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What the Epipen looks like when it's gone bad: pics of discoloration - (Read 5,038 Times)
 
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Post Icon Posted: Jul 12th, 2011 at 08:29 am

Down below in the "Epi left in car would you replace?" thread, we were speculating on what the "discoloration" would look like when the epi has gone bad. I found some epi's that had an expiration date of Dec. 07, so they were about 4 years old. They weren't discolored yet (so obviously, using the color to determine if an epi is still good is not recommended). I put one of the epi's on my north-facing Chicagoland windowsill (SCIENCE!! Smiley ). I don't keep my A/C on when I'm at work. Two days later, I got discoloration - I'm assuming it happened this quickly because they were so old and it's hotter than hades here. The old and the new epi looked pretty close in color, I could not tell the difference between the two colors unless I held it up to the sunlight. I repeat, I could not tell the difference between the two colors unless I held it up to the sunlight.

I took off the labels so there wasn't any uncertainty, the old epi's have a yellow sticker behind the window so it was hard to tell if it was really discolored or just the sticker reflecting.

Exposed to heat and sun on the right (the one on the left is from the same pack, unexposed to heat/sun):


Exposed to heat and sun on the left, next to new epi:



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Post Icon Posted: Jul 12th, 2011 at 08:40 am

THanks for posting. I always wondered what epis that had the color change looked like. I do know that lack of color change does NOT mean the epis are OK. They can go bad and look normal. I have tossed epis left in hot and cold cars accidentally that looked totally normal.
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Post Icon Posted: Jul 12th, 2011 at 02:44 pm

I just shot off these two epi's and I'm in shock at how little liquid actually is released. At least I know now, that if for some reason I'm without medical help and without additional epis and things start to look dire I can always completely destroy one and...do something with the remaining liquid. Still working that part out since swallowing isn't ok.
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Post Icon Posted: Jul 12th, 2011 at 03:38 pm

Thanks for doing the experiment and posting the photos. I was curious how the discoloration would look. This is good to know!

As for dire circumstances requiring you to extract more adrenaline from the EpiPens, good luck with that. I'd find a way to remove the plastic case (with a knife?) and use the syringe mechanism inside. (That is, if I haven't completely passed out first.)
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Post Icon Posted: Jul 13th, 2011 at 09:29 am

Excellent work - thank you!
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Post Icon Posted: Jul 14th, 2011 at 11:36 am

Very important to know this --- thank you for posting!
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Post Icon Posted: Jul 15th, 2011 at 05:06 pm

Thanks for posting the pics! What a great reference!
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