If you think you may be impacted by this recall, please follow these steps:
STEP 1: Check the lot number on your carton or device to see if your EpiPen® Auto-Injector is affected by the recall.
STEP 2: If your EpiPen® Auto-Injector has been recalled, contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494 to obtain a voucher code for your free replacement product. Stericycle also will provide you with a pre-paid return package to ship the product back to Stericycle.
STEP 3: Visit your pharmacy with your voucher information to redeem your free replacement.
STEP 4: Send your recalled product to Stericycle. Do not return any devices affected by the recall until you have your replacement in hand.
Stericycle’s hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The NDC on the box ends with “2” because it contains two EpiPen Auto-injectors. The NDC on the individual EpiPen within the box has an NDC ending in “1."
You can confirm if you are in possession of a recalled EpiPen product by checking if the lot number matches any of the lot numbers listed in the above table.
On the auto-injector, the lot number is located at the top of the label in black and preceded by the word ‘LOT.’
On the carton, the lot number is located on the left flap, which is black in color. You will find the lot number written in white and preceded by the word ‘LOT.’
If your EpiPen® Auto-Injector has been recalled, contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494 to obtain a voucher code for your free replacement product. If not, there is no further action necessary.
Stericycle will provide you with a voucher code to redeem a free replacement product. If you called before Monday, April 3, Stericycle will follow-up with your voucher code via phone or email beginning Tuesday, April 4.
Each voucher is valid for one EpiPen 2-Pak or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak, or one of Mylan’s authorized generic for EpiPen 2-Pak or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak. Stericycle will issue one voucher for every two-pack that needs to be replaced. Each two-pack carton contains two auto-injectors.
After you have received your voucher, follow these steps:
STEP 1: Call your pharmacy to inform them that you have a voucher for your free replacement of the product.
STEP 2: Confirm with your pharmacy that you have a fillable prescription for EpiPen or Mylan’s authorized generic for EpiPen on file.
STEP 3: Confirm that the pharmacy has the medication in stock.
Patients may receive either EpiPen Auto-Injector or Mylan’s authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector at the pharmacy as a replacement based on availability. The authorized generic has the exact same drug formulation, has the exact same operating instructions and is therapeutically equivalent to EpiPen Auto-Injector, and may be substituted for EpiPen Auto-Injector.
Mylan is committed to replacing recalled devices at no cost and Mylan would like to reassure patients that there will be no additional replacement-related financial burden to them as a result of this recall.
If you are in possession of a recalled product, call Stericycle at 877-650-3494 to provide you with a pre-paid return package to ship the product back to Stericycle.
IMPORTANT: Do not return any devices affected by the recall until you have redeemed your free replacement from your pharmacy and have your replacement in hand.
It’s that time of the year when runny noses, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats start. It is allergy season. For many people, when spring starts and trees and grass grow they start getting allergy symptoms. Allergies can happen all year, though.
Common environmental allergies can be due to dust mites, animals, pollen, grass and trees, just to name a few. Each of these allergies can happen more often in different times of the year. Grass and trees are often bothersome to people in spring, whereas pollens are in the late summer. Dust mite allergies can be found all year round.
When symptoms are bad, many people turn to medications for help. There are some things you can try prior to using medications. For example, for dust mite allergies you can try using dust mite covers on your pillow and bed. Staying in air conditioning may help symptoms when the pollen count is high. You can also flush out the allergens by using a netti pot or saline eye drops.
Medications that can be helpful include decongestants and antihistamines. Decongestants help relieve nasal congestion symptoms once they have started. Antihistamines block the histamine reaction and help prevent symptoms from happening. They often have to be taken several days to weeks prior to exposure to the allergens. Nasal steroids can also help decrease nasal congestion symptoms and work right at the source of the congestion. There are allergy eye drops that help with itchy, watery eyes too.
If you are having allergy symptoms that are not improving with over the counter medication, it is time to see your primary care doctor to discuss your symptoms. There may be another reason for your symptoms or other medication or treatments to consider. Allergy testing may also be needed to figure out what specifically you are allergic to so that you can avoid the allergen.
This article was originally published on March 20, 2015, and was updated on April 10, 2017.