Adult EpiPen supplies could run out in Canada in August

Adult EpiPen supplies could run out in Canada in August

According to a statement by Health Canada, this means that while some pharmacies may now have some inventory on-hand, it will likely be depleted in the coming days or weeks.

EpiPens are used as emergency auto-injections for those suffering from life-threatening anaphylactic allergic reactions.

The company issued a warning earlier this week that supplies of the 0.3 mg EpiPen could run out before a new shipment arrives in Canada sometime in late August. Meanwhile, EpiPen Jr, a 0.15-mg dose, will be in limited supply and carefully managed across the country.

Health Canada is warning about a possible shortage of EpiPens, but locally, news of the low supply is not raising alarm.

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With that in mind, the health authority is also reminding the public that the drug expires on the last day of the month indicated on the package. They add if a person is having an allergic reaction, and all they have is an expired Epipen, they should use that Epipen and call 911.

There is no other alternative available in Canada. Pfizer Canada has come forward in asking health care professionals to help manage the supply, the statement continued.

"So if somebody has an EpiPen that says it's expiring in August, it's good until the end of August so people should continue to use those". We understand the stress that a shortage of a necessary medication can place on patients, families and the health system.

Canadians are encouraged to visit drugshortagescanada.ca or contact Pfizer Canada directly for up-to-date information about the shortage and estimated re-supply dates.

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