My hopes for a simple alternative to Epi Pens® has taken a bit of an interesting turn. It seems that Sanofi’s new product, the Auvi-Q, which has just received FDA approval, but is not on the market…yet, is also a talking device. Yes, you heard me. The epinephrine autoinjector Auvi-Q talks!
Click this link to watch the video of how to use the Auvi-Q epinephrine Autoinjector. You really need to see the video to understand.
Needless to say my curiosity is off the hook. I truly love the idea of the epinephrine autoinjector providing recorded direction of usage. Good idea Sanofi! I want to know everything I can about this new talking device, such as….
- How much will it cost?
- When will be available?
- It is easier to use than the Epi Pen®?
- It is easy to carry?
- What does my allergist think of it?
- Will insurance cover this devise?
- How long is the shelf life?
Visiting Auvi-Q’s website does provide some answers, such as the size is a mere 3.5 inches tall by 2 inches wide with the thickness of a cell phone. This is very attractive to me as my teen age son struggles with the length of his current Epi Pen®. Something he can easily slip into his back packet may have some serious value. Actually, this unit is smaller than my cell phone, which is 5 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide by 1/2 inch thick!
The website also provides prescribing information plus a Auvi-Q Fact Sheet (or click on this link for the PDF), which details features and how to get Auvi-Q. The website also detailed how to use the Auvi-Q trainer and provided a detail AuviQ Trainer instruction. You can sign up at the Auvi-Q’s website to be notified when the product is available on the market! Sanofi Press Release discusses that a bioequivalence clinical study was conducted and the Auvi-Q and Epi Pen both delivered the right amount of epinephrine the same! So, we’re talking apples to apples here regarding epinephrine delivery.
I truly hope that when the product comes available, the price is truly more affordable and reasonable! Please share if you hear first about availability and/or if you have used one! I’d love to hear how folks are enjoying or not enjoying this product. By the way, Sanofi does offer a Patient Assistance program called Patient Connection that is available on their main website.
Auvi-Q, I hope you deliver on what you are saying: you’ll provide us with an efficient epinephrine autoinjector that provides a recorded verbal message directing a user through usage!