MEDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd, the sole distributor of EpiPen® (adrenaline) auto-injectors, is committed to the support of patients with anaphylaxis and understands the need for patients to be fully aware of why they must always carry their EpiPen® – and know how to use it! The need for this is clearly illustrated by published reports that 25% of patients receive no training in how to use their pens, while others do not use them quickly enough due to reticence or ignorance of the need for speed. 1,2,3,4,5
MEDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd offer a number of support items and services to help you provide comprehensive support to your patients who use this device; please see below. In addition, MEDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd has a CUSTOMER SUPPORT LINE – please telephone 0845 460 0000
To watch an expert from the Anaphylaxis Campaign talking about advice and support groups please click here and to hear how patients at risk of anaphylaxis can best support themselves click here. >
The information given here is a check-list of the key points for you to discuss with your patients.
Make sure patients travelling abroad, either through work or holiday, know to take their medication with them.
ABOUT INJECTING EPIPEN®
EpiPen® is designed as emergency treatment only, so patients should be advised to always seek medical help immediately after use by calling for an ambulance and stating ‘anaphylaxis’. Patients should never drive themselves to hospital.
Patients should also be advised to:
- have their EpiPen® available at all times
- carry 2 EpiPen® wherever they go
- check the expiry date regularly and make sure to register their EpiPen® with the Expiry Alert Service
- stay laying down or seated and if at all possible have someone with them immediately after using EpiPen® until they are assessed by a paramedic. Unconscious patients should be placed in the recovery position
- avoid hitting zips, buttons, buckles, seams and pocket contents (there is no need to undress)
- check the viewing window regularly to make sure the solution is clear and colourless
- remember that each EpiPen® can only be used once
- practise regularly with a trainer device.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity to exclusively meet the needs of the growing numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) by providing information and support relating to foods and other triggers such as latex, drugs and insect stings.
Allergy UK is the country’s leading medical charity dealing with allergy, with a dedicated helpline manned by a team of fully trained allergy advisors. It provides invaluable support and information for sufferers of allergies, intolerances and sensitivities.