People who have a serious food allergy – or other life-threatening allergies – will soon have access to a generic alternative to the Epipen, likely at a significantly reduced cost. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved an epinephrine auto-injector manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Epinephrine is a medication that treats anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
Adults and children with severe food allergies are urged by their physicians to carry these devices in case of unintended ingestion of those foods. Peanut allergy and other nut allergies are becoming more and more common, and while those affected are usually diligent in avoiding the substances, accidental exposure can happen. In addition nut allergy, there are other food allergies as well as non-food allergies- such as bee sting allergy and drug allergy – that can also lead to life-threatening reactions.
The availability of the new auto-injector is not known at this time.