The following link has an update on the Auvi-Q recall and the reimbursement process involved. I was just able to speak with a representative to have a return packet sent to us. Check it out and share this information to help us smile on…
In the following article, Mylan Specialty which markets and distributes EpiPens published the statement below:
“Mylan confirms that EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injectors are not affected by the Auvi-Q® recall, and the company has sufficient supply of EpiPen® Auto-Injector to meet any anticipated demand.”
However, on Thursday when I went to our local CVS pharmacy to pick up our two new sets of EpiPens to replace our Auvi-Qs (one for daycare and one for us), I was told that they only had one left and that they did not know when they would be receiving more. Because it is not their fault at all, I remained calmed and used some humor to lighten the mood. (The woman seemed to be having a stressful day.) As I was leaving another worker whispered to me, “call back every day around 6 pm after the shipment comes.”
When I called back yesterday, I was told that many larger pharmacies like CVS may not be receiving more EpiPens for awhile or at least they have no clue as to when they will receive more. This is due to the distribution process used. The man I spoke to also suggested reaching out to smaller pharmacies in the area to see if they have some available. If so, they could transfer the prescription over to them. The first place we called would have EpiPens available today! Because we hope that we can help even just one person with this information and our experience, we smile on…
The following recall of Auvi-Qs, (epinephrine auto-injectors) was released this evening.
“The company says it is arranging for return and reimbursement of all recalled products, which include lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016.”
The recall includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths. This company states that some of these auto-injectors “have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery.” (See entire article here: Auvi-Q Recalls Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
Like many, many people, this affects us since both sets of my son’s Auvi-Qs were part of this recall. From our understanding as of right now, we are asked to get alternate epinephrine devices (other than Auvi-Q) then follow the information on how to get reimbursed.
“Auvi‑Q is one of three epinephrine auto‑injectors available in the U.S. The other two are EpiPen® and Adrenaclick®. “
By now, most of us know that EpiPens and Auvi-Qs are both used to used to treat anaphylaxis, life-threatening allergic reactions. However, who really knows how these life-saving injectors really work? I know that I did not so I found this article extremely informative. Starting the weekend off a little smarter, we smile on.