Food Allergy Awareness Week - Addressing the Medication Shortage
While many of us welcome the approach of summer and the fun that comes with it, people with life-threatening allergies face unique challenges.
Leisure activities such as outdoor picnics to summer camp require an extra level of preparedness for adults and kids with severe reactions to allergens such as certain foods or insect stings. They must ensure they carry an emergency medication with them at all times.
Art McCarthy, one of our US associates, knows this firsthand:
“Both of my children have food allergies. We take their emergency medication everywhere as part of our family routine.” he says.
His family isn’t alone.
One in 50 Americans is at risk for anaphylaxis - a severe reaction that affects the whole body and can even lead to death if left untreated 1.
Each year in the US, 200,000 people require emergency medical care for allergic reactions to food 2.
Unfortunately, due to a nationwide shortage of this emergency medicine from several drug manufacturers, many families had to scramble to find it, or go without it, leaving their loved ones vulnerable to anaphylaxis.
A shortage of this product is unacceptable to Sandoz, where we are passionate about driving access to medicine.
When we talk about innovating to increase patients’ access to high-quality, affordable medicines to patients, we take action and we take it personally.
At the forefront of our efforts are names and faces like Art and his children. We’re proud to help families like them, who know all too well the challenges of navigating food and other allergies.