Voluntary Worldwide Recall of EpiPen® Auto-Injector

If you think you may be impacted by this recall, please follow these instructions from Mylan:

Check the lot number on your carton or device to see if your EpiPen® Auto-Injector is affected by the recall.

If your EpiPen® Auto-Injector has been recalled, contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494 to obtain a voucher code for your free replacement product. Stericycle also will provide you with a pre-paid return package to ship the product back to Stericycle.

Visit your pharmacy with your voucher information to redeem your free replacement then send your recalled product to Stericycle. Do not return any devices affected by the recall until you have your replacement in hand.

Spring has Sprung and you love to Garden

For many of those who love being outside, gardening is one of their favorite pastimes.  But, spring is also a peak time for allergies.

For people with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever), getting your hands dirty in the garden can have many unpleasant consequences.  Sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion and other reactions can turn gardening into an unpleasant chore. However, there is hope for the millions of Americans who suffer from allergy symptoms but also love to dig in the dirt.  With a few simple precautions, allergies don't have to stand between you and your garden.

- Say yes to plants with pretty brightly colored flowers.  Generally, roses and other attractive flowering shrubs have waxy pollens carried from plant to plant by bees and other insects and do not usually trigger allergy symptoms. Some other plants with low pollen triggers include: cactus, cherry trees, dahlias, daisies, geraniums, hibiscus, iris, magnolias, snapdragons and tulips.

- Say no to highly-allergenic trees such as: Ash, birch, cedar, cottonwood, cypress, elm, maple, oak, poplar, and walnut.  Also, be wary of common grasses such as Johnson grass, rye grass, Bermuda, orchard, sweet vernal, red top and some blue grasses.  The low-growing weeds should also be avoided such as sagebrush, pigweed, tumbleweed, Russian thistle and
cocklebur which have small, light, dry pollens easily disseminated by the wind.

- Keep away from common garden chemicals, including fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides as much as possible. These classes of chemicals can be very irritating to the nose, throat and lungs, so it is a good idea to avoid of them even if you are not allergic to these chemicals.

- Learn allergy hot spots and beware of mold on plants, moist soil, drainage areas, compost piles and rotting wood.  If possible, have someone else rake leaves and mow the lawn to avoid leaf piles and compost areas, which can trigger allergy symptoms.

- Time your work carefully. Pollen counts are usually highest between 5am and 10am, so garden later in the day if possible.  Rainy, cloudy, or windless days will have fewer allergens in the air whereas hot, dry and windy conditions can trigger more allergic reactions.

- Check pollen counts. You can find these on the National Allergy Bureau web site or at www.pollen.com.  Avoid working outside when counts are especially high.

- Use protection. Wear gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, and sunglasses or goggles and severe allergy sufferers might add a mask as well.  Be sure to shower, thoroughly wash your hair, and change clothes when work is complete so you don't bring allergens into the house.

The best way to determine which plants trigger your allergic reactions is through skin testing performed by an allergist. We can help you find out what is causing your allergy problems, develop strategies to avoid troublesome plants and pollens, and can prescribe medication to help alleviate your symptoms.

Often the best solution to pollen allergies is allergy shots or drops (Immunotherapy) which can provide more permanent relief from allergy symptoms. If you have taken leave from your allergy treatment or had been intending to start allergy shots or drops but never got around to doing so, now is the time to start (or re-start) your immunotherapy so your body can better defend itself against another unpleasant allergy season. Don’t wait!  Spring is here! And the sooner you start your allergy treatment, the sooner we can help you feel better.

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