Oh my. I’ve been using the term Epi Pen® in the same way we use the term Kleenex®. Sadly, I was in high school when I realized that Kleenex® was a brand name and facial tissues is what I’ve been blowing snot into! Selena, who pens Amazing and Atopic wrote a great blog post, “Epinephrine Auto-injectors; The Kleenex Effect” about this topic in regards to changing our mind-set since there will be an additional epinephrine auto-injector on the market soon. Epi Pen® is a household name and will always be so-just like Kleenex®!
It’s going to be tricky to start saying epinephrine auto-injector instead of Epi Pen®as we make room for new choices in the anaphylaxis rescue medication world! So many documents clearly state Epi Pen® instead of epinephrine. To be honest, if you would have asked me if I was carrying epinephrine for my son right after he was diagnosed, I would have cheerfully said, “no, I am carrying two Epi Pens®!” Side bar: we’ve always carried two Epi Pen® just in case we biffed using the first injector.
photo courtesy of Kleenex.com
Do you think it will be easy to switch our verbiage to saying epinephrine auto-injector instead of Epi Pen® if we are not specifically referring to Epi Pen®?