As a Mom my heart goes out to each and every Mom and Dad and every patient that relies on an EpiPen in case of anaphylactic shock.
For Those That Are Not Aware
Mylan the company that produces the life saving EpiPen has raised the price of the EpiPen by 450%. This price increase has outraged people, more considering the drug contained in an EpiPen does not cost a lot to produce. If you are a low income family or a family of multiple children requiring these life saving pens this is a huge cost increase. One that sadly some can not afford.
What Is An EpiPen?
An EpiPen is a single use auto-injector that dispenses the life saving drug epinephrine. EpiPens are used when an individual goes into anaphylactic shock.
What Is Anaphylactic Shock?
Anaphylactic shock varies from person to person. Some symptoms include face swelling, lips swelling, hives, throat closure, shortness of breath and death.
What Causes Anaphylactic Shock?
Anaphylactic shock can be caused by a food allergy, a bee sting, or any other allergic reaction. The most common that people hear about is a peanut allergy or tree nut allergy.
Please understand anaphylactic shock is serious. When you hear a school is nut free, DO NOT attempt to skirt the rule. You are putting a child’s life on the line.
How Much Does An EpiPen Cost?
Currently, the cost of a double pack EpiPen is $600 in USA and this price isn’t covered by some insurance programs.
How To Save Money On An EpiPen!!
Currently costs in Canada are lower than those in the USA if you are able to purchase a cross border EpiPen. In Canada you do not require a prescription for an EpiPen but they are a behind the counter item.
You can also apply at epipen.com/copay-offer for a MY EpiPen Savings card which will help you save $300 on a double EpiPen Purchase in the USA.
You can see if you qualify for EpiPen’s patient assistance program which would make the EpiPen free a $600 savings. You will need to fill out this form. You can also call Mylan customer relations at 800-395-3376
There Are Cost Saving Life Saving Alternatives To The EpiPen!!
There are medical alternatives to the EpiPen but please speak with your Doctor and Pharmacist before purchasing an alternative.
You can purchase a vial of Epinephrine and an injection needle kit for lest that $10 no insurance required. For more information please refer to this article written by abc22.
You can request a prescription from your Doctor for Epinephrine Injector by Lineage Therapeutics which is currently cheaper than the EpiPen.
Adrenaclick is another epinepherine injector by Amedra Pharmaceuticals which is cheaper than the EpiPen.
Please ensure that you check with medical provider before switching.
Currently There Is A Petition Against The EpiPen Price Increase
MoveOn Petitions currently has an online petition located here that you can sign against the current price increase of the EpiPen by Mylan. Their website also has up to date information regarding the petition and information regarding Mylan and the EpiPen price increase.
As a Mom and as a person, I hope that this information I have gathered here helps you find life saving epinephrine for those in need. I hope that it saves you money. I have had to use IV epinephrine before due to an allergic reaction to seafood. My heart goes out to you. I hope there is change in the near future.