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03-21-2016, 07:04 PM   #1
Manalishi
 
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Humira injection fail

Hi all,
has anyone else had this issue.

I placed the injection pen over the spot... fired... didn't get the needle like pain... watched the yellow indicator travel down, indicating the drug had been injected. Then when I removed the pen lots of liquid flushed out and spilled over the skin.

There was a tiny red pin prick on the skin but I fear the needle shattered, snapped or broke or something I'm not sure what happened.

Any advice welcome. (can I take another dose) This stuff is expensive... such a waste to the NHS is the needle was faulty.
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03-21-2016, 08:25 PM   #2
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There should be a humira number on the box for the UK
Call and the rep should be able to tell you what to do
Also call your Gi office
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03-21-2016, 09:01 PM   #3
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Call Humira. They should replace it. I've had two faulty Epipens; Humira replaced both. If you think the needle is in you, get appoint with your dr also.
03-22-2016, 04:59 AM   #4
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thanks all.
I've contacted my IBD nurse to see what she thinks. I'm guessing taking the next pen in my bag will be ok but want to double-check.

Good to know that Abbvie have replaced before... at bloody 350 each I'd expect them not to be error prone!
03-22-2016, 08:50 AM   #5
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From what I understand, Abbvie is pretty reasonable about replacing malfunctioning pens. I've also seen them replace pens due to user error. Definitely reach out to them as well.
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03-22-2016, 10:19 AM   #6
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I've been injecting for over a year now and did this one the exact same way I always do. Highly unlikely a user error
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