EpiPen recall: Defective part may prevent allergy fighter from activating; list of lot numbers

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(WTVY) Meridian Medical Technologies, maker of Mylan's EpiPen injector, has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.

Thirteen lots of the epinephrine auto injectors used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions are included in the alert. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the recall is due to the possibility that defective parts could result in the pens failing to activate.

"While the number of reported failures is small, EpiPen products that potentially contain a defective part are being recalled because of the potential for life-threatening risk if a severe allergic reaction goes untreated," an FDA alert voted.

The FDA is advising consumers to keep and use their current EpiPens if needed until they get a replacement. They are also advised to follow directions on the product label and seek emergency medical help immediately after using their EpiPens, particularly if the device didn't activate.

The affected lots are distributed in the U.S. between Dec. 17, 2015 and July 1, 2016. Mylan will replace any of the affected devices free of charge.

Consumers should contact Mylan at 800-796-9526 or customer.service@mylan.com with any questions.

To see the list of lot numbers recalled, go here: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/04/epipen_recall_defective_part_m.html#incart_river_home

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