Social media and even the tabloid press have been covering news that some adrenaline auto injectors are having stock problems, some have even been out of stock, which is a big worry if yours has expired or even worse, you’ve just used your last one for a real anaphylactic reaction.
Being without your life saving adrenaline dose is quite terrifying. I know on the odd occasion I’ve gone out without mine, that moment when I realise it’s not in my bag I am then on hyper alert. I am always really careful and would not eat any food I hadn’t prepared myself if I didn’t have my adrenaline, but I have reacted to airborne allergens before and to peanut dust on aeroplanes and wiped all over a theatre seat – nice! And don’t even get me started about the peanut kiss!
You can read more about adrenaline stock problems online in Allergy sufferers ‘are at risk’ from shortage of life-saving injector pens in shops
I hate it when people use that phrase ‘allergy sufferers’, makes me shudder. We don’t suffer allergies we just get on with life regardless because we have to and we don’t want pity but that’s a whole other conversation I feel.
I just wanted to make a really quick blog about this because this month I have been able to pick up a replacement Emerade adrenaline auto injector at my local surgery with no problem what so ever. They are in stock so if anyone is really concerned and just cannot get hold of their usual injector why not ask your doctor for an Emerade? Especially if you are female as many of our thighs may have too much fat for a normal needle to penetrate to muscle.
Don’t worry about having to learn how to use a different pen either, they are so easy to use and so intuitive they hardly even need instructions. And if you have, erm, healthy thighs, let’s go with that analogy, these injectors also have a longer needle length of 25mm compared to EpiePen and Jext which both have a 16mm needle. The Emerade also comes with a higher dose. If you’re concerned about needle length you can read more here.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign published a press release with more information about stock for Jext and EpiPens here
And Allergy UK also have an update on adrenaline auto injector supply information
Anyone else have an Emerade injector or am I the only one? And anyone else have problems getting hold of their injector?