If you are one of those individuals who have an allergy so severe that you could face serious health risks from a reaction, there is some news you need to be aware of. Pfizer Canada says its adult-dose EpiPen will be in “very limited” supply in pharmacies through August and new stock likely won’t be available until the end of that month. That means they expect to run out in the days or weeks ahead and you will either need to have sufficient stock to last you through the month until new stock is available or be exceptionally careful and prepared for a hospital visit.
There is some good news at least for those who are too young to be able to care for their own needs. They say they are currently able to provide EpiPen Junior, but supply is limited and the epinephrine injector for children is being carefully managed across the country. So while they are not in unlimited supply you should still be able to get one for a little longer yet if you can look around enough.
EpiPen products are used to deliver an emergency shot of epinephrine to patients who are at risk or have a history of the life-threatening allergic reaction anaphylaxis. The shortage is due to delays in manufacturing and are beyond pharmacy control. This is the second such shortage this year.
Health Canada is advising that an Epipen expires on the last day of the month on the package and if only an expired Epipen is available to use it and call 911 immediately.
Find more at healthycanadians.gc.ca
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