on my annual let's get new devices endeavor as I have high deductible insurance