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    Anaphylactic shock is a serious and life-threatening condition, and affected patients should be quickly and effectively treated with an EpiPen. Although the correct use of an EpiPen is greatly affected by a user's proficiency level and the instructions accompanying the EpiPen, there has been almost no investigation into the knowledge of the EpiPen and the actual situation of the accompanying instructions for use. Therefore, we conducted this nationwide survey to elucidate these issues. A questionnaire survey was conducted among pharmacists registered as members of the system of a research company outside the university and working at pharmacies with experience in handling EpiPen prescriptions. Many of the pharmacists surveyed knew that the EpiPen is the first-line treatment for anaphylactic shock. However, they did not have sufficient knowledge of administration routes and candidates for second-line treatment. Both their occasions and experiences of dealing of EpiPen were found to be low. It is desirable to learn at conferences regarding allergology/clinical allergy and seminars for medical professionals including pharmacists in order to acquire the skills and knowledge to consult with patients with allergic diseases, including action plans presented by doctors in preparation for recurrence of anaphylaxis.

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    Tomoyuki Kimura, Shintaro Suzuki, Ryota Kumaki, Keiko Kishimoto, Tomoki Uno, Makoto Nojo, Miri Shimamura, Eriko Iwazumi, Akihiko Tanaka, Hironori Sagara. SURVEY OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ANAPHYLAXIS AND GUIDANCE WHEN DISPENSING EPIPEN FOR PHARMACISTS WORKING IN PHARMACIES]. Arerugi = [Allergy]. 2023;72(5):453-462

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