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Why are EpiPens so expensive? — 16 Comments

  1. I think people should be wondering why people are being born with these allergies that is staggering to think of. the chemicals we are exposed to are everywhere on everything and there really isn’t any focus on that.

  2. wah wah wah.

    nothing is for free. everyone has to pay bills
    I do not want to pay for your medications

    • Let me pop your bubble. First off, you are already paying for it. You can thank the Obama administration for that. Secondly, there is ZERO reason epipens need be that expensive. It’s literally corporate greed and nothing else. The lady that runs the main epipen company is pulling a yearly salary of around 17 MILLION. The bitch intentionally raised the price of epipens. When she did, her salary went to what I said, up from only 2 million.

    • I hope that someday you have a life threatening disease that requires a medication that you can’t afford. Tough titty huh……wah wah wah

  3. Same frustration on our end- it’s nice to see that we are not alone. We’ll never meet our deductible year after year so the EpiPen payment is around $600 every time. I don’t understand the reason this is not considered a preventative drug compared to others on that list.

    • Hi Stephen, it is frustrating, isn’t it? And it just blows my mind that Mylen is allowed to charge that much for their product. I’m all for drug companies making a reasonable profit, but $600+ for a few cent’s worth of epinephrine? I could rant about that all day!

      I just filled my prescription and, interestingly, I was able to get a MUCH cheaper generic version that I didn’t even know existed. The EpiPen was going to cost over $600 (w/out my insurance it would have been over $700), so I asked the pharmacist about having my physician write a prescription for the Adrenaclick, and how much would that cost. She did a little research in her computer and told me she could give me a generic EpiPen (NOT Adrenaclick) and it would only cost $100! Without my insurance it would have cost over $500, so obviously my insurance company’s pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) prefers this over the brand EpiPen. I don’t know if this information will help you, but talk to your insurance company or PBM or pharmacist and ask if they cover this generic EpiPen. It’s by Lineage Therapeutics, and it’s simply an auto-inject 0.3mg epinephrine (2 per box).

      I just lucked into this by asking questions, but it saved me a lot of money! Cheers, FN

      • I got the Lineage therapeutics last year (April 2015) my pharmacy (Walmart in Toledo Oh suburb) automatically gave that one to me for the $4 co pay. They told me the generic version was just released a few weeks before I got mine. Those pharmaceutical companies are sticking it to us for sure.

      • The question is, why does the FDA and/or US government allow this?

        I think it is high time to revisit patent and regulation laws. It seems that non-original ideas/works are being patented

        Albuterol, for example, used to be $25. Now it is $80 because the CFC on these medical devices were banned. Ventolin, for example, costs $10 in the Philippines. If GSK can charge as low as $10 over there (locally manufactured though), why can’t they charge it approximately or similar in the US?

        Why is it that the government is overegulating entry of competitors?

        Why can’t we just import the $10 Ventolin from the Philippines? (Still manufactured by GSK!)

  4. I had to replace my EpiPens and believe it or not the cost before insurance kicked in was $750.00. Because of my deductible I had to pay $613.00!!! No one told me about Mylen offering $100 off but I did finally get approved and the pharmacist deducted the $100. Good luck to all who need this life saving product finding it at a lesser cost than I did.

    • Oh, I believe it! Hi Leslie, thanks for commenting. Like you, I have a huge deductible to meet first, so I know when I replace my EpiPens it’s going to be super expensive. That’s why I have 3-year-old EpiPens in my medicine cabinet. Not the best idea, but I can’t afford the out-of-pocket costs. I really hate that our lives seem controlled by our health insurance benefits! Best, FN

  5. the $0 copay coupons are really the same as the $100 off coupon. The $0 coupon will take up to $100 off. If you need 2 sets (4 devices) and the cost is high, just pick up 1 set, use the $100 off coupon, and go back in a few weeks to get the other set and use the coupon again. That way, you save $200 instead of $100

  6. I have been getting EpiPens for my son (peanut allergy) for several years. When we had a better insurance plan, it was only around $60-something for a set. Now, of course, it’s over $300 for the same product. My pharmacist is wonderful, and always tries to help save money. She gave me Mylan’s EpiPen $0 co-pay card, so I got my latest set for free. I had to fill out my name/address, etc, so I assume this is a one-time deal. (I just have a regular old high-deductible private health insurance plan). My pharmacist also told me she sometimes gets savings cards for $100 off EpiPen sets.

    My son also gets allergy shots, and at our particular clinic these days, anyone getting an allergy shot has to have an EpiPen (even if they’re just getting shots for run-of-the-mill seasonal allergies). So there’s a really high demand for them now.

    When anyone buys an EpiPen, they should ensure they’re getting a product with the farthest-away expiration date. Our pharmacist had EpiPens expiring in 8 months, and some expiring in a year, so of course we asked for the ones expiring the latest.

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for sharing your experience. It’s great you have a pharmacist who was willing to help you. And you brought up an important point about the shelf life of EpiPens, which is 18 months after date of manufacture. Pharmacies will sell what they have available, and the sell-by date could be less than a year. Always check! I know I will, so thanks for the tip. Cheers, FN