Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Auto-Injector Now Available

Sciele Pharma, Inc., has introduced a new auto-injector for emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. Adrenaclick is a single-dose epinephrine auto-injector and will be available as a single unit or a convenient two-pack. It is available in two dosing options (0.15 mg and 0.3 mg).

Check out the website to see a picture of the new Adrenaclick and to learn more about it!


Monday, January 11, 2010

NBC 15 Coverage of Badger Allergy Friendly Game

Allergy Friendly Game
Living with allergies can make even the simplest task, such as going to a basketball game, next to impossible.

It doesn't take much for some people to have allergic reaction. A simple touch can sometime be enough to send someone to the emergency room.

But Sunday, staff at the Kohl Center took extra steps to make sure anyone with food allergies could come out and enjoy a game.

It's not something they get to do often: go to a game as a family. "We've been to a Brewers game and it was terrifying." It's not that Rachel Madden and her family don't want to, or that they don't have the time. It's because of their son's allergies. Madden says, "What concerns us the most is that if somebody eats peanuts or something with dairy and then touched something and then he touched it and then ate himself... he could have a reaction from something like that."

5-year-old Joe is allergic to all nuts, dairy products and eggs. If he has any contact with these foods or products containing them, he could be sick for days or worse.

"It's hard to enjoy big events like this because you're nervous that there might be a situation that you might end up in the emergency room."

Sunday, Madden and her family drove from New Berlin--just outside of Milwaukee--to come to the Kohl Center--for their allergy friendly women's basketball game.

Three sections were specially cleaned to make sure they were safe for people with allergies. But the special precautions didn't just end with the seating; they also had to take very special measures with the food preparations.

"They have pecan ice cream which then would possibly contaminate the other ice cream if they used the same scoop."

Sheree Godwin is the President of the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin--her group, along with the UW, helped organize the event.

Her kids also suffer from allergies--she says an event like this allows families to go out and not have to worry.

Madden couldn't agree more. "We're still a little bit worried but I do feel very safe."

This was the first time the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin has ever done anything like this. They have another outing planned. In February, they'll be back at the Kohl Center for a women's hockey game.

Allergen Friendly Badger Sporting Events

Food Allergy Families Enjoy First Badger Sporting Event

UW Officials Cleaned Area In Special Section

For the first time ever, the Wadzinski family of Madison got to enjoy a University of Wiscosnin Badger sporting event together.The family watched the Badgers women's basketball take on the University of Michigan Wolverines."They took a lot of steps –- UW -– along with our Allergy Association, and it worked out really well today," said Craig Wadzinski.Normally, the Wadzinski's avoid sporting events because their daughter Emily is highly allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and eggs. The dust from a cracked peanut shell can create a serious allergic reaction in Emily.But, Sunday's game was the first UW allergy friendly game."She's ecstatic and excited to know she can even go to a game," said Emily's mom, Diane Wadzinski. "The more she realizes it, the more she knows what's going on around her and she gets jealous if she can't do it."To allow food-allergic children and their families to enjoy Badger athletics, the UW took special steps on Sunday at seated the families in a special section."They not only swept and cleaned like normal, but they washed every seat, they wiped all the rails," said Wadzinski.For allergy-friendly games, there were also changes at the concession stand –- no peanuts or peanut products.With less for parents to worry about, families can focus on fun.