30th July 2019
Statement from Bausch + Lomb in the UK – Supply Status of Emerade Adrenaline Auto-Injectors
Bausch + Lomb is committed to helping ensure that patients have access to the medicines they need, and we are working diligently to help supply the market with this critical medicine. Over the last year we have seen a large increase in demand for our products due to supply issues with EpiPen and we have worked very closely with our manufacturing partners to substantially increase production across our range of Emerade 150mcg, 300mcg and 500mcg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors(AAIs) to help support patients.
Please note a Caution in Use Notification was issued by the MHRA on the 11th of July regarding Emerade.
All stock manufactured after the 30th of June 2019 will have the corrective actions referred to in the notification implemented.
Emerade 500mcg (Adrenaline Tartrate)
We are currently experiencing some delays in the next supply of Emerade 500mcg (Adrenaline tartrate) which will not be available until the 28th of August in UK wholesalers. This is caused by manufacturing issues experienced by our Swedish manufacturing partner, relating to its production line, which has led to a temporary decrease in output.
Emerade 300mcg (Adrenaline Tartrate)
A limited supply of Emerade 300mcg (Adrenaline Tartrate) has been distributed to wholesalers and we are working with our supply chain to ensure that this is optimized to be available to patients with a valid Emerade 300mcg prescription. The next shipment will be available in September.
Emerade 150mcg (Adrenaline Tartrate)
There is good supply of Emerade 150mcg (primarily a paediatric dose) which should be available in pharmacy and wholesale.
Bausch + Lomb advise that patients should seek advice from your Health Care Practitioner on suitable alternatives should your current AAI be unavailable.
For medical information enquiries please contact Lizanne Kombrink (Pharmacovigilance and Medical Information Officer), Tel: 0208 781 5523, Email: [email protected]
The Anaphylaxis Campaign would like to reinforce the following advice;
- If you are prescribed an alternative AAI device, ensure that you know how to use it and train others that may need to use it in an emergency.
- Always carry two adrenaline auto-injectors with you at all times.
- Ensure you have registered the expiry date of your devices on the relevant manufacturers websites to give you ample warning when a new prescription is required.
- Ensure you gain a replacement device prior to disposing of any out of date devices.
- Always make sure you have a trainer device which can be ordered from the manufacturer’s websites for free:
- Make sure that your family and friends are familiar with the device you have and how to use it.
- In an emergency call 999, ask for an ambulance and say anaphylaxis (pronounced as ‘anna -fill-axis’).
You can contact our helpline and information team at [email protected] or call 01252 542 029 for support between Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.