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MHRA issues new guidance on use of life saving adrenaline auto-injectors

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has launched new guidance to highlight the latest safety advice on the steps to take during anaphylaxis.

On the start of World Allergy Week (19 June), an annual initiative led by the World Allergy Organization, aiming to raise awareness of allergies, their management and prevention, the MHRA has collaborated with allergy awareness advocates to share an easy step-by-step infographic guide and video outlining the latest advice from the CHM’s working group on the safe and effective use of AAIs.

Steve Barclay, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care said: “A severe allergic reaction can be life-threatening. One in five people in the UK suffer with at least one allergy, so it’s vital people are equipped with the knowledge to keep themselves safe.

Adrenaline auto-injectors – also known as AAIs or by their brand names such as EpiPen – are highly effective and convenient for the immediate treatment of anaphylaxis. If you have been prescribed one, please carry it with you at all times and make sure you are up to date on the latest safety guidance – it could save your life.”

The Community Pharmacy Scotland has invited its member to support the MHRA in sharing new guidance to highlight the latest safety advice on the steps to take during anaphylaxis.

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