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 adrenaline auto-injectors, 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 available in the UK, and they all deliver the same medicine, in one of three doses (a paediatric dose for younger children and two dose for older children and adults). They are available on prescription from your GP or allergy specialist.
ADULT or PAEDIATRIC (EPIPEN® JUNIOR)
Adult – 0.30mg (300mcg) - for children and adults weighing 30kg+
Junior – 0.15mg (150 mcg) - for children weighing between 15kg-30kg
Shelf life – 18 months from point of manufacture
Storage conditions – do not store above 25ᵒC and do not refrigerate or freeze.
In the absence of clinical improvement or if deterioration occurs after the initial treatment, a second injection with an additional EpiPen® Auto-Injector may be necessary. The repeated injection may be administered after about 5 – 15 minutes.
MEDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd
http://www.epipen.co.uk/ - Tel: 01279 873649
To watch an animated video of how to use an Epi-pen go to http://www.epipen.co.uk/patients/
Please see the EpiPen® website to register your details to remind you when your Adrenaline Auto-Injector is about to reach its expiry date.
Jext 300mcg (licensed for 30kg+)
Jext 150mcg (licensed for 15kg-30kg)
Shelf Life – maximum of 18 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 adults http://www.jext.co.uk/jext-video-demonstrations.aspx
Please see the Jext website to register your details to remind you when your Adrenaline Auto-Injector is about to reach its expiry date.
150micrograms (for infants under 6)
300micrograms (age 6 -12years) 500micrograms (over 12 years)
Shelf Life – maximum of 30 months from the date of manufacturer Storage conditions – do not freeze
Doses based on recommendations of the Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines for Healthcare providers
iMed Systems Ltd www.emerade.com
- Tel: 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 fails 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