Epipens

Posted on: Fri, 06/01/2001 - 2:03am
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pI have questions about Epipens./p
pTypically how long does the active ingredient last in Epipens. (Child version)/p
pWhat is chance of it failing./p

Posted on: Fri, 06/01/2001 - 3:16am
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Well, speaking from the perspective of having taught QA/QC principles to engineers (and knowing how manufacturing can work) I would say that the pens (if handled as instructed- no excess heat or cold) are probably 99% effective and perfectly operational from the time of purchase until the experation date on the pen itself. I have heard different stories about how long that is. With the Jr's it seems to be 18 months from the date of manufacture, but whatever you buy will likely be less than that. Anyway, I have also heard that for about three months after the expiration date, the pen should be effective, but that after that it should be discarded. The likely "discard" point is at 95% confidence, but you should keep in mind that this does not mean that 1 in 20 pens wouldn't work at all at that point.... it means that 19 out of 20 would work just as well as the day of manufacture. These estimates are probably based on what Dey estimates normal thermal cycling (cool AC house, hot yard, cool AC car, hot parking lot, etc.) to be as you carry the pen with you and all, so there is a little "slop" built into their numbers: since it is a medical device, they have to err on the side of caution about that.
Wow... I know this was probably confusing.
I hope it helped just a little [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] You could give Dey a call about this,

Posted on: Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:22pm
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Our local police dept has accepted prescription medication, as well as the doctor's office. Have you tried either location? The police here in our area have scheduled turn in for unwanted and expired prescription medication. Just a thought!

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