We came across some really good news that could potentially save millions of households hundreds of dollars, the news of a new generic version of the EpiPen called Adrenaclick, saving households $500 per prescription! We had to post this news about the new generic EpiPen option because so many people and households require the need for this medicine and it is a very expensive medicine.
In fact, since at least 1 in 50 Americans has an anaphylactic allergy, millions are carrying EpiPens to save their lives in case of accidental exposure to their deadly allergen.
We are one of those families.
Our daughter had anaphylactic peanut and tree nut allergies. Did you catch the past tense? Yes, she has been cured due to recent medical treatments. However, because she did have these and because anaphylaxis allergies can develop at any time, and because my mother-in-law is deathly allergic to bees, we still carry EpiPens just as if our daughter still deals with this threat every day. We don’t want to mess with this category of life and health.
Unfortunately, millions have paid a pretty penny for the epinephrine injectors made by Mylan, branded Epipen. We’ve been buying them every year for the past 11 years and they shot up in price back in 2007 and have been increasing every year since, with this last year being now over $600 prescription to fill.
Anyone that has to buy EpiPens is probably already aware of the price gouging on this life-saving drug. We chose to live on a tight budget so we can enjoy the things in life we chose to enjoy – but a $600 prescription for the just in case is insane! In fact, in the 11 years we’ve been filling this drug, we haven’t had to use it once – which we prefer and never want to have to use it as that would be a terrifying day. Regardless, it’s expensive life insurance!
So, when we came across this article today regarding a new generic version that is a 1/6th the price of EpiPens, we had to spread the news to our frugal friends. We would be so very happy to spend $109, vs. $608. That is a huge difference. Talk to your doctor and see if you can switch to this version instead to save loads of money.
Currently, the generic alternative to the EpiPen is Adrenaclick and is available at CVS pharmacies nationwide.
I am glad we saw this when we did because the year expiration date is nearly up to the EpiPens we currently have.
One trick we have done when we toss old EpiPens is we stab them in an orange. This allows us to practice with the real device and refresh ourselves on how to use them, plus we get a feel for what it’s like to do so. I am scared of the day I have to use it because it is a scary device with that giant needle, but I would be far more terrified to not have it and not use it. However, now our budget’s won’t be screaming in agony every year now that this new, generic version is available. 🙂
By the way. EpiPen use to provide a free carrying case for the EpiPens a few years ago. Then, they hiked up the prices and ditched the free case. So we went on the hunt for a new carrying case. The case we use to store our Epinephrine Injectors that also hold allergy meds, inhalers, etc. are the AllerMates cases – they are made for these injectors and attach to backpacks, diaper bags, purses, belt loops, etc.! We love this case. 🙂
Read our daughter’s story of how she was cured of her deadly peanut/tree nut allergies.