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How to Make Expensive EpiPens More Affordable

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A two-pack of EpiPens from the pharmaceutical company Mylan cost less than $100 in 2009, but the price has gradually and dramatically risen since then, with a current list price of about $600. This has left people who depend on EpiPens in a terrible bind.

On Monday August 29, 2016, Mylan made an announcement that its U.S. subsidiary will be making another cheaper generic EpiPen product available.

The EpiPen Auto-Injector will have a list price that is less than half the price of the original branded EpiPen. A generic two-pack EpiPen carton will cost $300. It will come in 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg strengths. The launch is expected to take place within a few weeks.

Despite this greatly increased price, Mylan wants consumers to be aware that the company is intent on optimizing patients' access to epinephrine auto-injectors. Programs are for EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. auto-injectors.

1) In recognition of the issues facing patients who can't afford the recent price hikes, there will still be an augmented patient assistance program as well as a $300 My EpiPen Savings Card available for the brand product. The $300 savings card can be used as cash at a pharmacy. You can find it at www.activatethecard.com/epipen/ The card is available for a 2-pack of EpiPens to patients who are commercially insured.

2) When the $300 generic product becomes available, Mylan will then kick off a direct ship program. EpiPen can then be ordered directly from Mylan at a lower cost. Bring the My EpiPen Savings Card in with your prescription to the pharmacy, or have your doctor put your savings card ID number on your e-prescription.

3) Find out if your insurance will cover half the cost of the EpiPens. If they will, you can use that in addition to the card, and possibly pay nothing at the pharmacy reported Drugstore news. Don't hesitate to check up on the pharmacy and make sure that the coupons are actually applied.

4) Check into patient assistance programs that will provide medication for free or at low cost to people who can't pay for drugs.

Mylan Increases Price of EpiPen by More Than 400 Percent. Empowher.com. Retrieved August 31, 2016.

Mylan launches first generic EpiPen Auto-Injector. Drugstorenews.com. Retrieved August 31, 2016.

Mylan takes steps to reduce patients costs for EpiPen, increase access. Drugstorenews.com. Retrieved August 31, 2016.

13 Tips For Anyone Who Can’t Afford EpiPens Anymore. Buzzfeed.com.  Retrieved August 31, 2016.

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