Doctors, patients experience shortage of Epipens

(Source: CBS46)

CBS46 is investigating a widespread shortage of Epipens across the country that could send children with serious allergies to school without the critical medication they need.We spoke with one pharmacy which told us they were well stocked but did say they had a shortage a few months ago. But doctors’ officers have been getting more calls recently about a shortage of Epipens.

Right now, doctors are suggesting alternatives to the Epipen.

Recent manufacturing disruptions and a spike in demand ahead of the start of the school year has caused a shortage of the medicine. The drug-device product is an epinephrine auto-injector which can be used for the treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions to such things as peanuts and bee stings.

Atlanta Allergy and Asthma said the Epipen isn’t the only option for allergy sufferers, though it is by far the most popular. There is also an identical authorized generic version.

“Physicians or prescribers need to realize there are alternatives,” said Dr. David Tanner. “They need to know that their patient can access those alternatives, and most importantly these devices don’t all work the same, it needs to be demonstrated to the patient. They need to know what to do in case of an emergency.”

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