Facing expected season-long shortage, doctors urge patients to carry EpiPens just in case
By Robert Preidt – FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A shortage of honeybee, wasp and hornet venom extract has allergists concerned.
The extract treats people who have potentially life-threatening allergies to stings by these insects. It is given in immunotherapy shots to help build up a tolerance to the stings.
Manufacturing problems at one of two companies that produce the extract has reduced the U.S. supply by up to 35 percent, according to CNN.
The shortage is expected to continue through the summer — peak