Restricted Supply of EpiPen 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-injectors (AAIs)

Woman injecting emergency medicine into her leg
Woman injecting emergency medicine into her leg

Overview

 

The supply of EpiPen 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-injectors (AAIs) is to be rationed. Patients are to be limited to a maximum of two devices per prescription.

These measures have been introduced following manufacturing shortages and to help manage product availability until a steady supply is resumed.

As of the time of writing, this rationing does not apply to EpiPen Junior 0.15mg AAIs.

Woman injecting emergency medicine into her leg

Instructions and Information for Patients

Patients requiring EpiPen 0.3mg AAIs should present their prescription to a pharmacy where an order will be placed for up to a maximum of two EpiPen 0.3mg AAIs per prescription.

Patients requiring EpiPen Junior 0.15mg devices can present their prescription to a pharmacy as per normal. However, it is advisable to check with the pharmacy to ensure that supply has been received and is available.

Patients should speak to their healthcare provider for appropriate actions to be taken if further advice or concerns arise from these adjustments.

Reminder of Expiry Date Information

The expiry date information on the product (e.g. 11.2019) indicates that the product expires on the last day of the month. For example, if it expires in November, the product can still be used until November 30th.

Instructions for Schools

To support children and young adults who may be at risk of anaphylaxis whilst away from home, the Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017 allows schools, without the need for a prescription, to purchase and hold a supply of AAIs.

Schools requiring a supply of AAIs to be used in emergency situations are now able to order EpiPen 0.3mg and EpiPen Junior 0.15mg.

Your local pharmacy will be able to provide details on how to place such an order. Please be reminded that the purchase of EpiPen 0.3mg through this provision will also be limited to two devices per order.

 

Further Information:

1) http://www.epipen.co.uk/

 

2) https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/2019/06/06/latest-supply-status-of-epipen-0-3mg-and-0-15mg-adrenaline-auto-injectors/

 

3) Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017