Anyone who has anaphylaxis, or knows someone who does, will probably be familiar with the term EpiPen. It’s been the trade name for the auto-injector, distributed by ALK-Abello, for some years and makes treating an allergic reaction quick, simple and easy to do.
However, this month saw the launch of Jext, a new adrenaline auto-injector now made by ALK, available in 300 and 150 micrograms, called Jext. ALK are no longer distributing the EpiPen but instead, their own, new, Jext adrenalin auto-injector.
The EpiPen is now made and distributed by MEDA Pharma so EpiPen and Jext are now competing products, along with the Anapen. The AnaPen is prescribed for adults over 60kg – the needle is longer so it can penetrate further get the drugs to where they need to be. There is not this option with the JEXT or EpiPen.
Jext has an increased shelf life so expires less frequently and also has a mechanism to conceal the needle after use – unlike the EpiPen, where it remains exposed. It looks very similar and works in exactly the same way as the EpiPen. There is loads of information and videos so you can familiarise yourself with how to administer it.
To find out more about Jext visit: http://www.jext.co.uk.
To find out more about the EpiPen, available in adult and junior sizes, visit their website at www.epipen.co.uk.
You don’t have to worry about this, or do anything different, but the next time you renew your EpiPen you may be offered the Jext auto injector instead. I’m guessing that it may depend on different doctor’s surgeries and chemists and what they decide to promote – It ends up being a bit of a marketing game but I’m sure you could request the Jext if you thought you’d prefer it.
If you haven’t already done so check the expiry date on yours now. Remember to register for a reminder on-line or by text, you’ll then be reminded in time to request a replacement – you don’t want to find yours has expired if you do need to use it to treat anaphylaxis. Visit the website to register for email alerts and by phone, text alert your new expiry date to 80818. e.g. if your expiry date is September 2013 you should text alert 092013.
For a laugh watch a video of me demonstrating how to use an auto-injector on YouTube
Did you know about the new Jext? Have you got one yet? What do you think about the new change? Do you like the new name? The name, to me, is a little confusing because it doesn’t really say what it does, but I’m sure we’ll all get used to it.