Adrenaline auto-injector devices (“adrenaline pens”) are medical devices which deliver a single dose of adrenaline (epinephrine). They have been designed to be easily administered to a person who is having a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
If you have been prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector, carry them with you at all times. Your GP, or Allergy Service should discuss how to manage an allergic reaction, including how and when to use the adrenaline auto-injector device. Your family, friends, teachers and colleagues should also know how and when to give your adrenaline, in case you become unable to give it yourself. It is advisable to buy a placebo device for regular practice.
There are three different devices are available in the UK, and they all deliver the same medicine, in one of two doses (a paediatric dose for younger children and an adult dose for older children and adults). They are available on prescription from your GP or allergy specialist.
ADULT or PAEDIATRIC (EPI-PEN JUNIOR)
A second dose may be required
Shelf life – 18 months
Storage conditions – do not store above 25ᵒC and do not refrigerate or freeze.
MEDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd
www.epipen.co.uk - Tel: 0845 4600000
To watch an animated video of how to use an Epi-pen go to http://www.epipen.co.uk/patient/what-is-epipen/using-your-epipen/#prettyPhoto
Jext 300mcg (licensed for 30kg+)
Jext 150mcg (licensed for 15kg-30kg)
Shelf Life – maximum of 24 months from the date of manufacturer
Storage conditions – do not freeze: needle shield extends after use
www.jext.co.uk Tel: 0118 903 7940
To watch a video on how to use Jext go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjgbwmQy2r8
150micrograms (for infants under 6)
300micrograms (age 6 -12years)
500micrograms (over 12 years)
Doses based on recommendations of the Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines for Healthcare providers
iMed Systems Ltd.
www.emerade.com - 020 3397 8020
To watch a video on use of Emerade: http://www.emerade.com/instruction-video
Remember The MHRA advises that people who have been prescribed and auto injector of adrenaline because of the risk of anaphylaxis should carry two with them at all times for emergency use. You may need a second dose, if the first one fail to work.
Always keep your pens with you and always call an ambulance if you have used your adrenaline pen.
Adrenaline is a short-acting drug and the effects will wear off quite quickly. It is very likely that further treatment will be required. All patients receiving emergency adrenaline should immediately be transported to hospital. Dial 999 and inform the controller that the patient is suffering from anaphylaxis. See factsheet Anaphylaxis and Severe Allergic Reactions. http://www.allergyuk.org/severe-allergy-and-anaphylaxis/anaphylaxis