Epi-pen Crisis

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 9:16am
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

My son's epi-pen expired the end of Dec, 2003. I called Wal-mart to renew my prescription and they told me that they had none in stock and they would let me know when they got some more. I gave them a few days and called back and they told me that they are having problems with their supplier. I then asked them if they could call other Wal-marts and see if they have any. None of them do. I live in Mississauga, Ontario. Is anyone else having this problem. Tomorrow I am going to call either my doctor and get another prescription or call Wal-mart back and see if they can transfer my prescription to Shopper's Drug Mart. Maybe they use a different supplier, I hope.... For now I have been transporting his epi-pen to and from school so that I have something at home. I am having a slight panic attack......

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 9:55am
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leers, I'm not in Toronto, I'm east of Toronto quite a bit (I think) and I have not had any problems getting Epi-pens filled. I had one filled in December month.
I'd call another pharmacy. Perhaps the problem is WalMart specific for some reason. I don't think there is an Epi-pen problem or hope there isn't. I know I have to get another one this month for my DH to carry.
How many Epi-pens do you have right now?
If you can't get one for some reason, which I'm not sure why you couldn't, I would check pharmacies all over the place and especially independent ones (or do you have Hy & Zel's?), please let me know and for gosh sake, I'd send you one of mine. Seriously.
I'll try to call my pharmacy (independently owned) here tonight and see if they have an Epi-pen *problem*.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 10:01am
Melrose Mum's picture
Joined: 01/23/2002 - 09:00

Don't panic (yet) ;-)
Epi-pens don't go from 'fine' to 'worthless' in one calendar day. Think of it as a 'best is used by' date. The medicine is still useful, just perhaps not as powerful. I asked my dd's Doctor how long to keep them (for back-up) before using them as 'practice' (on an orange of course) and he said "6 months." As long as the medicine is clear (not cloudy or tinted) it can still be benificial for a few months. Get the new epi-pen soon, but don't freak.
hope that helps,

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 10:02am
KateB's picture
Joined: 05/11/2004 - 09:00

I'm in Western Canada (Greater Vancouver) and have recently phoned around to check on expiry dates and found a few pharmacies with no epipens in stock, so there does seem to be a supply problem right now. There is also an expiry date problem, with the best date I can find being only thirteen months, February 05, the same date as I bought two months ago. I'm holding off on buying for another two weeks to try to get a better date with the new shipment that is due on the 23rd of this month.

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 11:28am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Kate B., I thought of you earlier tonight when I answered leers' thread starter. I know I replied in your thread - I got a 14 month away expiry on the one I got in December month. Having seen a LOT worse (six months), I was okay with that.
I'm sorry, who told you that there was another shipment coming in after the 23rd? Perhaps I should wait until after the 23rd before getting the Epi for my DH to carry? We have 3 right now - Jess has one in his Epi-belt, there is one at school, and one in my purse.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 12:19pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

I'm in Toronto, and the pharmacy I used to use never kept them in stock - always ordered them in when I asked, but it took under 48 hours to arrive.
Before having your prescription transfered call the pharmacy you want it transfered to, and ask when they can have one for you - and if they actually have them in stock, ask what the expirey date is. I refuse to accept under one year.
Also, apparently epi's no longer require a prescription in Canada. There was a discussion about that recently. You may still want a prescription if it will be covered by any health plan you have (mine will no longer cover it). Also, with a prescription you pay the pharmacies dispensing fee, OTC you pay tax (I think just GST, but I'm not sure). Check which way is cheaper for you.

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 12:21pm
mae's picture
Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

We are backordered til Jan 22 or so in Wpg - have one on order as we are travelling on the 28 th, Glad I called early.

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 12:49pm
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Thanks Alternative to Mainstream. I have the one epi-pen that I am transporting from school and back home for now and it doesn't expire until May 2004. Plus I do still have this one that just expired the end of Dec. I think I am good for now. It just makes me a bit nervous not having extras around. I am going to call other pharmacies tomorrow and see what I can come up with. I will keep everyone posted. There must be different suppliers out there..
Wish me luck....

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 11:32pm
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

Well, I went to through the yellow pages trying to track down a pharmacy with epi-pens in stock. I thought I was going to die. I finally found one, Sobey's grocery store has a pharmacy and low and behold I took their last one and it expires Sept 2004. I took it...... Shopper's Drug Mart had none and couldn't even tell me when more were coming. What the heck is going on. I am tempted to call the supplier myself and find out what is going on. This is too serious of a manner. My hands are shaking as I am emailing this.

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 11:44pm
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

O.K. I read the pamphlet in the epi-pen tube and if I am reading this correctly epi-pen's are manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies Inc., Columbia MD. Then it is distributed by a Canadian Company Allerex Lab. I am going to try and contact them and see what they have to say. If anyone else can help me with this I would greatly appreciate this.....

Posted on: Tue, 01/13/2004 - 12:07am
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Joined: 10/27/2003 - 09:00

I'm in the US, and checked on a refill a few days ago and was told they were backordered.


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