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Guidance on the use of adrenaline auto-injectors in schools

4 October 2017 in Featured Articles

There has been a change in the legislation where schools may now administer their “spare” adrenaline auto-injector (AAI), obtained, without prescription, for use in emergencies, if available, but only to a pupil at risk of anaphylaxis, where both medical authorisation and written parental consent for the use of the spare AAI has been provided. Read the rest of this entry →

Adrenaline Auto-injectors to be reviewed by the European Medicines Agency

16 May 2014 in Classroom Training, First Aid, Instructor, Online Training

Emerade 3The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a review of adrenaline auto-injectors, which are used as first-aid treatment of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) prior to calling for emergency medical  assistance.

This review was requested by the UK medicines agency, the MHRA, following a national review of all adrenaline auto-injector products approved in the UK.  Although the product information of adrenaline auto-injectors states that the devices deliver adrenaline into a muscle, the UK review concluded that there is no robust evidence that this is the case for all patients.  Depending on individual factors such as skin-to-muscle depth, adrenaline may instead be injected under the skin (but not into a muscle), which may result in a different absorption profile (uptake of the medicine by the body). Read the rest of this entry →

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