Anaphylaxis Update

The 3 second EpiPen® adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector was launched in June.

It is important to note that the 3 second EpiPen® has not changed, just the label. The TGA has approved the label change, which includes:

*   Reduced injection time from 10 to 3 seconds – this is based on significant research confirming the efficacy and delivery of the adrenaline through the 3 second delivery.
*   Removal of the massage step after the injection – this has been found to reduce the risk of tissue irritation and subcutaneous administration.

If the school/ individual has EpiPen®s with a 10 second label, they do not need to get them replaced, unless they have been used, are just about to expire or have expired.

Schools also do not need to update ASCIA action plans until they are due to be replaced

All EpiPen® autoinjectors should now be held in place for 3 seconds, regardless of the instructions on the device label. However, if an EpiPen® is held for 10 seconds it will not affect the way that it works.

Updated 2017 versions of ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis are available on the ASCIA website and in all of the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses:<