Tori Marsh - October 26, 2016
Amidst the recent drama surrounding EpiPen prices, we finally have some good news for epinephrine auto-injectors. The expensive Epipen, and EpiPen Jr, will soon have more competition!
In 2017, manufacturer Kaleo will be re-releasing Auvi-Q, their brand of the epinephrine auto-injector. Auvi-Q was pulled from the market last year, but Kaleo has bought back the rights, and plans to release the alternative auto-injector within the next year. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - October 25, 2016
The increased cost of prescription drugs has been all over the news—and a topic for debate in the 2016 elections.
Huge price hikes for medications like EpiPen, Thiola, and Daraprim, just to name a few, have left Americans frustrated and angry. Amid the controversy, some states (including California and Ohio) are trying to address drug pricing on the ballot this fall—a bold move that other states will likely follow. See More
Elizabeth Davis - October 05, 2016
If you’ve been following the news on EpiPen, you already know that brand name EpiPen has seen massive price increases (over 400%) since 2007.
Manufacturer Mylan will be offering a less expensive generic alternative to EpiPen in 2017. They currently have a manufacturer discount of up to $300 off the cash price of EpiPen as well. However, if you’re paying out of pocket, either could still leave you owing $300 each time you fill. See More
Elizabeth Davis - August 29, 2016
Here’s what you need to know about the new EpiPen generic.
How much will the new generic cost?
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 25, 2016
What no one seems to be talking about: there are much less expensive alternatives out there.
Elizabeth Davis - August 24, 2016
This is an update to our 2012 Get to Know the EpiPen article.
For 1 – 2% of Americans, a bee sting or food allergy can cause anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Fortunately, these symptoms are easily treatable. Since the 1970s, epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPen being the most common) have provided a life-saving treatment for anaphylaxis.
Unfortunately, patients (and parents) can’t predict where and when a reaction can begin, so they need to purchase EpiPen for home, work, school, car and anywhere else one might be needed in an emergency. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 08, 2015
Get those lunches made and set the alarm clocks; school’s back in session.
Parents know that a new school year means new clothes, new books, maybe a new backpack—and perhaps a new set of prescriptions. As a pharmacist, I know the school year has started when frustrated parents show up at my store with lots of questions.
The good news is that I can help! Here are 5 helpful solutions for common back-to-school medication issues. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - June 13, 2014
When the sun finally comes out and the weather starts to change, you can tell that summer is nearby. It’s a great time to spend more time outside, but you may be more prone to summertime illnesses and injuries like allergies, insect bites, sunburns, rashes, cuts and scrapes, dehydration, and asthma. Here are some things to watch out for:
It can sometimes be difficult to do outdoor activities in the hot summer sun even if you don’t have asthma or breathing problems—if you do have asthma, you’ll want to be extra careful. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - December 23, 2013
Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year.
We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture of your options. Express Scripts has made a change in their coverage of emergency allergic reaction meds that may affect you:
Removed medication: Auvi-Q || Suggested Alternatives: EpiPen, EpiPen Jr
Auvi-Q is the new injectable that literally talks you through the injection process if you are having an anaphylactic allergic reaction. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 10, 2012
An extreme life-threatening allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, from a bee sting or food allergy requires quick attention to save lives. Epinephrine auto-injectors (the EpiPen being the most common) are the best treatment for anaphylaxis. Severe allergic reactions from food allergies are more common than ever, so we need to make the EpiPen cheap, accessible, and less scary for regular folks.
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