Mylan EpiPen Recall

 
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Mylan has issued a nationwide recall in the U.S. for certain Mylan EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. auto-injectors. This comes shortly after the company recalled 81,000 EpiPens in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan for a similar defect. According to Mylan, the defective devices are potentially difficult or unable to activate in an emergency, which could have significant consequences in the case of a life-threatening allergic reaction.

The recall includes 13 lots of the auto-injector devices that were distributed from December 17, 2015 and July 1, 2016. You can find the lot number on both the packaging and the auto-injectors. Below is a chart from Mylan's website detailing the impacted devices.

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Lot number on packaging

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Lot number on auto-injector

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What to do if your EpiPen has been recalled

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Mylan's Instructions

  1. If your device is on the recall list, contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494. Stericycle's hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8a.m.-10p.m. (EST) and Saturday-Sunday from 8a.m.-10p.m. (EST). Mylan notes that callers are experiencing significant wait times but they expect it to decrease.
  2. Stericycle will give you a voucher code to use for a free replacement auto-injector.
  3. When you receive the code, call your pharmacy to let them know you have a voucher for a free replacement auto-injector. The pharmacist can check your prescription and make sure they have the medication in stock. Note your pharmacist may need to obtain a new prescription from your doctor. 
  4. Stericyle will provide you with a pre-paid container to return the recalled medication. Mylan cautions not to send the defective EpiPen back until you get a replacement in case of an emergency. 
  5. For additional questions, contact Mylan Customer Service at 800-796-9526.

Mylan EpiPen Alternatives

  1. AUVI-Q - See Spokin's How To Get An AUVI-Q For $0
  2. CVS Generic Auto-Injector - See Spokin's CVS Generic Auto-Injector Guide