Jext takes on EpiPen

Anyone who has anaphylaxis, or knows someone who does, will probably be familiar with the term EpiPen. It’s been the trade name for the auto-injector, distributed by ALK-Abello, for some years and makes treating an allergic reaction quick, simple and easy to do.

New Jext auto injector

The new Jext auto injector

However, this month saw the launch of Jext, a new adrenaline auto-injector now made by ALK, available in 300 and 150 micrograms, called Jext. ALK are no longer distributing the EpiPen but instead, their own, new, Jext adrenalin auto-injector.

EpiPen auto-injector

The EpiPen

The EpiPen is now made and distributed by MEDA Pharma so EpiPen and Jext are now competing products, along with the Anapen. The AnaPen is prescribed for adults over 60kg – the needle is longer so it can penetrate further get the drugs to where they need to be. There is not this option with the JEXT or EpiPen.

Jext has an increased shelf life so expires less frequently and also has a mechanism to conceal the needle after use – unlike the EpiPen, where it remains exposed. It looks very similar and works in exactly the same way as the EpiPen. There is loads of information and videos so you can familiarise yourself with how to administer it.

To find out more about Jext visit: http://www.jext.co.uk.

To find out more about the EpiPen, available in adult and junior sizes, visit their website at www.epipen.co.uk.

You don’t have to worry about this, or do anything different, but the next time you renew your EpiPen you may be offered the Jext auto injector instead. I’m guessing that it may depend on different doctor’s surgeries and chemists and what they decide to promote – It ends up being a bit of a marketing game but I’m sure you could request the Jext if you thought you’d prefer it.

If you haven’t already done so check the expiry date on yours now. Remember to register for a reminder on-line or by text, you’ll then be reminded in time to request a replacement – you don’t want to find yours has expired if you do need to use it to treat anaphylaxis. Visit the website to register for email alerts and by phone, text alert your new expiry date to 80818. e.g. if your expiry date is September 2013 you should text alert 092013.

For a laugh watch a video of me demonstrating how to use an auto-injector on YouTube

Did you know about the new Jext? Have you got one yet? What do you think about the new change? Do you like the new name? The name, to me, is a little confusing because it doesn’t really say what it does, but I’m sure we’ll all get used to it.

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Comments

  1. I wonder if the needle length is the same as I know it wasn’t always long enough. Its going to take a while for schools and work places to get used to the name as I know people are only just rememering to call it an epi-pen! Oh the confusion!

    • Hi Beth, yes thanks for reminding. I believe you are right, and that the needle will also be longer so it’s suitable for more people. The needle in the EpiPen wasn’t suitable for some larger people. Not sure I’m so keen on a longer needle! Yikes! But rest assured readers – you don’t feel it. If you’re having an anaphylactic attack, using an auto-injector is the least of your worries! HAHA

      • Hi Beth and Ruth, This a very interesting conversation going on. As I am a patient myself and have heard about the new jext (weird name..) I was keen on taking a look at it.
        Here my comments:
        -needle length: same length as my previous epipens.
        -color confusion: my epipen was and is always been yellow. The jext in the same dosage is red but the lower dosage is yellow. I feel that is lightly confusing… I don’t know how you feel about it.

        • Hi Alex. I’ve added a picture of an EpiPen as I think it clarifies the differences, and there aren’t many. They look really similar but the Epipen has a grey safety cap and the Jext has a yellow one. I find the name a bit confusing. I’d love to know why they chose that name. EpiPen makes sense to me as a name because it’s a epinephrine injector but Jext? Nope. Not getting it. Perhaps something to do with injecting – ject = jext? Having different dosages in different colours will help I think in time because you’ll know which dosage you should have. I had thought though that the needle should be slightly longer, but I can’t actually find that on their website. Can you see how long the needle is in the Jext?

  2. Thanks for the heads up ruth. I can impress the other staff as school by my prior knowledge and longer term ditch the sharps bin. Longer life has to be good for everyone and hope that basic functionality is the same so that school nurse does not have to retrain us all.

    • Hi Helen, they will all be very impressed ;o) Check out the Jext website but I’m pretty sure, having done so myself and watching one of their demonstration videos, that it looks like it works in the exactly the same was as the original EpiPen. Hopefully none of us will have to use it – but know it’s there just in case.

    • What do we do with the used Jext? Surely the can’t just be thrown in the bin?

      • Yes you’re quite right, even though the needle is no longer exposed after use, it’s still probably classed as sharps. I’ve had this issue before of how to dispose of them. I usually drop them off at my doctor’s surgery when I collect my new EpiPen (whoops! Gonna take some getting used to this new name…) Some pharmacies are not keen on taking but it’s worth asking. Some may have a means of disposing of sharps. Your local surgery should take them though, as usual. They should definitely not be put into the bin whether used or expired but it’ll be much easier for everyone concerned without the needle sticking out. I’ve been caught out with the needle on a used one before and it’s not nice! Anyone know what the official line is with this disposal issue? I looked on the Jext website and couldn’t find anything about what to do when used or expired…

        • Hi Ruth and all,
          Just been reading all your comments and thought I’d contribute as have been in dialogue with ALK-Abello for some time as I’m updating out training courses at the Anaphylaxis Campaign and needed answers to all the questions you have been asking.
          First the neelde length in all of the devices is not long Epipen’s needles are 13mm for junior and 16mm for the adult dose. Jext are just the same. Whilst all the needles in all the Anapens are 12.5mm. The disposal of used or out of date devices continues to be an issue.If you’ve used it in a reaction, the Paramedics or A&E staff should dispose of it for you. If out of date ask your surgery if they can add it into their sharps box. Jext have developed a very good training film showing how to use it which is available to watch or download at http://www.jext.co.uk
          We’ve also just filmed a new clip for our training materials as well. Apparently the adrenaline in the Jext is very stable. The only thing you mustn’t do is freeze it. It also comes in a rigid container which protects it from damage, so it’s definitly quite robust. It is easy to use and is very similar to the Epipen. You remove the cap, place it on the leg and push. One word of warning the trainer device is called a simulator as it’s also meant to feel like a real one, and it does hurt slightly when you practice.I made the mistake of trying it out on my hand and it was really painful. It’s not a problem on the leg though! Jext has a 2 year shelf life and is made in Germany so hopefully we’ll get almost 2 full years on them when we pick them up from the pharmacy. Just to add that the Anaphylaxis Campaign’s AllergyWise training programmes are all being updated to include full details on the Jext.
          Hope this helps.

          • Hi everyone,

            We have performed some studies and have compared all 3 products regarding their technical performance. The exposed needle length of Anapen is about 7-9mm (Anapen300 and Anapen500), whereas Epipen and Jext is about 13mm for the 150µm dose and 15mm for the 300µm dose…
            Please also check our pilot study “Are adrenaline autoinjectors fit for purpose?: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3047909/

  3. Ian Fudge says:

    It would appear that The epipen has gone through a transformation. I was doing a bit of research today and found that the new epipen bears a remarkable resemblance to the Jext now

    http://www.epipen.co.uk/patient/what-is-epipen/

    http://www.epipen.co.uk/patient/living-with-anaphylaxis/extra-support/

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