Posted on: Mon, 05/08/2000 - 3:45am
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Anonymous (not verified)

I was about to head out to the pharmacy to get my prescription of 2 Epi Pen Jr's. Something told me to call the pharmacy and ask what the expiration date was since I didn't want to replace them soon. I called CVS (the same place we got our last one that the doctor called in) and the lady who answered had no clue what I was talking about. She even asked me to spell it for her. She finally said that they dont have any and when I explained that I bought our last one from there less than two weeks ago she stated that they don't keep them in stock. I ended up calling 4 more pharmacies before I found one that had two. Luckily they don't expire until Oct./Nov. 2001. Have any of you experienced this and what should I do? Call ahead so that they can have them ready before they expire next time? (Hopefully, I'll never have to use them before the expiration date)

Posted on: Mon, 05/08/2000 - 5:50am
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Joined: 05/01/2000 - 09:00

pI ran into this too and had to wait a day before being able to get the pens. I don't think they keep them in stock because of the expiration date issue...although I do not know for sure. If I were you, I would just call ahead next time..or drop off the prescription and ask whether they can fill it or not and if not, how long. I know that we have never had to use the epi pen...knock on wood... in the past 8 years and I end up replacing them due to expiraion date. The only thing is, depending on your child's severity and whether you have complete control of what he eats, depends on whether you have that day to wait for it as to what to do. Good luck/p

Posted on: Mon, 05/08/2000 - 6:34am
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Joined: 11/19/1999 - 09:00

pIt's a good idea to have the pharmacist check the availability of your prescription if you need it in the next few days. Our smaller pharmacy often didn't have my son's medicine on hand (not just the Epipen Jr's.). The larger pharmacy is better, but we've still had to wait on some things for a day or two./p

Posted on: Mon, 05/08/2000 - 1:03pm
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pThank you for your responses. I have never had to deal with a pharmacy not having the prescription. Next time I will call several days in advance of the expiration date so they can have them in stock./p

Posted on: Tue, 05/09/2000 - 2:39am
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Joined: 03/21/2000 - 09:00

pBe careful of the expiration given on the box. As I mentioned in another thread, the expiration date on my son's box stated a little over a year from the time I bought it. A few months later I noticed the expiration date on the epipen container was different. The epipens, if I remember, had already expired after having them for only 4-6 months. They claimed their computer automatically gives all epipens an expiration date of one year./p

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2000 - 6:49am
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Joined: 07/12/1999 - 09:00

pI usually have to wait for the pharmacy to order the epi-pens. One time I got them and they were already outdated! Was NOT happy./p

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2000 - 9:59am
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Joined: 07/05/2004 - 09:00

pMy son's epi-pens recently expired and I had to get new ones. At the pharmacy I was told that my insurance company no longer paid for the epi-pens and I would have to pay full price for them. I was extremely angry. I not only had to call and try to get this waved, but my son's doctor also had to call to say this was a life or death situation and this was a required medication. Well, they are going to pay for them, but when I got the pens they expired in one month, again, I was angry. I told the pharmacy that I wouldn't accept the pens and to get me new ones. He came back with a handfull of them and let me choose which ones I wanted, they all expire in November of 2001./p


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