Before you head out of town for Thanksgiving, please be sure to check your EpiPens!
A new advisory issued by the FDA warns that some EpiPen Auto-Injectors may not slide of out the plastic carriers case easily. The labels attached to some of the EpiPen 0.3mg and 0.15mg auto-injectors as well as the authorized generic versions of the same strengths may prevent the devices from easily slipping out of the protective carriers, making access to the auto-injectors difficult or impossible.
In a letter of explanation, Pfizer (the makers of Mylan’s EpiPens) notes that the labels may have been improperly applied during manufacturing. In an emergency, this may make it hard for patients to get their auto-injectors out of the carrier tube, delaying administration of epinephrine.
*It is important to note that neither the medication (epinephrine) nor the auto-injector itself is affected by this warning. Both the medication and the auto-injector will work properly once removed from the protective carrier case.*
If a patient has a device that does not slide out easily from the tube or a label that is not affixed properly, please contact Mylan Customer Relations at 800-796-9526.
For more information, please read the joint statement from Mylan and Pfizer here.