Right after I wrote this post about a scare I had with my daughter’s peanut allergy, I started hearing news about the EpiPen price gouging. I read article after article describing how Mylan had raised the price to about $600 for a pack of two EpiPens, from about $100 when Mylan acquired the product in 2007. Boy did my blood boil. I realized how uninformed I was about my options and began to do some research on options for lower cost epinephrine.
Earlier this year, the nurse at my daughter’s school informed me her EpiPen expired. So when I strolled into the pharmacy to get her a new one, I almost started to cry when the pharmacist told me it would cost me $400 out of pocket.
Me: “I need to fill my prescription for my daughter’s EpiPen.”
Pharmacist: “Your total will be $400.”
Me: <speechless for a second> “Did you run my insurance card?”
Pharmacist: “Yes, but you have a high deductible. There’s a coupon online you can register for.”
Me: “I’ll look it up right now.”
I go online and register for it. It saved me $10 or $20. Really??? I paid my money, and took my 2-pack home and vented on Twitter. Like most normal people do, right?
When my friend, Dr. Laura from Sora Medical Clinic in Plano, TX posted this article about how to make an epinephrine injector kit for under $10, I got curious. Then I saw friends post about how there is a generic prescription for an epinephrine injector for half the price. These are all things I didn’t know about. I just took it for granted that before at around $100, it was affordable for my family, and I went along my merry way.
Options for Lower Cost Epinephrine
To get the generic option, your doctor must prescribe “epinephrine injector.” Talk with your doctor.
Read article above to make your own epinephrine injector kit for around $10.
Mylan offers a coupon which may lower the cost of EpiPens for some individuals.Terms and conditions apply. The coupon and information are available at: https://www.epipen.com/copay-offer. It could be $10, it could be more. It could depend on insurance plans and deductibles.
Dr. Laura also recommended using the GoodRX app.
Rxassist.org may be able to help cover the cost of EpiPens for some uninsured families. Applications can be found here.
Even Sarah Jessica Parker made an announcement on Instagram that she was ending her relationship with Mylan. When Carrie Bradshaw speaks, I listen.
I hope these options are able to help other families! This is life-saving medicine for children, and the greed just hurts my heart. My $400 EpiPens are good until February 2017, but I will most definitely be changing to a generic option. In the words of my friend, Dr. Laura, “If I turn up dead, make sure someone gets it out that I was speaking out about this.” So basically, yeah, suck it, EpiPen.
ETA 1/13/2017: News outlets report CVS has a generic EpiPen called Adrenaclick, that costs $109 for a 2-Pack. They also report that Cigna is dropping coverage for the overpriced EpiPen.