If you’ve filled an Auvi-Q prescription any time between March and now this likely affects you.

Sanofi, the makers of the epinephrine autoinjector Auvi-Q, is voluntarily issuing a recall of Auvi-Qs with expiration dates between March and December 2016.  This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230.

Sanofi was receiving reports that their devices were not issuing a sufficient dosage of epinephrine.  No fatalities had been reported, but we all know this could have serious consequences.  Sanofi suggests using another epinephrine autoinjector.  Only use these defective Auvi-Qs if NO OTHER EPINEPHRINE is available.

Sanofi recommends contacting your healthcare provider immediately and getting a prescription for one of the other epinephrine autoinjectors.  Initially, customers will have to pay out-of-pocket for them, but I understand that Sanofi will reimburse costs.  Details regarding Auvi-Q reimbursement will be up on the website as soon as they have it available:  www.Auvi‑Q.com.

Customers can call 1-866-726-6340 M-F 8am-8pm with questions.  I’ll warn you:  I waited on hold for a full hour tonight and didn’t get a live person.  My phone died in the process of waiting.  And, I am told that they are only taking name and addresses to send a return box at the moment.  See https://www.auvi-q.com/ for additional information.

If you’re interested, Mylan (the makers of EpiPens) are running a $0 Co-Pay program.  See if you qualify at: https://www.epipen.com/.

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