23 February 2018:
Mylan has advised that new stock of EpiPen® 300mcg adrenaline autoinjectors is now due to arrive by Friday 2 March and is expected to be available in pharmacies the following week. This will be followed by further new stock arriving soon afterwards. This has been updated since the previous notice that advised stock would be available by late February 2018.
To ensure those at risk of anaphylaxis have access to the treatment they may need, supply should be restricted to patients with an EpiPen® prescription for a new diagnosis, or because their EpiPen® has expired or has recently been used. We thank you in advance for your consideration of others at this challenging time.
We also request that schools and early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres take into account the current supply issues, by not requesting additional devices to be brought to the school or ECEC centre for each child at risk of anaphylaxis, and to limit the replacement of general use devices at this time.
It is important to note that currently there is no shortage of EpiPen® Jr 150mcg adrenaline autoinjectors. If a pharmacy is out of stock of EpiPen® Jr, the pharmacist should contact their wholesaler/s to obtain stock. If there are any problems they should phone Mylan on 1800 274 276.
Individuals will be able to access one in-date adrenaline autoinjector until the shortage resolves by early March 2018. It is important to note that a device expiring in March 2018 does not actually expire until the end of that month, not the start of that month. Patients should retain their recently expired autoinjector/s (see information below).
In the case of anaphylaxis, patients and/or carers should follow instructions on their ASCIA Action Plan www.allergy.org.au/anaphylaxis (Give EpiPen® and call an ambulance by phoning 000 AU or 111 NZ).
Use of expired adrenaline autoinjectors
Whilst the use of an expired adrenaline autoinjector is not ideal, research suggests that recently expired devices retain potency. Therefore, if no other adrenaline autoinjector is available, use of a recently expired device to treat anaphylaxis is advised, as stated on the ASCIA website:
Content updated 23 Februay 2018