FDA: EpiPen shortage affects Texas

Published: May. 10, 2018 at 5:41 AM CDT
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If you need an EpiPen refill or if your child needs more EpiPen Jr., you may have a hard time finding it at your pharmacy.

The Food and Drug Administration has officially declared a shortage of both products in a handful of states, including Texas, California, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Maine, and Georgia.

CBS News reports the Wegmans supermarket chain first reported shortages in its pharmacies in late April, and at least 400 people have reported being unable to get their medication since May 2nd.

The FDA says several factors are to blame for the "limited availability" of the injectors, including manufacturing issues and "pharmacy-level supply disruptions".

Meridian, the Pfizer subsidiary that manufactures EpiPen and EpiPen Jr., acknowledged the shortage and directed patients to contact Mylan, the distributor and seller of the auto-injectors.

Meridian also says production has increased over the last few months and that shipping should continue to increase and stabilize.

Anyone who needs help finding alternative pharmacies that still have EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. can call Mylan Customer Relations at 800-796-9526 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Eastern (7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central).