Wednesday, November 12, 2014

EpiPens are No Fairy Tale

Do you remember being a child and dreaming about going to on a Disney vacation? Meeting the characters, riding on endless amounts of rides and eating all sorts of foods that- oh, wait, no. You have food allergies. There were no hopes of having that family vacation that you wanted. Instead, there was the fear of the foods that you would be surrounded by. Thoughts of watching others dining with the characters or even worse yet- having an allergic reaction somewhere in the park and not having your epinephrine. Luckily, fairy tales do come true.

This is a picture of a dream that has come to life-

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I am happy to share that Mylan will be working with Disney to update their maps in order to help guests locate an EpiPen on site (not only for their park locations but also on their cruise ships). There will also be additional assurance through trained staff who will be able to administer epinephrine to those who are having an allergic reaction. Just think of how this opens up possibilities for families who have food allergy concerns and what this means, knowing that there will be help and medication if they need it. 

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As food allergy families, we are taught to always be prepared but some of us make mistakes- we  leave our EpiPens in the car or we grab an expired box while trying to rush out of the door or perhaps we were unaware that our emergency packet was broken or not usable. That moment of panic because we know that what we need to save our life is lifted and although it doesn't mean that all of our vacations will be absolutely safe, it does mean that a large portion of the stress is gone and we can exhale just a little bit more.

As a food allergic mother, I want to say thank you to Disney and Mylan for this extra security for our family. For me, this solidifies Mylan's mission "We are committed to setting new standards in healthcare. Working together around the world to provide 7 billion people access to high quality medicine, we innovate to satisfy unmet needs; make reliability and service excellence a habit; do what's right not what's easy; and impact the future through passionate global leadership."

In the beloved words of Cinderella-

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Thank you for listening to our hearts~

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