Families with allergies were surprised to read about the FDA’s major EpiPen changes this week.
Users are now instructed to hold the device in place for three seconds, rather than 10 seconds, in order to complete the injection.
Nothing about the device has changed, however. When she was studying EpiPen injuries, Dr. Julie Brown with the Seattle Children’s Hospital discovered that the medicine is expelled in less than a second. So a three-second count is plenty!
But that’s not the only change you’ll notice.
In response to numerous reports that patients were suffering lacerations from EpiPen injections, the prescribing information has been revised to suggest holding the patient’s leg firmly during an injection.
While the Auvi-Q™/Allerject™ had a self-retracting needle that was gone in less than two seconds, EpiPen’s non-retracting needle — and 10-second count — increased the risk of a patient squirming, potentially bending the needle or embedding it in their skin.