SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - People who have severe allergic reactions are finding shortages of the drug used to save their life. That drug is Epinephrine and is under the brand name of EpiPen.
Shannon Hurt in Scottsboro said it’s not only difficult to find but the worst part is schools are not trained on similar drugs that are available.
“It shouldn’t be that difficult to get a life-saving drug and feel comfortable sending your child to school," she said.
But it is for Hurt. Two years ago she found out her son had a severe allergic reaction to tree bourn nuts after eating a portion of a cookie with minced walnuts. After being prescribed EpiPens, her son, Chandler, has to have two extras besides the one at home.
“The schools and the after school program require them in date and so that was our challenge,” said Hurt.
So this year, she went to get some new ones.
“I’ve called several pharmacies when the school started to see if we could get a box of them because that is what the school is trained on and we couldn’t find any,” said Hurt.
But they were able to find a similar drug called Auvi-Q, which turned out to be useless for her purpose.
“It is possible to get the drug that’s needed but schools aren’t trained on administering the different brands,” said Hurt.
So with time running out and school set to begin she checked the date of some old doses she had.
“We found an EpiPen, two EpiPens, at home that were dated through February 2019 so hopefully be the end of the year we will be able to find another box,” said Hurt.
Hurt said she can only hope to get the drug by December so her child can continue going to school.