EpiPens have been through quite a bit of drama over the past year. First, it was the spike in prices and now over 80,000 are being recalled.
The company Mylan is recalling EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. (the children’s version) in eight countries. At first, the company recalled from countries such as Norway, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. However, on Friday, the company also issued a recall for products sold in the U.S. This recall effects products sold between December 2015 and July 2016.
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“This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices failure to activate,” the FDA stated in a news release. The response came directly from two cases, with which consumers suffered life-threatening attacks but were able to get to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The recall impacts about 81,000 EpiPens, however, the company feels that the number of actual failures is much smaller. Still, they’re playing the better-safe-than-sorry card. Patients that may be affected can request a replacement at no cost.
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