July 9, 2019 / 11:46 AM / 2 months ago

Novartis launches Adamis allergy shots in U.S. pharmacies amid EpiPen shortage

July 9 (Reuters) - A unit of Novartis AG said on Tuesday it would make partner Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp's emergency allergy shots immediately available in local pharmacies across the United States, amid a shortage of Mylan NV's rival product, EpiPen.

The Sandoz unit of Novartis launched Symjepi for use in hospitals in January and had said it would make the treatment available in pharmacies in a phased manner.

Mylan dominates the market for emergency allergy shots with EpiPen, an auto-injector that delivers a dose of epinephrine in the event of severe allergic reactions to a number of triggers, including bee stings or peanuts.

However, there has been a shortage of EpiPens in North America, Europe and Canada due to manufacturing delays. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May last year added the treatment to its list of drugs in shortage.

Adamis, which received U.S. approval for its emergency epinephrine syringes in 2017, distributes Symjepi in the United States exclusively through Sandoz.

In a statement, Sandoz said it was making both the adult and pediatric doses of Symjepi immediately available in local pharmacies across the nation. (Reporting by Aakash Jagadeesh Babu and Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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