FDA alerts consumers about EpiPen malfunctions

Manufacturer Pfizer says some devices may not work properly

Megan Lynch
March 25, 2020 - 12:12 pm
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St. Louis, MO (KMOX) - There's a new warning about problems with EpiPens.  The devices are used to administer life-saving medication to people suffering severe and life-threatening reactions.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients and healthcare professionals that brand name and generic auto-injectors are at risk of malfunction.

Manufacturer Pfizer says the devices can activate prematurely if a safety cap is raised or improperly removed.  In other cases, the auto-injectors may not slide out of their cases due to imperfections. 

Patients should contact Mylan Customer Relations at 800-796-9526 if they find an issue with their auto-injector and to obtain a replacement at no additional cost.  Problems should also be reported to the FDA, here.

Click here for the full FDA Alert

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