Medicine

FDA expects EpiPen shortage

FDA expects EpiPen shortage

The FDA said the shortage stems from manufacturing delays, but doesn't think the shortage will last long.

"If you have a severe allergy and carry epinephrine, it is important to know that each brand functions a little differently". EpiPen is indicated for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions including anaphylaxis.

The specialty generic of EpiPen, which is also made by Mylan and manufactured by Pfizer, is also in shortage, as is an epinephrine injection from Impax Laboratories, according to the FDA list. If you or someone in your family has an allergy and carry an epinephrine auto-injector, first things first.

The FDA says it hopes any supply problems should be resolved soon.

The FDA says several factors are to blame for the "limited availability" of the injectors, including manufacturing issues and "pharmacy-level supply disruptions".

The medication, epinephrine, is prescribed for patients with life threatening allergic reactions to food, insect bites/stings, drugs and other substances. You will see a black square with a lot number and expiration date on both EpiPens.

All three pharmacies in Sparta had EpiPen or the generics in stock, as well as pharmacies in Franklin, Sussex, Oak Ridge and Stanhope. Supplies of half-dose 0.15 mg EpiPen junior have not been hit and remain readily available.

EpiPen prices ranged from $500 to over $700. One such brand is Auvi-Q, so customers could try out this alternative.

"It all depends on how the doctor writes the prescription", Clark said.

"Our diversity and durability are what allow us to absorb evolving industry dynamics and natural market volatility, while at the same time accelerate our mission of providing access to high quality medicine", Heather Bresch, Mylan's chief executive officer, said in the statement.


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