About 15 million people have food allergies in the USA, and allergic reactions account for about 200,000 emergency room visits per year, according to Food Allergy Research & Education.
Meridian Medical Technologies, makers of Mylan's EpiPen injector, issued a nationwide, voluntary recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. The EpiPen's being recalled were distributed between December 2015 and July 2016 and includes the EpiPen Jr.in the United States.
The company said that some of devices may contain a defective part that prevents the injector from activating in the event of an allergic reaction.
EpiPens are used to give an emergency injection of epinephrine to treat life-threatening allergic reactions.
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Mylan has caught a lot of heat over the past year for raising prices on consumers.
Mylan NV announced Friday that more than a dozen lots of its EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.
The recalled items will be replaced at no cost. Some EpiPen autoinjectors have reportedly not quite been autoinjecting as they're supposed to, prompting the parent company to voluntarily initiate a far-reaching product recall.
The recall notice also advises patients to carry their recalled EpiPen until they receive a replacement.