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Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 12:30am
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Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Sounds then like it may be a manufacturing problem if you are backordered in the US as well......great.....

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 4:01am
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Chrikey, I best start calling pharmacies. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 4:13am
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Well, that was quick. I phoned my regular drug store and asked them if they had any Epi-pens in stock. NO! They are back-ordered until January 22nd. Then, the pharmacy assistant who I know fairly well told me that not to trust that date because sometimes when they phone on the 22nd to order, they'll be told they have to wait a couple of more weeks.
She was quite concerned that Jesse had had to use one. I said, no, I was just checking and told her that I didn't need to come in until March month to get another one.
She told me to calm down and not freak out. The only alternative they have are vials of liquid adrenaline. The Ana-Kit is no longer available.
I don't know if I calmed down and stopped freaking out or not.
She did say that this did happen a few years ago as well and not to worry about it.
But what if I need two Epi-pens before the 22nd? One reaction only. And what if the 22nd isn't a firm date as she suggested? What if?
Of course, I *could* go bonkers over this with worry, but I'm going to put it on a back burner until I need to freak out.
Also, I didn't call any other pharmacy in town to see if they had any in stock. I suspect if they did, they would have shorter expiry dates, like the one you found, leers, but at least they would be find-able.
She did suggest that I call other pharmacies, I guess because I sounded so wigged out (it's a good thing she knows me fairly well and knows that's my regular state of mind [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) but I told her that really I was okay because I don't need to come in for one until March month.
But still, WHAT IF?
To compliment both Kate B's and arachide's recent threads, it would be interesting to see when the new batches come in if the price has gone up and how far away the expiry dates are.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 4:18am
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leers, did you call Allerex or is there a website address?
I'll try to check later.
Well, at least with the thread I started last night in Living with PA, we know who to call when we run out of our limited supplies of Epi-pens - those people that have more on-hand than we do.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 4:55am
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Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

I tried looking up a website for Allerex and there isn't one. I found a phone on the tube of the epi-pen and I will try that tomorrow. I knew I should of refilled his prescription alot sooner than two weeks before it was due. I don't like filling it too soon because I want the latest possible expiry date. Like you alternative to mainstream I am a little perplexed. How can there be a backorder of such an important medication??????? Is there anyone in the US having the same problem besides pgrubbs??????? HELP......I guess the only good thing is I did finally get an epi-pen after combing through the yellow pages.....

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 8:30am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

FWIW -- no problem in refilling an Epi *Jr.* rx here (USA, west coast). The pharmacy had one, and will have the other two in tomorrow.
The one in stock has an expiration date of 12/04. M is apparently their only customer for the EpiJr's (and I really like this pharmacy -- super nice techs and pharmacists), so I'm not going to press for a later date. I will be interested in seeing the dates on the other two, though.

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 8:45am
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Joined: 11/03/2003 - 09:00

Well, we are in the US. I just received 3 Epi's (not JR's) with no problem just a few weeks ago. Their expiration date is not 'til 2/05. Please keep us updated. I will try to call some local pharmacies tonight and see what their response is.

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 9:15am
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Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

Saw a blurb in our city paper today - a warning to those who need to re-order - apparently they have had shipping trouble with the manufacturer
hope this link works....

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 9:36am
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Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Mae what do I look under when I get to the link. Curious to read article.....

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 10:23am
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Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

leers - I found it under local news (the very last story) when I did a search on the website - we subscribe to the paper - and they charge to view the website - I'll try copying and pasting-
Life-saving allergic-shock medication in short supply
Tue Jan 13 2004
THE province's health department is advising patients to use an alternative until the manufacturer eases a national shortage of Epi Pens, a life-saving medication for allergic shock.
"What we recommend is that pharmacists, doctors and the distributor work together to find (and use) an alternative," said Jack Rosentreter, the executive director of the province's drug program.
The type of Epi Pen that is not available is the adult-size dose.
There is another Epi Pen in a smaller size called a junior Epi Pen that is available at city pharmacies. The smaller size contains enough of the medication to get you to a hospital in time and pharmacists recommend using it until the shortage has eased.
Patients with allergies are advised to talk to their pharmacists to decide how much of the smaller-sized Epi Pens to use until the adult size is back in stock.
The shortage began a month ago and it is limited to the adult-sized Epi Pen, an epinephrine-filled injection in a pen-like device. Epinephrine is an adrenaline-like hormone that works by opening up the lungs and allowing patients in anaphylactic shock to breath. It is used primarily by people with severe allergies who suffer catastrophic reactions when they come into contact with foods such as peanuts and shellfish.
The shortage is not related to the cross-border difficulties with discount Internet pharmacy sales of Canadian prescription drugs to Americans.
The shortage is the result of shipping problems in the United States with the manufacturer, Meridian Medical Technologies, based in St. Louis, Mo.
"Shipments are going out today and they should reach wholesalers in the next week or so," said Rosentreter.
A spokesman for the distributor, Allerex Laboratories in the Ottawa area, said the shortage affects all of Canada and the drug has been on order since Dec. 15. He said a combination of factors, including snowstorms south and heightened security measures at the international border is to blame.
This is the first time there has been a shortage of the life-saving drug since 1998. At that time, the manufacturer issued a recall when it was discovered the pump which injects the drug had failed. No other company makes the product.
[This message has been edited by mae (edited January 13, 2004).]


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