Recall Alert: The Scary Reason You Could Get a Free Replacement EpiPen

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Remember when everyone was panicking about the price of EpiPens and trying to figure out how to save on these potentially lifesaving devices?

Manufacturer Mylan eventually released its own generic version, and a few other lower-cost options have come on the market in the last few months.

But if you paid out the wazoo for the name-brand Mylan auto-injector, this is scary news: The company is recalling a bunch of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr packages.

The Scary Reason for the EpiPen Recall

Mylan announced the voluntary recall after two reports that the brand-name auto-injectors failed to activate.

“The potential defect could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency… and have significant health consequences for a patient experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction,” the company said in an announcement via the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The recalled auto-injectors were distributed between December 2015 and July 2016 in the United States and in “additional markets” in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Both the 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg doses of EpiPen two-packs are included in the announcement.

Got a Recalled EpiPen? Here’s How to Get a Free Replacement

To find out if your EpiPens are included in the recall, look for the lot number on the box or on the auto-injector label. Then, call Stericycle to confirm your package has been recalled. Stericycle will provide a container for you to return your affected product, along with voucher information so you can get a free replacement.

Whether you receive a name-brand or generic replacement will depend on pharmacy availability.

Be sure to heed this advice from Mylan in the meantime: “Patients should not return any devices affected by the recall until they have received their voucher to redeem their free replacement from their pharmacy. It is important that patients continue to carry their current EpiPen Auto-Injector until they receive a replacement device.”

Your Turn: Is your EpiPen on the recall list? Let us know what the replacement process is like for you.

Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder.