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Global EpiPen shortage forces allergy sufferers to use expired stock

Allergy sufferers have been advised to rely on out-of-date EpiPens amid a global shortage of the life-saving adrenaline injectors.
Those affected have been told to use the device past their normal expiry date, with campaigners urging people not to dispose of it until they have a new one.
The medicines regulator has taken the measure of certifying batches of expired EpiPens as safe, amid fears those going into anaphylactic shock might otherwise be left with nothing.The body said it has agreed to extend the use-by date of some EpiPens by four months, with pharmacies now rationing them and GPs being forced to switch people to alternative brands.EpiPens, which make up three quarters of the 340,000 adrenaline injectors prescribed annually, are in short supply because of manufacturing problems in the US.Pfizer, which makes the product, has said it is "working tirelessly to increase production".The UK government has said it is working with them to resolve the issue.EpiPens are prescribed to people with serious allergies to products such as nuts, milk, fish, shellfish, eggs and some fruits.
Global EpiPen shortage forces allergy sufferers to use expired stock

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Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, died after eating sesame seeds
The shortage comes after an inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, who suffered an allergic reaction to sesame seeds in a Pret A Manger baguette.
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