EpiPen Expiration Dates

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2000 - 12:10pm
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It's time to purchase some new EpiPens. The ones my pharmacy had were only good for 8 months, and I didn't accept them. Tomorrow I'm going to call around to see if anyone has pens that are good for longer. The ones I have don't expire until April. Am I being reasonable? What is the average life of an EpiPen? How long should a prescription last? I was hoping for at least a year.

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2000 - 12:53pm
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pJulia,/p
pI just picked up an EpiPen Jr. at Walgreen Pharmacy yesterday, and it is good for one year. I didnt even check with the pharmacy when I put in my order. I certainly would have taken it back if it were only good for 8 months!/p

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2000 - 2:42pm
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pI had great luck on one of my Epis. I bought it Dec. '97 and it didn't expire until Jan. '00!/p

Posted on: Fri, 03/17/2000 - 3:55pm
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pGood for you! I also will not accept an Epi-pen with an expir. date less than a year. There is are some posts on this board "somewhere" re. Epi-pen's expiration dates. You may want to do a search to read for yourself. You will also come across an enormous amount of other valuable info. I couldn't find it but if my memory serves me correctly the date can actually go up to 24 months. I will keep searching for that post. If I find it I will let you know. Hey, when in doubt call the Epi-pen manufact. and ask them. I recently picked up 3 pens. One expires in a year, the others in almost 2 years./p

Posted on: Wed, 03/29/2000 - 12:58am
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pI too just got new EPI-PEN Jrs., and the date for expiration is 4/2001. That is only for one year. I did not accept them initially, and I called around to five other local pharmacies, but they were all the same. It appears the EPI-PEN for adults tend to have a 2-3 year expiration date, but the EPI-PEN Jr. is only good for about a year. Not sure why, but I feel I did make a concerted effort to shop around. It's about the same. Michel/p

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pI too just got new EPI-PEN Jrs., and the date for expiration is 4/2001. That is only for one year. I did not accept them initially, and I called around to five other local pharmacies, but they were all the same. It appears the EPI-PEN for adults tend to have a 2-3 year expiration date, but the EPI-PEN Jr. is only good for about a year. Not sure why, but I feel I did make a concerted effort to shop around. It's about the same. Michele/p

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2000 - 11:12am
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pI tried to find the other EpiPen thread that I read within the last month, but couldn't find it, so I'll mention this here. This suggestion would only work for those covered by prescription insurance plans, but it might be worth it for some. When our allergist writes prescriptions for the EpiPen, she writes it for 5 pens, not just one. Then we get the 5 pens for the deductible amount, rather than just 1. Any refills would be for 5 pens as well. I found this out by chance, but it seems to work for us. Hope it helps some./p

Posted on: Sat, 04/01/2000 - 3:24am
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pLast month when I renewed our epipens, my husband came home from the store and I was putting them in the cabinet and noticed the expiration date was only one month away.br /
I immediately called the pharmacy, and had to speak with four different people before they would agree to exchange them!br /
I was so mad they tried to pawn off old epipens, and hope I wouldn't notice!br /
Then to have to argue with four different individuals as to why this was unacceptable, was just ridiculous!br /
I had never encountered this problem before, but I guess we all have to be careful when purchasing the epipens! You just never know!/p

Posted on: Tue, 04/04/2000 - 9:17am
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pI seem to have trouble finding Epi-Pens. My insurance pays 100% for the pens, I just can't find them. Since the recall a couple of years ago, my pharmacy, where I have to get my prescriptions, has had trouble getting them. When they do get some in, its like pulling teeth to get more than one at a time. I need 4 to make sure all of our bases are covered. When I do get them, they expire in a years time. I don't mind since there is no expense for me to get new ones, I just don't like the hassle of getting new ones./p

