HOW MUCH IS AN EPIPEN – AVERAGE COST PRICES
What is the cost of an EpiPen without insurance? Epipen is a very costly drug that is used during an emergency for the treatment of allergic reactions in patients. It is a very valuable medicine that you should be with everyone at all times. Epipen is quite more popular than other similar drugs and it is available in generic versions and brands. There are a lot of alternatives to Epipen and one of them being Adrenaclick.
EpiPen is quite expensive that the cost of the drug is mostly covered by so many insurance plans. So how much is an EpiPen
WHAT IS THE USE OF AN EPIPEN
EpiPen is usually the first treatment administered for the treatment of anaphylaxis. It is the artificial form of adrenaline, which is a natural hormone in the body that is released to respond to freight and stress. If EpiPen is not administered to people with severe allergic reaction, they can go into an anaphylactic shock, which may prove to be so much fatal.
WHAT IS ANAPHYLAXIS
The condition anaphylaxis is an allergic emergency, which can result in:
- Sweeling and hive
- Drop in the blood pressure
- Nausea, stomach cramps and vomiting
- Chest tightness
- Pale skin color
EpiPen, which is also called by its generic name: Epinephrine is actually a brand name developed by a company called Mylan. It is not available over the counter, except through prescription from licensed medical personnel. The drug was initially approved in the year 1989, although the active ingredient it contains, epinephrine was synthesised in the year 1906.
It is best, if possible, to prevent allergy trigger that leads to an anaphylactic reaction. But in the case whereby an exposure occurs, EpiPen is mostly used to help prevent the occurrence of a sever allergy and should be administered quickly to the patient.
Most epinephrine products are usually made in an auto injector pen, which can be administered by the patient, teachers, parent, school nurse or a passerby. EpiPen is injected through the thigh and can be administered through clothing.
THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE USE OF EPIPEN
Year in year out, there has always been an increase in the price of the medication, which seems to be quite an indispensable medicine in the home. There have always been so many protests, both from private citizens and the government on the cost of EpiPen. Averagely the price of an EpiPen is within the range of $300 and $700.
The manufacturer of the medicine, Mylan, has been involved in so many tussles with the US government. In October 2016, Mylan agreed to make a payment of about $465 million to the US government after it admitted wrongly classifying EpiPen as a generic medicine.
HOW MUCH IS AN EPIPEN
The cost of an EpiPen, which usually contains just 2 injectors, is on the average $500 if the patient is paying with cash. Pharmacies offer coupons and thus the price of the EpiPen may be lowered. It is always advisable for the patient to make a check with their insurance company to confirm if their plan covers the cost of the EpiPen.
Although the manufacturer of EpiPen, Mylan has released into the market an authorised generic version of the drug. It is the same drug but not carrying the EpiPen brand name. With the use of online coupons, the authorised generic version can be gotten for about $200 at most pharmacies.
ALTERNATIVES TO EPIPEN
There are quite a number of alternatives to the EpiPen brand in the market. One of them is the authorised generic made from same company that manufactures EpiPen. Since the cost of EpiPen is quite not affordable to most consumers, they would rather go for the authorised generic brand.
Another popular alternative is AdrenaClick. Although this brand of epinephrine is also expensive, but not as much as an EpiPen and it goes for about $450. AdrenaClick also has its own authorised generic auto injector which can be bought for about $100
AUVI –Q is also an alternative to EpiPen that has voice prompts that guide the patient on how to make use of it. It was initially available in the year 2013, but was later taken off the market in the year 2015 because of some dosing problems that resulted through its usage.
But now that the problem has been addressed, AUVI –Q is back in the market and a pack of the brand goes for $360. Each pack contains double injectors. One interesting fact about AUVI –Q is that the manufacturer offers great discount programs that can reduce your copay to zero, even if you don’t have insurance.
HOW LONG DO EPIPENS LAST
A lot of people will want to know how long an expensive drug like Epipen would last before it expires. It is quite unfortunate that despite the high price of Epipen, it expires within a year. What this implies is that patients will need to keep multiple packs of the drugs at work, home and in school in the case of emergencies.
To be on the safe side, it is advisable to always check for the date of manufacturing before buying an Epipen at the pharmacy.
CAN I BUY AN EPIPEN OVER THE COUNTER
In the United States, it is not possible to buy an Epipen over the counter without a prescription. Schools that stock the drugs will need to even administer it under the supervision of a healthcare personnel
WHERE CAN I BUY EPIPEN
You can buy Epipen at the pharmacy, with prescription as well as in the hospital’s drugs store.