If like my daughter and myself you have an allergy that the Epi-Pen means the difference between life and death you need to know about this recall.
The pharmaceutical company known as Mylan, which distributes EpiPens, and Meridian Medical Technologies, which manufactures EpiPens, have announced a voluntary recall.
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector products — which are used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions — are being recalled “due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate.”
A press release from the FDA reads:
While the number of reported failures is small, EpiPen products that potentially contain a defective part are being recalled because of the potential for life-threatening risk if a severe allergic reaction goes untreated. Consumers should keep and use their current EpiPens if needed until they get a replacement.
A list of the affected lot numbers can be found on the FDA’s website. Those in possession of EpiPens can find the lot numbers on the bottom of the box above the expiration date:
The number can also be found next to the warning label on the actual injector:
According to the FDA, the 13 lots were distributed between Dec. 17, 2015, and July 1, 2016. The recall is for both the 0.3mg EpiPen and the 0.15mg EpiPen Jr.
If an EpiPen user is in possession of an auto-injector that is not from one of those 13 lots, they do not need to replace it.
According to Mylan, if you do have an EpiPen from one of the affected lots, here is what you need to do:
It is very important that you first contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494. Stericycle’s hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.
From there, customers will be given instructions for returning the affected EpiPens and issued a voucher for a free replacement.