Anapen®

Adrenaline (epinephrine) Auto-Injector

The Anapen® is a new Adrenaline (epinephrine) Auto-Injector that was PBS Listed in September 2021. The Anapen® is one of two brands currently indicated for Australians to use for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis (acute severe allergic reactions). Allergy Concepts in Australia distribute the Anapen®.

Scroll below to learn more about the different doses, the pen, the administration mechanism, and to read the Anapen® FAQs.

THE ANAPEN® DOSES

The Anapen® doses come in 3 options¹. The doses are based on strength and based on weight. Your healthcare professional will decide which dose is right for you.

Anapen® Junior 150

Contains adrenaline (epinephrine) dose of 150 micrograms/0.3 mL

Anapen® 300

Contains adrenaline (epinephrine) dose of 300 micrograms/0.3 mL

Anapen®500

Contains adrenaline (epinephrine) dose of 500 micrograms/0.3 mL

THE ANAPEN® DESIGN

The Anapen® Design is intuitively designed for ease of administration.

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ADMINISTERING THE ANAPEN®

WHITE END ON LEG; PRESS THUMB ON RED

HOW TO USE: Simple, four step process-

HOW TO USE: Detailed Steps-

1. Remove the black needle shield by pulling hard in the direction of the arrow. This also removes the rigid protective needle shield.
2. Remove the grey safety cap from the red firing button by pulling as indicated by the arrow.
3. Hold the open end (needle end) of the Anapen® against the outer part of the thigh. If necessary, Anapen® can be used through light clothing, such as denim, cotton or polyester. NB: Anapen® auto-injector is intended only for intramuscular use. Only administer into the outside of the thigh muscle, nowhere else.
4. Press the red firing button so that it clicks. Keep holding the Anapen® auto-injector against the outer thigh for 10 seconds, then slowly remove it from the thigh.
5. The injection indicator will have turned red. This shows that the injection is complete. If the injection indicator is not red, injection must be repeated with a new Anapen®.
6. After the injection, the needle sticks out. To cover it, click the wide end of the black needle shield back on the open end (needle end) as indicated by the arrow.
7. Immediately after use, call 000 and ask for an ambulance and say “anaphylaxis”. Advise the paramedic that an Anapen® has been administered into the thigh muscle and show them the product box for more information.

Click here to read detailed Anapen® instructions

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL BEFORE USE - FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE - IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST TALK TO A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

Anapen contains adrenaline (epinephrine) as its only active ingredient. Anapen is not a substitute for subsequent emergency medical or hospital care. Call 000 immediately after administering Anapen. An additional dose of Anapen may be needed while waiting for emergency medical services. Anapen can be obtained from a pharmacy with a prescription, or without a prescription where a pharmacist is satisfied that the customer has been assessed by an appropriate health practitioner as needing to carry adrenaline and the health practitioner has provided that customer with a formal action plan for anaphylaxis.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Anapen® Frequency Asked Questions

Q: When should Anapen® be used?
A: Anapen® is an adrenaline (epinephrine) Auto-Injector treatment option for anaphylaxis, an acute severe allergic reaction to insect stings, drugs and other allergens.

Q: What are the three doses that Anapen® comes in?
A: Anapen® is available in 150, 300 and 500 mcg doses¹.

Q: Can a patient have an action plan for Epipen®, but have Anapen®?
A: No, it is best that patients using Anapen® have an Anapen® Action Plan and vice versa.

Q: Is adrenaline weight dependent?
A: Yes, that is why different doses are recommended. Your healthcare professional will decide which dose is right for you.

Q: Is Anapen® a generic of Epipen®?
A: No. Although both Anapen® and Epipen® are adrenaline auto- injectors, the devices are different. It is important that patients and their carers know how to use the device they have been prescribed.

Q: How should Anapen® be stored?
A: Protect from light and store below 25°C

Q: Can the Anapen® device be used more than once?
A: No, Anapen® is single use only.

Q: Are Anapen® trainers available?
A: Yes, Anapen® trainers are available. Please contact us for more information.

Q: Where can I find further information on the Anapen®
To view the Anapen® CMI (consumer medical information) click here.
To visit the Anapen® website and learn more click here

¹Anapen® Product Information March 2021

Allergy Life Australia has no affiliation with the Anapen®, and does not endorse any product. The information on this page and on Allergy Life Australia is to generally educate and inform you about the Anapen®, and is not intended as medical instruction or as a substitute for diagnosis, examination and advice by a qualified health care provider based on your individual circumstances.

This Page has been last updated on 22nd December 2021