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IMPORTANT: EpiPen Recall April 1, 2017

IMG_3211Expanding on its recall in other countries, Mylan is now recalling EpiPens in the United States.

 

The recall began when reports of two devices outside of the U.S. failed to activate due to a potential defect in a supplier component.

 

According to Mylan, “The potential defect could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency (failure to activate or increased force needed to activate) and have significant health consequences for a patient experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). ”

 

As a precaution, Mylan is recalling EpiPens made my their manufacturer, Meridian Medical Technologies, between December 2015 and July 2016.  This recall applies to both their EpiPen Jr. dose (0.15mg) and their regular dose (0.3mg).   The recall does NOT affect generic EpiPens introduced in December 2016.

 

Please see below for lot numbers and expiration dates.  Remember to check any EpiPen sets you may have including those outside of your home (for example, at school, daycare or a relative’s house).  Mylan said that recalled EpiPens will be replaced at no cost to the consumer.

 

For more information as well as product replacement information, please visit Mylan’s site directly.

 

Mylan EpiPen recall April 2017*Please share widely with friends and family as well as school administrators and nurses.*

 

UPDATE:

If your EpiPens are affected by the recall:

  1.  Contact Stericycle to obtain a voucher code for a free, new replacement EpiPen.  Stericycle: 877-650-3494.  Stericycle will send you a pre-paid return package to ship back your recalled EpiPens.
  2. Bring your voucher information to your local pharmacy to receive your free replacement EpiPens.
  3. Send your recalled EpiPens back to Stericycle using their packaging.  Remember: DO NOT send back your recalled EpiPens until you have replacements in hand.

 

Mylan continues to update its recall page with their latest information at mylan.com/epipenrecall.

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Spring Cleaning: How to Properly Dispose of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors May 19, 2014

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I’m deep into spring cleaning (yes, right before the onset of summer) and have a stockpile of expired EpiPens and Auvi-Qs to get rid of.  But what should you do with them?

 

1.  Keep the auto-injectors in their protective cases.  Even if you’ve used them, return them to their cases to safeguard anyone who may handle them after that.

 

2.  Do not throw epinephrine auto-injectors in the trash.  Since they contain needles, that may be considered a “medical sharp” which poses a safety hazard to sanitation workers and the environment.

 

3.  So where should they go?

  • The best place to bring them is to your nearest hospital or doctor’s office where they likely have proper medical sharp disposal.
  • Another great place to try is your local pharmacy.  Call ahead to see if they participate in a medical waste disposal program and specifically ask about medical sharps.
  • Many towns and cities host Household Hazardous Waste collection drives.  Call your local government to find out when a drive will run near you and, again, ask specifically about medical sharps.  Our local collection could not accept them but each town has different capabilities.
 

I think I’m going to set mine aside until I take my son for his regular check up at our allergist’s office.   With a toddler in tow, I’m all about making the fewest stops these days!

 

EpiPens in Sun or Snow June 8, 2012

 

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Just a quick reminder to all that EpiPens, like most other medications, should be kept at room temperature.  Of course, this poses a challenge over the summer.  So remember to take them with you from the car and keep them next to your water bottles at the beach.  Or, as one reader suggested below, plop one into a small cooler bag.  Since reading that, I’ve been sticking our EpiPens in an insulated lunch bag with ice or a cooler pack. (Thank you again!)

 

We really tuned into this problem over the winter while skiing.  Thankfully, my son’s ski instructor thought to hold his EpiPens in the inside pocket of her jacket to keep them from freezing throughout the day.

 

I love easy, clever solutions!