Kaleo said today that it launched a new program to offer its epinephrine auto-injector, Auvi-Q, free-of-charge to all public elementary schools in the U.S.
The program is slated to give up to four Auvi-Q cartons per school each academic year. Each carton has two auto-injectors and a training device.
Kaleo’s emergency allergy auto-injector features voice instructions and an automatic retractable needle system.
“There are nearly 6 million children, under 18, living with life-threatening allergies,” president & CEO Spencer Williamson said in prepared remarks. “We are proud to offer the ‘Q Your School’ charitable donation program offering free Auvi-Q Auto-injectors to all public elementary schools across the nation.”
The company added that the program will not require schools to enter into a marketing deal or exclusively carry Kaleo’s products.
“Schools play an important role in helping to keep kids with food allergies safe,” Melanie Carver, VP of community services at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, said. “This is an exciting program because it helps schools be better prepared to recognize and respond to life-threatening allergic emergencies.”
“Not all kids with food allergies are the same. They may have different needs and preferences,” Tonya Winders, president & CEO of the Allergy and Asthma Network, added. “This is an exciting announcement because it helps schools to be more aware of the various epinephrine auto-injector options now available to students at risk for a life-threatening allergic emergency and know how to use them in an emergency.”