KIRKLAND, QC, Nov. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian distributor of EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr (0.3 and 0.15 mg epinephrine) Auto-Injectors, fully expects to meet the exceptional increase in demand on the Canadian market resulting from the nationwide recall of Sanofi's Allerject® (sterile epinephrine injection, USP). The recall is specific to the Allerject® epinephrine auto-injector, manufactured by Sanofi and does not apply to EpiPen®.
Patient safety is Pfizer's top priority and we are working diligently to secure and distribute five times our usual monthly EpiPen® inventory.
Pfizer Canada is pleased to announce that we were able to expedite the manufacturing of a large quantity of EpiPen® (0.3 mg epinephrine) which were shipped to distributors yesterday, November 5, and therefore should be available in pharmacies across Canada in the coming days.
Additionally, Pfizer would like to announce that it is expecting to release new large shipments of both EpiPen® Jr and EpiPen® 0.3 mg next week (w/o November 9).
EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr (0.3 and 0.15 mg epinephrine) Auto-Injectors ("EpiPen") are indicated for the emergency treatment of anaphylactic reactions in patients who are determined to be at increased risk for anaphylaxis, including individuals with a history of anaphylactic reactions. The EpiPen® Auto-Injector is a disposable, pre-filled automatic injection device that administers epinephrine in the event of a severe allergic reaction. After using EpiPen®, you must seek immediate medical attention or go to the emergency room. For the next 48 hours, you must stay close to a healthcare facility or be able to call 911. For more information about EpiPen®, please visit http://www.epipen.ca or you can follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/EpiPenCanada).
About Pfizer Canada
Pfizer Canada Inc. is the Canadian operation of Pfizer Inc., one of the world's leading biopharmaceutical companies. Our diversified health care portfolio includes some of the world's best known and most prescribed medicines and vaccines. At Pfizer, we're working together for a healthier world. To learn more about Pfizer Canada, visit pfizer.ca or you can follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PfizerCA) or Facebook (facebook.com/Pfizer.Canada).
EpiPen®, EpiPen® Jr are registered trademarks of Mylan, Inc. licensed exclusively to its wholly-owned affiliate, Mylan Specialty, L.P.; sub-licensee, Pfizer Canada Inc., Kirkland, Quebec H9J 2M5
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