When a patient is known or suspected to be experiencing anaphylaxis, adrenaline should be given as soon as possible. Adrenaline autoinjectors are the main method of enabling patients and non-medical carers to treat anaphylaxis.

The Epipen device is available in Australia for self-administration of adrenaline. The Epipen is available from pharmacies with a prescription from a medical doctor. Its is also available as a prescription subsidised under the PBS under the following conditions:

  • Initial sole PBS-subsidised supply for anticipated emergency treatment of acute allergic reactions with anaphylaxis in a patient who has been assessed to be at significant risk of anaphylaxis by, or in consultation with, a clinical immunologist, allergist, paediatrician or respiratory physician. The name of the specialist consulted must be provided at the time of application for initial supply.

  • Initial sole PBS-subsidised supply for anticipated emergency treatment of acute allergic reactions with anaphylaxis in a patient who has been discharged from hospital or an emergency department after treatment with adrenaline for acute allergic reaction with anaphylaxis.

  • Continuing sole PBS-subsidised supply for anticipated emergency treatment of acute allergic reactions with anaphylaxis, where the patient has previously been issued with an authority prescription for this drug.

We will have a discussion with you as to whether an adrenaline auto-injector is needed in your case, and can prescribe and train you in its use if required.

For more information visit ASCIA Adrenaline Auto-Injectors:FAQ  

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