AMR weighs in on nationwide shortage of EpiPen
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
Mylan, the maker of EpiPen’s, partners with Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer Company. Mylan said Pfizer is having "production interruptions," which is causing the shortage.
The shortage is sparking concerns among those who rely on them or have children that rely on them.
"I'm very concerned as a parent because this time of year I'm preparing my kids to go back to school," Amy Wagner said.
Wagner is a mother of two children who suffer from allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and eggs.
EpiPen’s expire and new ones must be ordered every year.
"Every second counts when a child is having an allergic reaction, and if they need an EpiPen they need to have it administered immediately," Wagner said.
"The EpiPen is an auto-injector, so it's very easy for the person to administer it, ours requires more training and comes in a small vile" Nick Corbishley said.
Corbishley is the operations supervisor for AMR in Syracuse. AMR uses a cheaper alternative kit called Check and Inject NY that comes with directions, a syringe, needle, band-aid and alcohol preps.
A person's weight is a factor in how much medicine is given.
"It's also going to give the opposite effects of the allergy so when someone's lungs constrict during a reaction the epinephrine will open them up so they can breathe a little bit better," Corbishley said.
Corbishley suggests if the shortage continues, school nurses should be trained on how to use the kit.
"We would absolutely encourage every school nurse to speak with an administrator to see if this is something that might be beneficial for them to have on site," Corbishley said.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may vary from not being able to breathe, skin breaking out in hives, sweating and an inability to talk.