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Sanofi Recalls 490,000 Packs of Auvi-Q Injectors

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Alexandrea Messner2 years ago

Hundreds of thousands of epinephrine injectors have been recalled by Sanofi because they may not deliver enough of the drug to adequately treat life-threatening allergic reaction.

Details of the Epinephrine Injector Recall

The injectors are used to treat severe allergic reactions caused by foods, insect bites, medicines, or other substances and can save lives in certain circumstances.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), roughly 490,000 packs of the Auvi-Q injectors in in the United States – the majority of the recalled packs include two injectors. Recalled units include lot numbers 2081278 through 3037230 with expiration dates between October 2015 and December 2015.

According to company estimates, the recall will affect an estimated 200,000 consumers in the U.S.

Sanofi has announced that it will be affected distributors and consumers at which point consumers can return and be reimbursed for the recalled products.

Allergic Reaction Statistics

The following information was provided by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE):

  • According to a 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food allergies in children rose by roughly 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.
  • It is estimated that as many as 15 million Americans now suffer from food allergies.
  • Food allergy reactions result in more than 200,000 emergency department visits every year – that averages to an emergency room visit every 3 minutes.
  • Risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis is highest among teenagers and young adults.


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