If you’ve filled an Auvi-Q prescription any time between March and now this likely affects you.
Sanofi, the makers of the epinephrine autoinjector Auvi-Q, is voluntarily issuing a recall of Auvi-Qs with expiration dates between March and December 2016. This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230.
Sanofi was receiving reports that their devices were not issuing a sufficient dosage of epinephrine. No fatalities had been reported, but we all know this could have serious consequences. Sanofi suggests using another epinephrine autoinjector. Only use these defective Auvi-Qs if NO OTHER EPINEPHRINE is available.
Sanofi recommends contacting your healthcare provider immediately and getting a prescription for one of the other epinephrine autoinjectors. Initially, customers will have to pay out-of-pocket for them, but I understand that Sanofi will reimburse costs. Details regarding Auvi-Q reimbursement will be up on the website as soon as they have it available: http://www.Auvi‑Q.com.
Customers can call 1-866-726-6340 M-F 8am-8pm with questions. I’ll warn you: I waited on hold for a full hour tonight and didn’t get a live person. My phone died in the process of waiting. And, I am told that they are only taking name and addresses to send a return box at the moment. See https://www.auvi-q.com/ for additional information.
If you’re interested, Mylan (the makers of EpiPens) are running a $0 Co-Pay program. See if you qualify at: https://www.epipen.com/.