Epipen Shortage

Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Health Canada has announced a shortage of Epipen, with a period of 2-4 weeks of no inventory. It is expected that this shortage will be resolved by March 2, 2018.

PAS has asked medSask to create an educational support resource document for the public and healthcare professionals on the manual administration of epinephrine, drawing up epinephrine using a needle and syringe from an ampoule. This document will be available by early next week and posted on the PAS and medSask websites.

In the meantime, pharmacists can reference the “Anaphylaxis Protocol” document on the PAS website, under the Influenza Immunization Program (and other injectables) area for information on dosing and other anaphylaxis protocol. https://www.skpharmacists.ca/members/secureMedia/view/997

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