A few weeks ago, I had a regular check up with my allergist and when I asked for a new prescription for my epinephrine auto-injection. Auvi-Qs are holding a special deal where they are free with insurance. Although Auvi-Qs had been recalled a few years ago, they are back on the market and they are using this deal to gain back epi-pens users after the price increase.
Things were looking pretty good with this proposal. A few days after my appointment, the 1-800 number for Auvi-Q called me back and said that my Auvi-Qs would be mailed to me the next day. But when the medicine didn’t come in, I was running out of time at home since my spring break was over. I began to worry since my epi-pen had expired and I did not get the Auvi-Q I was promised. I called the customer service number every day for my first week back at school until it finally came in. The customer service people assured me that this never happened before and they did not understand what the hold-up was, but I was still skeptical (if any of you had a similar experience when ordering an Auvi-Q let me know in the comments).
Now that I finally got it, I’m really quite happy—no more bulky bags for me! My Auvi Q can actually fit in my pockets and in small, conveniently sized bags. It is roughly the size of around 15 gift cards stacked on top of each other. It is so much easier to find a bag when I’m running out somewhere now that I don’t have to test it to make sure that it fits an epi-pen. I trained my roommate and some of my college friends on how to use this new epinephrine auto-injector and they all really liked the fact that both the trainer and the real thing talked you through the process. I was amazed by the fact that it only takes 3 seconds to administer the drug as opposed to the 10 seconds you have to wait with an epi-pen. In the middle of anaphylaxis, those 7 seconds could mean life or death.
Overall, I would say that the Auvi-Q seems to be a promising alternative to the epipen. The only thing that I haven’t been able to test is the Auvi-Q’s ability to distribute the drug effectively… but hopefully that will never happen. Do any of you have an Auvi-Q? Did you ever have to use it? Let me know in the comments!