Emerade pens deliver a dose of a drug called Adrenaline, in emergency situations to people who are suffering from Anaphylaxis.
Bausch & Lomb UK limited, the manufacturer has informed us of a risk of the product failing to deliver a dose of adrenaline from the syringe due to blockage of the needle.
Whilst it’s considered to be a very rare event (2.3 in every 1,000 pens) we’d like to remind patients of the importance of carrying 2 pens at all times.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is not recalling batches of Emerade.
An information leaflet has been produced and can be accessed via the website.
Additional advice for patients is to:
- Check expiry date and replace the pen before it expires
- Use the autoinjector at first signs of anaphylaxis
- Call 999, ask for an ambulance and say anaphylaxis (pronounced as ‘anna -fill-axis’)
- Lie flat if possible with your legs up to keep your blood flowing
- Use second pen if still unwell after 5-15 minutes