April 26, 2012
For more than two million Americans who are allergic to insect bites or stings, such as those from bees and ants, spring is a time for heightened awareness when outdoors.
For most insect allergy suffers, being prepared for this time of year means carrying an EpiPen. These are devices that are used to inject epinephrine into an allergy sufferer’s bloodstream in the event of a bite or sting. The epinephrine then works to stop the body from swelling, which is a reaction to the poison from the sting or bite.
Hospitals also use the drug for a variety of procedures such as resuscitation from cardiac arrest following anesthetic accident or to prolong the action of intraspinal and local anesthetics.
However, the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall yesterday on a batch of American Regent’s Epinephrine injections. The company recalled Lot # 1395 of the drug because of discoloration of the medication and visible parts and debris floating inside the vials. The company has asked anyone with the affected medications to contact the manufacturer or the location where you received the medication to get a full refund or replacement.
The North Carolina Defective Product Lawyers with HensonFuerst Injury Lawyers would like to remind all EpiPen users to check their devices to ensure they are not part of the affected lot, and also to check the expiration dates on old pens to make sure the medication is still viable.