A couple of drug shortages could pose problems for a number of Albertans.
The makers of the EpiPen are warning Canadians of a shortage of one of their products.
Pfizer blames manufacturing disruptions for a shortage of the 0.3 mg auto-injector. It should be resolved by March, but there could be a 2 to 4 week period where none of the product will be available.
"It's for anaphylactic reactions, so if you get a bee sting or if you're allergic to some kind of food, you start to swell up and your throat starts to constrict and you have difficulty breathing, you give yourself a shot and it takes that away for about 10-15 minutes, so it gives you a chance to go to an emergency room and get treated," explained Ray Ainscough, pharmicist at Riverside Value Drug Mart in Drumheller.
"You hope that everybody out there has an up to date EpiPen currently," stated Ainscough. "Your second choice is to, if it's outdated, still have it with you for now, and then of course have some oral Benadryl, that kind of stuff, to help."
Last week, it was revealed that some Alberta Noloxone kits for counteracting the effects of Fentanyl, may be missing vials of the drug.
"I checked my kits and my kits are good. I'm not sure how many people are affected by that, but to me that's not as serious," remakred Ainscough. "Check you kit and make sure it's full; If it's not, exchange it for another one. At least there's kits available, where the EpiPen, they're not available at all."