You may have to look around a little if you need a new EpiPen.
 
Most distributors don't have them in stock right now and pharmacies are limited to use whatever they have in stock. At the moment, pharmacies will assist anyone that asks for an EpiPen, not just their usual patients.

"You just have to keep looking within the pharmacies," said Dalia Elseyed from AbEx Pharmacy. "No pharmacist would hesitate to provide you with whatever they have."

The reason for the shortage is unknown.

If someone is unable to find an one, Elseyed recommends using the kid's EpiPen. Adults can take two to be equivalent to a regular EpiPen.

"I don't recommend doing something specifically different unless you refer back to your doctor or your pharmacists and get proper references."

Most people have one month more of their EpiPens than they realize. The expiration date is for the end of the month, not the beginning, so the EpiPens still have use in them for the remainder of the month.

The shortage has been on and off and is not uncommon for pharmacies to have brief shortages throughout the year.
 
"Hopefully it's going to be solved soon. We have enough stocks in the different pharmacies. The issue is the convenience. You won't necessarily find it next door."

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