Expiry date mix-up prompts alert over EpiPens

An expiry date mix-up has prompted an alert over a batch of EpiPens, which thousands of people carry for the emergency treatment of life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Nanjing Night Net

On Wednesday, Australians carrying EpiPens, and carers of people who need them, were urged by health authorities to check the expiry dates on the injections because of a recently discovered labelling problem.

Alphapharm, a company that distributes the medicine, said a small number of reports from pharmacies in Victoria had revealed the expiry date on the pens did not match the expiry dates on cartons they were packed in.

A spokeswoman for the company said she did no know of any cases where the discrepancy had caused harm to people. She said the reports of questionable products had come from a particular area of Victoria but she would not reveal the location. The spokeswoman said the expiry date on the pen was the correct date, not the expiry date on the carton.

On Wednesday, the company said people with an EpiPen® Adrenaline Auto-Injector should check the expiry date on the device and compare it with the information on the carton.

“If the batch number and expiry date on your EpiPen® device are different to the batch number and expiry date on the EpiPen® carton, please return both the carton and the device immediately to your pharmacy for replacement with unaffected stock,” a written statement said.

Head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Professor John Skerritt, said people should not use the EpiPen Adrenaline Auto-Injectors beyond their expiry date.

EpiPens are used for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis (acute severe allergic reactions) due to insect stings, drugs or other allergens.

Professor Skerritt said that consumers and health professionals are encouraged to report problems with medicines to the TGA through the contacts available on the TGA website at 梧桐夜网tga.gov419论坛/safety/problem.htm or by phoning 1800 044 144.

For more information people should contact Alphapharm by telephone on 07 30006258 or 07 30006294 or email product南京夜网[email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

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