Panic For Allergy Sufferers Over EpiPen Shortage
People who suffer severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis are told to always carry an EpiPen containing a shot of adrenaline to use in cases of emergency.
However, allergy sufferers are starting to panic after it was announced that pharmacies across the country were experiencing a shortage in the product.
"It is obviously a concern for families because this is a potentially lifesaving medication," said Anthony Tassone, Victorian President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
This comes after the entire suburb of Cranbourne, in Melbourne's south-east has reportedly completely run out of EpiPens.
Mr Tassone spoke to 9NEWS saying that parents are deeply concerned for the wellbeing of their children after the shortage.
"The shortage is more pronounced in the juniors but there are some shortages of the adult based product as well," he said.
People are now being placed on extensive waiting lists at their local pharmacies as stock of the auto-injectors is desperately being sought.
Australian drug company Mylan Australia has said that the shortage is most likely due to issues with overseas manufacturing.
They also said in a statement that EpiPen Jr Adrenaline Auto-Injector should be available mid-November.
Experts have said that during emergency situations in this current shortage, expired shots can still be used, as long as the liquid inside is not discoloured.
Some children may also be able to use an adult dose depending on their weight, however, medical advice should be sought before doing so.
Hospitals and paramedics are still equipped to treat allergic reactions as they have other tools for administering adrenaline.