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Posted on: Thu, 01/15/2004 - 6:20am
Sandy's picture
Joined: 05/27/2002 - 09:00

Leers, I live in Mississauga too.I just called my pharmacy and she has 2 epipen junors left.
-- If you need an adult epipen call your childs school. They usually have lots in the office. I am sure they will give you one for now and then you can replace it later. If they give you a hard time I will call my school for you and get one of my son's. He has 2 at school, and 2 on his epibelt.
[This message has been edited by Sandy (edited January 15, 2004).]
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Posted on: Thu, 01/15/2004 - 6:20am
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I did call the downtown Shoppers' Drug Mart and spoke with the pharmacist that I know quite well, even though it's not my regular pharmacy. He has two Epi-pens in stock. Since it's the only pharmacy downtown at all and they're quite busy, I didn't keep him on the phone to ask him about expiry dates, since I was just researching. So, at least I know if I need them before the shipment comes in, there are two downtown.
I didn't call any other pharmacies to-day though, not well.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 01/15/2004 - 6:44am
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When the pharmacies start getting in their *back orders* could everyone please return here and post what the expirey dates are?
I know this company is providing something that has saved my life - and in future could save mine or my sons - but lately, I'm feeling like their taking us for a ride. (Over priced, otc, back ordered and yet less than a year expirey dates.) This is just [b]my own personal opinion[/b], but I really would like to know, since it's back-ordered across the country - are we getting the newest? or do they expire quickly?
momma2boys, thank you very much for the info. It definitely is useful.

Posted on: Thu, 01/15/2004 - 6:53am
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Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Thanks Erik and AnnaMarie [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 01/15/2004 - 7:01am
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Joined: 12/20/2002 - 09:00

I live in the Northeast US and refilled a script two weeks ago for the adult dose epi. It was not backordered - got it right then (a two pack), with an expiration date of 1/05. Last time I refilled, I remember having a few more months on it, but I figured a year is ok. And my son's allergist switched him over from the epi-jr when he was 60 pounds. (My son, not the allergist) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 01/15/2004 - 7:17am
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Sorry, everyone you are right. It is important to know the dosage because in a worse case scenerio I may have to use a jr.epipen. I guess I am just a bit panicky over this whole thing. I just pray every night that he has a peanut-free day so I don't have to us up my supply. Sandy, thank you so much for your offer but I do have two epi-pens(expire May 04, and the one I just got Sept 04)plus I kept the expired Dec 03 and the medicine inside is still clear so it should be good if I need back up. I just can't figure out why the pharmacies can get jr's but not sr's. We may be asking our US PA friends to start shipping epi-pens to us like we did with the smarties thread started way back when. LOL
Best Wishes to all

Posted on: Thu, 01/15/2004 - 12:09pm
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Joined: 05/11/2004 - 09:00

I would expect that if there is a shortage, when the new ones come in they should have a very good expiry date. In another thread a month or so ago I had mentioned that I spoke with Dey Labs directly, and the epipen adult is now made with a 20 month expiry date. That's what makes me so mad at getting anything under an 18 month expiry date. The FDA made Dey Labs reduce the expiration period to 20 months from 24? months (I forget the exact number), but still, why should it take 5 - 12 months to get to the drugstores? What I'd really like to know is if this is unique to Canada, or is it the same all over the USA too, which isn't good either, and we should all complain to Dey, who were bought over by Meridian Pharmaceuticals - again, I'm going from memory (which isn't all that good these days) as I don't have my info at hand. I'll go and look for it - I think I'm rambling a bit.

Posted on: Thu, 01/15/2004 - 12:39pm
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Is anyone else in another country having any problems with this epi-pen shortage and short expiry dates? I would be curious to know if anyone from Europe and beyond have any comments.... Where do your epi-pens come from? (which manufacturing??)

Posted on: Fri, 01/16/2004 - 2:29am
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Joined: 05/11/2004 - 09:00

I found some more information regarding manufacturers.
Dey Laboratories (original distributor)
Sharon Heer - 1-800-869-9005, ext. 2810
Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc. (manufacturer of the Epipen for Dey)
King Pharmaceuticals (purchased Meridian Medical Technologies in Jan. 03)
501 Fifth Street,
Tennessee 37620
James E. Green
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Allerex (distributor in Canada)
The shelf life of the adult epipen used to be 27 months until the FDA made the manufacturers reduce it.
If anyone wants to call some or all of the above, that may help. Allerex don't have a toll free number, unfortunately, so perhaps the people living in that area could call them and post. When I called in November they were less than helpful [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/16/2004 - 3:00am
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Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

We had 2 pens expire at once (Dec. 03) and one in Jan. 04. I needed 3 pens, went to the pharmacy and "had" to get one with an April 04 date and he ordered 2 more for me which have a Dec. 04 date. Pissed off, you bet but felt I needed the pen and given it was the holidays, I did not have the time to pharmacy shop around and therefore could not transfer the prescription to another pharmacy. These (the last 2 pens) came directly from Allerex, something tells me I need to call them about expiry dates.



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