In response to the current EpiPen shortage, Walgreens has announced that their pharmacies will be stocking an alternative epinephrine auto-injector, Auvi-Q, in case EpiPen supplies run out. Filling an EpiPen prescription with Auvi-Q will come at no cost for commercially insured patients.
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Back to school season typically means new pictures, school supplies and EpiPens—but not for some families. Back in May, the FDA announced that Epipen was experiencing a shortage due to supply constraints, and this shortage has only worsened with the start of the school year.
Lucky, the FDA recently made two announcements that should help ease the shortage. Here’s what’s happening.
Which products are experiencing a shortage?
The following EpiPen products from Mylan Pharmaceuticals are currently experiencing a shortage:
In the two years since a national controversy erupted over the price of EpiPen injectors, the market for epinephrine auto-injectors has changed dramatically, according to a GoodRx analysis of US prescription fill data.
Where two years ago, EpiPen, manufactured by Mylan pharmaceuticals, had nearly 90% of the market for the medication, today the EpiPen brand auto-injector accounts for just around 10% of fills. See More
Has your doctor ever asked if you’re allergic to any drugs? Luckily for most people, medicine allergies are not that common. But for the few who do have them, allergic reactions can be extremely dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about drug allergies before you start a new medication.
What are drug allergies?
When we talk about allergic reactions to drugs, we’re not talking about side effects. See More
We’re always amazed to hear from doctors and pharmacists who use GoodRx to help their patients save money — especially when it’s a matter of getting a medication or not at all. When we saw this tweet from Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), naturally, we reached out to learn more about their organization. We were able to speak with Patricia, Lead Medication Service Volunteer at the Cape May County free clinic, and Anne Marie, their Volunteer Coordinator, about the importance of savings programs like Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) and GoodRx. See More
One of the more popular drugs in the country, Epipen and generic epinephrine – used for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions – is experiencing a spot shortage, leaving some patients without their lifesaving drug.
Over the past month, shortages have been seen in both Canada and Australia, and they both turned to the United States in an attempt to curb their shortage. Unfortunately, this shortage has now spread to the United States. See More
For a large portion of Americans, a simple bee sting or a peanut can cause a fatal allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Fortunately, in most cases, these symptoms can be treated by a shot to the leg with an epinephrine auto-injector. Unfortunately, one of the most popular autoinjectors EpiPen costs around $630 and it’s generic version epinephrine costs around $320 for a pack of two autoinjectors, making them unaffordable for many people in need. See More
In 2015, Americans spent $1,200 per capita on prescription medications, the highest rate in the world. In the U.S. a 30-day prescription to Xarelto (used to treat blood clots) costs $292, on average – where that same prescription costs just $126 in the UK, $102 in Switzerland, and just $48 in South Africa, according to a 2016 survey by the International Federation of Health Plans. A 28-day supply of Humira, used for Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis, costs a whopping $2,669 in the US – but just $822 in Switzerland and $1,362 in the UK. See More
These price increases, among others, have shed necessary light on price hiking and transparency, and have caused many states to take this matter into their own hands. At the moment, 23 states are stepping up their efforts on drug pricing by proposing bills that take on the rising cost of drug pricing. See More
If your child needs to use medication during the school year, making the proper accommodation with required school personnel is an important task for parents to complete at the beginning of the school year.
Here are some tips to help ensure that your child stays healthy during this school year.
Be up to date on the school’s policies and procedures
Every school will have different policies and procedures for students taking medication during school hours. See More