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Anaphylaxis drug warning

Allergy sufferers urged to contact GPs after drug recall

Mark Gould

Thursday, 24 May 2012

UK drug regulators have urged people who suffer from severe allergic reactions to contact their GP after a widely used drug to treat anaphylactic shock was recalled.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today issued an alert to healthcare professionals after Anapen – an adrenaline injector used to treat anaphylactic shock – was precautionary recalled by the licence holder Lincoln Medical Limited.

The MHRA says manufacturers discovered a potential problem with the speed and delivery of adrenaline by the Anapen injectors. It stresses that no problems with these injectors have been reported by people or healthcare professionals. But it states that “in the worst case scenario, the injector could fail to deliver adrenaline in an emergency situation when a person has a severe allergic reaction caused by peanuts or other foods, insect bites or stings”.

People with the injectors below at home are advised to continue using their Anapen injectors until they can discuss using alternative products with their GP or clinic.

  • Anapen 500 micrograms in 0.3ml solution for injection in a pre-filled syringe PL 18813/0003
  • Anapen 300 micrograms in 0.3ml solution for injection in a pre-filled syringe PL 18813/0001
  • Anapen Junior 150 micrograms in 0.3ml solution for injection in a pre-filled syringe PL 18813/0002

Gerald Heddell, the MHRA’s Director of Inspection, Enforcement and Standards, said:

“This is a precautionary recall and no problems with Anapen adrenaline injectors have been reported by people or healthcare professionals. People should continue to use their existing Anapen injectors until they can obtain an alternative product and they should make an appointment with their GP or clinic as soon as possible to discuss this.”

Patients can call the Anaphylaxis Campaign website helpline on 01252 542029 if they are worried or have urgent questions.

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