With a current shortage of the life-saving medicine parents are understandably worried for their children.

Allergy experts are telling families to keep their expired EpiPens and use them as long as the adrenalin inside them isn’t discoloured. This can be observed through the observation window in the product.

Associate Professor of the Australian National Allergy Strategy, Richard Loh, told 9News that while using expired adrenaline is safe, it may not be as affective at treating an allergic reaction.

Maria Said, from Anaphylaxis Australia told 9News there has been a series of problems with EpiPens since November 2017 when the EpiPen Junior ran out, and now the adult EpiPens have also run out.

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Last March some EpiPens were also ecalled due to flaws in the product.

“There has been a roll on of problems and this has caused some unrest and some anxiety,” she said. “We’re trying to support people through this.”

The TGA has been told new supplies of EpiPens will be available by February 23.

Are you feeling concerned about the shortage?

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  • I feel so sorry for these families in this situation.


  • I know a family who have 2 on order, ;ucky they live only minutes from a hospital


  • I cannot believe there is still a shortage for such an important resource. My husband has one as a precaution and whilst it has passed its use-by-date we have held onto it. We don’t see it as urgent as we’ve never used it, but always felt safer having one on hand.


  • I don’t require this but it is unfair to families that do.


  • Not concerned as we have it covered/back up and also have a protocol in place for hospitalisation.


  • I can imagine this causes unrest and anxiety ! And new supplies will only be available in February 23 ??!! Not good ! What causes this shortage ?


  • I don’t need it but I can imagine this problem affects so many families. Let’s hope the new supply will arrive really soon!


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