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EpiPen Prescriptions Could Be Used for a Cheaper Alternative Under a Proposed Bill

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The cost to purchase a two-pack of EpiPens rose from $100 in 2007 to around $600 last year.

Adults with documented medical histories of allergic reactions would find it’s easier and cheaper to get EpiPens under a bill Ohio lawmakers are considering.

Republican representative Derek Merrin’s bill would give pharmacists the ability to dispense epinephrine auto injectors to patients without a doctor’s prescription.

“What this would allow the pharmacists ability to do is really prevent adults from having to go into the doctor’s office every single year to get a prescription, pay the co-pays when they’ve already been on an epinephrine auto injector, many of them since their childhood.”

The price of EpiPens has skyrocketed to about $600 for a two-pack, and the devices need to be replaced regularly.  Merrin’s bill would also allow pharmacists to substitute a prescription written for an EpiPen with a less expensive auto injector, which is not currently classified as a generic for the brand name EpiPen.