New auto-injector for epinephrine (and other drugs)

Posted on: Tue, 07/03/2001 - 1:01pm
MattsDad's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

A new company that has worked on auto-injectors for the milatary may soon be producing an auto-injector for the private sector. The current model looks a lot like a laundry marker and is designed to be virtually indestructible. It also has a needle that retracts following its use. They are looking at producing an auto-injector that can be filled by the pharmacist with various medicenes including some compounded formulations, and in varying dosages. There has not been any decision yet as to wheather the entire unit will be disposable or if the pen will use a replaceable cartridge. We hope to be getting more information from them soon and will post it here when we get it. There is an unofficial website for them at [url=""][/url] where you can click on demo and download a video which will give you an idea of what the current version looks like and how it works.

[This message has been edited by MattsDad (edited July 03, 2001).]

Posted on: Tue, 07/03/2001 - 3:16pm
MattsMom's picture
Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

wanted to add that we have passed along some suggestions for modifications. Personally, I didn't like the fact that it looked like an ordinary laundry marker (suggestion #1)and that there was no window through which to check for cloudiness of the epinephrine (suggestion #2). Also, the demo doesn't show very clearly how it actually works. It shows the guy tapping on the end of it several times. It actually works like a ballpoint pen. You click it once and it injects. I have NO idea why that guy was gently tapping on the sucker! LOL Apparently the cap has a sort of seal on it too, like a Coke bottle, and the device's 'button' does not pop back up once it's been used, so a depressed tip would mean an empty 'pen'.
Just improving upon your post, honey! [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2001 - 1:30am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

So no "mechanism"? Maybe it wouldn't be heat and cold sensitive the way EpiPens are? That would be wonderful! And it's so small and portable.

Posted on: Wed, 07/11/2001 - 7:57am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

DO you mean it might be possible to get a correctly dosed autoinjector for an infant??
(Our allergist was concerned about the possibility of cerebral hemorrhage in children under 25 lbs with an epi Jr. because the dose is about 50% too high.) He wanted us to stick with an Ana-kit instead. I had to talk him out of this, since two grandparents are very needle-phobic and panic prone. (No way they could load it and inject if needed.)
This is awesome news for parents of PA infants!!! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 06/28/2002 - 7:09pm
MattsMom's picture
Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

Latest info we have on this is that the new injector is currently moving through the testing phase which will allow the FDA (?) to approve it so it can go on the market. =)
They did take my suggestions to heart and have changed the design somewhat (I haven't actually seen the new one, but have been told about it). It now has a red cross symbol similar to the ones seen on first-aid kits, that I've been told makes it quite easy to distinguish as being a medical device as opposed to a laundry marker. Also, they did put a window in so that you can check for cloudiness of the epinephrine. I believe it was said that the replaceable catridge idea had not panned out, so these would also be disposable like the current Epipens. The needle *is* designed to retract back into the 'pen' once used, and the button on the end that you depress to inject the epinephrine will stay obviously depressed after use, so that you will be able to tell if it has been expended or not.
The last time we spoke with the people behind this, we were told that this new alternative to the Epipen will cost a fraction of the cost of the current Epipen, and will be "indestructible". I believe the comment was that it had been designed (and tested) to withstand being run over by a truck...and still function properly.
I believe the (tentative) timetable we were given for introduction into the market was Fall of 2002. Please don't hold me to *any* of this information, though, as I'm running on memory (last we spoke with them was a good 2mo ago...and I've had a lot going on in those 2mo! lol), and they were/are still in the testing phase, so circumstances could still crop to change one or more of these points.
[This message has been edited by MattsMom (edited June 29, 2002).]

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