I’ve had several incomplete injections with this shipment as well (the red bar doesn’t come completely down, if that makes any sense), and heard the same thing from Shared Solutions about problems with syringes. In my case, I am not sure what is faulty needles, and what is just me having injection problems, because I think there might be some of that going on as well. I am almost finished with my box, and not every injection has been incomplete, so I’m just hoping for the best at this point. Boy, what a mess though….not only is the Copaxone not all injecting, in some instances it finally squirts out during and after I remove the needle, and then I get huge lumps, extra skin irritation, and have even been dripping (even spraying) Copaxone all over…ick.
I am way too much of a wimp to inject manually, so I am hoping for the best. Sorry I don’t have any words of advice, but just wanted to let you know I heard the same thing from Shared Solutions. I will be very interested to read the other responses to this post. Thanks for bringing this up.
hey Debbie and Sunny,
Bummer!! I don't know what the problem is but I thought I would throw out my two cents worth. You two are so cute with your gulping and gasping about manual injections. I was gulping and gasping about the auto-inject. That thing scared me!!! I took one look at that and threw it away. Just goes to show you, different strokes for different folks. You are both very brave in my book. I don't have any answers, but I wish you both good luck and look forward to someone else posting something that will help.
love and prayers,
Just wondering if anyone is still having incomplete injections. After having a few more incidents (red part does not move down into the window after injection and I look at the syringe and there is still some med in there), I called Shared Solutions again and they will send me some replacements. I started the new box I already had, and the first one went fine. However, I had another incomplete injection last night, and when I checked the syringe there was still a noticeable amount of med in there along with a bunch of foamy air bubbles. To those of you that were having these….are you still? Any suggestions?
Thanks for you help
Last night I used the first injection from my replacement box and it worked fine. I have two other boxes from my pharmacy, and thought of using one of them but they had the same lot number and date so I assume I will have trouble with them too.
Has anyone asked their neuro if not getting the whole injection is harmful. I don't see mine until July. I never have much left, just enough to drip.
Thanks for bumping this Rhonda, and for your response, Debbie. I haven’t talked to my neuro about this either Debbie (good idea), and until recently hadn’t actually realized quite how many incomplete injections I’ve been having, as I almost never examine the syringe after injecting, just dump it from the autoject into the sharps container (per Copaxone nurse’s training...now I know better…lol). I did receive my new box several weeks ago, so doubt I have the “new and improved” needles either.
Out of the four injections I have done from this box, one has been significantly incomplete (this is the one I mentioned in my previous post). Once I saw the amount of med still in this particular syringe, I started shaking my sharps container to check out the used syringes, noticed quite a few more, and did get a little concerned. I have a spare autoject, and have just started using that to see if that makes any difference, as the spring does wear out after a while. Hopefully that is causing at least part of the problem….?? Anyway, I would be very interested in how everyone makes out with this issue and/or any additional news from Shared Solutions (I talked to one nurse who blamed this on faulty needles, and one who took the batch number but wouldn’t admit there was a problem).
Shared solutions told me they knew of complaints about the syringes and took my lot and date. I was going to switch to another box while waiting for my replacements, but they are all the same lot and date. I asked if I needed a new autoinjector, and was told they should last for three years, mine is less than a year old. But when my daughter dared to self inject for me, (I was too chicken), the whole thing went in, so go figure.
I am waiting for a call from my neuro with MRI results since I am still having so many problems since my last flare, if I can remember that far, I'll ask about the syringes and get back to everyone.
I’m still having these problems as well, and I think it’s about time for me to work up the courage to try manually injecting….ooooh I am a big wimp though.
Niki, that is really interesting about the point of resistance during manual injections. Does this happen with every shot, or only certain ones? It does sound like the syringes are the problem. At one point in the past I had some incomplete injections, and they went away once I got a new autoject. However, this time I have been using a new autoject, and also started on a new box of syringes several weeks ago, but neither of these things made any difference.
I usually only have a drop or two left during incomplete injections (every 1 in 4 injections sounds about right for me too), but every couple of weeks I also get one that has a lot left in the syringe (this happened last night again as a matter of fact). I have talked to Shared Solutions about this issue two times, but I haven’t reported that I’m having problems with this box.
Tomski, welcome to the forum! Have you ever looked to see how much Copaxone remains in your syringe when the red bar doesn’t come all the way down? Please keep us updated on how you do with your new autoject, and again, welcome. J