Epinephrine advice for travelers

August 10, 2006 at 3:58 pm (Allergy News!, social issues)

**THE FOOD ALLERGY & ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK SPECIAL FOOD ALLERGY ALERT NOTICE**

Airport Security Alert
What Allergic Passengers Need to Know
August 10, 2006

Because of heightened security measures in airports, the Transportation
Security Administration has announced that:

“NO LIQUIDS OR GELS OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED IN CARRY-ON BAGGAGE.
ITEMS MUST BE IN CHECKED BAGGAGE. This includes all beverages, shampoo,
suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar
consistency.

Exception: Baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is
traveling; prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s
ticket; and insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines.”

Check with the Transportation Security Administration at http://www.tsa.gov
for the latest information about restricted items.

FAAN has these recommendations:

*If you carry an epinephrine auto-injector, or other prescription
medication, be sure that the pharmacy label is attached, and that the name
matches the passenger’s identification. Carry a letter from your doctor
that explains the need for this medication. A sample letter is available on
the FAAN Web site at http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/airlines.html

*If you carry a liquid medication, such as Benadryl®, you may encounter
close scrutiny. Before your trip you may want to ask your doctor about
possible alternatives, such as self-dissolve tablets. Be sure to check the
ingredients on any new medication. More information is available about self-
dissolve tablets on the FAAN Web site at
http://www.foodallergy.org/anaphylaxis/treatment.html

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