Charity warns on adrenaline injector expiry

Patients at risk of anaphylaxis should check their adrenaline injectors have not passed their expiry date, the Anaphylaxis Campaign charity has warned.

UK patients are being encouraged to check the expiry dates on their adrenaline injectors (Photograph: SPL)
UK patients are being encouraged to check the expiry dates on their adrenaline injectors (Photograph: SPL)

Around 250,000 adrenaline injectors will expire in December and January. Currently, 210,000 patients in the UK are prescribed adrenaline injectors.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign is encouraging patients to 'check and carry' - to check the device has not expired and carry it at all times.

The campaign is being supported by ALK-Abello, the manufacturer of the Epipen adrenaline injector. Research has shown that around a third of people prescribed adrenaline injectors are likely to have an out-of-date device, the company said.

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