Jo Swinson writes to Ministers over national EpiPen shortage


Jo Swinson MP has written to Ministers in Westminster and Holyrood demanding action to address the current shortage of EpiPens in pharmacies, which has left anaphylaxis sufferers in East Dunbartonshire and across the country concerned about a lack of access to the life-saving treatment.

According to a recent statement from EpiPen, manufacturing delays have caused the shortage of the 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors.

Jo met previously with Nicky Forrest (pictured), a Kirkintilloch nurse and volunteer who runs a local Anaphylaxis Campaign Support Group. At the support group meeting, Nicky and other group members highlighted to Jo their concerns about the short supply of EpiPens.

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“It is unacceptable that those with severe allergies face uncertainty over the availability of life-saving treatment. EpiPens save lives.

“Nicky and other members of the Anaphylaxis Campaign Support Group were understandably concerned about the short supply of EpiPens, as many of the group had struggled to get new EpiPens for their children who can go into anaphylactic shock as a result of their allergy.

“I have raised the matter with Jeane Freeman, the Scottish Health Minister, and Matt Hancock, the Minister for Health and Social Care in Westminster, urging them to do everything in their power to tackle this shortage.”


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