Epipens and extreme weather conditions

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I keep 2 epipens at DD's preschool, which is a portable classrom and is not heated during the evenings/weekends. I know that technically, you are supposed to keep your epipens between 15 and 30 degrees celcius, but I had asked our allergist about this and he said that since they are inside a plastic case, inside a first aid kit, and inside a backpack, their temperature wouldn't be as extreme as the temperature outside.

I guess my options would be to put them in some sort of insulated carrier, like a padded lunch kit or thermos, OR bring them home every day. I don't really like the latter idea because it involves remembering to bring them each time (I bring our epipens that stay in my purse for the walk to/fro anyway), and for the teachers to have to take them from me and store them every morning.

What does everyone else do with epipens that are kept at school? FWIW, our city is pretty mild, but we're having a cold spell right now and it's going down to minus 10 or so (celcius, so 14 F or so?) this week. Thanks in advance.

On Dec 17, 2008

I accidently left our epipens in our car overnight (which was parked in the garage) in about 30 deg F weather. I called the pharmacist and he said as long as it didn't crystalize, it would be fine. Hope that helps---maybe check with your pharmacist and see what they think. They are very knowledgable and ours is always willing to help.

On Dec 18, 2008

There is some conflicting information on why Epipens cannot be out in extreme weather, even when you call the manufacturer. One parent called and they said, it is the mechanism of the pen that might not work in extreme conditions.

People have used a Frio wallet to keep Epipen at constant temperature. You can find them here... [url="http://www.coolerconcepts.com"]http://www.coolerconcepts.com[/url]

On Dec 20, 2008

Originally Posted By: Mom2angels

I accidently left our epipens in our car overnight (which was parked in the garage) in about 30 deg F weather. I called the pharmacist and he said as long as it didn't crystalize, it would be fine. Hope that helps---maybe check with your pharmacist and see what they think. They are very knowledgable and ours is always willing to help.

Good to know. I think the company says it needs to be kept at certain temperatures to avoid lawsuits if it ever didn't work.

I contacted them some time ago to ask what would happen if they weren't kept at the right temp, and they said that they had not done studies on the effectiveness outside of the optimal temperatures. I'm not sure if I completely believe them, and it makes it difficult for people who live in very hot or very cold climates. My friend from Australia has a bee sting allergy and keeps an epipen in her purse. She is often out on very hot days, and was told by the doctor not to worry about it.

On Dec 20, 2008

Originally Posted By: pfmom2

There is some conflicting information on why Epipens cannot be out in extreme weather, even when you call the manufacturer. One parent called and they said, it is the mechanism of the pen that might not work in extreme conditions.

People have used a Frio wallet to keep Epipen at constant temperature. You can find them here... [url="http://www.coolerconcepts.com"]http://www.coolerconcepts.com[/url]

That's what I've heard too, about the mechanism not working in extreme cold. I've also heard, though, that once it warms back up, it will work again. Probably not a lot of people have tested this out, though. Thanks for the link.

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