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Going Gluten-FreeAugust 22, 2012

Ready, Set - Stay Safe at School!

Just in time for back-to-school, two new programs are available to help keep children safe in the classroom. Both are free. The first is a special offer for free EpiPens to schools nationwide by Mylan Specialty, a pharmaceutical company. The second is an allergy-training module for school staff created by Boston-based allergists Dr. Michael Pistiner and Dr. John Lee, available at allergyhome.org.

EpiPen4Schools  Mylan Specialty is offering four free EpiPens or EpiPens Jr (epinephrine auto-injectors) upon qualification, which includes having a valid prescription, to public and private kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools in the United States. The products are available in the form of two EpiPen 2-Pak cartons, two EpiPen Jr 2-Pak cartons or one 2-Pak of each kind.

To participate in EpiPen4Schools, a school nurse or other authorized school representative should visit www.EpiPen4Schools.com to download the order and certification form. The form should then be faxed or e-mailed with a valid prescription or standing doctor’s order to 1-973-718-4328 or info@bioridgepharma.com. Alternately, school representatives can call 1-973-845-7600 to speak with a live representative. For complete details, visit www.EpiPen4Schools.com.

In addition to the EpiPen4Schools program, Mylan Specialty offers a discount program through which schools can purchase, upon qualification, EpiPen 2-Pak (0.3 mg) cartons and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak (0.15 mg) cartons at a discounted price.

Allergy Training for School Staff  Pediatric allergists Michael Pistiner and John Lee, creators of the free educational website AllergyHome.org, have just completed an updated module to train school staff on the proper management of food allergies. This free module is relevant for schools across the nation. In addition to teaching strategies of prevention and emergency preparedness, the training focuses on increasing understanding and empathy for those with food allergies. The length of the module is just under 30 minutes.

 “Our goal is to help spark positivity and foster a community of support for our food-allergic children,” says Dr. Lee.

To access the free training, go to http://www.allergyhome.org/schools/management-of-food-allergies-in-school-what-school-staff-need-to-know.

Our appreciation and commendation to Mylan and AllergyHome.org for creating these free offerings for school kids with food allergies.

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