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6 Facts about EpiPens and Anaphylaxis

The EpiPen, which is a clever industry name (based on its active ingredient of epinephrine) for an allergy injector that can potentially save a life, has been in the news lately for less than noble reasons. Specifically, the price of them has skyrocketed in recent years and has left some parents wondering what to do if their health plan doesn’t cover them.

Luckily, the current manufacturer of the EpiPen—Mylan—calmed some nerves by releasing this announcement that it would release a generic version of the product that reportedly will be more affordable. Controversy aside, here are some current stats and facts about the potential lifesaver…

1. Anaphylaxis is More Spread Out than Peanut Butter

The EpiPen is generally known as a lifesaving product for people who suffer from peanut allergies, but the EpiPen can treat severe associated allergic reactions called anaphylaxis from bee stings, to drug reactions, to exercise-induced cases.

The latter reaction is perhaps not as uncommon as you think, and causes “a warm feeling spreading throughout the entire body, itching and redness of the skin,” according to the manufacturer’s site. This type of reaction stirred up by sustained activity (jogging, for example) is still linked to foods or medications.

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