Information on Florida’s New Epinephrine Injector Law

July 28th, 2014
Board Certified Allergy Specialist Dr. DeMarco

As past president of Florida Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Assn, Dr. DeMarco helped advocate for epipen laws to help severe allergy sufferers.

The prevalence of food allergies and severe allergic reactions has skyrocketed over the last several years. The incidence of people, primarily children, having food allergies has increased by 18 percent in the decade between 1997 and 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Other researchers have estimated that nearly 15 million Americans have a food allergy, with potentially deadly reactions affecting 1 in 13 children. That’s equal to about two children per every classroom!

With this significant increase in food allergies, there is an increasing need for people to have access to emergency supplies, such as an epinephrine auto injector (i.e. EpiPen® or AuviQ). These are important emergency treatment devices that can prevent anaphylactic shock.

New Florida Epinephrine Auto-Injector Law Goes Into Effect

Recently, a new law has gone into effect here in Florida to help increase the availability of epinephrine auto-injectors when Governor Scott signed the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act (HB 1131) into law. This new law will allow restaurants, theme parks, youth camps and sports leagues, and other businesses to have supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors. State Senator Aaron Bean of Jacksonville and State Representative Matt Hudson of Naples were the sponsors of this important legislation.

This new legislation not only offers protections for people who suffer from life-threatening allergies, but it also provides civil liability protections for health care providers, pharmacists and others who maintain and administer this emergency treatment. To be most effective, epinephrine must be administered early on during a severe allergic reaction – whether the trigger is a food, insect, or other allergen.

The greatest danger of not having immediate access to lifesaving epinephrine is that anaphylaxis can come on and progress very quickly. Every minute counts when it comes to administering epinephrine. Symptoms may initially be mild such as itching or rash but can then rapidly progress to throat closing, difficulty breath, shock or even death. These reactions are most common in response to peanuts and tree nuts, fish or shellfish but may happen upon exposure to other substances. It is unpredictable when these allergic reactions will occur. The epinephrine injector immediately delivers the medication into the muscle of the thigh, which is then rapidly taken up in the bloodstream to stop an allergic reaction.

Too often, especially among children and adolescents, victims don’t even realize they possess a severe allergy and are therefore not prepared to act when the allergic reaction suddenly begins. Once an anaphylactic reaction starts, immediate action is vital to the victim’s health. Taking the time to call 911 before administering an epinephrine dose could be a dangerous, even fatal decision. The Emergency Allergy Treatment Act goes a long way towards combating the issue of delayed epinephrine administration and will allow businesses to stock these devices for immediate use in life-threatening allergic situations, without concern for potential liability or lawsuits. In short, Public places will be better prepared to act if someone has a severe allergic reaction.

At our allergy and asthma clinic, we see routinely talk with parents and patients who grapple with their severe allergies and fears of unpredictable anaphylaxis. We commend this new Florida law that will bring added comfort to those with food allergies and their family members. All of us at the Allergy & Asthma Specialists of North Florida would like to extend our gratitude to the Florida Legislature, especially the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Bean and Rep. Hudson, for their work with this bill. And of course, we would like to thank Gov. Scott for signing this important and life saving measure into Florida law.

Jacksonville Allergy Pollen & Mold Forecast 7-22-14

July 22nd, 2014

Trees: None
Grass: LOW
Weeds: LOW
Molds: HIGH

Source: www.weather. com

Jacksonville Allergy Pollen & Mold Forecast 7-17-14

July 17th, 2014

Trees: None
Grass: LOW
Weeds: LOW
Molds: HIGH

Source: www.weather. com

Dandelion Globe With Seeds

Have an allergy to insect venom—Bees, wasps, hornets or fire ant?

July 16th, 2014

IF you or a loved one have an allergy to insect stings be sure to join Allergy & Asthma Network on July 24th at 7pm Eastern time as they host a free 1-hour webinar on Allergic Reactions to Insect Stings with Dr. David Lang (nationally renowned allergist). To register, visit: http://bit.ly/1jyuVQN.

Bee and flower UFL

An unusual cause of nickle allergy

July 15th, 2014

From cell phones to sunglasses, we’ve seen all sorts of causes for nickle allergy rash. Here’s a newly recognized trigger for nickle dermatitis.

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20140714/ipads-can-trigger-nickel-allergies-in-kids

Jacksonville Allergy Pollen and Mold Forecast 7-11-14

July 11th, 2014

Trees: None
Grass: LOW
Weeds: LOW
Molds: HIGH

Source: www.weather. com
mushroom

Worst Allergy Capitals in North America 2014

July 10th, 2014

Ever wonder where Jacksonville ranks on a list of the most allergenic cities? The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has recently published its list of the most allergenic cities during the springtime. Check out where we rank at the link below!

http://www.aafa.org/pdfs/FINAL_public_LIST_Spring_2014.pdf

Lady sneezing MSCA

Asthmatics should beware of spray-on sunblock

July 10th, 2014

Sunburn season is in full swing here in Jacksonville and northeast Florida. The FDA is looking into the safety of aerosolized sunblock because the tiny droplets could enter the lungs and trigger an asthma flare. You can read more about this credible concern here:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/07/09/consumer-reports-spray-on-sunscreen-children/12438109/

Jacksonville Allergy Pollen and Mold Forecast 7/8/14

July 8th, 2014

Trees: None
Grass: LOW
Weeds: LOW
Molds: HIGH

Source: www.weather. com

Haagen-Daz Ice Cream Recalled Over Mislabeled Contents

June 30th, 2014

If you have a peanut food allergy be sure to check out this article about hidden peanut allergen in cartons of Haagen-Daz.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-haagen-dazs-recall