Epi pen prescriptions

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 1:39am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

When I went to a new allergist not quite two years ago, he gave me a prescription for new epis as the ones I had would expire six months later.

I got new epis and now they expire this month.

I don't have any refills on the prescription so the pharmacist called the allergist. The allergist's office called me - and NO - they won't refill the epis without an appointment.

I've made an appointment - I really need to talk to him about my asthma - but I'm moderately irritated that I will have to see the allergist every 18 months, or thereabouts, just to get a new epi prescription.

Does your allergist do the same thing?

When I was at the pharmacy, I asked about my OLD epis...
ones that expired in March of 2005. I asked the pharmacist if I shouild toss them, even though the liquid is still clear.

He told me they're still good as long as the liquid hasn't turned brown - even though they expired two years ago.

Good to know!

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 1:48am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

That's a shame in my book...an adult with comfirmed LT allergies has to go into the office to get her Epi RX written again....I think they need the money from the office visit?? I could see having kids come in, touch base, if it's been awhile...but not an adult.
And thanks for the info on the Epipens...I've actually held onto our last one(we practiced with one and I kept the 2nd) because it was clear too...so I though, as a back-up, it might be worth hangin onto. They expire way to soon and are waaaay too expensive(pay out of pocket) in my opinion. Thanks!!!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 2:39am
Anonymous's picture
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My GP prescribes the epi-pens for me and for my son. (He has allergies to insects and allergist will not test -- the allergist agreed it was best to just have GP prescribing for him as well.)
As for expired epi-pens -- I keep them as back-up, but I wouldn't want to trust them as my first-line of defense. Have you considered switching to twin-ject -- two doses for almost the same price as one epi-pen?

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 2:58am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

Hi AnnaMarie,
I get the duo-pen (two epis) but I still pay about $90 out of pocket. My insurance pays a pittance.
Chanda, the pharmacist was insistent that the expired epis will work just fine as long as the liquid is clear.
I said to him, 'so I can use the old ones as a last resort?'
and he replied, 'you can use them as a first resort!'
So I'm really glad I didn't shoot them off into an orange.
With the new prescription, I'll have 6 good epipens if I count the four old-but-still-clear epis.

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 3:08am
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

My GP prescribes my epi-pens. My food and latex allergies are well documented and I haven't seen an allergist for several years. My GP will also write scripts for my prescription antihistamine and asthma med.

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 3:18am
happycat's picture
Joined: 08/31/2004 - 09:00

We only see my son's allergist every 2 yrs or so. When we need new epis the pharmacy call the drs office. No need to go in (we get a perscription for 4 each time.
Interesting to know about the expired pens. We hold on to ours too, but mainly for practice purposes.

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 3:26am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

When we see the allergist (every 2 yrs) he writes me a Rx for 8, and then I only fill as needed. Our family doc will write Rx for them too. At one time we had 11 refills. We hold on to the exired ones as well, but prefer to give the school the current ones. I think they prefer that too!

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 5:25am
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

My daughter's regular doctor gave us an epipen prescription when ours ran out.
So glad to know that they are fine as long as the liquid is clear. My DD's next allergist appointment is 2 months after all six of her epi pens expire, and now that we have no prescription coverage I didn't want to shell out of pocket! (My plan is for her to outgrow all her allergies and I won't have to buy more. Nice plan eh? I can dream!)

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 5:28am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

If the epis are for your child, please do not keep them at school after they are expired. If you feel it is safe to use them, keep them with you but not at school. A child died a few years ago because the school saw the expiration date and did not use the epi during anaphylaxis because it was expired.

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 5:33am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

And please note! I will have two epipens that are current. I will use the new ones first and the expired ones last, but only if I need to.
Please check with your doctor or pharmacist about expired epipens!

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 8:19am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Adele have the conversation with the allergist that as long as you check in when you need to and you are a competent adult, he can give you refills.
If you are on asthma drugs too then maybe it IS a good idea to see the allergist. 18 months is not so bad really. He is prescribing drugs for you to treat your allergies and asthma and wants to see you when you are well as well as when you are in need of his services.
Especially with asthma they get baseline readings from you when you are well and can compare them to readings taken when you feel horrible, they can tell how far down you've gone and treat you appropriately instead of hit and miss.


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