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EpiPen – why so pricey?

2nd March 2017

Epipen isn’t a drug, it’s a drug delivery system that delivers $1 worth of Epeniphrine, commonly known as adrenalin. It is derived from the Mark I NAAK ComboPen, which was developed for the U.S. military for treating exposure to nerve agents in the course of chemical warfare. That’s right–the original version was developed by the government, not by the patent holder.

Nevertheless, Mylan charges $540 for an Epipen (after a $100 rebate). And the FDA has seen fit to reject two other drug delivery systems that might have competed with Epipen–I assume because of flaws that showed up in testing.

There are alternatives, but not everyone can access these DIY options and not everyone knows about the generics.

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