Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

There are spot shortages of EpiPens. What should you do?

There are spot shortages of EpiPens. What should you do?

Some parents are concerned about the shortage of the Epipen brand because many summer camps require it.

Mylan warned USA customers on Tuesday that they may have trouble getting EpiPen prescriptions filled due to problems at a factory.

The nonprofit organization Food Allergy Research & Education called on the FDA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Trump administration to take immediate action in regards to the shortage. The Company states that they are expediting shipment to wholesalers as soon as they receive supply from MMT.

Mylan NV, which sells EpiPens that are manufactured at a Pfizer Inc. plant, said some pharmacies lacked supply, but that patients could find the drug at other pharmacies.

A statement from EpiPen producer Mylan N.V. on Tuesday confirmed "intermittent supply constraints".

"Based on the information provided by the manufacturer, the FDA anticipates the EpiPen shortage to be short-term", an FDA spokespersons aid. The company didn't immediately respond to follow-up questions about how much product it was shipping, or if it had resolved issues related to the FDA warnings about manufacturing issues. "The FDA is committed to working closely with the manufacturers to resolve all shortages as quickly as possible".

The company's revenue fell 1.3 percent to $2.68 billion in the three months ended March 31, missing analysts' average expectation of $2.75 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "They can't breathe. They get hives", said Immunologist Anthony Demeo M.D. The chance of exposure becomes greater as the weather improves and people spend more time outside.

"Our first priority is to ensure patients with a life-threatening allergy have access to epinephrine auto-injector products", the statement adding.

Drugmaker Mylan, which partners with Pfizer to make EpiPens, has denied there's a shortage in the USA, although the company has confirmed shortages of EpiPens in Canada and Britain since previous year.

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