Posted on: Tue, 04/04/2000 - 10:50pm
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pGood morning. Yes epi-pens can last for 2 years. Between the manufacturer and the pharmacy is a distributor Ultimately this one or more middle man is responsible for the expiration dates of your pens. Always call ahead of time to your pharmacist to give them the time to order new pens. Be pleasant but firm when asking for longer dated epis. A gentle reminder that they are not the only pharmacists around can also help.br /
Some pharmacist receive a dispensing fee for each prescription filled. hence the reluctance of dispensing more than one epi at a time. They would much prefer selling you the epis one at a time because that way they make more money. In canada, I was told a while back that the best time to renew epis was in Feb. and May because that is when the distributor normally got his new supply./p
pIf your insurance covers 100% of you epis, you still want the longest date possible cause in the end you are still paying for them, they're called insurance premiums. One day you insurance may find that you renew too often to their liking and they'll either take them off their list of acceptable prescription or make you co-pay. /p
pPharmacists sometimes have to order a minimum number of a product, which may be why you pharmacist doesn't like ordering them for you. Maybe he gets stuck with them, then he/she has to take the loss. Ask how many epi-pens they normally sell, if it's too few, consider calling around to other pharmacies, maybe they sell more of them, and have more in stock or are more willing to order them because they have more customers who need them. In my neighbourhood, quite a few families buy from the same guy. He gives us a better price and always has in stock. He also doesn't give us short dated ones. You know strenght in numbers. This may work for you./p

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:07am
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pI see these posts were from 14 years ago but I think now is the time to renew this subject if it hasn't popped up somewhere else by now./p
pWhen we first started getting the Epi-Pen/Auvi-Q for my daughter, expiration dates were not an issue. We would get a refill every year and sometimes be able to go longer. She is 10./p
pWell now (as of just yesterday) while making sure we have all paperwork in order for the start of school, etc. I realize all our Auvi-Q (2-2 paks filled in 11-2013 and 12-2013) had and expiration date of 08-2014!! /p
pWell I panicked to say the least, knowing I couldn't send her to school with expired medication and furious at myself for not realizing sooner that the pharmacy would give me medication that would expire before our usual renewal date./p
pAs I write this it is Labor Day, September 1, 2014 and school starts tomorrow. To make matters worse, the pharmacy will not make this right (today), the tech told us we can call the manager tomorrow. Ok, so called Express Scripts and were told our insurance no longer goes through Walgreens and we couldn't get it transferred to another pharmacy because the insurance will no longer cover the Auvi-Q. They will cover the Epi-Pen. But that entails calling the pediatrician on Labor Day...needless to say our pediatrician was off and I talked to another doctor on call..before we even got to that point my husband suggested we just go with Walgreens and pay the full $300+ price for one 2 pak but I don't even think we could have done that with the insurance situation now. Arghhhhh! I'm just thankful I got hold of the doctor on call. Maybe I should wait until I have it in my hand though..we will see./p
pI've learned my lesson the hard way to check the expiration at the counter. From now on I WILL NOT ACCEPT a prescription that will expire before I'm due to renew. Absolutely NOT acceptable./p

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:41am
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pI was at Walgreen's the Saturday before school started ... like you after getting an EPI pen that expired in less than a year - once - I now request a minimum 12 month shelf life. I have one phamacy that will special order one for me so we can get max shelf life with a "fresh" one./p

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:16pm
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pSuper advice! I did get her new meds with an expiration date of December 2015! :)/p

Posted on: Sat, 09/06/2014 - 8:50pm
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pI check them before I leave the pharmacy and I don't accept them if less than 12 months. Once I got one that was less than 6 months and I returned it. the last one I got was about 14 months/p

Posted on: Tue, 05/29/2001 - 3:26pm
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Amy, I posed this same question in April. Go check out the responses I got.
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Posted on: Tue, 05/29/2001 - 3:51pm
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WOW! Thanks Susan. I am going to talk to my pharmacist tomorrow. I live in a small town & so hopefully he will help me out. I wish I had known before I spent the money for nothing. I already threw the expired one away. I am going to call Dey too.
Anyone have experience with the pens clouding or getting too hot?
Thanks!! Amy

