An Epipen Alternative? Watch for the EpiCard

By Heather Legg

Those of us with severe allergies and children with allergies anre used to carrying around the Epipen. We find cases to fit its long, slender shape; we recognize its look and have become accustomed to it. Well, for the first time in 25 years, it may have a competitor on the horizon. The Epicard is in late development stages, and it is “designed to be the smallest, safest, and most user-friendly auto-injector ever developed.”

The co-founders of the Epicard, Evan and Eric Edwards, are twin brothers who both have multible severe allergies. Evan has had two close calls with food allergies so knows the severity they can cause, and Eric now has more to be concerned about with his 2 year old son who also has severe allergies. “As a result of the founder’s personal experiences, they built their education around developing solutions for patients and their loved-ones facing the same challenges. Evan, with a masters in systems engineering and concentration in human factors and Eric in patient self-administration of injectable pharmaceutical products and clinical disease management as an MD/PhD candidate… The EpiCard™, Developed by patients, for patients™.”

The shape of this autoinjector is intriguing, it is credit card shaped with step by step voice instructions. Its claim is that it can be carried easier than the Epipen so more people will be prone to keep it with them. You don’t need to worry about where to put it as it will fit easily in a purse, wallet or pocket. It’s looking like the allergy community is becoming very excited about this new addition.

It still needs to gain FDA approval, but according to an article on Allergizer.com, the company, Intelliject, hopes to gain approval by 2009 for the EpiCard. Good luck and we will keep watching for it!

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