Mylan offers free short-expiry EpiPens during shortage

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EpiPen Jr is likely to be back in stock by mid-November, Mylan has advised

In the meantime, Mylan has announced that it will supply eligible patients an EpiPen Jr 150mcg Adrenaline (epinephrine) Auto-Injector, expiring 30 November 2017, at no charge.

“This is a temporary solution, for patients without access to an in-date EpiPen® Jr, until regular supply returns to the Australian market,” Mylan says.

“Patients will need to return to their pharmacy to replace the EpiPen® Jr at the end of November. The EpiPen® Jr will be supplied to the pharmacy and patient at no-charge.

“Patients can obtain supply by contacting their pharmacy.”

Pharmacists are advised to contact the Mylan Customer Support team on 1800 274 276.

Yesterday, Mylan advised that the disruption of supply to the Australian market is temporary and is expected to be resolved by mid-November.

“The situation is due to an unforeseen delay in supply from our overseas manufacturer.”

The move follows several mainstream media reports of parents visiting several pharmacies in a row in an attempt to get an EpiPen for their child.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia – Victorian branch president Anthony Tassone has spoken to Channel Nine News about the shortage and how parents can find a temporary solution.

Nine’s health reporter Emily Rice told viewers that Mr Tassone’s pharmacy has “not a single EpiPen left for sale” due to the national shortage.

“It’s obviously of concern for families because this is a potentially life-saving medication,” Mr Tassone said. “They’re doing everything they can to search from pharmacy to pharmacy to try and source stock to have just in case.”

He said that patients who have an expired EpiPen can still use it if they cannot source a new one, “providing it’s not discoloured, it is better to use that than have nothing at all.”

Children over a certain weight may be able to use an adult EpiPen, he said, though adult EpiPen is also expected to go out of stock.

Patients and parents have been expressing concern on Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia’s Facebook page.

“The 300 is out of stock as well in the Illawarra with no date as yet to when new supplies will arrive,” wrote Melanie Potts Boyd. “I could only get ones with use by dates within a year but I don’t care I just needed them. I rang countless pharmacies and they were all out.”

“My chemist flat out said she didn’t know when they would be getting more so I left with my script and no new epi pens,” wrote Rebecca Masters.

Four batches of EpiPen® 300 microgram (µg) Adrenaline Injection Syringe Auto-Injectors were also recalled in March, due to concerns that the device could fail to activate.

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