CVS is Now Offering Allergy Medication at 1/6th the Cost of the...

CVS is Now Offering Allergy Medication at 1/6th the Cost of the EpiPen

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Over 9,000 different CVS branches nationwide are now carrying generic versions of the Adrenaclick auto-injector, an allergy medication similar to the EpiPen currently marketed by Mylan, but at 1/6th of the cost.

Mylan has been criticized for hiking the price of the life-saving drug by 500% since 2007. Though Adrenaclick is not the same as Mylan’s EpiPen, patients may be able to access the generic dual pack at CVS for $109.99 – as opposed to the outrageous price of $600 – with permission and consultation from their doctors.

Over the past year, nearly 150,000 people signed on to a petition asking for a lower cost epinephrine auto-injector option and millions more were active on social media searching for a solution.

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“As a health care company focused on helping people on their path to better health, we recognized that there was an urgent need in the marketplace for a less expensive epinephrine auto-injector for patients with life-threatening allergies,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy in a statement.

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“In order to address this challenge, we have partnered with Impax Laboratories to purchase their epinephrine auto-injector at a price that is lower than similar brand or authorized generic epinephrine auto-injectors. We are passing these savings along to our customers and patients, making this product available at all CVS Pharmacy locations at the lowest cash price in the market.”

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