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Mylan issues US recall of some EpiPen and EpiPen Jrs

Mylan issues US recall of some EpiPen and EpiPen Jrs

About 15 million people have food allergies in the USA, and allergic reactions account for about 200,000 emergency room visits per year, according to Food Allergy Research & Education.

They say there haven't been any confirmed cases involving lots of the injectors distributed in Canada.

The recall affects lots of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. devices distributed between December 17, 2015, and July 1, 2016.

In the event that a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) occurs before you can obtain a replacement, use your EpiPen/EpiPen Jr. product as directed by your healthcare provider and then seek emergency medical attention.

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to a voluntary recall of Mylan's EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.

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Mylan's business practices came under intense scrutiny past year after consumers started to notice that the price of the EpiPen was rising at a rapid rate.

Mylan NV announced Friday that more than a dozen lots of its EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. Mylan brands adult versions with a yellow label and junior devices with a green label.

The defect, if present, would make an EpiPen have trouble activating, either requiring extra force or failing altogether, causing a delay in treatment of a severe allergic reaction.

The recalled items will be replaced at no cost. The recall does not include Mylan's cheaper generic version that the company released late previous year.

The FDA advises consumers to keep their devices until they have a replacement.

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