Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.
I think everyone has been stocking up on glucagon and epipens for the school year because I’ve heard lots of grumbling among d-moms and allergy moms about receiving glucagon and epipens that expire short of a year.
I personally like to send in glucagon kits and epipens that are good for the entire school year so that I don’t have to think about it again.
On top of the inconvenience of receiving ones with short dates, you will spend more money replacing them more often.
Here are some tips on getting glucagon and epipens from the pharmacy that don’t expire within 12 months:
1. When you refill the prescription, tell them you won’t accept any that aren’t good for at least 12 months. Knowing ahead of time can help save frustration for you and the pharmacist. Many pharmacies have a box to leave a note for the pharmacist when using their app or online refill service.
2. ALWAYS look at it before leaving the pharmacy counter and insist it’s at least one year. If you pay and walk away, you may not be able to return or exchange it.
3. They may have to order new ones in and that may take a day or two. Because of this, try not to wait until the very last moment when you need them right now.
4. If they won’t provide you with glucagon kits or epipens that are good for at least 12 months, get a new pharmacy.
Tip: Save those expired glucagon kits. You can use them to train teachers and staff at the beginning of the next school year.
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