This issue should not only take in account those who have a low income. The issue is that the cost of the epi is exorbitantly and greedily marked up by Mylan! It should be ashamed! The strain of paying for epi twin packs is there for everyone who needs it, and especially for families who have more than one member with life-threatening allergies. Moderate income families are always disregarded.
Im having problems finding an insurance company that will except the epi pens I have a deathly allergy to tomatoes and chocolate and sodium nitrates the Medicare and blue cross I have do not cover the epi pens at all so I'm stuck any advice you guys could give would be an amazing help thank you
Sabine - will the cover a different generic epinephrine autoinjector? You doctor has to specifically write the prescription for the generic ones. Otherwise, the pharmacy has to dispense the brand name.
Sabine, did you ever talk with your doctor and your insurance company to see if generic epinephrine autoinjectors would be covered? There are two versions of generic autoinjectors -- one company's generic version works exactly like their brand name version, from what I understand.
Apparently Express Scripts has decided that both the Mylan generic Epi and the Lineage Therapeutics epinepherine injector are "branded" medication rather than generic. Spoke with multiple customer service folks as well as one of their "pharmacists" and they are telling me no generic epinepherine auto-injectors exist although they are pushing me to the Mylan generic. The insurance coverage is of course significantly higher for generics but only if they treat a generic as a generic. Getting...
My insurance company sent me a letter saying they no longer cover Mylan Epi-pens as of next month, but supposedly they cover the generic. I looked up their formulary list. They cover Auvi-Q at 80%, which is worse than paying full price for the Mylan Epis. They don't cover Adrenaclick. In theory, they cover the Mylan generic. I'll have to leave extra time in August when I attempt to pick up the school's epis for pharmacist-allergist phone tag. GoodRx lists the prices of your various options...
I can't get a cost. My CVS says all epi's are recalled. Mine expires in May, but can't get any replacements. I'm told none are available. Anyone know if the expiration date can be stretched? I can't be without an epi, but can't replace it according to the pharmacy. Stef
The doctor said he did not know about the problem. Keep calling around. Apparently, Epi pens were recalled about three weeks ago. The pharmacies I spoke to will not sell epi pens until the new, post recall, pens have been sent to them. They do not want the liability. If you need an epi at this time, call 911. Stef
You're right - the pharma company websites aren't updated yet for 2018 and the coupons all expired 12/31/17. I'm trying to fill prescriptions now and don't have a valid coupon! How do I get an updated one?
KristaB, have you tried calling the contact number on the pharma company in question? They may be able to give you a timeline or a coupon that would work. Also, could you talk to your pharmacist or doctor? They may be able to reach out to their pharmaceutical reps for answers or a coupon, or even samples of some medications. I know that KFA is awesome about updating all this -- so keep an eye for updates.
Cynthia, No, I haven't called the pharma companies. My pharmacist is great though and he's on top of it. I wanted to see what he came up with first before trying to call pharma companies - that just seems like a runaround waiting to happen! I just found this site though, so I will keep checking back! Thanks!
The blog post was updated on Dec. 3, 2018, to include the following: Teva offers a generic version epinephrine auto-injector in limited areas in the U.S. It is available in 0.3 mg for $300 per two-pack. It will be released in larger quantities in the U.S., along with a 0.15 mg version, in 2019.
Thanks for a great webinar! Very informative and helpful. I noticed the babysitting handout shown on one of the last slides wasn't included in your list of links here, I was able to find it on my own, but thought I would point that out in case you want to add it. Thanks!
Thank you so much for this webinar! You answered so many questions for this school nurse, both during your presentation & in the Q & A session! I appreciate the time each of you gave to educate us more about epinephrine & anaphylaxis!
I've heard many others reporting getting a message about the number being disconnected. But others are reporting it works. It may just be that their circuits are overloaded with everyone calling right now.
I called the number listed on the post as well about 45 minutes ago. I received a recorded message and then was asked to leave my name and number, which I did. I'm sure the company is working quickly to figure out how to get all the devices returned.
I received the 'No longer in service' recording as well to the number posted. I pulled the number listed in the AuviQ pamphlet (800-633-1610) and connected without issue. Be warned... I spent 1.25 hours on hold only to be spoon fed the same information we read in the notice above. However, they are sending me a shipping label to return my AuviQs, and told me to include any receipts for the new Epi's in the package for reimbursement. Unfortunately, they just don't have any confirmed...
