EpiPen Expands Its Recall: What You Need to Know to Keep You & Your Kids Safe

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If you or your child have a life-threatening allergy and depend on this medication, you need to read this. EpiPen is expanding its voluntary recall due to concerns that the auto-injectors may fail work when you need them most -- which, simply put, can mean the difference between life and death. Here's what you need to know. 

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The US Food and Drug Administration announced that pharmaceutical company Mylan is recalling 13 lots of its EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. auto-injectors, as these devices might contain a defective part which could result in the devices' failure to activate.

The recall, which was sparked by two reports (both took place outside the US) of the auto-injectors not working properly, spans the US and other markets, including North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. 

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The affected lots were distributed between December 17, 2015, and July 1, 2016.

The 0.15-mg EpiPen Jr auto-injectors impacted by the US recall are as follows:

  • Lot 5GN767, with expiration date of April 2017
  • Lot 5GN773, with expiration date of April 2017
  • Lot 6GN215, with expiration date of September 2017
 

The 0.3-mg EpiPen auto-injectors impacted by the US recall are as follows:

  • Lot 5GM631, with expiration date of April 2017
  • Lot 5GM640, with expiration date of May 2017
  • Lot 6GM082, with expiration date of September 2017
  • Lot 6GM072, with expiration date of September 2017
  • Lot 6GM081, with expiration date of September 2017
  • Lot 6GM088, with expiration date of October 2017
  • Lot 6GM199, with expiration date of October 2017
  • Lot 6GM091, with expiration date of October 2017
  • Lot 6GM198, with expiration date of October 2017
  • Lot 6GM087, with expiration date of October 2017
This is frightening news, especially for parents who count on EpiPens to keep kids safe, particularly while they're at school or extracurriculars.
 
If there's any positive news in this, Mylan will replace recalled devices at no cost and, further, reassured patients that there will be no additional replacement-related financial burden to them due to this recall, according to the company's press release.
 
That has to be relief to consumers who've struggled to keep up with the soaring cost of this medication. Earlier this week, Mylan was hit with a class-action racketeering lawsuit that alleges the company engaged in an illegal scheme which saw the price of the devices soar from $90 per two-pack of the auto-injector devices a decade ago to upwards of $600 as of last summer. 
 
The FDA urges those who typically carry the device to continue to do so until they receive a replacement but reminded consumers to seek emergency medical help immediately after using the EpiPens, especially in cases where the device failed to activate.
 

If you have one of the products listed in the recall, please contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494. Should you have additional questions regarding the recall, contact Mylan Customer Relations at 800-796-9526 or customer.service@mylan.com.

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