The ‘New’ EpiPen

New EpiPen and EpiPen Jr

My son’s Allergist has just upgraded his ‘Junior EpiPen’ to the regular ‘EpiPen’.  The upgrade is based on weight, he is now over 20kg.  With this upgrade comes the new style of EpiPen – have you seen it yet – do you have one?

One of the new changes is that the auto injector, now has a ‘built-in needle-end protection’, that means after you use it you are not left with a needle hanging out and the hassle of disposal (without injuring someone!).

I have registered with EpiPen Club, this entitles you to a free training DVD and an EpiPen Trainer pen, which is great for practice, and for family and friends to familiarise themselves with how to use it.

Interestingly, most people I observe practising (for the first time) on the ‘EpiPen Trainer’, tend to go for the commando style jab, when all you need is firm pressure without the stab style action!  Maybe they have been too influenced by the drama style action from shows like “ER” and “House”!

The EpiPen Club also offers a reminder service, so you get an email when your EpiPen is about to expire – pretty helpful I think.

Most of you would know that an EpiPen (in Australia) costs around $35 per 2 pens (if written on the same prescription) from your Specialist (with a PBS authorisation code).  If you are purchasing without a script it’s around $100 per Pen.

My biggest hassle is carrying it around in summer and remembering to take it out of the car – it has a temperature tolerance that doesn’t like the summer heat!  During the current heat wave in Perth, we have been to the local swimming pool nearly every day, I have to leave my medical kit (with the EpiPen) with the administration desk – it is too hot (39’C) to leave it on the lawn near the pool!

How do you manage to keep your EpiPen within the temperature tolerances?

Finally, the best discovery I have made since starting to blog, is this awesome blog site with some great humour it’s called Food Allergy Fun ; thank you to the talented Tiffany – you can see her work just above.

9 comments on “The ‘New’ EpiPen

  1. Jennifer
    January 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Hi – My son is three and it was just over a year ago we received our first epi-pen. It looked just like these. I’m not sure what the previous pens looked like, but I found these really user friend (in theory – we’ve never had to use one yet, thank goodness!)

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Do you want to join our blog hop for bloggers writing about allergies, eczema, or asthma? It’s basically about linking together and trying to create a circle of sorts.


    • intrepidallergymum
      January 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

      Hi Jennifer
      Seems like we are behind here in Australia! I have had to use two Epipens 😦 – and I have used my expired ones as practice for myself, husband and other people that interact with our son (they work well with an orange or lemon that has passed their prime!).

      I think I have already joined your blog but will double check, feels like a whole new world is opening up!

      Thanks for stopping by! Charmaine

  2. Tiffany
    January 28, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Hi Charmaine ~ Thanks so much for including my cartoon! I hope you don’t mind if added your blog to my sidebar?

    I look forward to learning more from you about living well with allergies in Australia 🙂 Tiffany

    • intrepidallergymum
      January 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      Your welcome Tiffany – so glad I found your blog! Thanks for adding my blog to your sidebar – you’re on mine under the category heading of a ‘dose of laughter’!

  3. bluebutterfliesandme
    October 18, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    I was just talking about these. I have had anaphylactic shock twice, years apart. Apparently it is pesticides on citrus…crazy huh? It is very scary you cannot breathe. Anyway thank you for following and becoming my 303 Follower. I like that number, means your special. 🙂

    • intrepidallergymum
      October 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

      Hi Sindy, thanks for stopping by. Sorry to hear that you have had two anaphylactic episodes, but obviously someone knew how to handle this and thankfully you are alive to tell the story. The immune system is amazing and sometimes scary, I am surprised that a pesticide could cause the reaction, I trust you have your epi-pen with you all the time? I really like your blog and love the spiritual nature of your posts…keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more!

  4. bluebutterfliesandme
    October 19, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    No I do not have an epi-pen, and no one was there to help. My breath was cut off both times for about 40 seconds. I am just assuming it is pesticides on the citrus as, that is all it really could be.

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