Epi-Pens have become essential to my everyday life since I was 5. I grew up being scared that one day I might have to stab myself with one and then have to go to an ER. When I was little I went from a Jr Epi-Pen (dose of .15) to an adult one (dose of .30). To me, that told me that my allergies were bad enough to have to get the adult doses down that was a bad thing.
I never knew how much Epi-Pens were until my parents switched insurance. My parents’ insurance paid for most of the cost except we had to pay $20. I had to go a year without an Epi-Pen because my parents couldn’t afford to pay $600 for one. For my particular case, I have to carry 2 just in case I need a second dose. This was before people started producing generic Epi-pens. Luckily that year I had some saved that I hadn’t used.
I would like to know why they cost so much when people like me who need them. I’ve seen some videos of people making DIY Epi-pens that are as long as a femur and that’s not practical to carry around.
There are only 2 differences between the generic epinephrine and Epi-Pen is that to have to take 3 pieces off instead of 1. The other is the amount of time you hold the shot against the thigh, which is 7 seconds. 7 seconds doesn’t seem that big of a deal, but it is. Within those 7 seconds, the might have been a delay in the serum and it might not have all entered. 7 seconds can save someone’s life.