Update for using EpiPen®

The manufacturers of EpiPen, one of the adrenaline auto-injectors (AAI) used to control the symptoms of anaphylaxis, have made some changes recently. Read more about these below.

EpiPen® and EpiPen® Junior with new labels

Following research, the manufacturers of EpiPen® have reduced the time you need to hold the unit against the thigh from ten seconds to three seconds. They have also removed the need to massage the area once the needle has been withdrawn. Even EpiPen® with the 'old' labels can be used according to the 'new' instructions: the product is the same, it is just the method of use that has been updated.

An updated training video is available on the EpiPen® website:


At the time of writing this post, other manufacturers have not issued different instructions for using their AAIs. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when helping a patient administer their injection, or when administering it on their behalf.

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