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A RECALL has been issued for over 80,000 EpiPens.

Four batches of EpiPen 300 microgram adrenaline are being recalled due to a defective part affecting the auto-injector.

The Alphapharm-branded EpiPens require more force to deliver a shot of adrenaline, or can fail to activate the auto-injector altogether.

“EpiPens are only used in emergency situations,” says the recall notice.

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A person suffering from a severe allergic reaction who was issued with one of the defective EpiPens could experience “a worsening of the potentially life-threatening symptoms”.

There have been two confirmed reports of auto-injectors failing to activate correctly. However the TGA says the proportion of the defective EpiPens used remains unknown.

Four batch numbers contain the defective part, all of which expire in April 2017. These include batches 5FA665, 5FA6651, 5FA6652 and 5FA6653.

The batch numbers and expiry dates of the affected EpiPen’s can be checked on either the label of the EpiPen or on the end of the carton.

The TGA is urging anyone with an affected EpiPen to return it to a pharmacist, either for a replacement or a refund.

DO you have one of the affected batches? How did this news make you feel? 

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  • you would think that these type of things would be seen and checked before they got sent out

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  • Wow, that’s pretty disturbing, since some people’s lives depend on them.

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  • Anybody who needs to use them is usually in a life threatening condition.
    A faulty one could most likely be the difference between life and death.
    They obviously haven’t checked enough from each batch to discover the problem.

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  • This is scary news. These e EpiPens are a lifeline for some people. Just glad they recalled them before anything catastrophic happened.

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  • How concerning !!
    Hope all the faulty EpiPens are off the market and no serious incidents occur !

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  • It’s scary that this has managed to pass quality control and is in possession of the general public to start off with…

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  • Thank you for sharing the important information.

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  • Thanks so much for sharing this. We have an EpiPen and we obviously checked it very quickly. Whilst ours is safe, this is a great way to share recall info we may not have learned of otherwise.

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  • Thanks for the recall,l do not have one but l am sure there are plenty of people who do!

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  • OMG this is very serious …quite worrying actually.
    I could not comprehend this statement though: A person suffering from a severe allergic reaction who was issued with one of the defective EpiPens could experience “a worsening of the potentially life-threatening symptoms”.
    HELLO..could? if a person has used an EpiPen or had one used on them …they are in a serious health emergency and if indeed they have used a defective one better hope they have a good back up one or a ambo is on the scene PRONTO.

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