14 SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATE:
Availability of EpiPen® 0.3mg and EpiPen® JR 0.15mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors
Latest Supply Status
Our manufacturing partner Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company, continues to experience interruptions in the production of EpiPen® 0.3mg and EpiPen® Jr 0.15mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors.
We continue to maintain a stock management process for the distribution of EpiPen® 0.3mg and EpiPen® Jr 0.15mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors. Pharmacies are allocated product on a prescription-only basis and can place orders for up to a maximum of two EpiPen® 0.3mg and two EpiPen® Jr 0.15mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors per prescription.
EpiPen® Jr 0.15mg Adrenaline Auto-Injector
There is currently temporary unavailability of EpiPen® Jr 0.15mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors and this is likely to be in place for the coming few weeks until the next shipment arrives. During this period of temporary unavailability, we encourage patients to speak to their healthcare provider about alternate adrenaline auto-injectors.
We appreciate how important it is for individuals with life-threatening allergies to have access to adrenaline auto-injectors and understand the challenges this situation continues to pose for patients.
We will continue to proactively and diligently update health authorities, pharmacies, healthcare professionals and patient advocacy groups across the country regarding any changes in stock availability.
EpiPen® 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-Injector
Pfizer recently made available to Mylan a limited volume of EpiPen® 0.3mg Auto-Injectors that will expire in February 2019.
This supply is not subject to the current prescription validation process, as outlined above, and will be available for pharmacists to order and hold in stock. Pharmacies wishing to order EpiPen® 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors with an expiry date of February 2019 should refer to the “Instructions for Pharmacists” section below. The product meets all required quality standards and remains valid through the last day of the month (28 February 2019).
Ongoing Supply Management
Pfizer is working hard to increase production and anticipates supply will stabilise in the fourth quarter of 2018; however, it is important to note that currently supply from Pfizer continues to vary and, as such, may not always be available for pharmacies to order.
Distribution of EpiPen® 0.3mg and EpiPen® Jr 0.15mg Auto-Injectors in the UK is being carefully monitored, in coordination with our UK distribution partner, Alliance Healthcare, to help manage product availability on an ongoing basis until a steady supply resumes. We will continue to proactively and diligently update pharmacies, healthcare professionals and patient advocacy groups across the country regarding any changes in stock availability.
Information for Patients
Mylan is unable to make any specific treatment recommendation to individual patients. Patients should speak to their healthcare provider for appropriate actions to be taken.
Information for Prescribers
To support patient access to the product during this supply constraint, we are encouraging healthcare professionals to manage prescription renewals diligently. Please note, when validating the expiry date of an adrenaline auto-injector, the product expires on the last day of the month indicated. For example, if it expires in February, it remains valid (not expired) until February 28.
Instructions for Pharmacists
Pharmacies that are presented with a prescription for EpiPen® 0.3mg Auto-Injectors can place an order for up to a maximum of two EpiPen® 0.3mg Auto-Injectors per prescription. Please send anonymized prescriptions for EpiPen® 0.3mg Auto-Injectors to Alliance Healthcare’s prescription validation service, either by Fax (0203 044 8996) or email (EOHotline@alliance-healthcare.co.uk). Please include your Alliance Healthcare account number when placing your order.
Pharmacies wishing to order stock of EpiPen 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors with an expiry date of February 2019 can do this through the usual channels. Please make sure to specifically reference the pip code: pip 8133308 EPIPEN 300MCG (EXP 02/2019).
If you require additional information or have any questions, please contact Mylan Customer Services: +44(0) 1707 853 100.
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