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.”

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