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Chemists have been told by NHS England to check whether young children are in urgent need of adrenaline pens before dispensing the devices. Pharmacists must ask parents and carers how many auto-adrenaline injectors they have before deciding how many to give. Only children with no pens, including expired but usable ones, should get the standard prescription of two devices, the guidance says. It follows a shortage of EpiPens, the adrenaline pen most often prescribed. The new NHS guidance to pharmacists and dispensing doctors relates to 0.15mg pens, prescribed to children who weigh less than 25kg (four stone). The Department of Health said new supplies were "expected within the next week" an... Full story

18 October