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EPI-PEN recall 13 March 2017

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Denise, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Denise

    Denise Senior Member

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    It appears to be brand-name only (not the generic)

    "....The recalled product was manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company, and distributed by Mylan Specialty between December 2015 and July 2016. The expanded voluntary recall is being initiated in the U.S. and also will extend to additional markets in Europe, Asia, North and South America."(emphasis added)
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    "It is important that patients continue to carry their current EpiPen Auto-Injector until they receive a replacement device."
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    The press release has a chart of the affected lots.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...recall-of-epipen-auto-injector-300432879.html

    @Kina, @Sushi if there is a more appropriate place for this please move it. Thank you.
     
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  2. Chelby

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    Found my epi-pen got recalled. Kind of convienient seeing as the replacement will have an extra year on it, and the recalled one is about to expire :thumbsup:
     
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    Gingergrrl Senior Member

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    Wow, I had not heard anything about this and will check my EpiPen later to see if it's in the recalled group. Thank you @Denise for posting this!

    ETA: I just checked my EpiPens and they are not part of the recalled batches but I did learn that mine expire April 2017 (basically next month) so I need to get new ones. I have never used mine, and at this point I don't think I will ever need to, but I still cannot imagine not having one for safety since reactions can be so unpredictable.
     
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  4. Chelby

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    The following are the recalled batches. You can see the batch # and date on the side of the epipen when you take off the protective cover.

    5FA665 April 2017
    5FA6651 April 2017
    5FA6652 April 2017
    5FA6653 April 2017
     
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  5. Chelby

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    I actually did end up using one of the recalled ones and it thankfully it fired properly. If it hadn't I would have been in real trouble as I was holidaying in Indonesia :eek: I had 3 severe reactions in the week I was over there... it is scary to think that I was carrying dud pens. The hospital didn't even give me epi.. they gave prednisolone & an antihistamine!
     
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    Oh, that's so scary. I'm glad it worked for you. Three in a week in another country. What a holiday! I'm glad your ok.

    That's interesting that the hospital gave you prednisolone and an antihistamine. How did that go, compared to using an epi pen (if you are up for saying)? Thanks.

    I better check mine tomorrow.
     
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  7. Chelby

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    It worked out okay, they also gave me O2 which seemed to help the most. The IV made me sleepy. Luckily I only had a mild wheeze and fast HR - my BP was good. I had only a tiny exposure, I think the pan my egg was cooked in was cross contaminated (I'm allergic to nuts).

    If the reaction had of progressed then I would have actually be scared for my life. :nervous: Oftentimes I only get mild breathing troubles and swelling and I can get away with not using the pen. It is hard to say how it would go if my reaction was worse. I went to a hospital that the Westerners go to, and surprisingly the Dr. knew what anaphylaxis was. Allergies are unheard of in Indonesia and you can't buy epi-pens there. It was unsettling though when the nurse came in and asked if I was ready for my rabies shot... :bang-head: she had no idea why I was there! (I was due for another shot that day, because got bit by a bloody monkey too).

    After that experience in the hospital, I ended up buying a vial of epinephrine and a syringe to carry around :lol: Also decided to stay the heck away from SE Asia.
     
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    Wouldn't most doctors in any country know what anaphylaxis is?!!! This is so scary to hear.

    How can that be? I am not doubting you but aren't allergic reactions universal to human beings in any country? I imagined all countries would have some version of Epi (but not the actual EpiPen from Mylan of course).

    Wow! That is wild! :dog::dog::dog:

    Do you think you had an allergic reaction to the monkey bite? (We need a monkey emoji here LOL).

    Good call. Hoping you never have to use it!
     
  9. Denise

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    Several sites now show a longer list @Chelby and include expiration dates through October 2017. (Tagging @Gingergrrl, @Webdog, @Jennifer J also because you each noticed the initial post.)

    The list of EpiPens recalled in the US can be found below:

    • EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.15 mg - Lot number: 5GN767 - Expiration: April 2017

    • EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.15 mg - Lot number: 5GN773 - Expiration: April 2017

    • EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 5GM631 - Expiration: April 2017

    • EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 5GM640 - Expiration: May 2017

    • EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.15 mg - Lot number: 6GN215 - Expiration: September 2017

    • EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 6GM082 - Expiration: September 2017

    • EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 6GM072 - Expiration: September 2017

    • EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 6GM081 - Expiration: September 2017

    • EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 6GM088 - Expiration: October 2017

    • EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 6GM199 - Expiration: October 2017

    • EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 6GM091 - Expiration: October 2017

    • EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 6GM198 - Expiration: October 2017

    • EpiPen 2-pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg - Lot number: 6GM087 -Expiration: October 2017
    http://gizmodo.com/new-epipen-recall-includes-the-us-and-epipen-jr-1793918157
     
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  10. Gingergrrl

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    Thanks for tagging me @Denise and I saw the longer list last night in the original link and later saw it on the CNN website (but learned of it from you first)! My EpiPen is LOT 5GM623, expiration April 2017 which doesn't seem to be on any of the lists unless I am missing something. I see my MCAS doctor at the end of April so will get a prescription to refill it then.
     

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