Allergy Relief Comes at a Cost

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Plains Township, Luzerne County (WBRE/WYOU) – A life-saving medication just keeps getting more expensive.  EpiPens are the devices that can prevent potentially fatal anaphylactic shock, often in children with allergies.  With a quick stab to the thigh, the lifesaving injection eases the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.  

In the last year, the price of an EpiPen has jumped nearly $100 and increased by nearly 500% since 2009.  A cost those who work at Sheehans Pharmacy, in Plains Township, say could be a huge burden, especially because EpiPens have a shelf life of just 14 months.  

Emily Kneeream, a pharmacy student at Sheehans Pharmacy, says “mostly the people who are paying the $600 are the people who can’t afford insurance, which is unfortunate.”

The non-profit “Allergy And Asthma Network” is working to get the EpiPen placed on a preventative medicine list, so that health insurance companies will be forced to cover it.

Now, Senators are sending letters to Mylan demanding they justify the increase.  Congress members say they’re concerned parents can’t afford the pens for children as they’re heading back to school.  A petition by  has collected more than 48-thousand signatures.

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