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Canada Faces A Severe EpiPen Shortage This August


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It may be a life-saving drug, but Health Canada advises that the nation will face a shortage of EpiPens this August.

Specifically, there will be a shortage of the EpiPen (0.3 mg) and EpiPen Jr (0.15 mg) auto-injectors. And, while there are some stocks in pharmacies, those stocks will likely be depleted by the end of the month.

“Pfizer Canada does not expect to be able to provide new supply until the end of August. The company has also advised that, at this time, they continue to be able to supply EpiPen Jr (0.15 mg); however, the supply is limited and is being carefully managed at the national level,” Health Canada said in a statement.

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As a result, some people may be forced to use the drug, even if it is expired; however, if you experience an anaphylactic reaction and use an expired auto-injector, immediately contact 911.

Canada EpiPen Shortage

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. So, if a product expires in August 2018, the last date before the drug expires is August 31st, 2018.

EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are used to deliver an emergency treatment of adrenaline (epinephrine) to patients who are at risk or have a history of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

Sadly, there are currently no alternative auto-injectors available on the market in Canada.


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