Posted on: Tue, 05/29/2001 - 4:09pm
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If you are using Epi Pen Jr's, I have an idea of how to get more acceptable exp. dates without alienating the pharmacist ( at least if he/she is human to start with!)
I recently (last week) ran into the same problem as the rest of you- a public health nurse with a pa son had told me in Jan that Dey makes them with a 36 month lifetime. (In retrospect, I think that she must have meant standard Epi pens.) Anyway, I was fishing around here and at FAAN and noticed that quite recently Dey started packaging the Jr's in a twin-trainer-pack. So I had my hospital pharmacist order in one of those, with the logic that those couldn't have been sitting around for very long, and that they probably didn't make as many of them either.... sure enough. October 2002, thank you very much, AND it came with a new trainer too.... AND I paid a single co-pay. (The insurance company and I may yet be speaking about that, I think, but it would bbe nice while it lasted to think that they paid for something!) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/29/2001 - 11:02pm
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Just an idea that I'm sure alot of people do anyway.
When the epi's have expired we have our children and my husband and myself use them on an orange or another piece of fruit to brush up.
We have alot of epi pens. My son carries his in his napsack. The teacher has one. The office has two. The busdriver has one and we have 3 on hand at home. I think we maybe go a little overboard? When Sidney goes to his friends across the street I always have one on hand to give him.

Posted on: Tue, 05/29/2001 - 11:22pm
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We do the fruit thing too. After doing it a few time yourself, it is a great way to show older kids, siblings, grandparents, etc. My kids fight over which one of them will get to inject.
By the way, I'm not quite as bad, Taran wears 2 epi's in his pouch, I keep 2 at home and he has 2 in his classroom. Lucky you, we got no co-operation from the bus company at all, so taught some of the older kids who ride with Taran what to do if he is having a reaction. The only thing the bus company would commit to is calling 911 for him in the event something happened. They said they can never guarantee the same bus or driver (which we've learned from experience is true) so there was really no point. Personally I think ALL school bus drivers should be taught how to use them, but it is still and on-going issue between myself and the bus company.

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 4:59am
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Amy, I can't address your question about how to determine whether an Epi-pen has been damaged by excessive heat, but I thought I'd pass on what I've learned about problems caused by the opposite end of the thermometer. Several weeks ago, I inadvertantly left my purse, containing one of our Epi's, in the car overnight. The outside temperature dropped to around 45 degrees. I recently called Dey to ask whether such a brief period of refrigeration warranted disposal of the pen. The product specialist there told me that I should replace it. She said that refrigeration doesn't harm the medication, but it can impair the trigger mechanism on the pen. I'm planning to get a new Epi, but wonder whether I should at least keep the pen through its expiration date as a back-up. Does anyone have thoughts on this?

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 8:20am
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Just bringing important topics up!
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Posted on: Sat, 06/02/2001 - 11:42am
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Just got my two new epi-pens. Came in the "new" packaging by Dey, 2 epis and a trainer. Expiration date 10/02. Paid $10 co-pay.

Posted on: Wed, 06/13/2001 - 5:07am
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I tried your suggestion & ordered the double pack with practice trainer. Exp. date 10/02!! Yeah! Seemed to cost the same as two pens-trainer must be free. Thanks! amy

