Mylan the manufacturers of EpiPen® & EpiPen Jr®, announced on June 13th 2017 that they had secured permission from the Australian TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) to make changes to the administration of the Autoinjectors.
It is important to note here that the actual devices themselves have not changed. It is just the instructions for use that have been adjusted. A review of studies revealed that the full dose of Adrenaline contained in the Epipen has been administered after just 3 seconds.
The important changes are:
- Reduction in injection time from 10 to 3 seconds:
You only need to hold your Epipen in place for a count of 3 seconds now for effective administration of adrenaline.
- There is now no need to massage following injection of the Epipen:
Studies showed that the massage had little effect on the delivery of adrenaline. Removal of the massage step has been shown to reduce irritation to the injection site. Therefore there is no no need to massage post administration.
After June 2017 we will see the new EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® start to appear in Australian & New Zealand pharmacies.
It is important to state again that the preparation of the medicine HAS NOT CHANGED.
Therefore there is no need to replace your current injector should you need to administer your current Epipen you can inject for 3 seconds rather than the 10 seconds advised on the device, there is also no need to massage the site.
You may also need to update your Anaphylaxis & Allergy Action plan. You can download a new plan via the Australasian Society of clinical immunology and allergy website HERE or talk to your healthcare professional.
The changes are explained in this short video below:
Please share this information with your schools, daycares, friends & family. Anyone who is aware of your allergies or anaphylaxis risks or knows that you carry an Epipen should be made aware of these changes.
If you are looking for more information about Epipens for anaphylaxis look at our fact sheet HERE