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Brand name: Epipen Auto-Injector TM

Active ingredients: adrenaline (epinephrine)

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has a recall notice on this product.

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Alphapharm, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling four batches of EpiPen 300 microgram adrenaline injection syringe auto-injectors.

If your EpiPen is from batch 5FA665, 5FA6651, 5FA6652 or 5FA6653 (all of which expire in April 2017), return it to your pharmacy.

Your pharmacist will replace the EpiPen from an affected batch with an EpiPen from a different, unaffected batch free of charge. Alternatively, if you have another unaffected EpiPen available, you can request a refund if you prefer.

EpiPen 300 microgram adrenaline injection syringe auto-injector

Recall Action Commencement Date: 20/03/2017

Batch Number: 5FA665, 5FA6651, 5FA6652, 5FA6653

Expiry Date: April 2017

Further information on this recall can be found at http://www.tga.gov.au/alert/epipen-300-microgram-adrenaline-injection-syringe-auto-injector

What it is used for

For the emergency treatment of anaphylactic reactions to insect stings through immediate self administration by individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to insect stings. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. are designated as emergency supportive therapy only and are not a replacement or substitute for subsequent medical or hospital care, nor are they intended to supplant insect venom hyposensitization. INDICATIONS AS AT 17 JUNE 2003: For the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis (acute severe allergic reactions) due to insect stings, drugs or other allergens,For the emergency treatment of anaphylactic reactions to insect stings through immediate self administration by individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to insect stings. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. are designated as emergency supportive therapy only and are not a replacement or substitute for subsequent medical or hospital care, nor are they intended to supplant insect venom hyposensitization. INDICATIONS AS AT 17 JUNE 2003: For the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis (acute severe allergic reactions) due to insect stings, drugs or other allergens.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intramuscular
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Do not Refrigerate
  • Shelf lifetime is 20 Months.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Lacks precipitate and/or pink discolouration; degree of yellow colour development does not exceed standard.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacy without prescription.It is Schedule 3 : Pharmacist Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on February 1, 2019. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient adrenaline (epinephrine)

This medicine is generally considered safe during pregnancy if taken as directed. During pregnancy, you should discuss your medicine use with your doctor or pharmacist.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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