The shortage of EpiPen auto-injectors in pharmacies has propelled sales of the drug online, including Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace.
During the last week, several EpiPen auto-injectors have been put on sale online. Their cost ranged from $ 25 to $ 60 a unit, the National Post reported on Friday.
The practice is not illegal, according to Dr. Supriya Sharma of Health Canada. The latter, however, prevents the risk of buying such a product online, especially when it is second-hand.
“We do not know their authenticity, their quality, the conditions in which they were stored,” she told the English-language daily.
With supply issues since last January, Health Canada warned last week that pharmacies across the country have exhausted their stock of EpiPen auto-injectors in the coming days or weeks.
The shortage particularly concerns the EpiPen 0.3 mg product that is used by adults. EpiPen Jr 0.15mg auto-injectors will be available, but in limited quantities.
For its part, Food Allergies Canada believes that buying online is not a good way to get the drug and Health Canada is seeking a solution.
“We do not want the solution to be the creation of a black market,” said Jennifer Gerdts, director of online sales at Food Allergy Canada at the National Post.