March 18, 2010

New Epi-Pen Design

Patients may have noticed that the Epi-Pen now looks different. The "old" epipen was completely circular with grey safety and black cap.

The new epipen has a blue safety and an auto-injector orange cap that automatically expands to cover the needle after use to prevent accidental needle stick. Also, the instructions on use is much easier to read as the shape of the epipen is oblong instead of circular. Much better overall design in my mind!

All our patients on allergy shots are given epipen to have on hand in case of anaphylactic reaction.
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Fauquier ENT

Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.


Anonymous said...

new epipen not nearly as nice. it's bulkier, heavier and doesn't fit it inside e-belt.

Anonymous said...

The new design just sucks! To me it was all about making it cheaper so they can make more money. The new design allow the Epipen to fall out of the tube easily when in a woman’s purse and the blue tab can then get pulled out too. The old design was based on a military specification and was very sturdy. Hopefully Epipen will return to the old design again!

Anonymous said...

New design is horrible. Not only bigger, but less protection for the device. The new design has flip top that doesn't seal a securely as the old screw top, and it also has sharp edges. I carried the old one in my pocket, this one keeps scratching my hand every time I reach into my pocket. You'd think for a product that is so important to carry with you at all times, they'd think about that when designing it.

Anonymous said...

we need the old design back!!!! how can small children carry their epipens when they are sooooo bulky and big. And it is recommended to carry two epipens at all times. How unfortunate!!!

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