Mylan Summit Reflections 2014-Part II

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If you read my Part I of my Mylan Food Allergy Blogger’s Summit Reflections, then you have an idea what went on.  I can’t say.  It was a wonderful experience to be 1 of 16 food allergy bloggers that Mylan invited so that food allergy advocacy could be discussed.  What a powerful event!  I bet you’re wondering who was at the Summit.  Here’s the incredible line-up of fellow bloggers.

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Homa Woodrum, Oh Ma Deehness

Kelley Lindberg, Food Allergy Feast

Joanne LaSpina, Food Allergy Assistant

Dr. Ruchi Gupta, websiteblog 

Lisa Rutter, No Nuts Moms Group

Colette Martin, Learning to Eat Allergy-Free

Jenny Sprague, Multiple Food Allergy Help

Keeley McGuire, Keeley Mcguire Blog

Elizabeth DiBurro, EBL Food Allergies

Ruth LovettSmith, Best Allergy Sites

Kimberly Pellicore, The Food Allergy Mom

Lindsey Steffensen, Frugal Food Allergies

Kristen Rutter, Nut Free Momma

Rachel Hayden, Mom Vs. Food Allergy

Tracy Bush, Nutrimom- Food Allergy Liaison

Kelly Rudnicki, Food Allergy Mama (not pictured, she had to catch her plane home)

Mylan treated us to a wonderful dinner at Jackson’s restaurant Thursday evening to kick off the event.  When a meal ends in chocolate cake like this, you know it was fantastic!  The restaurant staff did a wonderful job accommodating the food restrictions within our group.

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Friday morning the Summit commenced with a yummy, healthy breakfast to get us going and ready for a great lineup of speakers that included…

Julie Knell, Director of Communications at Mylan Specialty (what a sweet, vibrant person!)

Tony Mauro, President, Mylan North America-He gave us an overview of Mylan and it’s purpose, and I was impressed by his sincerity and willingness to connect with the bloggers in the room.

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Tony Mauro

Sherry Korczynski, Vice President, EpiPen Marketing, Mylan-This lady listened to us.  Several times she took notes on what we were telling her and our thoughts on EpiPens marketing and ad campaign.  Take a look at this new ad in Women’s Day magazine!  I love the modern look to the ad that really catches the eye….and will hopefully make a difference in a food allergy life.

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Bruce Lott, Vice President, State Government Relations, Mylan-We received a wonderful status overview of  which states had passed bills to allow stock epinephrine auto-injectors in schools.  Check out their EpiPen For Schools campaign!

Dr. Ruchi Gupta M.D., M.P.H.-I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so much information crammed into one human being before!  This lady is incredibly intelligent, and got us up to speed on her latest food allergy research, and later in the day answered our burning questions.  So thankful to have heard her speak.

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Dr. Ruchi Gupta

Michael Tringale, Vice President of External Affairs at Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America gave us a presentation on resources from his organization.

Becky Fry, Training Specialist at American Red Cross gave us a thorough overview of their Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector Training Course which is online.  That’s the good news.  The bad news?  This training is not included in their regular first-aid and CPR training, nor their babysitting training packages.  We expressed our concerns about this and action is being taken already to include it in the babysitting training which is being revised at the present time.

The day was rounded out by a talk about how to communicate effectively by Allison May Rosen of 3D Communications and a Q&A time with Dr. Gupta.

This Summit was overwhelmingly informational, and I was so blessed to have been invited!  I love it when food allergy advocacy is so inspiring.  If you haven’t read my Mylan Summit Reflections Part I, do so to see what was so inspiring.

I disclose in any communication made by me about EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector and/or the Mylan Specialty Blogger Summit that such communication is at my own discretion and based on my own opinion. I also disclose that my travel expenses were compensated by Mylan Specialty in exchange for evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting.

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Mylan Summit 2014 Reflections-Part I

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What an inspiring trip to Mylan Specialty I had this past weekend!  I was ever so humbled to be included in a boardroom filled to the brim with absolutely amazing, respectable women and food allergy bloggers.  Thank you to Mylan for inviting me to this outstanding meeting where we, as bloggers, could come together and do our best to change the food allergy world for the better.

Mylan’s motto is Seeing is Believing.  This is what I saw and this is what I believe….

Food allergy moms are strong.  Very strong.

Food allergy moms are vulnerable and our heart is entangled in our work as bloggers.

Food allergies stress us out, but advocacy and friendship give us hope and bring us together.

Food allergy moms want to spread the word about how important it is to carry and use an Epi-pen.

Food allergies are steadily on the rise, and we’re hoping for a cure.

We are…..

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If those of us that sat around the boardroom table could stand up, join hands, make a rope Red Rover style, and cross this country, I think we could make some huge waves in the food allergy community.  That’s exactly what we’re going to strive to do…one blog post at a time.  One support group meeting at a time.  One 504 at a time.  One tweet and post at a time.  One Mylan Summit at at time.

Stay tuned for a new post outlining the nitty gritty of the topics covered, who was there, and what we talked about.

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**I disclose in any communication made by me about EpiPen (epinephrine) Auto-Injector and/or the Mylan Specialty Blogger Summit that such communication is at my own discretion and based on my own opinion.  I also disclose that my travel expenses were compensated by Mylan Specialty in exchange for evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting.

 

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