Epinephrine auto-injector pandemic

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Sep;28(9):938-42. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318267f689.


Epinephrine is crucial in the treatment of anaphylaxis. As anaphylaxis frequently occurs in nonmedical settings, use of an epinephrine auto-injector is vital for prompt management. This article provides an overview of the increasing number of epinephrine auto-injector prescriptions and the underlying causes and contributing factors to these rising prescriptions. It also reviews the current indications for prescription of an epinephrine auto-injector, proper use of epinephrine auto-injectors, and the management of unintentional epinephrine injections.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenergic Agonists / administration & dosage*
  • Anaphylaxis / drug therapy*
  • Drug Prescriptions / statistics & numerical data*
  • Epinephrine / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intramuscular
  • Self Administration*


  • Adrenergic Agonists
  • Epinephrine