With a current shortage of the life-saving medicine parents are understandably worried for their children.
Allergy experts are telling families to keep their expired EpiPens and use them as long as the adrenalin inside them isn’t discoloured. This can be observed through the observation window in the product.
Associate Professor of the Australian National Allergy Strategy, Richard Loh, told 9News that while using expired adrenaline is safe, it may not be as affective at treating an allergic reaction.
Maria Said, from Anaphylaxis Australia told 9News there has been a series of problems with EpiPens since November 2017 when the EpiPen Junior ran out, and now the adult EpiPens have also run out.
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Last March some EpiPens were also ecalled due to flaws in the product.
“There has been a roll on of problems and this has caused some unrest and some anxiety,” she said. “We’re trying to support people through this.”
The TGA has been told new supplies of EpiPens will be available by February 23.
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