I was really excited to see a story on the Allergy & Asthma Facebook page about a nose spray for anaphylaxis.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has given "Fast Track designation" to a Epinephrine Nasal Spray, which could be used to treat anaphylaxis.
The Fast Track is:
"....a process designed to facilitate the development, and expedite the review of drugs to treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need. The purpose is to get important new drugs to the patient earlier. Fast Track addresses a broad range of serious conditions."
How do they decide if something is "serious"? It depends on if the FDA feels that the drug will:
"have an impact on such factors as survival, day-to-day functioning, or the likelihood that the condition, if left untreated, will progress from a less severe condition to a more serious one."
For those of you with food allergies, you know that if "left untreated", our reaction will progress to a "serious condition".
Son #2 and I have both had anaphylaxis in the last week due to cross contamination. And I would really rather use a nose spray any day over my epinephrine auto injector.
It's SO frustrating. We always check our food, and as careful as we are, we may not know that someone has contaminated our food until we start to experience symptoms. Then we panic and wonder what happened?!
Someone must have used the same cutting board/knife/cookie tray etc for all of the food prepared.
It's frustrating that when we talk to the restaurant manager, and they say, "Really? Like that's a thing? Like it really can make you sick?"
I want to punch them! Hard.
Yes, it can make me sick. And even kill me.
Unless someone has a food allergy, they just don't understand how serious it is. So, we carry epinephrine auto injectors to protect ourselves.
And hopefully soon, we will be carrying a nose spray that does the same thing!