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Exploring alternatives to EpiPen amid shortage

There are other options for auto-injectors than Epi-Pen

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — The nationwide shortage of EpiPen continues, but there are alternatives you can use when a life-threatening allergic reaction happens.

While most families are shopping for notebooks and new jeans, the parents of kids who suffer from severe food allergies also have to ensure they have epinephrine auto-injectors both at school and at home.

“To help their child be safe and included in all activities,” said Lisa Gable with Food Allergy Research an Education.

Gables said there continues to be shortages of the most commonly known injector — EpiPen.

The Food and Drug Administration urges people to keep and use their EpiPen for up to four months past their expiration date — but get immediate medical assistance afterward.

The FDA also fast-tracked approval of alternative injectors to fight allergic reactions.

“The challenge is those products are not accessible and available at all medical centers as well as retail operations,” Gable said.

Most national pharmacies carry only the EpiPen brand, but that is slowly changing.

“Kaleo recently got Auvi-Q so that it could be introduced at Walgreens,” Gable said.

You can find a list of independent pharmacies that carry alternative injectors on Healthmart.com.

Ensuring that prescriptions are not written for a specific brand name will improve the odds of getting the prescription filled by pharmacies and covered by your insurance.

“Make sure that you get as much flexibility in the way that they write that prescription,” Gable said.

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Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid-20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. It will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.

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