The manufacturers of epinephrine devices have extended their U.S. savings programs through 2022.
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. Most prescriptions come with two auto-injectors in one box.
People with food allergies should have epinephrine with them at all times. For children, this might mean that you need extra epinephrine auto-injectors. For example, your child may need to keep epinephrine at school, as well as some at after-school care. And you may want epinephrine devices that stay at home or go with you when you leave the house.
Here are savings offers for epinephrine auto-injectors and pre-filled syringes, as well as other ideas that may help you save money on drug costs. Your final copay, if any, may vary depending on your insurance plan and the deductibles for your family. Talk with your doctor about which epinephrine device is right for your family.
Savings Programs for Epinephrine Devices
- AUVI-Q® – AUVI-Q has two assistance programs. If you have commercial insurance, you may be able to get AUVI-Q for $25 or less. If you don’t have commercial insurance or have Medicaid, you may be able to get AUVI-Q for no cost through the kaléo Cares Patient Assistance Program. Call 502-213-7601 for questions.
- EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® – Use The EPIPEN® Savings Card® to reduce your out-of-pocket cost up to $300 per EPIPEN TWO-PACK® and/or EPIPEN JR TWO-PACK® carton per prescription refill (up to three cartons per prescription) and can be redeemed up to six times per calendar year. If you have questions, call 1-800-657-7613 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday). VIATRIS™ ADVOCATE also has a Patient Assistance Program.
- Authorized Generic of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors – Use the Epinephrine Injection, USP Auto-Injector Savings Card to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses up to $25 per generic two-pack. It can be redeemed for up to three cartons per prescription up to six times per calendar year. If you have questions, call 1-800-657-7613 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday). VIATRIS™ ADVOCATE also has a Patient Assistance Program.
- Epinephrine Injection USP Auto-Injector, Generic From Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries – If you have commercial insurance may save up to $30 per carton, up to three per prescription. If you have any questions, call 1-844-248-7949.
- Authorized Generic of Adrenaclick® Epinephrine Auto-Injector – If you have commercial insurance, you may receive these auto-injectors from Amneal Pharmaceuticals at $0 cost. If you pay cash, you may get up to $10 off per pack for out-of-pocket cost. If you have any questions, call 1-855-449-4712.
CVS Health sells these generic epinephrine auto-injectors at all CVS Pharmacy locations.
- SYMJEPI™ pre-filled epinephrine syringe – SYMJEPI™ is a portable syringe pre-filled with epinephrine. It is not an auto-injector. It comes in a two-pack and is available in 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg. With insurance, you may pay as little as $0 per prescription. If you are covered under a state-funded or federally funded program, you will not be eligible.
Other Possible Ways to Save Money
- 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 (CHIP). This depends on your state. Visit Healthcare.gov or your state’s health insurance site.
- Switch to the “preferred” device for your plan – If you have prescription benefits, you may save on copays by agreeing to use the epinephrine device 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 two-packs of medicine for the same price. Many mail order prescription plans provide patients with a three month’s supply of medicine for the cost of two month’s copay.
- Talk with your doctor – If you have insurance, talk with your doctor. Sometimes they can write the prescription so that you can get more sets of medicine for one copay. Typically, a two-pack of epinephrine auto-injectors is considered a 30-day supply under your prescription plan. A doctor might write the prescription for six auto-injectors (three two-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 Club 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 with your employer – If you have medical insurance through an employer, contact their human resources department. Explain that your insurance will not cover a life-saving medicine for you or your child. Sometimes, if you have a generous employer, they will try to help you.
Originally published January 2015. Updated March 2022.