FDA Anticipating EpiPen Shortage

11 May, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • FDA declares Epi Pen shortage

The price of an EpiPen retails for about $600.

Then in March 2017, Mylan recalled thousands of devices after complaints that some had failed to activate.

While once the crown jewel of Mylan's product portfolio, the trouble over manufacturing, increased competition and a pricing scandal have tarnished the EpiPen brand. "Since this time, Mylan and Pfizer have remained in close contact with FDA to provide regular updates on the inventory status", the company added.

A statement from Mylan said EpiPen is still available amid intermittent supply issues. But now, both Canada and the United Kingdom are reporting shortages of EpiPen, as well as the U.S.

The devices are made to deliver epinephrine during emergency treatment of serious allergic reactions. Six pharmacies did not respond. The FDA said while the pens are available "supply levels may vary across wholesales and pharmacies". "So if they're having issues, it's probably safe to assume that since they're one of the big ones, that it's a universal issue". Pfizer and the FDA maintained there was no national shortage of the lifesaving medication. The shortage includes EpiPens, which are pre-filled devices used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis. The Company states that they are expediting shipment to wholesalers as soon as they receive supply from MMT.

"Based on the information provided by the manufacturer, the FDA anticipates the EpiPen shortage to be short-term", FDA spokeswoman Lauren Smith Dyer said. "I'm not really sure why".

"If you have a severe allergy and carry epinephrine, it is important to know that each brand functions a little differently". Check the expiration date on the ones you have, and if any have expired, call your doctor or pharmacy for a refill.

EpiPen prices ranged from $500 to over $700. The generic price is $300. One such brand is Auvi-Q, so customers could try out this alternative. Dr. Allen said for parents whose children depend on it - the amount is priceless.

Lincoln Medical said it had not yet seen any major impact in Europe, reflecting the fact that the market was cushioned by multiple sources of supply and by the stocks held at distributors.



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