Question on Epipens


I was just wondering... how many epi-pens do you have at one time and how do you stagger refills (if more than one)? I currently have about 4-5 2-packs at various locations (daycare, my parents, my purse, home, etc.)

Wherever I have one, I keep a 2-pack. maybe I'm overthinking this, but I was just wondering how you stagger the expiration dates? I know with that many epipens, I should have different expirations, to be sure they're from different lots, in case of a malfunction. And I split any individual 2-pack up so the 2 pens I keep together are actually from 2 different lots with 2 different expirations.

I'm just wondering if it's Ok to have them all close in expiration date (ex: Oct, Dec, Jan). Or if I want some to have an expiration date in the summer, for example, in case there are problems refilling or something that I'd still have a couple a ways out? Or does it really matter?

Just wondering what everyone else does.

Thanks. Berit

On Dec 19, 2007

I have three , total, on that stays in the office at school, one my child wears every day to school, and one I have in my purse that epired in Set , but I was told if it is not cloudly than it can be good for up to 6 months after , I wish I had more , but I have to pay out of pocket for them. I should try for insurance but I think I might not qualify because of my child and husbands medical history.

On Dec 19, 2007

maphiemom, if you don't mind me asking how much do they cost out of pocket? I'm going to have to pay full price for the next one since there's a lapse in my coverage...

On Dec 19, 2007

I have 6 pens that are current on exp date but then I have 4 PA kids!!! I never leave my pens anywhere that my kids are not (ie they are not left at grandparents, friends etc) when I hand the pens over each time its a fresh reminder that my kids need special care, I go over food choices then too and that person knows where the pens are. Also I wonder what may be done with the pens when my kids are not there - ie stored by a heat source or something that may reduce the effectivness.

My pens all have the same date, my Doc wrote the RX that this was a 90 day supply for me so it didnt cost me a fortune. This is generally enough pens that if my kids are in diffrent places that there is at least 2 pens with each kid at all times.

I also keep the last round of pens as back ups incase of failure or in the strange event that all 4 kids are in 4 diffrent places. One of my friends is a pharmisist and she said that as long was we watch the temp control and they are not cloudy they are most likely fine. Meds dont magically loose their effectivness on the Exp date. Worst case she said they may just not be as strong if you get pretty far from the exp date, in which case I would be prepared to use a 2nd one.

That said, you have to do what YOU feel comfortable with. Dont hesitate to talk to your Dr or pharmisist.

On Dec 20, 2007

Originally Posted By: bhcassidyjj

maphiemom, if you don't mind me asking how much do they cost out of pocket? I'm going to have to pay full price for the next one since there's a lapse in my coverage...

They are just over $100.00 each , Twinject is the same and has two needles, so I might go for that nest time for both my daughter and husband. My husband did have coverage early on through his work and they were a mere $9.00 , oh to have those days back.

On Dec 20, 2007

I have 2 in my bag at all times, my son has 2 at school and my mom has 2 at her house. I need to check the expiration date at my moms...and thank you for the tip about lasting past the exp date, since I am almost positive that hers expired in Sept.

So far we have been lucky with our insurance, but they do cost around $25 per pen for us.

On Dec 20, 2007

Well I got the prescription filled today...$138.99 for the 2-pack. Its so frustrating to pay that much for a medicine you hope you'll never have to use! I can't wait to get our insurance back, with our last insurance is was $35 for one and $70 for the 2-pack. Maybe our new insurance will have even better coverage, dh just changed jobs.

On Dec 26, 2007

Thanks for the responses! I'm still trying to get used to it all. Although he was diagnosed about 1 year ago.