epipen life....

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2007 - 6:06am
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Okay, I just refilled my sons Epi Jr's...got home and looked, they expire in Dec.......geeez, not even a year! So I thought I would ask, about how long is the life of your Epipen usually?? That seems VERY short to me, especially when I have to pay out of pocket(so 2 pens costs me $116...I need to get 4 more, ouch!!). I almost want to take them back and ask for something with a longer life, that's terrible! I think our last one lasted 1 1/2yrs....is that typical?? Thanks

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2007 - 9:22am
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I always check at the pharmacy. If they aren't at least one year before expiration, I will not accept them. I recently got one that had an expiration 1 year and 4 months from purchase!!!

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2007 - 9:25am
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That happened to me once and the pharmacy would NOT take it back. Now, I call the pharmacy BEFORE I give the prescription and ask what the expiration dates are on their epipens in stock. I have found one year is typical.

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2007 - 10:21am
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Okay, I just picked them up today and they expired in Dec...so just under a year. I called(it was Kaiser) and she said I could bring them back, the oldest they had was good until March 08...so I got 3 extra months, that helps when you have to pay for these things. At first the rx *helper* said they were good for a YEAR past the exp date...what??? I had her ask the pharmasist, no, they expire the last day of the month listed, thought so! I do wish they lasted longer though. Now we'll go shoot our expired epi's into some oranges....that's a good way to have hubby or grandma do a little *practice*!

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2007 - 11:33am
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Last time I got mine refilled I found some that expired 1 yr. and 8 mo. from when I refilled [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I called around to all the Walgreens and had them look. Turns out the Walgreens I always go to had the best deal. I asked the pharmacist, and he told me to call a month before I needed a refill and they will order a "fresh batch" and reserve it for me. How nice!
I'm not sure every pharmacy can do this though. I used to be a pharmacy tech for CVS and it gets busy/hectic/etc. and not every pharmacist is nice enough to offer.
Adrienne
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