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[DIGEST: New York Times, NBC, Consumer Affairs, Washington Post]

For those with severe allergies, the EpiPen is literally a matter of life or death. A bee sting, inadvertent peanut ingestion—these can lead to anaphylactic shock, which shuts down the airways and can ultimately lead to death. With a quick stab to the thigh, though, the EpiPen can avoid tragedy by dispensing epinephrine. Epinephrine reverses the closing of the airways and other symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.

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