I had the immense pleasure of attending a seminar yesterday in Newark, New Jersey at the Sanofi headquarters, to see and learn about the Auvi-Q Epinephrine devices. Auvi-Q stands for Audio-Visual Ques. These devices have an audio clip that verbally instruct how to use them, as well as having pictured instructions; like the defibrillators that are schools and public places now! These new Auvi-Q devices will be available BY MARCH!!!! I am telling you ALL, these are going to SAVE LIVES! Why? What makes these so much better than our trusted Epi-pens you ask? As far as the medication in them- nothing. Same drug. Same life saving qualities. What WILL make the difference is the size, portability and ease of use of these new devices! I can tell you it’s small, light, [think of the older style flip-phones!], but to SEE them-WOW! These are easy to just put in your pocket and go!
Now for the most amazing part! Just how easy it is to use these! I did not get to see Caleb yesterday at all- [I left at 4:30 in the morning and got home at 9:30pm]. So when he got up this morning I was excited to see what his reaction to what will soon be his new epi device. I handed it to him to check out- and I gave him NO INSTRUCTIONS on how to use it!!!! This is what he did!
My six-year-old child can use this device with NO instruction from ME! He could use this to save his brother’s life. A total stranger could use this to save HIS life! So I asked Caleb what he thought about the new Epis- This was what I got:
I did try a similar thing with Jacob who is 3- he could not remove the case or the red tab by himself. I think this is a good feature so we know little curious monkeys won’t be accidentally sticking themselves!
So here are the facts about the new epis. The price points are going to be about the same as the standard Epipens, and hopefully a little less. They are currently negotiating these figures with the insurance companies. The shelf life of the medication will be the same, about a year or a little more; and it will have the same hot and cold requirements (59-86 degrees). The actual devices with medication have either a blue or orange, depending on the dose. They will be sold as a two pack with a trainer as well. The devices audio clip on the trainer will last for 2 years time being used once a day, outlasting the expiration date! The device will work even if the audio clip doesn’t. They can withstand being dropped, or left in the rain. However, due to sanitation reasons, should you drop yours in the lake, ocean, tub, or toilet- best to replace the device so you are not injected with something gross [and end up starring in an episode of Monsters Inside Me]! The trainer device LOOKS very different from the actual, its black and gray, but it feels, operates and even SOUNDS like the real thing. When you remove the cover of the trainer it will tell you “This Trainer contains no needle or drug.” As you PLACE- [not jab!] device or trainer against your outer thigh and press the top- you will actually HEAR it HISS- this happens within the first second. That sound is the needle entering, releasing the medicine and retracting! All within the first second! You will never even SEE the needle, so no fear of withdrawing the needle from leg. For now the device will only come as an English-speaking version, and a French-speaking version will be available in Canada. The device also has written instructions as well as visual cues printed on its labels.
I LOVE these! I think we will be seeing these everywhere- perfect to have in schools and restaurants. The size and portability of these devices will be great for male adults to easily carry in shirt, suit, or pants pockets. The biggest WIN will be if these are as big of a hit with the teenagers as I feel they will be! We are hearing way to many stories of teenagers not carrying their medicine sometimes with fatal results. These devices are going to be discrete enough that I pray we see a positive change in those numbers!
Disclosure: I disclose in any communication made by me about Auvi-Q, this event or any other Sanofi US products that such communication is at my own discretion and based on my own opinion. In any discussion or communication relating to the Summit, I disclose that my travel expenses were compensated by Sanofi US in exchange for evaluation and feedback on Auvi-Q information. [Sadly, I was not given free samples of the medication nor was I made the drug rep for my state- But how awesome would that job be?! LOL! ]
Also please be sure to check out my friend Caroline over at Grateful Foodie as she will be compiling a list of the links to this article and ones posted by the other attendees of this meeting. That way you can review the other opinions (but I still think you will LOVE the Auvi-Q)!