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FDA Extends EpiPen Expiration Dates in Response to Regional Shortages

The FDA has extended the expiration dates of EpiPens to overcome shortages; some could be effective up to four months past their expiration date.

EpiPen Pack / Image: Rich Pedroncelli
EpiPen Pack / Image: Rich Pedroncelli

A recent NBC News article discussed the scarcity of EpiPens and the FDA’s strategy to alleviate the situation. Each summer, parents purchase EpiPens to protect their allergy-afflicted children during the pending school year. This year, the demand has outweighed supply resulting in spot shortages around the country. The FDA has subsequently extended the expiration dates on certain batches of the devices to four months beyond their printed expiration date.

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