EpiPen shortage sparks fears for patients
PEOPLE with severe allergies could be put at increased risk of harm due to a critical shortage of EpiPens across Wales, it is claimed.
The Department for Health and Social Care says the devices, which can be a lifesaver for people with food, latex or insect-sting allergies, will be in limited supply for the rest of the year.
Mylan, the company that owns the rights to the EpiPen, has confirmed it is now out of stock of EpiPen Junior, the version given to children.
It has been reported that pharmacies in Cardiff have close to zero stock of the EpiPen Junior, with some parents needing to travel many miles outside the capital to get one.
Labour’s Julie Morgan AM has described the situation as “very worrying”.
Speaking in the Senedd, she said: “I was contacted a few days ago by a constituent from Rhiwbina in my constituency of Cardiff North about her fouryear-old daughter who has just been diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy.
“She was told initially that there were no junior EpiPens available at all pharmacies. So she phoned every pharmacy in Cardiff and couldn’t get one but has since identified two in Swansea.”