Anti-allergy medicine EpiPen recall expands to US

Matthew Orr  STAT

EpiPens work by shooting a needle full of adrenaline into your body, which can save your life in the case of an allergic reaction. The recalled devices may contain a defective part that could cause the pens to fail to activate.

Mylan, the company that manufactures them, issued a recall of over 80,000 EpiPens in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan in late March.

Mylan said both reported failures included devices, manufactured between December 2015 and July 2016, that were already included in the original recall.

Mylan came under criticism previous year for jacking up the price of the EpiPen.

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The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. Patients may receive either EpiPen Auto-Injector or the authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector at the pharmacy as a replacement based on availability.

If you have a recalled EpiPen, the FDA says don't toss it out until you get a replacement. For better designation the "adult" dose has a yellow label and the "junior" dose has a green label.

The defect makes it hard for the EpiPen to work during an emergency and could have significant health consequences for someone who is experiencing an allergic reaction. The St.Louis, Missouri-based company initially did not include the United States in the recall, but later added them to the list.

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