Epipen expiry dates

Posted on: Wed, 11/05/2003 - 12:16pm
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Also posted under "Anyone having touble getting an epipen" in Living with peanut allergy.

I don't have trouble getting an epipen, but I do have trouble getting a decent expiry date! This afternoon I spent one and a half hours on the phone trying to find the best date in about 20 local pharmacies. The best I could get was February 2005. Now, some of you might think that's not bad, but I remember buying epipens with an 18 - 22 month expiry date four or five years ago and those extra few months really help.

Anyway, I was mad, and phoned Dey Laboratories. After being passed on to about ten different people, Sharon Heer told me that the FDA had told them to change the expiration date on regular Epipens to 20 months from 27 months. Epipen Junior has always been 20 months, she said.

From where they are made, she said, they go to Dey Laboratories, then to the warehouse, then to the distributors, then to local distributors before arriving at the actual pharmacies. So that process takes about five months!

The Dey telephone number I phoned was:
1-800-869-9005, extension 2810 for Sharon Heer.

I still have to phone Allerex, who distribute here in Canada. I'd like to know how much shelf life is left on the epipens when they receive them, and how can we get them into the pharmacies faster. I don't have a toll-free number for Allerex yet, but will try to find one ASAP. I'll repost once I have contacted them. If anyone out there has a toll-free number for Allerex, would you mind posting it?

Posted on: Mon, 11/10/2003 - 9:49am
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Have you had any luck getting a hold of Allerex? I am having an awful time trying to find a decent expiry date as well as getting a trainer. I live in Ontario, Canada. Have you found a good pharmacy for epi-pens?
Quote:Originally posted by KateB:
[b]Also posted under "Anyone having touble getting an epipen" in Living with peanut allergy.
I don't have trouble getting an epipen, but I do have trouble getting a decent expiry date! This afternoon I spent one and a half hours on the phone trying to find the best date in about 20 local pharmacies. The best I could get was February 2005. Now, some of you might think that's not bad, but I remember buying epipens with an 18 - 22 month expiry date four or five years ago and those extra few months really help.
Anyway, I was mad, and phoned Dey Laboratories. After being passed on to about ten different people, Sharon Heer told me that the FDA had told them to change the expiration date on regular Epipens to 20 months from 27 months. Epipen Junior has always been 20 months, she said.
From where they are made, she said, they go to Dey Laboratories, then to the warehouse, then to the distributors, then to local distributors before arriving at the actual pharmacies. So that process takes about five months!
The Dey telephone number I phoned was:
1-800-869-9005, extension 2810 for Sharon Heer.
I still have to phone Allerex, who distribute here in Canada. I'd like to know how much shelf life is left on the epipens when they receive them, and how can we get them into the pharmacies faster. I don't have a toll-free number for Allerex yet, but will try to find one ASAP. I'll repost once I have contacted them. If anyone out there has a toll-free number for Allerex, would you mind posting it?[/b]

Posted on: Mon, 11/10/2003 - 11:22am
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I purchased a epi-pen jr dual pack last month and it comes with a trainer now. The expiration date was Feb 2005. I shopped around to 5 different pharmacies for the best date I could find. My insurance doesn't cover it so I wanted to get the most for my money ($110 us!!)

Posted on: Mon, 11/10/2003 - 12:28pm
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pjmom,
I haven't managed to contact Allerex yet, due to working hours, but hopefully will do on Wednesday if I get home fast enough from work. The time difference between east and west coast makes it more difficult. As soon as I get hold of them I'll post. If you're not in a rush for the epipens, hold off, but I was in a rush - they'd just expired at the end of October, first time in fourteen years I'd missed the expiry date. I think this was because I am putting more and more responsibility onto my son, who is now 17. He WAS the one who noticed it [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 9:35am
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I finally got hold of Allerex. I called their regular number on Friday and discovered they were closed on Fridays! I left a message and the call was returned today (Monday). They don't have a toll free number.
I was NOT impressed with the person I spoke to. He was quite obnoxious, telling me that I was lucky to have found a 15 month expiry date, that was great, and never did tell me how much time was left on them when they receive them at Allerex, which was my question to him.
He said that they are manufactured with a 16-18 month expiry date at Meridian Medical Technologies, who then give them to Dey Labs to distribute. I asked him which was it, 16, 17 or 18 months, because it wouldn't be all three, and he didn't answer that one either. I had told him that Dey told me they were manufactured with a 20 month expiry date, and he said no, 16-18 months. Basically, he didn't care, had no telephone manners and knew that I had to buy them anyway. Unfortunately I never did get his name.
Could you all tell me, US, Canada and other countries, what is the best expiry date you find when you buy an Epipen? When I bought my last ones they had a 17 month expiry date, and that would be [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]yes, 17-18 months ago.
Meridian Medical Technologies was taken over this year by King Pharmaceuticals, so I will try to contact either of them to see what they say.
I really would appreciate other people's input on this, so that I know if I have somewhere to go with it or not. Thanks:mad

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 10:46am
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The epi pen we purchased about 2 months ago has a Jan 2005 exp date. (US)
So about 15 months. The exp dates the pharmacy had were less than a year. I requested [i]they order one in[/i]. They did. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
However, I will say that *the particular insurance plan* my family has has never denied additional prescriptions purchased under *a year* apart. I even ordered *four* pens at one time with a script from the physician. With healthcare companies tightening belts, I might have to make phone calls next time.
Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Results may vary. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 11/27/2003 - 11:54am
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Thanks, MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] So far yours is the only reply, and I really would like to know what kind of dates other people get in other parts of Canada and the USA. Any takers? Should I repost under another message heading?

Posted on: Thu, 11/27/2003 - 11:59am
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I think our last set had about a year on them when I picked them up. From the looks of it, we are the only family who purchases these from our pharmacy. When I take their 2-set of the jrs, the re-order and I take those as my back up a few weeks later.
We've not have insurance balk at paying though, so the expiration hasn't been a major issue.

Posted on: Mon, 12/01/2003 - 10:53am
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Any more takers for giving me epipen expiry dates found recently [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 12/02/2003 - 8:25am
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I posted an answer prior to you asking the question, so maybe you didn't see. I purchased an Epi jr dual pack in Oct. with an Expiry. date of Feb 2005. I shopped around and that was the best date I could find. For me, it's an economical reason for looking for the longest date possible. My insurance does not cover it. It cost $110 US.

Posted on: Tue, 12/02/2003 - 9:45am
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hmmm...I was jipped....the ones I purchased (first time buying them and naive I guess) had an 11 and 12 month expiry date. Next time I'm going too bring it to their attention.
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