Malfunction reports lead to recall of epinephrine injectors

Having a debilitating allergy often means having to carry around medicine. Many people in Tennessee and around the country rely on injectors that can deliver life-saving medicine in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, these devices can be prone to defects. A recent recall illustrates the importance of letting a company know when something goes awry.

French drug manufacturer Sanofi has said it has received 26 complaints of its Auvi-Q epinephrine injector malfunctioning. According to the reports, the device may not give a patient the appropriate amount of medication when administered. Fortunately, none of the incidents has resulted in any deaths. The company has asked that anyone who has one of these injectors first secure a replacement device through consulting with a physician. Then, the person should return the defective device.

The recall affects roughly 490,000 packs of the injectors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Sanofi Auvi-Q in 2012, and the company notes that about 200,000 people across the country have the injector. The device is intended to be used when someone suffers an allergic reaction to medicine, food, an insect bite or sting, or other event.

When a medical device or drug does not do what it is supposed to, the consequences can be tragic. In this case, it is fortunate that no Auvi-Q user passed away due to the malfunction. However, there are other situations in which people may encounter serious illness and even death. Anyone who has questions concerning defective medical devices should consult with an attorney.

Source: CBS News, “Sanofi allergy injectors recalled,” Oct. 28, 2015

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