How to afford your epinephrine auto-injector

With all of the media attention being given to the rising costs of EpiPen, we wanted to make sure our patients have all of the resources available to be able to afford their lifesaving injectable epinephrine.

Get an EpiPen savings card with coupons that can reduce the cost of the device up to $300. If you visit Mylan’s website, EpiPen.com, you can sign up for a savings card, which reduces your out-of-pocket cost for one two-pack EpiPen carton by up to $300, depending on your insurance. You can use this coupon for a maximum of three cartons each year. It’s also possible that your insurance could cover half of the EpiPen cost, in which case you’ll then be paying zero dollars with the card at the pharmacy.

Make sure your pharmacy has applied all possible coupons, as pharmacies frequently fail to apply coupons for prescriptions. They may overlook the savings card ID number on your e-prescription or forget to apply the coupon properly so you end up being charged the full price. Go to the pharmacy prepared with your savings card or ID number and insurance information, and double check whenever you use them.

 

Call your insurance company to check on your deductible and any limitations. If you do have a deductible, you’ll have to meet that before your insurance will start covering the prescription cost. You should also ask if they accept EpiPen coupons, since some private insurance companies do not.

Apply for Mylan’s patient assistance program. Most pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs (PAPs) to provide free or low-cost drugs to people with financial hardships who can’t pay for their medication. Mylan’s EpiPen patient assistance program provides the injector to low-income patients, but they set their own eligibility requirements. In order to qualify, you must be a legal U.S. citizen, have no prescription insurance coverage, and make at or below 400% of the federal poverty line.

There are advocacy groups that have employees and volunteers ready to help every single patient, no matter how long it takes. They can explain the price change, walk you through your individual insurance plan and deductible, and help you find the right cost-assistance program. Here are a few to get you started:

The Allergy and Asthma Network
Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)

Ask if your company’s HR department offers cost assistance to employees. If you receive health insurance through your company, sometimes human resources can help. You can ask your HR department for assistance if it doesn’t cover the EpiPen and you’re having financial hardship and the company might have resources to help you pay.

Make sure your child’s school is opted into Mylan’s school partnership program, which supplies EpiPens to schools for free.
Mylan does have a program, “EpiPen 4 Schools” which provides four free EpiPens, a storage unit, and free training guides to your child’s school.

Explore alternative epinephrine injectors. Adrenaclick and Adrenaclick generic are other FDA-approved auto-injectors that already offer a co-pay card that will let you save up to $300 per fill. Go to GoodRx.com for available coupon options.

Make sure you know how to use your auto-injector before you leave your doctor’s office. Check your auto-injector IN the pharmacy and make sure you are getting the product your doctor prescribed and trained you on. If you determine that a legitimate substitution has been made, make sure you are trained in its use and comfortable with the new injector before leaving the pharmacy. Epinephrine is life saving and you should be able to competently use this for yourself or a loved one. Always check the expiration date and request a unit which has a prolonged expiration date of at least 12 months.

Please call our office with any questions regarding your epinephrine injectable prescription. We are the liaison between you, pharmacies, insurance companies, advocacy groups, and schools. We have information about the different coupons, price-assistance programs, and grants available to cut the cost of EpiPen, Adrenaclick and Adrenaclick generic to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

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