Taiwan_Student wrote:Why are there no Epipens in Taiwan? Thanks guys for your support.
If anyone knows a doctor/hospital that does stock Epipens please post that info!!
I personally agree with some posts that mentioned the doctors' opinion about the rarity of severe allergy in Taiwan and thus rendered the inaccessibility of this drug. According to the Bureau of National Health Insurance, the doctor here has to apply for Epipen in advance under special circumstances and fill in some forms. Even so, it's still available in Linkou Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital for special need. Basically the related information is from the pediatric center of allergy there, but I guess the allergist in that hospital can prescribe it, too. Well, since allergy, immunology and rheumatology are in the same entity in Taiwan, you can go to the outpatient clinic of these three and this drug should not be so hard to find.
finley wrote:I have heard that there is a new procedure which can "densensitize" people to allergens by exposing them to increasing (very low) doses of whatever they're allergic to. Apparently it only works in certain cases, and it's still at the research stage, but it sounds like something worth looking into, if you could literally die from eating a peanut or a prawn. That must REALLY suck.
You can probably take it as read that such treatment is not available in Taiwan, given John's experience above.
And yes, desensitization therapy, in my opinion, is also an option for allergic people. Well, it's been practiced in Taiwan for several years but it's only available in some medical centers and effective only for some well-recognized allergens, such as mites, some pollens, cockroach, some animal danders and molds. The other drawback is that it takes a long time to achieve the effect, basically a year at least. So there's another kind of desensitization therapy, called rush/rapid desensitization, which is especially useful for some drug that is important for the patients in need, but unfortunately allergic to. I heard that it also can be used in prevention of severe allergy to bee-sting.
So for the allergy of adults and desensitization therapy is an acceptable choice, I will recommend Taichung VGH. As for the children, I will suggest Linkou Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital. Hope this helps.