This recall couldn’t have come at a worse time with Halloween less than 2 days away! We switched over to the Auvi-Q Epinephrine 0.15 mg auto injectors over two years ago for my boys because of their ease of use. They are also smaller and easier for my sons to fit in their coat or jacket pockets. Plus, they even talk to you so it makes it easier for teachers and caregivers to know how to properly use the device in an emergency situation. We love our Auvi-Q’s!
Thankfully, one of my friends who also has children with food allergies, sent me a text this morning notifying me of the massive recall. Sanofi states on their website below that the recall includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016.
I just left my boy’s school and sure enough I had to pull a total of 2 two packs that had been expired. In addition to that I had 3 more recalled 2 packs in our kitchen and my purse where I always carry 4 auto-injectors. Thankfully, I had enough Auvi-Q’s that were not recalled to replace at school. As I was walking out of my children’s school building holding the ziplock bag that contained the 6 two packs that I pulled from the school I ran into one of my best friends. She asked what was going on and I quickly explained what had happened, then started to burst into tears! My anxiety level is about at an all time high today trying to figure out how to replace all of these injectors in a hurry so I have some on hand when I pick my boys up from school. Ugh…the stresses people with food allergies face daily.
Since I do not have any on my person right now and I’m anxiously awaiting my son’s pediatrician to call in new scripts for the Epi-Pen Junior 2 packs. This is my recommendation to everyone who may be in the same boat as myelf right now. In the interim, until Sanofi figures out how they are going to replace/reimburse us for the thousands of dollars of recalled Auvi-Q’s, we can have our child’s doctor call in new scripts for the Epi-Pen Junior packs.
Also this is what the Auvi-Q site states, “Due to high volume of calls being received on the Auvi‑Q customer service phone line, callers may periodically receive a message that the line is down. We appreciate your patience and please call back.” I recommend not calling them like I did and being placed on hold for a decade.
Please click on the link below for more detailed information from Sanofi…hopefully my day will get better once I’m armed with new Epi-pens.