SEATTLE -- It's not just about protecting your life but also your investment. At $600 for two, no one wants to have to throw away their EpiPens because they got left in the car or were in your purse all day at the soccer game. The manufacturer says they should be kept at room temperature.
That's why a local mom and dad decided to create something that could allow an active lifestyle without the worry.
“When we go outside with her son, when we are camping, when we are skiing, I want to know that his EpiPen is going to work. I want to know that I am protecting the drug that's inside the EpiPen so that if I ever have to use it, it's gonna work,” said Sandy Wengreen inventor of the EpiShell.
The EpiShell is a patented case that protects EpiPens from hot and cold temperatures so anyone can take their EpiPen on the go – even if it’s colder than 59 degrees or hotter than 86 degrees.
Sandy was visiting family when she found out her son is allergic to macadamia nuts.
Luckily a family friend, who happens to be an allergist, recognized the symptoms and told them to get their son to the hospital immediately. From that point on the Wengreen's haven't gone anywhere without having an EpiPen on hand. But when Sandy realized that she couldn't always guarantee that her son's medication stayed at room temperature, she came up with the idea of the EpiShell. Her husband, the engineer with a degree from Stanford, got to work and they developed a new product.
The EpiShell is a good insulator, but that is just the beginning.
”We need also is to release heat or absorb heat is necessary if it's hot or cold outside. So we have special materials inside of an EpiShell that releases heat or absorbs heat to keep the interior temperature about room temperature,” said Eric Wengreen.
The EpiShell just launched to the public a week ago and is available for pre-orders for about $40. The Wengreens say the price will slightly increase, but ultimately they want to keep their product affordable.