The adrenaline auto-injectors prescribed in the UK at present are Emerade®, EpiPen® and Jext®. They are designed for self-use and that is why they are usually referred to as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ or ‘AAIs’.
- Emerade® is the most recent single-use adrenaline auto-injector to become available. It has a needle guard to protect against needle stick injury. Visit emerade-bausch.co.uk
- EpiPen® has a spring-loaded concealed needle. The built-in needle protection keeps the needle covered during and after use. Visit epipen.co.uk
- Jext® has a locking needle shield which engages after use, designed to protect against needle injury. Visit jext.co.uk
Bausch & Lomb UK limited has informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of a risk of Emerade product failing to deliver a dose of adrenaline from the syringe due to blockage of the needle.
We have been in contact with the pharmaceutical companies and have had the following responses;
Patients requiring EpiPen 0.3mg devices should present their prescription to a pharmacy where an order will be placed for up to a maximum of two EpiPen 0.3mg AAIs per prescription.
Patients requiring EpiPen Jr 0.15mg devices can present their prescription to a pharmacy who should be able to fulfil their prescription the same day. However, you should check with your pharmacy to ensure that supply has been received and is available.
We have been made aware that ALK, the manufacturers of Jext®, have no production issues with good levels of stock on both their 150mcg and 300mcg adrenaline auto-injectors. They also have frequent deliveries scheduled throughout the coming weeks.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign would 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- Ensure you gain a replacement device prior to disposing of any out of date devices.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’).
Lynne Regent, CEO of the Anaphylaxis Campaign; “The Anaphylaxis Campaign recognises this is a very difficult time for patients who carry Emerade auto-injectors. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all individuals who are prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector to always carry two devices at all times, to use your auto-injector at the first signs of anaphylaxis and to 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] or call 01252 542029 for support from 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.