- British Society for Allergy & Clinical ImmunologyBSACI
Please reverse your adrenaline pen recommendations
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As a mother of a child with life threatening allergies I am very concerned to hear that the BSACI are recommending the majority of patients that carry adrenaline auto injector pens should have their prescription's changed from a minimum of two life saving pens,to one. This is stated clearly in their October 2016 guidelines.
By prescribing only one adrenaline pen you may well reduce the chances of surviving anaphylaxis.
Each pen lasts approximately 5-10 minutes and the patient needs another, before being prescribed steroids in hospital. My child is only 14, in a stressful situation she could easily misfire her pen, pens have also been reported as malfunctioning.
Ambulances services in the UK are over stretched with many taking over 20 minutes to arrive in an emergency ( regular reports of up to 40 minutes ) and it has been known for them to arrive without the required medication . We also have written confirmation from the head of ambulance services that 999 Anaphylaxis calls are now triaged, with many calls not being treated as a code red response .
The BSACI guidelines also state that people in rural locations will require a 2nd AAI, but not others. You are therefore imposing restrictions on the right to travel wherever the patient wishes. This is totally unacceptable and in my opinion discriminatory.
Your recommendations are not in line with prescribing guidelines issued by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) who both recommend TWO pens to be carried at all times.
Please reverse your decision, live's will be lost if doctors follow your recommendations , for the sake of saving £26 a year, per pen . #alwayscarrytwo #carrytwo
British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology
To please reverse your recommendation that the majority of patients will require only one auto injector pen .
You do not take into account triaging of Anaphylaxis 999 calls, delays in ambulances and misfired pen .
Anaphylaxis by its nature simply cannot be 'risk assessed'.
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