Government Extend Expiration Dates On EpiPens By Four Months Amid Shortage

August 23, 2018

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Millions of people with food allergies depend on EpiPens to give them quick access to epinephrine in the event their allergy causes their throats to swell and close up.  Epinephrine, more commonly known as adrenaline, a hormone that can help relax muscles. It can open airways and reduce swelling during a severe allergic reaction. While the government has approved a generic version of the auto-injectors, they are not yet on the market and many pharmacies are restricting the number of EpiPens distributed because of a shortage.  However the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)has issued “extended use dates” for some EpiPens that expired in April through October and gives the medication an additional four months. While there has been studies performed that state the effectiveness of EpiPens years after the expiration date, manufacturer Mylan has maintained that the date listed on the medication is the last day they can be sure it is “safe and effective.” The FDA says if you are able to get a new EpiPen during the extension period, you should use that one instead of the old one. Continue to store your EpiPen as labeled, and do not use it if the solution appears to be discolored (pinkish or brown) or contains solid particles. EpiPens has been the center of a pharmaceutical battle as the price of EpiPens has gone up 400% since 2007 with many insurance companies refusing to cover them. It is partly the reason the government approved a generic version that should be on the market soon.


SOURCE: Lifehacker

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