Intermittent EpiPen shortage in Connecticut


It appears Connecticut families have been affected somewhat by the EpiPen shortage. 

A spokesman for Bridgeport Hospital tells me — they’ve experienced an intermittent shortage but they do have sufficient supplies for the time being. 

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They are working with suppliers to insure that every family who needs an EpiPen gets one.

The FDA announced this week — a major EpiPen producer is dealing with manufacturing delays — causing spotty shortages nationwide. 

Hartford HealthCare, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and UConn Health, reporting no shortage issues.

Allergy Nurse, Pam Angelillo at UConn Health says if needed, there are other brands available.
However, know how to use the EpiPen, if it’s different from what is normally prescribed.    
She stresses, “If you’re having a life threatening allergic reaction — so time is important. You could have difficulty breathing and you need to be able to give yourself the epinephrine and get to the hospital as quickly as possible.”

The medication, epinephrine, is prescribed for patients with life threatening allergic reactions to food, insect bites/stings, drugs and other substances.

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