"An estimated half a million epinephrine autoinjectors are coming off the market. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising patients to call their doctor for an alternative, but some say there won't be enough supply to meet the demand."...
(epinephrine) for Injection
Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg is an auto-injector and a combination product containing drug and device components.
Auvi-Q includes audible (electronic voice instructions, beeps) and visible (LED lights) cues for use. The needle automatically retracts after the injection is complete.
Each Auvi-Q 0.3 mg delivers a single dose of 0.3 mg epinephrine from epinephrine injection, USP (0.3 mL) in a sterile solution.
Each Auvi-Q 0.15 mg delivers a single dose of 0.15 mg epinephrine from epinephrine injection, USP (0.15 mL) in a sterile solution.
Auvi-Q 0.3 mg and Auvi-Q 0.15 mg each contain 0.76 mL epinephrine solution. 0.3 mL and 0.15 mL epinephrine solution is dispensed for Auvi-Q 0.3 mg and Auvi-Q 0.15 mg, respectively, when activated. The remaining solution is not available for future use and should be discarded.
Each 0.3 mL in Auvi-Q 0.3 mg contains 0.3 mg epinephrine, 2.3 mg sodium chloride, 0.5 mg sodium bisulfite, hydrochloric acid to adjust pH, and water for injection. The pH range is 2.2–5.0.
Each 0.15 mL in Auvi-Q 0.15 mg contains 0.15 mg epinephrine, 1.2 mg sodium chloride, 0.2 mg sodium bisulfite, hydrochloric acid to adjust pH, and water for injection. The pH range is 2.2–5.0.
Epinephrine is a sympathomimetic catecholamine. Chemically, epinephrine is (-)-3,4-Dihydroxy-α- [(methylamino)methyl]benzyl alcohol with the following structure:
Epinephrine solution deteriorates rapidly on exposure to air or light, turning pink from oxidation to adrenochrome and brown from the formation of melanin.
Auvi-Q is not made with natural rubber latex.
Auvi-Q instructional and safety systems should be thoroughly reviewed with patients and caregivers prior to use [see PATIENT INFORMATION].
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/3/2017
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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