Please check your Jext now!Important safety information for patients using Jext® solution for injection in pre-filled pen.
Routine testing conducted by ALK-Abelló has revealed that during the production process in some batches the needle may have become bent, causing the needle to curl up inside the injector housing upon activation and consequently causing the pen not to deliver the required adrenaline dose.
The malfunction only affects a small number, approximately 1 in 2500, of the pens in these batches.
Immediate action has been taken to eliminate similar production issues in the future.
Read the full alert to see which batches have been affected and what you need to do.
This is the response I have had from Alk-Abello, who have now issued text and email alerts to all those with registered Jext injectors.
If you have a Jext or EpiPen make sure you do register your pen to ensure you receive timely communications when things like this happen.
This the response I have had from Jext about how to manage ordering a new pen, because there is likely to be a shortage of pens while this manufacturing problem is sorted out. You will probably be issued an EpiPen instead.
“Unfortunately, through routine testing we have found that there is a potential manufacturing fault with a small number of Jext devices from batches distributed in the UK from 8th May 2013. All previous batches are unaffected.
As there are no Jext available while we fix the problem the MHRA have organised for additional supplies of EpiPen to be distributed throughout the UK. The attached communication gives further information, the advice is that patients who carry a Jext should check the batch numbers of their devices and if affected return to their GP to get a replacement prescription for EpiPen. Further information can be found on our website www.jext.co.uk/drugalert
We are working closely with the MHRA and DoH so that we fully reimburse the healthcare system for the Jext devices returned.
I hope this information is useful, please do not hesitate to give me a call if I can help in any way.”
With kind regards, Paul Radford, Senior Product Manager