The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) has put in place a Dispenser Validation process for all prescriptions for 150 microgram adrenaline auto-injectors. The validation process is designed to ensure that all children weighing 25Kg or less have access to two 150 microgram adrenaline auto-injectors and that at least one of these is in-date.
DHSC has stated: “We have now reached a critical supply issue and need to implement controls on the supply of 150 microgram adrenaline auto-injectors. Children weighing 25kg or less with the greatest short term need must have access to these first, ensuring that every patient has at least one in date 150 microgram adrenaline auto-injector. This can only be achieved by restricting issue of new devices until further notice.”
DHSC is advising that all patients need to have access to a minimum of two adrenaline 150 microgram auto-injectors, but that it is sufficient if just one of these is in-date (in this context meaning at least one month left before expiry) provided the patient also carries an expired device as back-up which is not discoloured and contains no precipitate.