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An EpiPen can mean the difference between life and death if a person experiences a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis. EpiPen auto-injectors administer a dose of epinephrine that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. If a person undergoing an acute reaction doesn't get the medication quickly, they could die.

Today Aterica Inc., a digital health company, launched the Veta Smart Case, a reusable, transparent carrier for your EpiPen. The company also developed a free companion app for iOS and Android that connects to the Smart Cases.

"Veta provides increased security, freedom, and confidence for everyone involved by surrounding individuals living with anaphylaxis," Aterica said in a press release.

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The Veta app works with the Smart Case to monitor a user's EpiPen location, temperature, expiration date and more. In addition to these features, Veta shares real-time status and alerts for the user's support network.

Veta notifies the user and their chosen support circle when the auto-injector is removed from the Smart Case. The app sends an Auto-Injector Removal Alert and the user's location to the support circle.

Users can add people to their support circles who will get status updates about the user and their auto-injector. Caregivers, family and friends can belong to multiple support circles.

Users can also customize which alerts Veta can send and who receives them. The app assures that these communications are private and secure.

For this CES week only, Veta Smart Case is on sale for $109 for the 2-pack (regularly $169) and $79 for the 1-pack (regularly $129) and available for immediate delivery on Aterica's website and Amazon.com. Veta Smart Case is currently compatible with EPIPEN, EPIPEN JR and the Mylan authorized generic. See list for details.

The Smart Case uses AAA batteries. The first set come with your order and last about as long as your EpiPen does.

The app supports up to eight auto-injectors, and the subscription price varies depending on how many you have. Veta said a subscription isn't mandatory, but more of the app's benefits are available with a subscription.

For a limited time, Aterica is offering a complimentary 2-year subscription with your purchase of the Veta app and Smart Case.

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Takeaways

  1. Digital health company Aterica Inc. created the Veta Smart Case, a reusable, transparent carrier for your EpiPen. The company also developed a companion app that connects to the Smart Case.
  2. The app helps users not lose their EpiPen. Users can add people to their support circles in the app who will get status updates about the user and their auto-injector.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.