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Medical pens recalled

Examples of epinephrine pens that the Center for Disease Control and  Prevention guidelines recommend that schools stock to combat food allergies are photographed in the Washington Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies have helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile emergency medications that can save lives. That effort has now reached the highest level: President Barack Obama's desk. The president was expected to sign a bipartisan bill that offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile epinephrine, considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies. The medication is administered by injection, through preloaded EpiPens or similar devices. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Examples of epinephrine pens. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

The Ministry of Health said a recall has been issued for EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Auto Injector, which are manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies and distributed by Mylan Specialty.

The manufacturer is voluntarily recalling 13 lots of the products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions, said the ministry’s Chief of Drugs and Pharmaceutical Services Gracia Wheatley-Smith.

She added that the devices may contain a defective part that can result in their failure to activate.

That, Wheatley-Smith said, may leave the products not being able to administer the medicine in the case of an allergic reaction emergency.

“Business-places that sell the pens are asked to discontinue the sale of the product with any of the affected lot numbers and to contact Mylan Specialty for further instructions,” the ministry said in a media release from the Government Information Service.

The following is a list of the affected products, Lot Number, Expiration Dates, and National Drug Code (NDC) Number:

epipen-chart

The health ministry further said consumers who may have bought any of the EpiPens in the recall batches can contact Mylan Specialty at 1-800-796-9526 or custumer.service@mylan.com with their queries and concerns. They can also return the products to the place of purchase for a replacement, added the ministry. The lot number can be found on the side of the box along with the expiry date.

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