The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert regarding a voluntary recall of EpiPens from Meridian Medical Technologies (Mylan EpiPens). 13 lots of Mylan EpiPen and Mylan EpiPen Jr. have been recalled due to a faulty injector that might prevent the pens from delivering the epinephrine during an emergency.
Because of the severe risk to people with severe allergies, all 13 lots are being recalled even though the number of actual defects reported has been relatively small. In fact, the company urges patients with the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. to keep their device and use it in an emergency if needed until the replacement arrives.
How to Get a Replacement EpiPen
To receive a replacement EpiPen or EpiPen Jr., consumers are directed to contact Mylan by calling (toll-free) 800-796-9526 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The distribution of the 13 recalled lots occurred between December 17, 2015 and July 1, 2016. If your lot is not listed below, you have no need to be concerned.
Patients who use Mylan EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. have severe allergies that are triggered by allergic reactions to foods such as peanuts, insect bites, bee stings, and other severe allergies. The failure of an EpiPen could result in serious health consequences. Wearing a medical ID bracelet can protect you and give you peace of mind, as well as provide necessary information to first responders.