Less than half of children prescribed an epinephrine auto injector didn’t receive the medication before arriving at the emergency room, according to new research published in AAAI.

The study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) examined 408 patient records for children seen in an emergency department (ED) or urgent care (UC) setting for anaphylaxis.

The records showed fewer than half the children received epinephrine prior to arriving at the ED or UC even though approximately 65% had a known history of anaphylaxis, and 47% had been prescribed epinephrine.

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