Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lessons from the Auvi-Q Recall

We do not use Auvi-Q, but my heart goes out to all those affected. Here's some things I've learned as this recall proceeds.

Have two types of epinephrine injectors at all times.

We have more than one set of epi-pens, but not more than one brand. This recall could have just as easily been for epi-pens. When the fervor has died down (so I am not getting an injector someone needs), I will be contacting James's allergist and asking for a prescription for Adrenaclick, which my insurance also covers. 

Replace your Auvi-Q as quickly as possible.

But, in the meantime, continue to carry your Auvi-Qs. They have reports of 26 device malfunctions and "In these reports, patients have described symptoms of the underlying hypersensitivity reaction." I looked up "hypersensitivity reaction" and it is an abnormal immune response. So, basically, the device did not inject enough epinephrine and the reaction continued. Until you can replace your Auvi-Q, I would carry whatever supply you have and, if necessary (as always), give multiple injections until the reaction stops.

Here is a link to the coupon co-pay for epi-pens:

Here is a link to the coupon for cash paying customers for Adrenaclick:

Remember that the app, GoodRx, will tell you where the prescription is the least expensive.

Get your Information Directly from the Source.

This is easier said than done. As I understand it, Sanofi has been very hard to get through to on the phone. And, whoever writes Sanofi U.S.s press releases needs to look for a different job. However, because the information was initially muddled, there were lots of stories making their way around social media. The only way to be confident in your information is to contact Sanofi. Here is a link to the Auvi-Q website . There is a warning message on the home page that callers may get a message that the phone has been disconnected due to high volumes of calls.

What has Sanofi Said:

From the U.S. press release:

The recall involves all Auvi‑Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016.

There is obvious confusion on whether all Auvi-Qs have been recalled or only the ones with the mentioned lot numbers.

From the Canadian press release (Allerject related): 

"Sanofi-aventis Canada Inc. (Sanofi Canada) is recalling all Allerject® (epinephrine injection, USP). The voluntary recall involves all Allerject currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg/ 0.15 mL and 0.3 mg/0.3 mL strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers."

Note that there is no mention of lot numbers.

Tweeted from Sanofi:

And regarding the phones:

Stay Safe!

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