Advice concerning the EpiPen® Shortage

There have been shortages of EpiPen® in the UK and other countries for several months. The manufacturers of EpiPen® and EpiPen® Junior, Mylan, are now out of stock and interruptions to the supply are anticipated to continue for the remainder of 2018.

The medicines regulators have agreed to extend the use-by date for some 300micrograms EpiPen® by more than four months. Please see the table below for information on these batches and the new expiry dates. The extension does not apply to the 150 microgram version, given to children under 30kg.

LOTLabelled Expiry Date (end of the month)Extended Use by Date (end of the month)

6FA794J

07.2018

11.2018

6FA795Y

07.2018

11.2018

7FA112F

09.2018

01.2019

7FA106B

09.2018

01.2019

7FA283B

10.2018

02.2019

7FA251D

10.2018

02.2019

7FA250B

10.2018

02.2019

7FA265C

11.2018

03.2019

7FA265B

11.2018

03.2019


The medicines regulators have advised, that for other batches of EpiPen ® and EpiPen® Junior: you should not dispose of expired devices until they have been replaced as it will not actively cause harm if used after the expiry. As per the normal protocol, call 999 after administration of the EpiPen® and use the second pen if there is no improvement after 5-15 minutes.  The regulators state that it is still preferable to use a device even if it has expired, rather than no device at all, if an in-date auto-injector pen is not available.

If you require further advice or information, please speak to you GP or pharmacist who can support you.