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EpiPen Shortage In Oxford County

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The maker of the EpiPen says its adult-dose auto-injector will be in limited supply in Canadian pharmacies throughout the month of August and new stock likely won't be available until the end of the month.

OXFORD COUNTY - Summer is a popular time for people with allergies needing to use life saving Epi-pens.

Pfizer the company that manufactures the EpiPen says they have had some manufacturing issues lately, which may be bad news if you are in need of the epinephrine injector. 

The adult-dose auto-injector will be in limited supply in Canadian pharmacies throughout the month of August and new stock likely won't be available until the end of the month.

Marcie Prior is a pharmacist from Woodstock and says the shortage will impact Oxford County.

"Many stores don't have any epi pens or have a pretty low stock of EpiPens.  The children's EpiPen will probably be available a little while linger, as it is the adult ones that are the real shortage."

Pfizer says it is able to provide EpiPen Junior, but adds that supply is limited.  The epinephrine injector for children is being carefully managed across the country as well.

Prior says that if you have older epi-pens, don't discard them, they may come in handy. 

"Using an expired EpiPen while it may not be recommended by Pfizer, the drug is still about 84% effective for up to 29 months after the expiry date and common sense would say to use it."  

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