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Our patient portal is for YOU

You may already know about our patient portal, but do you know about all the benefits of using it?

The Georgetown Pediatrics Patient Portal is a secure way to check on your child’s health records and even download and print them for school, sports, or your home records. You don’t have to be a computer genius or internet guru to use the site. It’s now more user-friendly than ever, so if you haven’t checked it out in a while, we hope you’ll do so soon.

If you haven’t registered (or don’t remember if you have or not), make sure we have your current email address. Then go to the portal’s website,, to sign in. You’ll need a separate password and username for each child, so be sure to record them somewhere in a secure place.

How and why might you use the portal? Here are a few things you can do easily on your child’s portal page:

  • verify appointments;
  • view and print immunization records;
  • receive documentation from our office (school notes, medication forms, FMLA forms, etc.);
  • direct communication with your child’s physician;
  • refill medications;
  • see a list of all medications;
  • view lab and diagnostic results;
  • update personal information (address, phone number, emergency contact).

As you can see, the convenience of the patient portal is a great addition to your busy life.

Our brochure with more information is attached. Please take a few moments to look it over and start accessing your child’s medical information anytime, anywhere from your computer or smart phone.

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Important EpiPen® recall information

The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) recently issued a voluntary recall for certain lot numbers of the injectable EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr. This is due to a possible problem with the injector itself.

EpiPen® contains epinephrine, a drug used to treat severe allergic reactions. In a couple of cases outside the United States, the injector failed “due to a potential defect in a supplier component,” according to the FDA.

The affected lots were distributed between December 17, 2015 and July 1, 2016. Not all lots are affected, and you don’t need to replace any EpiPens that aren’t on this list.

If you do have an EpiPen® on this list, don’t get rid of it until you have obtained a replacement. Any time you use an EpiPen®, you should seek emergency medical help right away, especially if it did not activate.

Mylan, the company that distributes EpiPen®, has this information on its website (from the manufacturer Meridian):

If you think you may be impacted by this recall, please follow these steps:

STEP 1: Check the lot number on your carton or device to see if your EpiPen® Auto-Injector is affected by the recall.

STEP 2: If your EpiPen® Auto-Injector has been recalled, contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494 to obtain a voucher code for your free replacement product. Stericycle also will provide you with a pre-paid return package to ship the product back to Stericycle.

STEP 3: Visit your pharmacy with your voucher information to redeem your free replacement.

STEP 4: Send your recalled product to Stericycle. Do not return any devices affected by the recall until you have your replacement in hand.

Contact your pharmacist if you have questions, or if you’re unsure if your current EpiPen® is on the recall list.