Friday, August 1, 2014

New Back-to-School Resources from the Makers of Auvi-Q Epinephrine Auto-injectors

Disclosure: I was once an invited guest, along with several other bloggers, to the Sanofi HQ, to preview the Auvi-Q®, before its initial release. I am under no obligation to write about the Auvi-Q®, nor am I obligated to write anything favorable. My opinions are always my own and I write about things that I truly believe in and trust. I am not a medical professional. Always consult with a board-certified allergist about issues relating to anaphylaxis and food allergies.

Screenshot from the "Explore Auvi-Q®" Video
Sanofi US, makers of Auvi-Q®, have released some great new resources, in the form of quick and informative YouTube videos. As you watch the first YouTube video, "Explore Auvi-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) and Related Resources and Tools", look out for links to helpful items, such as these:

  • Anaphylaxis Action Plan
  • Severe Allergy & Anaphylaxis Playbook
  • Auvi-Q Savings Offer
  • Auvi-Q Mobile App
  • Auvi-Q Demo Video

They also have two new Patient Stories videos:

These videos include interviews with parents who have actually used the Auvi-Q®, along with the inventors of the Auvi-Q®, Evan and Eric Edwards, who both grew up with anaphylactic food allergies.

One particular item I would like to recommend is the Auvi-Q Mobile App. It can act as a training device, on -the-go, and I love how it senses the change in position of your phone to simulate the use of the device. It also has a training module in Spanish. The voice instructions are still in English, but the written guides are in Spanish, to help Spanish-speaking caregivers/patients. There are several other great features on the app, so be sure to check it out!

Good luck with your Back-to-School planning!  

Note: For those who have received Auvi-Q® prescriptions from your pharmacists, in the past 31 days, with expiration dates earlier than 12 months in the future, there is good news! Please head on over to Oh Mah Deehness! to view Homa's post on contacting Sanofi to receive a $400 voucher towards the purchase of replacement devices, for when the short-dated devices expire. These vouchers are valid from 1/1/2015 - 6/30/2015. I completed this process, this morning, in under 10 minutes! 

As for those who, like me, have been lamenting the difficulties in obtaining coverage for the Auvi-Q® from certain prescription providers, such as Express-Scripts, from whom we obtain our medications, there is some hope on that front, as well. Your allergist/doctor can contact Express-Script's Prior Authorization line and request a Clinical Exemption, under certain circumstances. Sanofi also has forms available on their Patient Connection site, which you can use for other providers, or if more than a doctor's phone call is required.

No comments:

Post a Comment