How long will an EpiPen work after its expiry date?

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  1. Robert Payne

    That is a most interesting article. I have often wondered about that myself. I have been involved in the medical field whereas my involvement is directed at establishing access to affordable health care and controlling cost. This one single issue could save an emense amount of money and lower health care costs by a significant margin. Well with further study.

    • Sue Sweet

      Robert, Thank YOU for your information and absolute frankness or honesty. I have been a practicing registered nurse for over 40 years in this Country. BIG PHARMA and AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE programs have had a tight grip everyone’s personal income for decades. Diabetics are forced to purchase their own injectable insulin, syringes, blood sugar testing strips, insulin pumps for years. They have never had coverage for any of their daily life sustaining supplies. I now am under Medicare Rules. Even with Drug Insurance Coverage the policy will not reimburse you for INJECTABLE EPINEPHRINE. Sincerely, Sue Sweet BSN MACEP

    • Rachel Ball

      I understand that businesses in the drug industry is not a good one they charge thousands of dollars for medicines that save a life but small amounts for the meds people get addicted to. My spouse has hep c and twenty eight pills cost almost $27,000. But if I want zanex or hydrocodone type meds I could get it for lease than ten dollars. As a person who is in a dilemma I feel out government should step in and help this type of situation. I understand that some rxs. Are not. Good after expiration but those that are should be given to those who are not capable of paying for them and it would save Medicade and Medicare so much money it is unethical for our government not to take advantage of the savings and have extra money to help more of our citizens instead of them feeling that there is no sense in trying to get help because they could not afford it anyway. We as a nation need to look into this matter and help our fellow Americans. I would check to see who is invested in the meds world and maybe sure our elect is not making a profit at Americans welfare and. Well I will stop now

      • DrM

        Well you’re ignorance is shinning through! Someday when you or a loved one is not able to get out of bed because you the constant pain they’re suffering joining the other 50 million people with chronic pain that disrupts their lives and the 20 million people whose lives are destroyed by the high impact pain they suffer then you won’t think that the pain medication that keeps them wanting to live and not commit suicide is as valuable if not more valuable than the insulin that keeps peoples blood sugar under control! I mean after all the diabetes have the options of eating a healthy diet and exercise to control their diabetes, ghe bedridden high impact pain patients have no such options only the MEDICATION you think is worthless. Also since your not able to get this through your head opioids don’t cause addiction, a mental health problem coupled with a genetic disorder is the only way to become addicted! Only 0.06% of people who are prescribed pain medication ever go on to develop addiction! You’re more likely to become addicted to that glass of wine!

  2. Ruth Baker

    I find your comments regarding the epipen expiry life closure to what I had been told in the past,
    but this morning I went into a local pharmacy to hand my expired epipens in for them to dispose of
    and I was told they could be used if needed for at least 5 years after the expiry date. Is this correct?

    • M Faulson

      I recently had to use an EpiPen that had a 4 year old X date after being stung by a hornet. It WORKED Fine!!!

      • Sue Sweet

        M Faulson, Thank YOU for your honesty and input. BIG PHARMA and AFFORDABLE HEALTH in this country have a tight grip on American’s personal finances. I practiced nursing for over 40 years in this USA. With PREexisting conditions like DIABETES working and insured Americans are forced to pay for injectable insulin, syringes and blood slugar testing strips out of their own pocket. I am now a MEDICARE health consumer. Even with paying my own pharmacy insurance. this insurance will not pay for Injectable Epinephrine !! or even give YOU any discounts !! Sue Sweet REGISTERED NURSE, BSN

    • Sue Sweet

      Ruth Baker, Thank you for this information. The pharmaceutical companies in this country have a tight grip on everyone’s finances and affordibility !! I am a registered nurse and have been for over 40 years. The health insurance companies and BIG PHARMA have taken advantage of Americans for decades. I am under MEDICARE rules and regulations. Guess what ?? MEDICARE HAS CLAMPED DOWN ON MANY preexisting conditions. Diabetics still have to pay for INJECTABLE INSULIN, blood sugar strips and needles to inject this daily .

  3. Dereje

    I need to know about adrenalin injetion. What happen if I use for the Patient adrenalin injection after expired.

  4. Rebecca

    It would also be helpful if someone would post a photo of the discolored epipen, since the product says do not use if discolored. The liquid already has a slight tint to it, and it would be helpful to see one side-by-side with a discolored one.

  5. Susie criwley

    I just went through my EpiPens and they expired in 2014, 2016 and 2017. I’m going to use the 2017 first then the 2016 when I need it. Your article was very helpful.
    Thank you

  6. Susie Crowley

    I just read all the comments. I inherited food allergies from my grandmother. I started in my 30’s. One of my sons inherited my food and bee allergies which started in his 20’s. My Dr ordered a 2 pack EpiPen for me and I gave one to my son who couldn’t afford to pay for them at the time. He has a 9 year old son who we are praying doesn’t inherit our allergies. Although my son and I both are allergic to MANY foods. We are allergic to different foods.

  7. Tom Turcotte

    Yes I’m looking at my expired EpiPens and thinking what a waste. I was looking at the little window and the liquid still looks clear to me, seems like their should be something could be done with these pens. I just read the pens are good up to fifty months, is this correct?

  8. Alex Smythe

    Amazed by how many comments are from people in the US (this being a Canadian site). I can’t believe they charge $600 for two pens in the US for a lifesaving drug! Seems a disgusting way to make such a huge profit. Luckily I’m Canadian and my epi pens don’t cost me, but it rules me when I hear this type of thing since I have so many dear friends in the US. I wonder how many in the US know that their government spends more money per person (nearly double what Canada pays!) on healthcare… yet you’re also expected to pay for doctors, hospital visits, and crazy high drug costs. I personally wish Americans would revolt about this. Pretty much every other western country has free health care and yet the US pays more per person than any of them. VOTE people. You need a leader who actually cares about your citizens!

  9. David Di Mino

    I’m new to be allergies of yellow jackets just used my first EpiPen the articles were very helpful considering I pay $110 for 2 pens . Fall is here and I was just stung but it’s good to know the pens have a longer shelf life .

  10. Janette Martin

    My daughter is Alergic to bee stings she has a Epi pen usually renews it every 12 months, how long after the use by date should it be renewed,
    Janette Martin.

    • Justine Phillips

      My Dr told me if the liquid was clear it was still good.I learned to look at the expiration date when I get a new one.If the date isn’t at least one year out I ask for a newer one.

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