CANONSBURG, Pa. — Federal health officials warn there is an EpiPen shortage in parts of the United States.
The supplier Mylan, based in Canonsburg, is still making EpiPen and the generic version as well.
NBC News reports this is expected to be a short-term shortage, but people who have allergies and require auto-injectors are advised to check their supply and expiration dates.
If you are running low, try to get your hands on a prescription fast, and consider alternate brands, officials said.
The Food and Drug Administration is working to figure out why there is a shortage.
NBC News reports Mylan has denied a shortage exists in the United States. Mylan issued a statement about the shortage
Pfizer, another manufacturer also issued a statement about the shortage.
Channel 11 tracked down a local allergist to see if we're feeling the effects in Pittsburgh. Dr. James DeAngelo, who works for Allergy and Clinical Immunology Associates, with offices in Washington and Allegheny counties, said his patients haven't reported problems getting EpiPen prescriptions.
"I do know there's other two competitors on the market and as long as there's no supply issue in those areas, we should be OK; we'll just have to switch those patients who are on an EpiPen to those products if the EpiPen is no longer available," DeAngelo said.
If you are having trouble getting an EpiPen, you can call Mylan customer relations at 800-796-9526.
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