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 3:42am
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I left the allergist in February armed with an EpiPen Jr. prescription and instructions to call around to find the latest expiration dates that I could. (I'm so glad the allergist told me that; it never would have occurred to me on my own.) I called 8 pharmacies and the latest expiration I found was Jan 2002, with 6 of the 8 pharmacies having latest expiration of Oct 2001. (Whoops, I just came back and edited this--originally I said Oct 2002 but I meant Oct 2001!)
When I finally did purchase the pens, I made a comment to the pharmacist about how the allergist had told me to look for pens with over a year to go, and the pharmacist said that their stock of EpiPens is always lowest in the Winter. (Keep in mind here that I live in New England... I'm sure this will vary by climate.) He said their "rush" on EpiPens happens in late Spring/early Summer for people who are anaphylactic to insect bites! I don't know if that's true or not, but that's what he said. He claims they always have fresher EpiPens starting in May/June.
Miriam
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Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 4:15am
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I had the same exact experience last week, here in the Chicago area. I finally found two in-stock epi-pens with an April '02 expiration date, which I took, and I asked the pharmacy to order new ones, hoping that they will have longer shelf life. The others, which I rejected (ours expire at the end of this month, so I figured I'd at least try to get better dates first) were also January '02. Our last batch was at least an 18 month shelf life - what's up? Maybe we should talk directly to the manufacturer.
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Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 4:34am
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We had the same experience recently. Same story from the pharmacist also. At $15.00 each (our co-pay) it can add up quickly in one year! Somewhere I heard the EpiPen should have a two year shelf life??? I think I'll call the company.
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Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 5:23am
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Hi again, I called Dey and a very pleasant "Janine" (sp) returned my call almost immediately. I asked about getting an EpiPen trainer, she's sending me 2 FREE! Then she asked if I had a child who would be using the EpiPen. When I said yes, she said she would also be sending me a video for him!!
Then I questioned her about the Pens not even lasting a year. She seemed very concerned. She asked if I asked the pharmacist for a later dated one and I told her the pharmacist said they get what they get. (Can you tell by these lovely sentences that my three little ones are right here with me?) She informed me that she would be checking into this and "would definitely be getting back" to me. I'll keep you posted.
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Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 5:43am
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I have had the same problem and it can't be climate related. In Washington State, I had no problems getting them with over a year up to two years before the date is expired. However, I live in Florida now, I got my prescription filled, and the first one was good for over a year, the other three were only good for a month. I demanded they find the other three for the 1 year date. It took a few weeks, but they did find them. I know they weren't happy, but I was persistent and did get the ones I wanted. Now I have another prescription for this year, for 6 epi-pens jrs. This ought to be a load of fun to take care of. The pharmacy I used in Florida is Walgreens. I will be looking at other pharmacys first and see how many they have available. I am feeling like quite a witch lets say. When it comes to my kids health I will not stop until I am satisfied with the results.
Hope everyone is having better luck. Alot of this could be from the recall on all epi-pens about 2 1/2 years ago. It was horrible and took several months to get a good supply going again. At that time I was calling the FDA alot. Cindy

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 5:44am
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I've run into this problem before. It seems as though they make "batches" and don't make more until they need them.
**Tip for co-pays - My allergist writes one prescription for 2 epi-pens, and I only get charged 1 co-pay.
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Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 5:54am
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I guess it makes me feel a little better to know I'm not alone in my quest. I never thought about the "spring" rush for bee stings.
Victoria, I called Dey too and I'm waiting on a return call. I'm curious as to what they'll tell me.
Rae, as far as copays go, it doesn't matter how the prescription is written, it's all up to how your insurance policy is written. I get one prescription with four Pens prescribed, but my insurance only allows me to get one at a time. The other ones are given to me as refills. Doesn't make any sense to me at all. I've even offered to pay the $20 copay for each at one time, but it has something to do with the way the computer system is programmed. That's why I have to go four days in a row to get four Pens. Of course, if I wanted to pay for each one in full myself, I would have no problem.

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 6:50am
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Well, I got my return call from Dey. Spoke to the representative that handles my state (MO). She really couldn't help me, but recommended I call my doctor. She said maybe he could "talk" to the pharmacy. At this point I'm not sure if that will help, but it certainly won't hurt to ask. Also, she strongly urged to never take an EpiPen with less than a year expiration date. She didn't know however how long the expiration date was on the Pens that were shipped out to their suppliers. It would be nice to know that, because then you would have an idea of how "old" an EpiPen really was. Needless to say, I'll be making more phone calls tomorrow.

