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Thread: Epi-Pen

  1. #1
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    Default Epi-Pen

    Got a 2-dose unit of Epi-Pen last year that out-dated in 8 months. I thought it should last at least a year. Does anyone know if it's still any good after more than a year? 2 years?
    Dave

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    Default Re: Epi-Pen

    The pens are expensive, but if you really need one I would not gamble on an expired one. They do not put those dates on them to make money.
    Dave

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    Default Re: Epi-Pen

    I bought a 2-pak in May this year and the expiration is August, 2015. It just depends on what the pharmacy has in their inventory. While mine was fine, the "next" time, I will definitely think to look at the expiration date before accepting it - or ask the pharmacy in advance what the expiration date is and that I want one at least a year out.

    I don't know if I agree with Dave that they *don't* put expiration dates on them to make money (cynic that I am) but I probably wouldn't use one that is a year out of date. Maybe a couple or 3 months but that's about it for me.

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    Default Re: Epi-Pen

    Medicine degrades over time.

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    Default Re: Epi-Pen

    Quote Originally Posted by pndwind View Post
    Medicine degrades over time.
    Of course, but I don't think it stops working exactly 365 days after manufacture.

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    Default Re: Epi-Pen

    Would you really want to take a chance with your life?

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    Default Re: Epi-Pen

    Quote Originally Posted by jbraun View Post
    Would you really want to take a chance with your life?
    I guess it depends on how much you value your life. 365,366,367.... at what point does it become ineffective? I have taken Ibuprofen 6 months out of date but I am not taking it for a life saving purpose.

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