Epipen Shortage continues, affecting Montanans

Posted at 4:59 PM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 20:49:03-04

HELENA – People who suffer from life-threatening allergies and needing to fill their prescriptions for Epi-pens continue facing a national shortage that started back in May.

It’s a problem that’s impacting Montana communities, as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control website, the shortage was first reported in early May, caused by manufacturing delays.

Since then, pharmacies have been unable to get Epi-pens in stock, meaning patients cannot fill their prescriptions.

St. Peter’s Health Pharmacist Brian Heeney says it’s been a problem for some time.

“I would argue the shortage started before May,” says Heeney. “It’s an intermittent shortage. One day we can get Epi-pens. The next we can’t get Epi-pens. The next day, I can get Adrenal-clicks, which is a competitive product to it, or generic, and the next day I can’t get it. It’s an intermittent from both suppliers.”

Heeney says they just received several generic versions of Epi-pen into their pharmacy, so you may find those in your pharmacy, as well.

And for those who are comfortable giving injections, he says you always have the option of drawing up your own epinephrine without an auto-injector.