A few weeks ago I posted a full article that compared the generic “Adrenaclick Auto Injector” to the Mylan Epi-Pen. I mentioned that our insurance company automatically filled this generic auto injector in lieu of the mainstream Epi-Pen as of January 1st, 2017 when all of the insurance companies changed their RX coverage plans for the new year. I discussed in quite length the pros and cons, and noted that I did not have any confidence in this product because I have not had to use it.
As a follow up here is what I have found:
- It took 6 weeks for me to receive the several “Trainer” pens I ordered online from the website I discussed. To my dismay, the trainer pen when pushed into the thigh, does not make a “click” sound and the spring in the device does not budge at all. It didn’t make me feel like this was the reality of how this pen would actually work if I was using this in an emergency situation.
- I realized the actual auto injectors when dispensed, will not retract the needle once you remove the injector from the thigh after the medicine is administered. I think this is dangerous and how does one dispose of this?
- Although I’m not pleased with either of the two points I mentioned above, this pen was still a $0 co-pay and although not easy to use, I’m sure it would work well if need be.
Again, these thoughts are 100% my opinion. After all of my research and actually trying to practice using this generic Adrenaclick trainer product, we have decided not to let our boys carry these pens. Additionally, we have not taken them to our son’s school either. I just don’t feel confident with this product. This is because it’s so vastly different from Mylan’s Epi-Pen and Auvi-Q, and my concern is that a caregiver of school employee may not know how to properly use this product in an emergency situation, when time is of the essence.
Last week was my boy’s annual food allergy appointment at the University of Michigan where they have been receiving amazing food allergy treatment for the last 6 years! Our doctor wrote new scripts for each boy and stated on the script “Generic for Mylan 0.3mg Epi-Pen.” I then filled these scripts at the pharmacy and the cost was only $35.00 for 2 two packs! The generic Mylan Epi-Pen is actually the same auto injector but significantly less in price. In addition, I have used Auvi-Q’s Patient Affordability Program to order the new injectors for each of my boys! This is paid for 100% by Auvi-Q and is a home delivery prescription service. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this program! We have always be a HUGE fan of Auvi-Q and we’re thrilled they are back on the market! As a mother of 2 boys, the Auvi-Q’s are small enough to fit in their pant or jacket pockets.
At the end of the day, every family needs to do what is best for them specifically. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable carrying a life-saving device that I’m not 120% confident with which is to be used as the first line of defense during an allergic reaction. I encourage everyone to do their own research and make an educated decision. The bottom line is that it’s wonderful that we, as food allergy families, now have more choices when it comes to epinephrine.
Have a great weekend!
Mylan Pharmaceuticals expanded its’ Epi-Pen Recall over the weekend to include the Epi-Pen Jr. and several more lot numbers below. Many of us experienced a similar recall with the Auvi-Q Auto Injectors just over one year ago…this is all too familiar and extremely frustrating! Please click here for the full article on Mylan’s website regarding the recall.
As I have posted a few times within the last week since the Auvi-Q recall, it has been a week of STRESS trying to fulfill refills to replace the total of 9 Auvi-Q two packs for my boys that were recalled. After countless hours on the phone with doctors, pharmacies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and multiple visits to many different pharmacies, I’m happy to report I just picked up the last script of Epi-Pen Juniors at Meijer pharmacy for my boys.
That said, I have to mention a HUGE shout out to the AMAZING customer service I received from the pharmacy staff at the Petoskey Meijer! They were compassionate, understanding and determined to get our insurance company to fill the multiple refills this week! I sincerely thank you all! Oh and thank you to the wonderful customer service at Mylan Pharmaceuticals who manufacturers the Epi-Pen Junior.
We are now safely armed at school, home and on my person with the appropriate number of Epi-Pens my husband and I feel is necessary to be safe at all times with our food allergic boys. This includes 4 auto injectors at home, 4 on my person at all times, 2 per son’s school classroom, 2 per child in the school office medical cabinet and 2 posted in the school cafeteria….Phew! Now I’m completely relieved!
Just thought I would share this update as many have been following and praying for us during this difficult journey over the last 7 days. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. It is a good feeling to know we now have safe medicine in case we face an accidental food exposure. Time to relax a bit!
Please click on the link below and follow the instructions about how to return ALL of your recalled Auvi-Q Auto Injectors for reimbursement:
Last week I posted the voluntary recall of Auvi-Q’s and now the recall has expanded to include ALL auto injectors on the market. 0.15mg and 0.3mg. The lot numbers included in the updated recall have expanded quite a lot! This means the Auvi-Q’s I left at my children’s school that were deemed to be safe under the original recall last week now need to be removed! Now I’m definitely not sure how I’m going to quickly replace the 6 sets of 2 packs at my children’s school. I’m open to ideas from any followers if you have any recommendations on how to quickly refill the Epi-Pen Junior 2 packs???
I’m headed out the door to stop at all of the pharmacies and see how they can help me. I still have not received any type of response from my emails or voice messages to Sanofi from last week. Still never received a phone call from Walgreens where I filled 12+ Auvi-Q scripts last year about the recall! Can you believe this?
This is straight from the Auvi-Q website:
“Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi‑Q® (epinephrine injection, USP). 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 numbers 2081278 through 3037230, which expire October 2015 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery, which may include failure to deliver drug.”