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 Post subject: EpiPen Shortage
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:04 pm 
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Canada, 0.3mg dose only

https://www.facebook.com/EpiPenCanada/p ... 6346113779

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Pfizer Canada Statement: EpiPen® Auto-Injector (0.3 mg) Supply Interruption
As a result of a supply interruption, Pfizer is experiencing a supply shortage of EpiPen auto-injectors in the 0.3 mg format in January 2018. EpiPen is a medically necessary product with currently no alternatives on the market in Canada. At this time, there is limited supply of auto-injectors at wholesalers, distributors and at pharmacies. While we are working closely with our distributors to avoid long-term supply shortage at the store level, we expect a period of between two and four weeks of no inventory. Additional limited inventory will be supplied at the beginning of February 2018 which will be placed under allocation and we will continue to manage supply carefully.
Pfizer has advised and is working with Health Canada on this situation and we are exploring remediation plans to address this situation.
We understand and regret the challenges this shortage poses to patients. Ensuring continuity of the supply of our medicines is paramount, and this temporary supply interruption does not indicate an impact on the quality, safety or efficacy of EpiPen auto-injectors currently available on the Canadian market. Pfizer fully realizes the importance of this medicine to our customers and patients, and has taken action to minimize the duration of the supply interruption, including efforts to expedite delivery of available supply.


I wonder if this has any relation to the shortage in Australia a month or two ago -- though I think theirs was the Jr. dose.

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 Post subject: Re: EpiPen Shortage
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:44 pm 
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I don't know why Canadian pharmacies refuse to consider dispensing into vials (or a bottle with sterile syringes). I realize it is less than ideal with regards to carrying it around, but as a parent I would be happy to have epipens for the kids to carry, and our back up supply to be bottled.

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 Post subject: Re: EpiPen Shortage
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:18 pm 
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I would never be able to draw a syringe for myself in an emergency. I am often not thinking straight and shaking so much from shock that I can barely use my EpiPen or even a phone to call for help. However, the Allergic Living article on this topic includes a teaser of a new epinephrine auto injector approved for distribution in Canada by Taro Pharmaceuticals:

https://www.allergicliving.com/2018/01/ ... d-to-know/

I still mourn the Allerject recall.

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