Dr Zoe's EpiPen advice

  • Certain batches of adult EpiPen can be safely used for four months after the expiry date has passed

  • Do not dispose of expired devices until you have replaced them. They’re highly likely to still have some effect.

  • If switched to alternative device than Epipen due to shortage. Be aware that different brands of adrenaline auto-injectors are not used in exactly the same way and therefore specific training and advice is required for each of the devices. This can be done by your pharmacist, practice nurse and there are videos online.

  • Junior devices should only be dispensed to children who weigh less than 30kg, the adult pens are suitable for those who weigh more

  • Ambulances carry adrenaline that is not affected by shortages