It’s back to school for tens of thousands of students in the Central Valley, but as the classrooms are filling up, a medication that helps people with allergies, is running low.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said there is limited availability of EpiPen in certain areas in the country. EpiPen is one of the most popular forms of the epinephrine auto-injectors.
Fresno allergist, Dr. A.M. Aminian said people who suffer severe allergies from food, medications, or insect bites will need an epinephrine auto-injector right away.
“This is a medication that would reverse an allergic reaction very quick, and it’s always life saving and it’s very helpful,” Aminian said.
Aminian said parents should always have one on hand if they know their children suffer from allergies.
He commented, “Fortunately we have different variety of it.”
The FDA said the EpiPen shortage has been going on since May, and it’s due to manufacturing delays. There are generic brands available.
Bob Nelson is the Fresno Unifed Superintendent. He said on Monday, “Every site has a minimum of one. Most of them have a couple, at a minimum two.”
Nelson said they are not currently affected by the shortage.
“We stock them, a little over a year ago now,” he said.
Clovis Unified said it has not been impacted either. Nelson said it will be a huge concern if their supply runs low, but they don’t expect that to happen any time soon.
The FDA reminds, there are alternative injection pens, and the organization is committed to working closely with the manufacturers to resolve any shortage as quickly as possible.