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‘Serious concerns over ongoing EpiPen shortage’ - Gildernew

19 October, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin spokesperson for carers and well-being Colm Gildernew MLA has raised serious concerns over the ongoing shortage of EpiPens which is expected to last several months.

EpiPens are an emergency injection that can be administered by people, or their families, who have taken a severe allergic reaction such as anaphylactic shock.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA said: “The shortage of EpiPens, including Junior EpiPens, is deeply concerning for those with severe allergies who need them, as well as their families.

"While I welcome the provision of guidance to GPs and parents from the Department of Health in relation to the shortage, there is still a lack of public awareness on this issue. More must be done to ensure everyone that needs to know about the EpiPen shortage is fully aware of what it means for them.

"What is most distressing is this shortage is set to continue for a number of months with little detail as to what has caused it and why it will persist.

"The reality is that in many situations access to EpiPens is the difference between life and death.

"I have requested an urgent meeting with the Department of Health to insist that more needs to be done to ensure all parents and families are fully informed about the shortage of EpiPens and supported to manage the risks this brings to the well-being of those with severe allergies."  

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