We Need Action On Epinephrine “Shortages”!

For the past few months, many members of our community have had trouble filling prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors. Some have been affected by shortages due to manufacturing issues. Others have been given one auto-injector when two have been prescribed, as decided by their insurance company. Families are walking away from pharmacies empty-handed, or driving miles out of their way to fill their prescriptions.

The drug epinephrine itself has not been in short supply. Yet these ongoing issues are preventing families of children with life-threatening food allergies from getting epinephrine. When families who manage food allergies are fearing for their children's lives because they can't get the medicine they need, our system is broken.

If action isn't taken soon, our community will be in crisis. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ask them to fix this system. 

Will you help us make a difference? Please click on the link above, scroll down and fill out the form and click to urge HHS to take further action! 


Comments 10

  • Pljohns

    Thanks Melissa-I was able to get one set and threw my old ones away-they were like MONTHS past the expiration date and I didn't notice it. 

  • Melissa G

    have you ever used an orange and practiced administering an epi-pen? that is how we have learned and used expired epi-pens. 

  • Pljohns

    I haven't.  I keep torodol shots that I use for my rescue for migraines and I get enough "practice" with those that I feel like if I ever had to use an epi pen, I could.  I've been told that oranges are the closest thing to actual skin and a person though!

  • Melissa G

    The epi-pen trainer isn't spring loaded like the actual epi-pen….the first time I practiced, I drilled the epi-pen through the orange.  My dh has not let me live that down… Needless to say, I have practiced more, and have not repeated that incident since.