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There's A Shortage Of EpiPens In The U.S.

If you have allergies or your child has allergies take precaution because there could be a shortage of EpiPens in certain parts of the US, according to a report from the Food and Drug Administration

It was announced today (5/9) that both Adrenaclick and the generic brand Mylan's EpiPens are having distribution issues. 

For parents this means your children might not be able to get their typical prescription at the pharmacy.

Dr. James Baker, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan and CEO of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), explained that this can be particularly problematic for kids who have recently needed to use their EpiPen or who have one that's expired.

He told TODAY, "They need to be careful. If they run out, they can't just run to the pharmacy and get a new one."

Although some brands of EpiPens are available, like Auvi-Q, if it's not your child's go-to brand, you should double-check that you know how to use it.

Parents are encouraged to compare their children's prescriptions if they receive a different EpiPen.

The FDA doesn't have an exact date for when the distribution issues will be resolved.

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