A

widespread recall of EpiPen that began last week in several countries has now spread to the United States and parts of Europe, Asia, and North and South America due to a product defect.

For the moment, it remains unclear how many allergic-reaction devices are being recalled. The effort, which Mylan described as voluntarily, began earlier this month in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Finland, New Zealand and Japan, where tens of thousands of EpiPens were pulled.

This is a STAT Plus article and you can unlock it by subscribing to STAT Plus today. It's easy! Your first 30 days are free and if you don't enjoy your subscription you can cancel any time.
Already a subscriber? Log in here.

Leave a Comment

Please enter your name.
Please enter a comment.

  • My wife has a 2-PAK Epipen that is listed in the recall. I have called your company about this only to be given another number to call and put on hold for 30 min. I called the first number again and told the lady took my info and said someone would call me within 24 hrs. that was Sunday morning 4/02/2017. Still no call from anyone at your company. I would like to know how to return this product for credit on a new one. What happens if my wife has a allergic emergency? I think I know the answer to that. Please call me at 816-726-8301. Need this taken care of asap!!!!!!!!!

  • Though a bit more complicated, giving a patient a script for 5 amps of epinephrine 1 mg (1000 micrograms) in 1 ml, for around $5 U.S. and then a box of insulin syringes, the 0.5 ml syringes for $5 US, the patient can take one amp, learn how to open it, and use one 0.5 ml syringe and draw up the needed amount, which is 30 (on the 0.5 ml ) on the syringe. This will take 20 to 30 seconds, and then give the shot sub cutaneous, and this can be then thrown out after the teaching. A much better option than the EPI PEN, which is $300 per single dose. Lets see, $10 US total giving 5 doses, and one will be for training, thus 4 doses (but there are three doses in one amp(if one can store sterile epi, then one can keep the 3 doses per amp)) (FOR $10 U.S.) or a single dose of EPI PEN for $300. U.S. and if you screw it up, you lost the dose.

    With one amp, three doses per amp, and if you screw it up, you got two more
    doses in the amp. In watching patients go through the training, of breaking the amp and then drawing it up into the syringe and giving the injection, and then watching the patients pull out the epi pen box opening and pull it out,
    to my surprise. The time was the same. Again, this was after training with one amp (having the patient draw up the 0.3 ml (30 on the syringe), spraying it out, Drawing up another 0.3 ml from the amp, spraying it out, and drawing up the last 0.3 ml, and spraying it out. Then having a patient repeat the test, with the amp and the syringe (recommend to tape two syringes and one amp of epinephrine) and having it in a ready to go pack). Repeat the test, after trained, and then have the patient get the EPI PEN package, and guess what,
    the time was the same, no difference . Oh, one difference, $300 versus $10.

    • Yes, as you are going into anaphylactic shock, your BP is 60/20, your heart rate is 120, your hand is shaking and as you’re losing consciousness no doubt you’ll be able to perform these tasks no sweat. The whole idea of the autoinjector is to be able to pull the cap off with your teeth and stab yourself with the needle in one motion. That’s worth $300 to me versus your approach in a patient going into anaphylaxis. Otherwise in 20-30 seconds it may be time to call the coroner.

Sign up for our Morning Rounds newsletter

Your daily dose of what’s new in health and medicine.