Thanks for the update! I have one Epipen, Jr., so I am hoping to bring it back and forth to school without any hassle until I can get a refill. I think I will keep both Epipens and Auvi-Qs in the future in case this happens again.
So after reading the info from Sanofi regarding this recall, I am wondering if we are to assume the Auvi-Q's with Expiration dates prior to March 2016 are considered perfectly fine. I also am concerned about replacing all of the sets of Auvi-Q's we need right now, some kept at school, my ex-husbands house, other care providers, and extra on-hand when we are traveling in areas remote from emergency medical care, as well as for those times our primary pack of meds gets misplaced, frozen, or...
Amber B., I think any auvi-q that expires before March and which has a lot number that is not within the numbers listed is perfectly safe and I would use those first in case of an emergency. I have the same concern that there will be a run on Epipens and they may be hard to get. I contacted my pediatrician and allergist for refills as soon as I saw the recall.
Leslie, I hope you are correct about the Auvi-Q's with exp. dates sooner than March being fine to use. Another food allergy organization, Snack Safely, is posting that ALL Auvi-Q's are being recalled. There is no information regarding this question from Sanofi, etc., that I can find. Hopefully we will get more answers today, and there will be ways to ensure all can obtain the epinephrine they need to replace these Auvi-Q's, right away.
Lynda, It says all Auvi-Q's currently on the market and gives the numbers and dates, ones issued with March 2016+ expiration dates . Some of our Auvi-Q's, which are NOT currently on the market, expire in October 2015 and February 2016. These auvi-Q's are not referred to by Sanofi, the FDA, etc, thus the ambiguity. I will am in process of getting some EpiPens to replace all of our Auvi-Q's, but I cannot imagine being eligible to replace them all immediately, and certainly do not expect...
Amber, we will contact Sanofi to clarify. I can see why there's confusion. We were told all Auvi-Qs and the FDA recall says all Auvi-Qs. But the lot numbers in the recall don't include all Auvi-Qs that people have. Thanks! Lynda
Hello, fellow parents! I just hung up with the service agent I reached via the 800 # listed on the press release. I waited 40 minutes in queue first. They are sending a recall packet, which arrives in 5-10 biz days. Meanwhile, I can go to pharmacy and buy (out-of-pocket) a new epi (not Auvi-Q, as they are all being taken off shelves), and I'll be reimbursed the cost after I send in proof-of-purchase along with my recalled Auvi-Qs.
Update: We have confirmed this recall affects ALL Auvi-Q devices. It doesn't matter what lot number. Update: Sanofi confirms the phone number in the press release is correct. The lines have been overwhelmed by calls. They are adding more staff and opening more lines. The number will remain the same: 1-866-726-6340 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET
Thanks for the update... I spoke with someone from Sanofi last evening and she told me my previous pens (not included in the recalled lot numbers) would be safe. However, she also indicated that they were only then getting detailed information and couldn't tell me more than the press release had stated. It made me nervous using an earlier device considering Sanofi has inferred that they are not exactly sure what is occurring with the dosing, thus making me concerned that ALL devices are...
I called waited 45 mins. Gave my name for the Return/ Reimbursement packet and asked about Oct 15 to Feb 16 Expiration dates and was told they were fine. So not sure if I trust it after y'all were told it is ALL DEVICES. I got one set of replacements. Called my insurance company and they over ruled to allow me to get another set tomorrow (pharmacy only had one set on the shelf). They allowed because need at least two sets at school since one set is locked in office and one set is in my child...
My Target pharmacy called me yesterday to make sure that I knew about the recall and she told me that they were asking their patients to bring their recalled Auvi-Qs to the pharmacy when they pick up their new prescription. I was able to fill one Epipen, Jr. prescription and my second will be filled when their truck arrives (they were completely out of Epipen, Jrs. and only had one Epipen on the shelf). I don't know if all pharmacies are calling their patients and handling the recall for...
This has been vey confusing, as to whether ALL Auvi-Q's are under the recall up to this point. Many on the Sanofi Lines were told it was only limited to Auvi-Q's with Expiration dates of March 2016 and later, with the lot numbers described for those Auvi-Q's. I myself received a return phone call from the FDA confirming exactly the same information, and that those Auvi-Q's with exp. dates of February 2016 and before should be fine. NOW SANOFI HAS REMOVED ALL DOUBT: ALL AUVI-Q AUTO-INJECTORS...
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