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Lower Prices for EpiPen Alternatives

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The band Berlin hit the charts with "Take My Breath Away" in 1986, a year before the first epinephrine auto-injector was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The device was a game-changer, protecting people at risk for life-threatening anaphylactic reactions, which actually do take your breath away by causing a swollen throat and tongue, respiratory distress, edema, and low blood pressure.

Such reactions can happen from contact with an allergen such as peanuts, insect bites, or chemicals like latex.

In 2007, Mylan acquired the right to sell EpiPen, the brand-name epinephrine auto-injector. Since 2007, the price for a two-pack went from $93.88 to $608.61.

NBC news reports that each one costs Mylan only about $35.

Thankfully, you can lower the cost. But to obtain a lower-priced, generic EpiPen your doctor must write you a prescription for an "epinephrine auto-injector," not "EpiPen."

Also, not all discount coupons deliver what they imply (up to 75 percent off), so ask what your rate will be, and know that Mylan's My EpiPen Savings Card has restrictions.

So, what discounts are available?

CVS offers a generic two-pack for under $100; discount coupons are available online from national drugstore chains and places like GoodRx.com. Just Google "EpiPen discounts."

For the brand version: Walgreens, RiteAid, and others offer EpiPen two-packs for around $200.

Then there's Auvi-Q. The EpiPen alternative hits shelves this month — free to folks with commercial insurance or with no insurance in households earning less than $100,000.

Will insurers and pharmacy benefit managers go along with the plan? We'll see.

And there's Mylan's discount: a two-pack for $300.
 

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