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Valentine's Day Provides Families with Teachable Moments About Potentially Life-Threatening Allergies
Date:1/31/2013

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Valentine's Day brings the exchange of cards and candy, and marks a popular time for social events and dates involving food. But for parents whose children have life-threatening food allergies, it is also a time for continuing their important dialogue about avoiding allergic triggers and preparedness should anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction) occur. This importance is highlighted by a recent survey* revealing that as many as one in three parents report that their children with life-threatening allergies have experienced anaphylaxis on Valentine's Day.

For this reason, Mylan Specialty L.P., the fully-integrated specialty pharmaceutical business of Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) and the marketers of EpiPen® (epinephrine) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors, is encouraging parents of children with potentially life-threatening allergies to initiate a pre-Valentine's Day dialogue with their child about their anaphylaxis action plan.  This plan should include avoiding known allergens, recognizing symptoms, having access to two epinephrine auto-injectors at all times and seeking immediate emergency medical care should anaphylaxis occur.

"Talking to children and teens about their potentially life-threatening food allergies and reminding them of their anaphylaxis action plan should be an ongoing dialogue and is clearly important as we head into Valentine's Day, a time when the risk of exposure to food allergens can increase," said Todd A. Mahr , M.D., chair of the Section of Allergy and Immunology of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "While these conversations can be challenging – especially as our children become more independent – they are necessary. The fact is that anaphylaxis can be unpredictable even
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