Anti-allergy medicine EpiPen recall expands to US

Posted April 02, 2017

Mylan, the maker of the EpiPen, announced Friday that Meridian Medical Technologies expanded the recall to include the United States.

They say there haven't been any confirmed cases involving lots of the injectors distributed in Canada. EpiPens affected under the new recall were distributed in the US between December 17, 2015, and July 1, 2016.

In a statement, Mylan pointed to "two previously disclosed reports" outside of the USA in which the device failed to activate due to a "potential defect" in a component supplied by Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer unit that makes EpiPen.

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The problems could be potentially life-threatening, although Mylan described the incidence of the defects as "extremely rare". The company said more than 80,000 of the life-saving auto-injectors are covered by the recall worldwide, which was prompted by two reports of device failures. This company also makes a Generic EpiPen that is not included in the recall, according to ABC 15. (0.15 mg) are sold as 2 Pak Auto-Injectors.

Mylan advised consumers to use their current EpiPens, if needed, until they receive a replacement.

This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of FDA.

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The devices affected by the recall are EpiPens with strengths of 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg.

EpiPen (epinephrine) Auto‐Injectors are indicated for the emergency treatment of anaphylactic reactions in patients who are determined by a physician to be at increased risk for anaphylaxis.

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