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SADM #72 May/Jun 2017
Anisha Dharshi, Senior National Director of Education and Community Initiatives at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
In the United States, food allergies affect 15 million people, including 1 in 13 children.
Food allergy is a life-changing and potentially life-threatening disease. Because there is no cure, individuals with food allergies must carefully avoid their problem foods to avoid allergic reactions, including a sudden, severe and sometimes deadly reaction called anaphylaxis.
The injectable drug epinephrine (adrenaline) is the only effective treatment for the severe symptoms of anaphylaxis. Spring-loaded syringes of epinephrine—called epinephrine auto-injectors, or EAIs—allow patients or other members of the public to administer epinephrine in the event of a severe allergic reaction. Delaying epinephrine treatment increases the risk of a fatal reaction, so people with food allergies should always carry two EAIs with them to stay safe.
There are currently four EAIs on the market, each of which is available in 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg doses.
- an authorized generic of Adrenaclick®, produced by Impax
- EpiPen® / EpiPen® Jr
- authorized generics of EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr
At full price, these EAIs are expensive. Here are some resources to help make access to EAIs more affordable for food allergy patients:
The manufacturer of Auvi-Q, kaléo, pays the out-of-pocket costs for many consumers. Families with commercial health insurance, including high-deductible plans, pay $0 out-of-pocket even if their deductible has not been satisfied. Families without health insurance earning less than $100,000 per year also pay $0 out-of-pocket. Uninsured families earning $100,000 or more per year pay $360 for a two-pack. These programs do not apply to patients eligible for or covered by federal or state health insurance plans, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
To learn more about pricing and direct delivery, visit www.auvi-q.com or call 877-302-8847.
Impax Epinephrine Auto-Injector (authorized generic of Adrenaclick)
Through CVS Pharmacy, patients can purchase the generic of Adrenaclick for $110 per two-pack. The manufacturer, Impax, also provides a savings card, which can bring the price of a two-pack down to $10.
For information, visit epinephrineautoinject.com or call 855-449-4712.
A discount card of up to $300 is available for two-packs of Mylan’s EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. Eligible consumers can benefit from a patient assistance program.
To learn more, visit www.epipen.com/en/resources/paying-for-epipen or call 800-395-3376.
Authorized generic of EpiPen
Mylan also makes generic versions of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. A $25 discount card is available to help offset the cost of $300 per two-pack.
Visit www.my-generic-epinephrine-auto-injector.com or call 844-357-3969.
For more information about food allergies, please visit www.foodallergy.org.