Mylan marks Food Allergy Awareness Week

Mylan specialty unit, maker of EpiPen, to sponsor community allergy initiatives

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — A company that makes an emergency treatment for severe allergic reactions is marking the 15th annual Food Allergy Awareness Week.

Mylan Specialty, a division of drug maker Mylan, said it would support various initiatives to raise awareness of life-threatening food allergies during the special week, which started Sunday and ends Saturday. Mylan Specialty is the maker of EpiPen (epinephrine), used to treat anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can occur quickly and without warning.

"Life-threatening allergies are an important and growing public health issue, and we are proud to stand with advocacy partners to shine the spotlight on the need for awareness and preparedness during Food Allergy Awareness Week," Mylan CEO Heather Bresch said. "We are especially pleased by the increasing efforts at the federal and state level to encourage schools to develop and implement plans that help protect students with life-threatening allergies, including having immediate access to epinephrine."

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