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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:54 pm 
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As some of you have heard, Pfizer Canada has purchased King Pharmaceuticals, so they are now the owners of the EpiPen brand in Canada.

Andrew Mahon, who puts together Pfizer's employee magazine, thought it would be nice to tell their employees how important this community finds the Epi. See below, and if you have an anecdote, pls. e-mail him directly at andrewhmahon@gmail.com.

But without using your name, as he requires, why not also share your brief anecdote here? Think we'd be interested to read each other's.

Here is Andrew's request:

Got a dramatic (and very brief) anecdote about the EpiPen?

Pfizer's online employee magazine is looking for a few good anecdotes
from patients or caregivers to illustrate the value and effectiveness
of the EpiPen (which the company recently acquired through the
acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals).

If you can sum up in just one or two short sentences what the EpiPen means to you, or if you can
describe a particular occasion when your EpiPen proved invaluable, Pfizer would love to share your story with its employees.

Please note that your name and community would appear along with the anecdote.

Best regards,

Andrew Mahon
andrewhmahon@gmail.com

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:55 pm 
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Here was the anecdote I sent him (it's hard to be brief about such circumstances, but I tried!)

"The EpiPen is a truly amazing device. I've been in the midst of a scary
food allergy reaction, used the EpiPen and minutes later my wheezing
settled back to breathing, and it felt like someone had literally turned off
the inflammation and pain tap. It is a lifesaver."

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:57 am 
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Should mention - sooner is better for Andrew. He is on deadline.

Thanks guys. Gwen

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:30 am 
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Here's my anecdote that I've forwarded (you're right Gwen, it is hard to be brief!)

If it weren’t for the Epipen, our 9 year old son might not be here today. He’s required it 3 times, but the most dramatic reaction was in the grocery store when he was 3.5 years old. He was sitting in the cart, had not eaten anything, but was putting his hands in his mouth. Suddenly he was having a serious allergic reaction (it must have been food residue on the cart). I had a moment of panic, felt like I didn’t know what to do, when a calm came over me when I realized I know exactly what to do. I gave him the Epipen, called 911, and the ambulance was there in minutes, and we were off to the hospital. Within 5 minutes after administering the Epipen, I would not have known that my son had been having a serious (anaphylactic) reaction. Thank you Epipen!!

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15 yr old daughter: no health issues
12 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, sesame, sunflower, mustard, poppy seeds, green peas, some fruits, instructed to avoid all other legumes (except soy & green beans), pollen, cats, horses


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:21 pm 
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The EpiPen is our 'security blanket'...my son always has his...and I have carried one in my purse for 25 years. I am always ready to respond to an anaphylaxis emergency.


29 year old son: nut allergic
18 year old son: peanuts/nuts, carrots, apples, celery (outgrew egg and shellfish at 13 yrs old)


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:03 pm 
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Wow, Julie, what a scary experience. Can't imagine ... just from traces of.

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