- British Society for Allergy & Clinical ImmunologyBSACI
We ask the BSACI to change their recommendation of one adrenaline auto injector pen
As a mother of a child with life threatening allergies I am very concerned to hear that you 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 .
By prescribing only one you dramatically reduce chances of surviving anaphylaxis.
Each pen lasts approximately 10 minutes and the patient needs another, before being prescribed steroids in hospital. My child is only 15, in a stressful situation she could easily misfire her pen.
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 .
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 pens .
Anaphylaxis simply cannot be 'risk assessed'.
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