EpiPen Recall Due to Possible Injection Failure

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Calling all EpiPen users!

If you purchased an EpiPen between December 17, 2015 and July 1, 2016, you should be aware that Mylan (the company that manufactures the EpiPens) has announced a voluntary recall of 13 lots of select EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. auto-injectors.  The FDA stated that the recall was triggered by a defective part that may result in the device failing to inject a potentially life-saving dose of epinephrine.

To find out if you have purchased any of the recalled Epi-Pens, head here and scroll down to see the affected lots. Mylan stated that patients can receive another EpiPen or an authorized generic version at their pharmacy. They also advised that patients should continue to carry and use their current EpiPen until they receive a replacement.

epipenFor more assistance, EpiPen users can contact Mylan at 800-796-9526 or email customer service at customer.service@mylan.com. Head here for more information.

(Thanks, Laura!)

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Comments 19

  1. CW

    Be sure to check all pens in that date range.. I had 12 (5 expired) and none were on the list. My friend had 5 in another part of the country and ALL 5 of hers were recalled!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Bummer! Thanks for sharing!

  2. CW

    Also – so important- note that by law genetics only have to carry 80% of the active ingredient so if you go into a severe allergic reaction one generic pen may not be enough. Run it by your doctor before you go generic.

    • Martha

      That is absolutely incorrect information. I’m a pharmacist and am well versed on brand vs generic. The FDA has strict rules and guidelines and they are therapeutically equivalent.

    • Steph

      Sorry, but you have been misinformed. The FDA requires that generics be just as strong, and high in quality, as brand name drugs. They use the same active ingredients as brand name drugs and work the same way. They are cheaper because the drug manufacturers do not have to duplicate the original clinical trials for the safety and effectiveness of the drug. This allows them to keep the cost lower when bringing to the drug market.

    • Edie

      Deja vu, was just reading this same comment that you posted on the Epi-Pen post back in February. Do you work in the healthcare industry, CW? It’s very clear you do not work in the pharmaceutical industry or you would NOT be spreading such heinous misinformation. Where are you even getting your info from? Please start checking your sources.

  3. CW

    That’s “generics” not genetics lol

  4. Leigh

    2 of mine were affected. I called, and was on hold for an hour before speaking with a person. She was very friendly and helpful, and helped me double check my Epipens while she was on the phone with me, and then she asked me to hold on to the recalled ones and to look out for vouchers for new Epipens and instructions for proper return in the mail.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for sharing your experience Leigh!

    • Erin

      Did they ask for photos of the codes or do you just have to call? I have to check mine still.

    • Leigh

      Erin, I just had to call. They didn’t require photos, but they will want the faulty epipens at some point.
      And my vouchers arrived by email, so I’ll take them to the pharmacy tomorrow.

      • Val

        So glad this was an email voucher for you and you can get a quick replacement. This is extremely serious. Both of my boys have now outgrown their food allergies, so I do not carry them anymore.

  5. Kayla

    Pretty sure I saw this exact comment when the generic for EpiPen was announced. As Martha and Steph said, the FDA is very strict on the regulations of generics. They are so inexpensive because money doesn’t have to be spent on advertising or clinical trials. It is quite rare for a brand name drug to be prescribed when a generic is available because they are equivalent.

  6. Kate

    There are a bit more differences than just not having to do the clinical trials. They may have different “fillers” or coatings on the pills if it’s a pill not a shot like an Epi. BUT like others have said they have to have the same amount of active ingredients or else you would never have the right dose. I know with 2 of my time released meds I have to have name brand vs generic just because the coating wrks MUCH better.

    • Sarah

      Just coming here to say the exact same thing!!!

  7. Stacy

    Thank you for posting this. This was not a coupon based post, you were simply being a human and spreading the word to help others. Posts like this are just another reason why I love this site. My son has food allergies and we carry epi-pens, and although I had already checked mine for the recall, I couldn’t help but tear up when I saw this post. It was so so touching to see you spreading the word on something that is so close to this mommas heart all the time. This information is so critically important to get out to the public and sometimes it can takes months. From the bottom of this allergy parents’ heart, I thank you for helping to spread the word about this recall. ❤❤

    • Jasmyn


    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are SO welcome Stacy! Thanks for your sweet feedback! 😉

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