Those with extreme allergies are seeing sticker shock at the pharmacy when it comes to restocking their EpiPen – a device that contains the drug epinephrine that reduces swelling in the event of a reaction. Chris Snyder of Omaha has a daughter that recently suffered a reaction to nuts and they needed to use two pens to get the situation under control. He says even if they hadn’t used the pens they need replacing every year do to drug expiration.
The price for a set of EpiPens in 2007 was about $100. They are now more than $600 and many insurance companies now require customers to pay more out-of-pocket for drugs. Snyder says he was able to replace his daughter’s supply by downloading the app “My Epi Plan”. He says, “We filled out some information and were able to redeem a zero co-pay coupon for two EpiPens. If that can help the masses out there for the time being, it is tough to say it will help everyone’s situation but at least it is awareness of another option out there.”
A number of lawmakers are calling on the drug company, Mylan to explain why such a price hike on a life saving device. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the issue.