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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*don't* put expiration dates on them to make money (cynic that I am) but I probably wouldn't use one that is a year out of date.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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    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 I have taken Ibuprofen 6 months out of date but I am not taking it for a life saving purpose.

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    Default Re: Epi-Pen

    Kind of twisting the topic of an old thread a little bit here ...
    My epi's expired in Dec & I dutifully got new ones, but I am still carrying the old ones in my day pack, for now.
    as others stated, they dont suddenly implode at 12:01 am the first day of the month after the exp date.
    But , using the pack rats motto, they gotta be good for something.
    What do you do with your expired pens? I think I turned them in to the police dept with a bunch of expired pain killers last year. I may just toss these into the wood burning heater in the shop, or something ... the carry case might be good to sheath a steak knife to cut honey comb with, or store drill bits, or jigsaw blades in my tool box. maybe a case for my queen marking pen, if i go back to marking with a pen.
    I will probably [very carefully] disassemble one of the auto injectors, just to see how they are made.
    suggestions or comments? any one?
    Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.

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    Default Re: Epi-Pen

    Its old, but I kind of know the answer to this. The liquid in Epi pens crystalises over time - the expiry date marks the point they are no longer certain there are no crystals.

    Injecting the crystals is easy - those things fire like the clappers! - but it is agonisingly painful and your body can't move crystals around the way it can a liquid. The only legal pens here have a window where you can view the liquid with a shake to establish if it is still fluid.

    If someone was dying I'd still give an expired pen a shot in case, but a fresh one is the only certainty.

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