15 January 2017

Less-expensive injectable epi now available. But...

As reported by CBS Boston:
CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.

The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600.
But here's what you need to know:
Clarification here, CVS cut the retail price of the existing generic for Adrenaclick (known as epinephrine).

This generic has been around for a while, but isn't an A/B rated generic so it's illegal for a pharmacy to dispense this if a prescription is written for EpiPen. We can dispense this if a prescription is written for Adrenaclick or Epinephrine.

Make sure your doctor writes a script for Adrenaclick or it is illegal for us to dispense this cheaper generic to you.
The injection device is different - that's why it can't be switched by the pharmacy for you.  In other words: "Adrenaclick.  Ask for it by name."

1 comment:

  1. You can save up to $300 off your co-pay per pack of EpiPens by signing up for their savings card... IF you have commercial insurance. https://www.activatethecard.com/epipen/?_ga=1.65737518.1493479713.1484616478

    Many expensive prescription medications have similar "co-pay cards" but most people don't know about them. It's not information that pharmacies generally offer. And, of course, if you don't have commercial insurance it doesn't matter anyway.


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