Changes to administration of EpiPen and EpiPen Junior

 

Changes to instructions on the administration of EpiPen® and EpiPen® Junior adrenaline autoinjector

Mylan UK has recently received an approval for a variation to the administration of EpiPen® and EpiPen® Junior adrenaline autoinjector. This update is in line with changes in the USA, Australia and some European countries. The changes have been implemented based on post marketing surveillance as well as the results of a review of relevant literature.

There is no change to the device or the drug (adrenaline); the change is in the instructions for use as outlined below:

  • Reduced injection time from 10 to 3 seconds – this is based on research confirming delivery of adrenaline for 3 seconds is sufficient.
  • Removal of the massage step after the injection – this step has been removed to simplify the process of administering EpiPen® or EpiPen® Junior.

 

  • It is important to remember that, the effectiveness of the EpiPen® and EpiPen® Junior will not be impacted regardless of whether it is held for 3 or 10 seconds.

 

  • Patients should be reassured that even if their product indicates it should be used for 10 seconds there will be no detrimental impact if it is only used for 3 seconds.  

 

  • The place where the adrenaline is administered is the same for all three injectors; Emerade®, EpiPen® and Jext® are injected into the muscle in the front quarter of the outer thigh. However, the method of administration for each autoinjector varies slightly. Training should be given to all those who might be required to administer the adrenaline in an emergency, such as family members and friends. You can also find help on the website relevant to the injector you carry. For Emerade® visit www.emerade-bausch.co.uk, for EpiPen® visit www.epipen.co.uk and for Jext® visit www.jext.co.uk.

 

  • The adrenaline injectors prescribed in the UK at present are Emerade®, EpiPen® and Jext®. The Anaphylaxis Campaign has contacted ALK the pharmaceutical company that produces Jext® and Bausch and Lomb who produce Emerade® who have informed us that they have, at present, no plans the change the method of administration of their adrenaline autoinjectors.

 

  • We expect EpiPen® and EpiPen® Junior with the 3 second label to enter pharmacies in the UK from November 2017 onwards. There may still be some EpiPen® and EpiPen® Junior with the 10 second label available on the market.
  • The changes above are aimed to improve patient compliance.

Thanks to Anaphylaxis Uk for providing the above information

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Halloween is a tradition that has become more and more popular in the UK, one that brings a lot of excitement and sometimes lack of carefulness. Most Halloween accidents happen from falls and pedestrian-versus-car crashes. A little foresight can make this night much safer for everyone.

Motorists need to take special care to be alert on Halloween and to watch for children who may be darting out from between cars and running across streets. Children may be in places you least expect them, such as walking on roads and jumping off curbs, so you need to take care when exiting and entering driveways, roads, and alleys. Keep an eye out for children in dark clothing the entire evening.

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Meningitis warning to parents – know the signs and symptoms!

This is Kayleigh, one of my students who discussed today how her son nearly died of Meningitis.  She followed her instincts and got help even though he didn’t have a rash.

Kayleigh said ” Kodie had cold hands and feet and a high temperature – at no point did he have a rash.  I knew something wasn’t right so I rushed him straight to the hospital, where they did test and found out he had meningitis.  I didn’t think it would be that as there was no rash, which was all I knew about meningitis.  Parents need to be aware of all the signs as it can save lives”

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Schools given permission to keep emergency Auto-Injectors for Anaphylactic Reactions!

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PRESS RELEASE: NEW LEGISLATION ALLOWS “SPARE” EMERGENCY ADRENALINE AUTO-INJECTORS IN SCHOOLS

10 Jul 2017

New legislation was passed in Westminster this week to allow schools in the UK to keep spare adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for emergency use. AAIs deliver a potentially life-saving dose of adrenaline in the event of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). The legislation comes into effect from 1 October 2017.
A working group, made up of representatives from the Anaphylaxis Campaign, Allergy UK, the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG), and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), has campaigned over the last two years for the Government to amend the Human Medicines Act to allow schools to buy AAIs from a pharmaceutical supplier, without prescription, for use in emergencies. The working group and their respective organisations have welcomed the new legislation which allows school staff to administer an emergency AAI to any child who has been assessed as being at risk of anaphylaxis.
Their campaign gained a huge groundswell of support from parents and teachers: over 1600 parents/carers and 800 teachers completed a survey in 2015 to assess backing for the campaign: over 99% of parents and 96% of teachers supported the proposal. The survey formed a crucial part of the evidence presented to the Department of Health. A public consultation conducted by the Department of Health this year also found overwhelming support for a change in the law to allow schools to hold spare AAIs, without a prescription, for use in emergencies.

A joint statement from the five organisations says:

“The rise in food allergy among young people is posing a significant risk for schools who can be faced with a life-threatening situation requiring urgent action. One in five fatal food-allergic reactions in children happen at school. Schools can now purchase the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, without a prescription.  While not compulsory, we hope many schools will take advantage of this change as part of their duty of care to those children who are at risk of anaphylaxis. This is likely to increase awareness and highlight the need for staff to be trained to recognise and treat anaphylaxis in school. The working group is now developing a website which will provide online resources to support school staff.
For a parent of a child at risk from anaphylaxis, this will provide valuable reassurance that their child can receive prompt emergency treatment while on school premises.
We are delighted that our campaign has delivered the result we hoped for.”

Press enquiries:
For further information, please contact the Communications team at Allergy UK.
Tel: 01322 611 655 or email: press@allergyuk.org

Notes to Editors:

  • Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction. Adrenaline is the first-line emergency treatment.
  • BSACI (British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology) is the national, professional and academic society which represents the speciality of allergy at all levels.  Its aim is to improve the management of allergies and related diseases of the immune system in the UK, through education, training and research.
  • The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK-wide charity operating solely for the growing number of people at risk from severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis.
  • Allergy UK is the leading national patient charity providing a wide range of support, advice and information for those living with allergic disease.
  • RCPCH (The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) plays a major role in postgraduate medical education, professional standards, research and policy towards its mission to transform child health through knowledge, innovation and expertise.
  • BPAIIG (The British Paediatric Allergy, Immunity and Infection Group) is an affiliated specialist group of the RCPCH with members actively involved in the clinical care of children as well as in research and development of new methods of investigation and treatment of allergic, immune and infectious conditions.

With thanks to Allergy Uk – for more information click on the link
https://www.allergyuk.org/about/latest-news/433-statement-new-legislation-allows-spare-emergency-adrenaline-autoinjectors-in-schools

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