Epi Pen ????

Updated on February 26, 2007
C.C. asks from Fort Worth, TX
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My daughter is allergic to peanuts and we just went and picked up her epi pen and I noticed that it exp in may 2007. That just doesn't seem to be a very long shelf life for something that you hopefully will not need to use often. Of course if this is the norm that is fine but I feel like maybe the pharmacy just gave me an old one that they had on the shelf and if that is the case I am going back up there. So if someone could check theirs and let me know I would sooo appreciate it!

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L.

answers from Dallas on

My 17 month old son is allergic to peanuts also. I have an EpiPen Jr and the expiration date was one year that I received in back in October. Unless used and need to replace, I only have to get a new one every year.

You got an old one and I would definitely take it back!!

L.

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R.W.

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Hi C., two of my children have Epi Pens (one is a Jr)...yes, they do expire quickly..I think every 12 months. I know they are expensive and it is a pain. I was told that you do need to get a new one each year.

I DO think you were given an old one if you just bought it and it expires in 3 months!!! Should be about 12 months. I"d go back and ask for a new one.

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J.M.

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I have an epi-pen prescription as well. My doctor told me to tell the pharmacy to make sure they had an epi-pen with an expiration date 1 year from when I purchased the prescription. Usually they will check the exp. dates on the ones they currently have - if they expire before 1 year, they usually offer to order a new epi-pen for me. I have had no problem getting this done for several years. When you purchase your next epi-pen, just request an exp. date of 1 year from the time of purchase. Hope this helps! -JM

B.W.

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You should have at least a shelf life of one year and could be longer....take it back to the pharmacy......my daughter requires glucagon and I have had to do the same thing with those....
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A.F.

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Hi C.,
I have a bee alergy and have an epi pen and mine are good for at least a year. I know I didn't get it in the last couple months but mine is good till September 2007. Hope this helps. A.

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A.K.

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My son is allergic to milk and corn so we had to get one n Jan. of 07. Ours doesn't expire until Dec. of 07. I think a year is bout as long out as they go. I would talk to the pharmacy about it and see if they can do something about it. Hopefully you will not have to use it. I hate leaving my son with other people now cause I never know will he will get ahold of something he is not supposed to have. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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C.

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You should be able to get a longer shelf life for your epi pen. I looked at mine, and both of my kids' epi pens expire in March of 2008 and I picked these up at the end of January.

Good luck!

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L.

answers from Dallas on

My 17 month old son is allergic to peanuts also. I have an EpiPen Jr and the expiration date was one year that I received in back in October. Unless used and need to replace, I only have to get a new one every year.

You got an old one and I would definitely take it back!!

L.

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D.S.

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It probably is an older one on their shelf. The new batches should be expiring the end of 2007 or in 2008.

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L.O.

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C.,
My daughter is also allergic to peanuts. When I bring her prescription to be filled I tell them I want EpiPens that do not expire for at least one year. Sometimes they have to order them and they take a few days but I always give myself some time to allow for that.
I still throw them away every year unused, but that is so much preferrable to having her go into shock.
My daughter is 9 years old and has had her allergy since she was 1 year old. If you have any questions or concerns please ask. We have dealt with day care, preschool, elementary school, parties, play dates.
L.

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