Health Canada is advising EpiPen and EpiPen Jr users to check devices as auto-injectors may remain stuck inside their storage tubes, which could result in a delay or prevent urgent treatment, and so cause disability in the patient or even death.
The warning comes after Pfizer Canada advised the agency that the label was improperly applied to a small number of devices and could remain stuck inside the storage tube. Some devices may not come out easily, or not at all.
The affected products have an expiry date that runs from April 2018 to October 2019.
Pfizer has indicated that it does not order product recall as it believes pharmacists and patients are able to mitigate risks by ensuring that devices are functioning in advance.
According to the company, no incidence of failure related to this problem has been reported in Canada.
EpiPen auto-injectors are used to provide urgent treatment to patients who are at risk or have a history of life-threatening allergies.
Jocelyne Bennett is a general assignment reporter at Spruce Tribune. She has covered sports, entertainment and many other beats in her journalism career, and has lived in Hamilton for more than 6 years. Jocelyne has appeared periodically on national television shows and has been published in (among others) The National Post, Politico, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Wired.com, Vice and Salon.com.