EpiPen Prices Soar as Students Return to School

21 August, 2016, 01:05 | Author: Andrea Terry

Those who have severe allergies often use the EpiPen to help them when they experience extreme reactions. The Henegars say they remember paying as little as $80 for the EpiPens five or six years ago. But now he's claiming to NBC that he had originally proposed a gradual Darapim price hike, much like what Mylan has been doing with EpiPens.

Pharmacist Leon Tarasenko said that it is very important for these patients to have EpiPen as its absence could be life or death. People who have allergies to food (such as nuts), biting or stinging insects, medications and latex can go into anaphylaxis which is life- threatening.

After competitor Sanofi (SNY) recalled its EpiPen product previous year, Mylan gained near full control of the market.

Parents who have high deductibles have to pay out of pocket for things like EpiPens, which can now cost more than $500 just for one box that contains two devices.

EpiPen's maker, Mylan Pharmaceutical, tells news 12 Long Island that costs have risen to reflect product improvements.

According to a story published on the topic by CBS News, "The EpiPen is filled with epinephrine, which can counter the effects of a severe allergic reaction".

"You know, prices are based on competition, and there's no competition", Henegar said.

Bloomberg senior medical reporter Robert Langreth told CBS: "This brand name, EpiPen, it's like Kleenex to allergists. I'm committed to protecting my constituents and American families across the country from these abusive price increases and ensuring that they have access to the life-saving drugs they need".

The price has significantly increased after EpiPen's only competitor was recently pulled from the market.

"She could think of clothes", she said pointing to her daughter, "and he could think of sports stuff, it would go further", Malloni said.

"With changes in the health care insurance landscape, an increasing number of people and families are enrolled in high-deductible health plans". The company remarketed the decades-old device, spending millions of dollars on ads and donating the device to schools in the United States to ensure it becomes a familiar product. It has spent tens of millions of dollars on TV ads and donated the device to schools across the USA, ensuring it was a familiar product.


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