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 11:30am
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I have been experiencing the same frustrations that everyone else has. A few months ago, I ordered an epipen and noticed the expiration date wasn't as long as usual. I thought the shelf life was 18 months and the pharmacist said that it is closer to one year. Then last week I went to get another epipen which expires in January 2002. Again, I questioned why the epipen had such a short life. Of course, the pharmacist couldn't answer that. He told me that particular epipen arrived that day. I told him I wanted to wait until another arrived but he said they are only ordered when the others are all gone. I feel like we are at their mercy. Please keep us posted if you find anything else out.

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 11:44am
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We have had great success with our local Target pharmacy. If the Epi-pens they have in stock have an expiration date that's not satisfactory to me (less than 1 year away) they will order & re-order until they get Epi-pens with at least 1 year until expiration. They have told me that when they order they take their chances on the expiration date they get -- no way to specify ahead of time.
I will also say that it really seems to help to have a long-standing, good relationship with your pharmacist! Target may be a big corporation, but I find their customer service in their pharmacy to be first-rate. (And I will say that I have found the local Wal-mart pharmacy to be sooooooooooo
non-customer oriented. They are always drowning in customers, so I can see what their problem is.)
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SusanMO, Have you tried calling your insurance concerning the epi's? It seems as if the Dr. is saying you must have X amount of medication at the time of a reaction, then that is one prescription. They usually allow a 30 day supply for other meds. Also, does your plan have a mail order plan? We can get 90 day supplies for the 30 day supply co-pay. I'm sure you have looked into all of this, but just in case! Insurances can be such pains!
Rachel

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Hi,
I had posted the following a while back under another EpiPen topic - our problems seem to be continueing on this date problem
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Hi,
I also posted this under the subject "EpiPen" so you may have already seen this.
Let me start by saying I THINK I HAVE THIS UNDER CONTROL.
Yesterday I stopped in at the Walgreens Pharmacy to see how many of the EpiPen Jr shots they had on hand and what the expirations dates were on the pens. I need six and they had five - they can order more, which is O.K.
Well, the expiration dates were April 2000. I told them that they would need to order new ones as I need six that would not expire in two months. I was informed by the lady in the pharmacy that the pharmacist told her that because of the large quanity of EpiPens involved in the last recall the expiration date on the pens could be no more than two months out!
I told her that means that I have to buy at least 36 pens a year! I can't do it and I bet the insurance company won't do it.
I went home and called DEY labs - the lady I talked to said that there was no way that I should be getting new EpiPens with anything shorter than a six month expiration date and as a rule it was closer to a year for the normal expiration - she suggested that I contact another pharmacy.
She then said that she will contact the pharmacy and let them know that they can return those EpiPens and get new pens or get credit, but they should not dispense the EpiPens with a two month shelf life. She was so nice!!! She said she will get back to me as soon as she finds out what is going on.
I don't want this to worry anyone - as I am sure it only happened at my regular pharmacy - I will call another pharmacy tomorrow.
I just want to let you know that if I had accepted the Pens with the two month expiration date I would have been out of a lot of money!!!
Guess we not only have to spend hours reading labels, but also making phone calls on things we shouldn't have to worry about.
Sue in Sunny Arizona
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Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2001 - 11:11am
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I finally had to break down and accept the Jan 2002 EpiPens in my area. I called sooooooooo many pharmacies, some where easily an hour to 1 1/2 hours away from me. The best I could come up with was Jan. 2002. I even called hospital pharmacies, but had no luck there either.
Thank you Rae for mentioning the mail order plan. I called my insurance's mail order company, Express Scripts, and spoke to two very nice people. The first was a customer service rep. and the other was a pharmacist. Through the mail order program I could get all four EpiPens at one time, but they could not give me any information on expirations dates. They said all of their prescriptions are filled with an automated machine and there wasn't a "live" person down there to actually go look at the boxes. Go figure! The one good thing I did find out in my discussion with the customer service rep. is that my policy had changed since my last prescription and now I could get two EpiPens for one copay. That's going to save me $40!
I ended up going to the nearest pharmacy to me that not only had Jan. 2002 expiration dates, but had four in stock. This ended up being a Walgreens Pharmacy. Relieved to finally have this ordeal over with, I then had a run-in the technician who took my prescription. I explained to her that my insurance would only allow me to take two Pens today and that I would call in the refills tomorrow. (The prescription was written for four Pens.) She quickly responded saying I could not call in for the refills. When I asked why, she said.....now get this....I had to use the first two EpiPens first, then I could get the other two!!! Can you believe that??? I then told her she obviously didn't understand what these Pens were used for to which she quickly responded, "OH yes I do!" My response to her then was "If you knew what they were used for....You wouldn't have said what you just said!" After I got the eye roll, I asked to speak to the pharmacist on duty. She immediately came over and was very pleasant and polite. She told me to call back for the refill in two days. When I went back to pick my prescription, they had filled it under my husband's name! Geesh....I guess the technician not only didn't know what EpiPens were for, but she couldn't read a prescription either!
Gee.....I wonder if it will be any easier in January????

