Anapen recall prompts call for GPs to review treatment

GPs should review the treatment of people who suffer from severe allergic reactions, the MHRA has said after the adrenaline injector Anapen was precautionary recalled.

The MHRA is advising people who suffer from severe allergic reactions to see their GP or clinic ‘as soon as possible’ to discuss alternative products.

The move follows the precautionary recall of the adrenaline injector Anapen, used to treat anaphylactic shock, by its licence holder Lincoln Medical Limited.

A potential problem with the speed and delivery of adrenaline by the Anapen injectors was found during development work by the manufacturer Owen Mumford Ltd, the MHRA said.

No problems with these injectors have been reported by people or healthcare professionals.

But the MHRA said that, in the worst case scenario, the injector could fail to deliver adrenalin in an emergency situation when a person has a severe allergic reaction caused by peanuts or other foods, insect bites or stings.

The MHRA is advising people with the following injectors to continue using their Anapen injectors until they can discuss using alternative products with their GP or clinic:

  • Anapen 500 micrograms in 0.3ml solution for injection in a pre-filled syringe PL 18813/0003.
  • Anapen 300 micrograms in 0.3ml solution for injection in a pre-filled syringe PL 18813/0001.
  • Anapen Junior 150 micrograms in 0.3ml solution for injection in a pre-filled syringe PL 18813/0002.

Gerald Heddell, the MHRA’s director of inspection, enforcement and standards, said: ‘This is a precautionary recall and no problems with Anapen adrenaline injectors have been reported by people or healthcare professionals.

‘People should continue to use their existing Anapen injectors until they can obtain an alternative product and they should make an appointment with their GP or clinic as soon as possible to discuss this.’

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