MONTREAL GAZETTE | EpiPens are not used enough in severe allergic reactions, study shows


Published: 31May2019

The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, shows clearly for the first time that epinephrine in a pre-hospital setting is superior to antihistamines, lead author Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan, a pediatric allergist and immunologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, said in an interview Thursday.

In most cases, antihistamines are used in place of epinephrine, “but epinephrine should always be first.”

Ben-Shoshan was part of a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centrethat analyzed data from nine emergency departments in five provinces between 2011 and 2017 as part of the AllerGen Cross-Canada Anaphylaxis Registry project, which he heads.

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