Improvements to Epi-pen, Epi-pen Jr.

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I just received the following e-mail from Anaphylaxis Canada (I post that each time not to make it sound as though I'm special - I'm not, my son is simply registered with them, I am not even a member - but so people know where I got the information from to begin with):-

Dear Registrant, We thought you'd like to know about improvements which have been made to the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. For more information, go to: [url="http://www.allerex.ca"]www.allerex.ca[/url] Regards, Anaphylaxis Canada

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On Aug 17, 2005

We have the new Epipen and it is bigger (the new case, that is) than the original one - very disappointing. I was really hoping they would try to make one that is smaller and more convenient to carry.

On Aug 17, 2005

I hope these new cases are available in Canada. I have to get my son new epi-pens, and his will go into his e-belt, so I'll borrow the case. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

B'sMom, they can't shrink the case until they shrink the epi-pen. There was no extra room in the old one, so if the case is made stronger, I would assume that would mean thicker. Also, I recall reading there is now space for the sharpee after it's been used.

On Aug 17, 2005

Got the same info too today csc. It looks really cool. Different colours. I have one that expires at the end of the month so hopefully I will get a new one.

Pam

On Aug 17, 2005

Got the same info too today csc. It looks really cool. Different colours. I have one that expires at the end of the month so hopefully I will get a new one.

Pam

On Aug 17, 2005

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On Aug 17, 2005

Anna Marie, I'm assuming that because the e-mail came from Anaphylaxis Canada that these new ones will be available in Canada as well. As long as they still fit in the MedicAlert Epi-belt, I'll be pleased. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I have two to pick up within the next month or so, so I'll post if I get a new design one or not. I know I just picked one up a few weeks ago and it was the old style.

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On Aug 17, 2005

I wish they would make a more obvious arrow that points toward the injection/needle end. It's still a little ambiguous, IMO.

We had an expired pen that we gave to the teacher aide to practice with and she inadvertently triggered it by slamming the NON needle end into the practice orange! Had that been a real-emergency scenario, we would have been S.O.L because she shot the epinephrine across the classroom!

It was another one of those scenarios that made me realize how differently one reacts in an unusual, unsteady, and nerve-wracking situation!

On Aug 18, 2005

Sorry didn't realize I double posted.

Pam

On Aug 18, 2005

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Originally posted by B'sMom: [b]We have the new Epipen and it is bigger (the new case, that is) than the original one - very disappointing. I was really hoping they would try to make one that is smaller and more convenient to carry.[/b]

completely understand, but would they have a difficult time fitting the force and mechanism necessary to auto-administer (aside from the person holding the epi-pen, which might be the affected individual themselves) an Intramuscular injection into a large muscle group?

On Aug 18, 2005

Is the green one the jr?

This is important. The new twinject has blue and green. The green is the jr.

epi has yellow and green. For people that have both in their home, this will be very important. (I currently carry jr. and adult in my purse at the same time. It is possible that in future I will carry both epi and twinject at the same time.)

On Aug 18, 2005

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Originally posted by AnnaMarie: [b]Is the green one the jr?

This is important. The new twinject has blue and green. The green is the jr.

epi has yellow and green. For people that have both in their home, this will be very important. (I currently carry jr. and adult in my purse at the same time. It is possible that in future I will carry both epi and twinject at the same time.)[/b]

yes the Epi pen junior is green.

I also carry both epi and epi jr.

Ali

On Aug 18, 2005

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Originally posted by MommaBear: [b] completely understand, but would they have a difficult time fitting the force and mechanism necessary to auto-administer (aside from the person holding the epi-pen, which might be the affected individual themselves) an Intramuscular injection into a large muscle group?[/b]

Good question. I remember reading awhile ago (not sure if it was this board) about someone who was trying to invent something with epinephrine that is very small. Supposedly it could fit in one's pocket. For the life of me, I can't remember the name of the guy who was trying to do this. It would be so nice if that were the case. At least women can carry the Epi's in their purses, but for men it must be quite difficult to carry.

On Aug 18, 2005

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On Aug 19, 2005

Yes, yes!!! That's it. Thanks for raising that post! It was driving me nuts that I couldn't remember the name of it. I sooooo hope we see that in the pharmacies someday soon! Wouldn't that be awesome to have something the size of a credit card that we could carry around? It would be so much easier for the guys especially. I'm just thinking ahead when my son is older and will be carrying his own Epi. He certainly won't be too happy carrying the current one as it isn't convenient. But, a credit card....

On Aug 22, 2005

I picked up the 2nd of 3 new Epi-pens I need for the start of the school year - my insurance allows one per month. At any rate, I knew I was getting the old one probably this time, which I did.

Expiry date: September 2006.

Cost: $94.01 Canadian Dollars + dispensing fee

DH placed the order to-day for the one I pick up at the beginning of September. We'll see if that's a new one since I know the pharmacy has to order them in.

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On Aug 27, 2005

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On Sep 2, 2005

Well, I just picked up the Epi-pen I needed for September month (have to check the one at the school, I may need another one in October month yet - one Epi per month on my drug coverage). It's the new design one. I really like it! That new casing is super! Cost was the same as the old style one I got last month - $94.00 plus dispensing fee. Expiry date - January 2007, so 16 months?

Also, it came in a box as well - I've always just gotten the Epi-pen in the holder before, never in a box too.

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On Sep 6, 2005

I waited all these years for something new and all I got was green.

Big Deal!

:-(

I want a smaller size, I want to know that the dose was accurately delivered, I want to know that what is in the injector has not been frozen, and I want it now!

------------------ Pete Ferraro [url="http://www.FerraroFamily.org"]http://www.FerraroFamily.org[/url]

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