EpiPen Price Hike Has Parents Of Kids With Allergies Scrambling

August 22, 2016
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The cost of saving your child’s life has gotten a lot more expensive.

Parents getting ready for back-to-school season have another item to toss in the basket along with Trapper Keepers and boxes of pencils — and they’re facing sticker shock at the latest price increase.

Doctors and patients say the Mylan pharmaceutical company has jacked up the prices for an EpiPen — the portable device that can stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — from around $100 in 2008 to $500 and up today.

That’s a hike of over 400 percent.

Now former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has weighed in, calling the Mylan company “vultures.”

Connecticut Senator Richard Bluemnthal, who pushed for emergency epinephrine to be stocked in public schools, pledged to investigate the “shocking increase.”

“Patients are calling and saying they can’t afford it,” said Dr. Douglas McMahon, an allergy specialist in Maplewood, Minnesota. “They’re between a rock and a hard place.”

Following a recall by Mylan’s chief competitor last year, the company now enjoys a near monopoly. Because of aggressive marketing and branding campaigns, and lobbying for legislation that requires the product to be stocked in schools, they have a brand dominance equal to that of Kleenex, doctors say.

About the size of a fat marker, they are carried by many parents of kids with severe allergies wherever they go — ready to jam the gizmo into their child’s thigh to deliver epinephrine and stop anaphylactic shock from a potentially fatal bee sting or bit of peanut.

And because they have a stated expiration date of one year, parents refill them annually, incurring an additional co-pay each time.

8 Comments

  1. Giovanna M Leone

    August 23, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Disgusting….

  2. Alejandro Garcia Jr

    August 23, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Charles Paige

  3. Tania Gomes

    August 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    We got ours, just in case!!

  4. Donna Wilson

    August 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Many medicines that are not the “generic” version have been heavily taxed by the government through Obamacare. I used to take some medications that were the original “name brand”. They all went up in price dramatically. One of my allergy medications seems to have gone out of business in the US because no one could afford it with the added tax anymore.

    Some people cannot use the generic. We are not all perfectly alike. Generics only have to have the Essential ingredient, they are not a perfect copy of the name brand. To say that they are the same is like saying that Buffered Asprin and regular Asprin are identical.

    I noticed that the current price hike on EpiPen is blamed only on the drug company and government taxes and regulations that cause companies to relocate out of the US. Wonder how much Obamacare tax is charged on each EpiPen kit?

  5. David Taylor

    August 24, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Let them know what you think. https://www.mylan.com/en/contact-mylan

  6. Maggie Murphy

    August 24, 2016 at 1:15 am

    list the other products this company makes so we can boycott until they lower the price!

  7. Sally Wilkinson

    August 24, 2016 at 1:18 am

    This is absolutely criminal.

  8. Ashley Anderson

    August 24, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Literally one box cost $729.00 at our pharmacy it’s not right!

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