Pfizer Canada has a message for those who are in need of an Epipen.
Due to a manufacturing disruption, the Canadian distributor of the pen says there is a shortage of the 0.3 milligram form of the device.
The company anticipates the shortfall in supply will be resolved by March 2.
It says additional limited inventory will be available at the beginning of February, but will be carefully managed.
EpiPens expire on the last day of the month indicated on the product packaging. But Health Canada advises anyone having an anaphylactic reaction to use their expired product and immediately call 911.
The company is also making a request for pharmacists to remember this when filling prescriptions becaue there are no alternative auto-injectors on the Canadian market right now.
On its website, Pfizer says “While we are working closely with our distributors to avoid long-term supply shortage at the store level, we expect a period of between two and four weeks of no inventory.”