EpiPen 0.3mg auto-injector devices have now had their shelf life increased from 20 months to 24 months from the date of manufacture. Expiry dates can be found on the label on the auto-injector device and should not be used after this date. The shelf life for EpiPen 0.15mg auto-injector devices remains at 19 months from the date of manufacture.
Regularly check the solution in the pen through the viewing window to ensure it is clear and colourless. The adrenaline auto-injector should be replaced if the solution appears discoloured or contains particles.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign wishes to make it clear that this is separate to the expiry date extension of 4 months for certain lot numbers of EpiPens. All other lot numbers expire on the expiry date given on the label of the device. Please see more information about the expiry date extension here.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign would also like to reinforce the following advice;
- 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- Ensure you gain a replacement device prior to disposing of any out of date devices.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’).
If you have any questions, you can contact our helpline at [email protected]xis.org.uk or call 01252 542029 for support from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.