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EpiPen Alternative Available in February Will Be Free to Many

by Tori Marsh on January 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm

You might be tired of hearing about the EpiPen pricing controversy after the past couple of months. In 2016, it felt like the the life-saving epinephrine auto-injector would never be affordable, as even generic epinephrine was priced around $300.

However, the new year has brought good news for auto-injector patients. As you may have heard, CVS announced last week that they would be offering the an EpiPen alternative for $109.99, and this week we have even more good news. According to the manufacturer Kaleo, an Epipen alternative, Auvi-Q, will be hitting pharmacies on February 14th. And the best part? Kaleo is making Auvi-Q free for many consumers.

What is Auvi-Q?

Just like EpiPen, Auvi-q is an epinephrine auto-injector used to counteract anaphylaxis, however there are some differences. For one, at the size of a credit card, the Auvi-Q is smaller than the EpiPen. The Auvi-Q also has a voice prompt system that guide patients through the epinephrine delivery process. You can read more about Auvi-Q here.

How much will Auvi-Q cost?

Auvi-Q has been listed at $4,500 for two auto-injectors. We know, this isn’t cheap. However, Kaleo has made it their mission to make Auvi-Q affordable and is guaranteeing a cash price of $360. Even better though—there are ways for most consumers to get Auvi-Q for free!

How can I qualify to get Auvi-Q for free?

Kaleo has created the Auvi-Q Affordability Program with the mission to make the auto-injector affordable for everyone. Under this program, there are two ways you can get the auto-injector for free:

  1. Anyone with insurance, including those with high-deducible plans, will able to get Auvi-Q with no out-of-pocket cost.
  2. Anyone without insurance can also get Auvi-Q free of charge if your household has an annual income of $100,000 or less.

Too good to be true? We don’t think so. In a recent press release, Kaleo Chief Executive Spencer Williamson mentioned that he is “confident the model provides access and affordability, and that it is a sustainable model.”

It seems like things with the epinephrine auto-injector are finally looking up! Stay tuned, and we will let you know when Auvi-Q is released.


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