How Long Do EpiPens Last?

Are EpiPens OK after expiration date?

EpiPens have an even shorter shelf life—about 18 months.

“We found that the vast majority of expired EpiPens had at least what might be considered a therapeutic dose for up to four years after the expiration date,” says Lee Cantrell, director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System..

What happens if you use an EpiPen when you don’t need it?

An accidental injection to the hands or feet can impair blood flow to these areas and can potentially cause tissue death. This however, is the worst-case scenario.

Do you have to go to the hospital after using an EpiPen?

Seek emergency medical attention even after you use EpiPen to treat a severe allergic reaction. The effects may wear off after 10 or 20 minutes. You will need to receive further treatment and observation.

Do EpiPens need to be refrigerated?

Suggestion: do not refrigerate, protect from light, and periodically check to make sure the solution in the auto-injector is not brown in color. Both EpiPen and Auvi Q are light sensitive and should be kept in the outer case provided to protect it, as shown on their package inserts or on its boxes.

How can I get a free EpiPen?

To determine if you qualify, visit epipen.com, download this form, or contact Mylan Customer Relations at 800-395-3376 or customer.service@mylan.com. Mylan is continuing its EpiPen4Schools program, which provides up to four free epinephrine auto-injectors, with no restrictions, to eligible U.S. schools.

Why is EpiPen so expensive?

Why are EpiPens so expensive? A lack of competition is one of the reasons that Mylan, the company that makes EpiPens, can continue to increase the price. A similar product called Auvi-Q was pulled off the market due to concerns that the device did not deliver the right dose of medicine, according to Dr.

Are EpiPens covered by insurance?

Epinephrine (EpiPen, EpiPen Jr) is an expensive drug used for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. You should keep this medicine with you at all times. … Generic epinephrine is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.

How often do EpiPens need to be replaced?

According to Julie Knell, director of specialty communications at Mylan, the EpiPen expires every 12 to 18 months, but that period includes the time it takes to distribute the product and reach the patient’s hands.

What can you do with an out of date EpiPen?

These include: The medical staff at your doctor’s office or at a nearby hospital can dispose of expired or used auto-injectors safely with their other medical waste. Ask if you can include sharps in their hazardous medical waste. Some pharmacies now accept expired medications for disposal.

Can you survive anaphylaxis without treatment?

Uniphasic reaction. Symptoms peak within 30 minutes to an hour after you’re exposed to the allergen. Symptoms get better within an hour, with or without treatment, and they don’t return.

Do Epipens make you tired?

Side Effects. Fast/pounding heartbeat, nervousness, sweating, nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, headache, dizziness, anxiety, shakiness, or pale skin may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

How do I know if I need to use my EpiPen?

When to use EpiPen. If you have been prescribed EpiPen®, you should carry it with you at all times… and use it immediately at the first signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. In a severe allergic emergency, quick symptom recognition and immediate treatment are vital.