Epipen expiration date. Pharmacist pulling a fast one on me...

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 5:12am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

I just got back from the pharmacy. It's been a great pharmacy except that it got sold this summer and been going downhill ever since.

Anyway, our epipens expire in Nov 2004, right now in other words. So I go to the new pharmacist with a new prescription (the older one having also expired). The prescription is 3 epipens, with 3 renewals.
I waited 10 minutes (just how long does it take to take the epi from the shelf anyway?)
When they called my name, only one epi was there. I mentionned I needed 3, and while he went looking for more, I checked the expiration date, out of curiosity, on the lone epipen. Guess what it was?? Nov. 2004. *Right now*.

They were trying to sell me an expired epipen??? I think I have the record here now. I heard of epis lasting less than 6 months, but how about an expired one????!!!!

needless to say, I returned it.

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 5:14am
mommysamuels's picture
Joined: 11/21/2004 - 09:00

How awful, good thing that you noticed it. There's a lesson for us all, check the expiration date in the pharmacy!

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 5:59am
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Glad you posted that experience. I would not of thought of looking at the date. I am always in a hurry and would of been ticked if I would of had to return it. I wonder if they would of or not. Hmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 7:03am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

I have no idea if they would take an epi back though. In my case, I hadn't left the counter yet, so there was no way I could have substituted it for my old one.
But if you bring it back home, they'll probably accuse you of trying to pass your old epi for the new one...

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 7:12am
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darthcleo, how maddening! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] Thanks for the heads-up!
I'm still waiting for the form to get an Epi-pen for my DH to carry for my son, I've been waiting three months almost, so I haven't had to try my new local pharmacy and see how they are as far as expiry dates, stocking, etc.
You also make a valid point - check the bloody thing before you leave the store!
I have been very angry in the past when I've received ones with a six month expiry. Now what's enangering me is that I moved, but within the same Province, and all of a sudden I need a different form than I did before - doesn't make sense, we have the same Ministry of Health still.
I used to be able to walk into the pharmacy, pick up an SAA form and have the doctor fill it out with a 'script for the Epi-pen and go back into the pharmacy and get the Epi-pen 'script that day.
Now, my doctor has to write something and send it away for a Section 8 (which I have had to use for Epi-pens in the past) and it has been nearly three months.
Best to start checking the expiry dates on all of mine right now.
But this also reminds me that I've wanted to call the pharmacy in Belleville and ask them how they were able to supply me with the SAA and I could get the Epi-pen straight away and how I've heard nothing but different back here in Toronto. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
You would think a pharmacy would check their stock regularly to see what is expiring.
I had quite a bit of my children's Ventolin and Flovent. They had 'scripts that I got filled every month whether they needed them or not, "just in case". At any rate, here I was thinking I had stockpiled on the meds (for good reason) and I go to refill the Ventolin puffer in the little pouch a couple of weeks ago and check my stock of Ventolin boxes and three of them at least were expired.
Now, in that case, it's my fault, because I had stockpiled them.
I don't know, with everything so easily computerized nowadays, one would think that when stock comes in with an expiry date, it could be easily recorded and also easily removed from the shelf and returned to the supplier. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
Glad you caught it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 8:00am
Darkmage's picture
Joined: 10/01/2004 - 09:00

Last time I got new Epis, I called at least 5 pharmacies in order to get the best expiration date I could. As it was, the pharmacy I went to said they could get Nov. 2005 dates, but when I got there, they could only get Sept. 2005. Jerks!
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Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 10:02am
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

When I've occasionally picked up Epis, I've always checked the expiration dates. Once, I got one home, when I realized it expired in four months. I talked to the pharmacist a few days later and she made a deal with me--if I hadn't used it by the time it expired, she'd trade it for a newer one. That worked well and I got one with an expiration date a year in the future.
Since prescriptions are good for a year and epis used to have expiration dates of 18months or more, I always talk to the pharmacist. It's worked out well for me.

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 10:10am
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My first prescriptions was for an Anakit. When I got it filled, I was standing at the counter and I literally peeled back the prescription label to read the expiry date (jerk covered it). It was good for a whole 3 months. I kind of freaked.
The real pharmacist came over and I asked if the drug in it went bad that quick. He said no - it had been in the store for quite a while. He told me to take it home and he'd order me a new one, and when it came in I returned the almost expired one.
He then told off his assistant for covering up the expiry date.
I found them so expensive (and the Anakit is a lot cheaper then the epi-pen) and after a few years I stopped carrying it. Of course, shortly after that is when I had my anaphylactic reaction. I never believed it would happen to me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 10:43am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

In Qu

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 11:05am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I also called around to different pharmacies to get the best expiry date. The first 3 I bought for DS expired in 3 months, which was realy annoying since the one I carry for myself expired in 11 months and I had had it for 4 months already!!! I didn't accept them and asked my pharmacist to order more, which they did with expiry of January 06.
Keep in mind that the pharmist can return any meds on their shelves that expire before they are sold to the public (or at least in my neighbourhood (GTA, Ontario) they can)
[This message has been edited by Q'sMommy (edited November 28, 2004).]

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 11:24am
dmbb's picture
Joined: 10/12/2002 - 09:00

You can always ask your pharmacist to order you an epi-pen with a better date. We used to have to order the two-packs. I can't remember how long it took, I think a couple of days.


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