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I called DEY today and they told me to ot accept any Epipens with less than a year date, they should be fore 18 months. I called Walgreens today also to find out about the 6 epipens I needed to pick up. They also only had Jan. 2002, and only one in stock. I told them they can send them back for better dates or get credit for them. DEY would prefer that if they are less than a year expiration date. The pharmacist tried to convince me that they have no control over the expiration dates, I know otherwise. Also I spoke to my insurance company about getting the epipen jrs mail order and they said the expiration dates would be for longer and if there is any problems to contact their customer service at either 1-800-257-6641 or 1-888-257-6641. My insurance company seems to think we only need one a month. So I can get three every three months. So I have to do it now so I have the 6 needed for August for my daughter to start school.

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2001 - 9:09pm
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I wrote to ALK Abello who manufacture the EpiPens here in the UK and they were very informative. Basically, they said that they are made with a "life" of two years ! The one currently in my E-Belt was collected 6 weeks ago and it has an expiry date of 6th September 2002..... Hmmm!
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Posted on: Sun, 04/08/2001 - 10:59am
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Well, I'm still waiting to hear from "Janine" at Dey. But I did receive my package from them as she promised. She sent me 4 Epi trainer pens, some educational pamphlets and the "Alexander Who Couldn't Eat Peanuts" video!! (Of course, I have already purchased and paid for one through FAAN. But it's the thought that counts!). If I don't hear from them by Monday afternoon, I will call them back.
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After reading everyone's woes about expiry dates, I went to check my pens. The four I have all indicate expiry dates of 2 years after the purchase date. The first one I bought in May 2000 expires May 2002. Like Nick said...hmmmmmmm

Posted on: Sun, 05/06/2001 - 6:03am
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We are still trying to get epi's with far off expiration dates. Two of T's expired in March and we can't get anything over a year. I refuse to take them as we still have 3 others right now. What limits us is that there are only 3 pharmacies that we can go to and not pay up front with dh's health plan. All of them are working on it for me, they feel really bad about it . Next time at least I will know to start much earlier then the month in which they expire to try getting them replaced!

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2001 - 4:56am
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Does any one know what happens to the adrenaline serum after the expiration date? My pharmacy, Wallgreens, says that they have no control over the expiration date. It was good to know that I can tell them they can send them back and get credit for them. I need at least 4 for my son and it is always a pain to get dates that match.
Kristina Marie

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2001 - 5:12am
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Kristina....did your Walgreens say they would send them back for credit? I know when I mentioned that to several of the pharmacies around here inlcuding Walgreens, WalMart and major grocery store chains, they were not the least bit interested. They all had the attitude that they had no control and would not reorder until what they had sold or expired. Very frustrating!

Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2001 - 4:21am
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SusanMO,
I have not purchased new pens yet this year. In the past Walgreen's has just told me they get what they get and they reorder when they run out. The dates work out if you always replace your epi pens in June b/c of the bee sting allergies and higher turn over. If you have to replace in Jan and you live in the north like I do, they have been on the shelf for quite some time. I have not had a chance to talk with Walgreen's armed with the above info from the manufacturer. I'll be finding this thread when I do, to share my experience. Kristina Marie

Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2001 - 4:31am
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wish that I had this post sooner. I just had to get 2 epi-pen, jrs. for my 4-month old daughter who we just found out has a severe milk allergy.
My PA son has 3 epi-pen jrs. that expire in November, and they were good for a year and a half. I was allowed to trade them in when they expired the first time. When I went to get epi-pens for my daughter, they were only good until January of 2002. I asked the pharmacist if I could exchange them like I did with my son, and he said no. He also told me that I wouldn't do any better than January of 2002. He was so rude that I decided to go elsewhere.
No one else had later expiring epi-pens, but one pharmacy did offer to order them for me so I was able to get epi-pen, jrs. that expire in May of 2002.
The pharmacist told my husband that the laws have changed and that pharmacies can no longer swap out expired drugs. I checked this out with my brother-in-law who works for a pharmaceutical company, and he told me that pharmacists return expired drugs all of the time for credit. So, I am not sure if the pharmacist's answer was valid.
The pharmacist also said that DEY changed the way that they manufacture their epi-pen jrs so that they don't last as long. He said that the adult-strength epi-pens are still find, and they last for at least two years. I have not called DEY yet to confirm this, but I wanted to see if anyone else had heard this same thing.

Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2001 - 5:18am
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Wooohooo!!! Finally got 2 new epi's to replace the ones that expired in March.....expiry date on the new ones April 2003! That's almost a full 2 years. I've never had such a far off expiry date before!
Sue

Posted on: Wed, 08/16/2006 - 10:50pm
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I've gotten between 13-18 months. It's usually closer to 18 months. One pharmacy (with a cheaper service fee) tried to pawn off a 5 month expiration date!!! I guess there is a reason you pay a higher service fee elsewhere!
I do always ask that they give me the one with the longest expiry date. They've been pretty nice about it. (but often they all have the same date).
Will you be replacing them anyway next September? It may not make a difference then.
I'm curious as to what others have been able to get.

Posted on: Wed, 08/16/2006 - 11:07pm
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Ours are usually 12 mths. If they try to pawn something LESS than a yr, tell them to order new ones, and you get THOSE.
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Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2006 - 12:34am
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I was just about to raise a thread this morning on this!
I'd take the 14 month ones. I think that is a decent expiration date.
I just got my son's Epi-Pens delivered by UPS this morning. (of course when the doorbell rang at 9am this morning I HAD to be in the bathroom, but luckily my daughter said to wait I'd be right there to sign for them)
To my surprise, the expiration date is Nov. 2007! (last time was exactly a year) So, in case there is a last minute crunch come next September before school starts, I can still send in those, provided, knocking on wood, they never need to be used.

Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2006 - 5:52am
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Our allergist told us not to accept them with less than 1 yr. He said we should be able to get them with 18 months or more.
In reality, we live in a small town and use a small pharmacy so we take what they have. The first time it was about 10 months. Since then though, we've gotten about 18 months each time. I think that they order them just for us and anticipate when we need them.
Patty
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Sara (7/02) allergic to pn, grass, trees
Julia (9/04) allergic to eggs? & nuts? (no testing, just reactions)

Posted on: Thu, 08/17/2006 - 6:57am
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I was told by Dey when I called a couple of years ago that I would be lucky if I could find one 18 months out. I did a LOT of calling around to pharmacies and found this to be true. At this point I am happy to find them good for a year since I plan to get new ones at the beginning of each school year. I'll have to run out to refill next week!
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