Epipen Shortage Affects Northwest Arkansas

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The Food and Drug Administration announced a nationwide Epipen shortage. Now, It’s  affecting Northwest Arkansas.

For many with severe allergies, having an Epipen at all times is a must. But if you head to the pharmacy, you may find yourself out of luck. 

Dr. Jim Graham. owner of Cornerstone Pharmacy of Bella Vista, said Mylan, the maker of Epipen has experienced a manufacturing slow down.

The shortage has left Graham with just two junior Epipens, and none for adults.

Graham said he’s had many customers come in asking to buy one and wind up leaving empty handed.

“It’s frustrating as a pharmacist that I can’t treat the patient when they need it right now. Most of the time, these are patients that come into the doctor because they’ve had a severe allergic reaction. Now they’re scared,” said Graham. 

Graham said in most cases, he’s called around to other pharmacies who have something in stock so people get the medicine they need.

Epipen production is expected to be back to normal by the end of May, early June.

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