Sanofi just announced receiving FDA clearance for the Auvi-Q epinephrine injector that provides step-by-step voice guidance on how to use it if you’re having a serious allergic reaction. Once the device is pulled out from its case, a voice tells of the first step.
Tiny sensors detect that each step has been taken and a voice prompt is played on what to do next.
From the announcement:
Auvi-Q is the size and shape of a credit card, the thickness of a cell phone and fits comfortably in a pocket or small purse.
During a life-threatening allergic reaction, Auvi-Q talks the user through each step of the injection process. If the patient or caregiver needs more time, it repeats the step-by-step directions. Alternatively, a patient or caregiver can move at their own pace by following the written instructions printed on the device.
Auvi-Q provides users with audible and visual cues, including a five-second injection countdown and an alert light to signal when the injection is complete. In addition to being an auto-injector, Auvi-Q features an automatic retractable needle mechanism to help prevent accidental needle sticks.
Here’s a quick video demonstration of how it works: