The manufacturers of epinephrine auto-injectors have extended their U.S. savings programs through 2017.
Epinephrine is the only treatment for a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis
(anna-fih-LACK-sis). It is only available through a prescription by your doctor. Each prescription comes with two auto-injectors in a set.
People with food allergies need two of these auto-injectors with them at all times. For children, this might mean having more than one twin set. For example, the child may need to keep one set at school and one set at after-school care. Another set typically stays at home. For adults, two auto-injectors might be enough.
Here are the updated savings offers for epinephrine auto-injectors, as well as other ideas to try to save money on drug costs this year. Your final co-pay, if any, may vary depending on your insurance plan and the deductibles for your family.
- AUVI-Q® – Kaléo is making its epinephrine auto-injector available through its AffordAbility™ program. AUVI-Q is available free of charge to patients with a household income of less than $100,000 who do not have government or commercial prescription drug coverage. The company said those with commercial insurance, including those with high-deductible plans, will be able to obtain AUVI-Q for $0 out-of-pocket. Kaléo said the $0 out-of-pocket cost will also apply to those whose insurance will not cover the cost of AUVI-Q. Order directly from Kaléo by giving the enrollment form to your doctor. Call 1-877-30-AUVI-Q for questions about eligibility.
- EpiPen 2-Pak® – Use the Mylan Specialty My EpiPen Savings Card® to reduce out-of-pocket expenses, up to a maximum of $300 per EpiPen 2-Pak® carton. The card remains valid for up to six two-packs per year. The card is available at epipen.com/copay. Expires Dec. 31, 2017. If your family’s income is below a certain level and you have no prescription coverage, you can apply for free or reduced cost EpiPens.
- Authorized Generic for EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector - Visit MyGenericEAI.com for a $25 savings card. It can be used for up to three two-packs per prescription. The card is good through Dec. 31, 2017. Mylan offers a direct ship program for patients at a cost of $300. Those interested can call 844-357-3969 for further information and assistance.
- Generic Epinephrine Auto-Injector – Lineage Therapeutics Inc.’s “$0 Co-Pay Savings Card” can reduce the amount of your out-of-pocket expense up to $100 per generic epinephrine auto-injector two-pack. Each savings card can be used for up to three two-packs per prescription. Download the savings card for details. Although this savings card does not expire, you must print out a new savings card for each prescription. Every time you access the webpage, the code on the savings card automatically changes. Each unique savings card is valid for just one use.
In addition, CVS Health is selling these generic epinephrine auto-injectors at all CVS Pharmacy locations at a cash price of $109.99 for a two-pack.
Other possible money-saving options:
Change Insurance Plans – If you are privately insured through work, see if you can shop around during open enrollment. If your family’s income is below a certain level, you might be offered Medicaid and/or your children might qualify under The Children's Health Insurance Program. This depends on your state. Visit www.healthcare.gov, or your state’s health insurance site.
Switch to the "Preferred" Auto-Injector – If you have prescription benefits, you may save on co-pays by agreeing to use the epinephrine auto-injector that is on the insurance "preferred" list.
Use Mail Order – If you have prescription benefits, look into your plan’s mail order pharmacy options. This may give you a lower price or provide more sets of medication for the same price. Many mail order prescription plans provide patients with a three month’s supply of medication for the cost of two month’s copay.
Talk to Your Doctor – If you have insurance, talk to your doctor. Sometimes they can write the prescription so that you can get more sets of medication for one co-pay. Typically, a twin pack of injectors is considered a 30-day supply under your prescription plan. A physician might ask for six injectors (three twin packs) to be filled at once. This could then be filled through the mail order pharmacy, as described above.
Shop Around – Call around to different pharmacies. Prices can vary, especially between large chain pharmacies and smaller independent pharmacies. Be aware that the pharmacies at club stores such as Costco and Sam’s are generally available to non-members too.
Check with the Local Children’s Hospital – This option may work if your child sees doctors at a major children’s hospital. Ask if they have any grants or patient assistance programs that can help pay for your child’s prescription.
Talk to Your Employer – If you have medical insurance through an employer, contact their human resources department. Explain that your insurance is not covering a life-saving medication for you or your child. Sometimes, if you have a generous employer, they will try to help you.
Originally published January, 2015. Updated January 2016 , August 2016, December 2016, January 2017 and February 2017.