Epinephrine Savings

UPDATE 2014: Both Mylan and Sanofi are offering ZERO [$0.00] Co-Pays for Epinephrine auto injectors! Go to their websites and download the coupons. This is valid until 12/31/2014.

Epinephrine is adrenaline. It is prescribed to be used in the event of serious allergic reactions or asthmatic conditions, to help prevent anaphylaxis. There are now 2 major manufacturers of Epinephrine devices available for you to choose from when getting your medicine:  The Mylan Epi-Pen,widely known and recognized, or the new comer,  Sanofi Auvi-Q - the talking epi-device. [You can see my review of it HERE].

These two manufacturers are in a healthy fierce competition for your loyalty and business. So who will win? YOU! and here is why:

You can get a coupon from either manufacturer for money off on your purchases of the medication. Both are sold in twin packs, as it is strongly recommended that you always carry two in the event one is not given correctly, or if it takes a while for medical help, or if a second dose is needed. They both will come with a gray training epi-device as well.  The Mylan Epi-Pen trainers are now going to be gray too; this should help prevent any confusion between actual medicine and the practice pens.  If you can not afford the needed medicine, please check out both companies websites, as they do offer assistance programs as well.

If you go to the Mylan Epi-Pen website you will see “Request your Epi-pen Co-pay Card” you will want to get this.  ”Present your card along with a valid prescription for EpiPen (epinephrine) Auto-Injector 2-Pak® or EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector 2-Pak. Maximum benefit of $100 per EpiPen 2-Pak where applicable. This offer may be used on up to three EpiPen 2-Paks per prescription. This offer can be used an unlimited number of times until the offer expires on 12/31/2014. Patients with questions should call 1-855-859-2971.”

If you go to Sanofi Auvi-Q website, you can click the “Auvi-Q savings and support” link, sign in and you will get a coupon that you can save to your mobile device or print. “Auvi-Q Sanofi is offering a savings card. Most commercially insured patients who utilize the card will pay no more than $25 for their first two Auvi-Q prescriptions. Cash paying patients can receive up to $60 off their first two prescriptions of Auvi-Q. For details and exclusions, visit Auvi-Q.com. For those patients without insurance coverage who cannot afford their prescriptions, Sanofi offers a patient assistance program, Sanofi Patient Connection. For more information visit,www.SPCOnline.com, or call 888-VISITSPC (1.888.847.4877) Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (eastern time).”

Auvi-Q has also developed a mobile app where you can list the allergies and emergency contacts for each epi-carrier. You can also contact 911/notify contacts with a single button. It will also give you reminders when your pens get ready to expire.

As far as which device you should choose, that will be up to you. I think that the Epi-Pens would be good for keeping at home or the nurses office at school as most schools are familiar with the Epi-Pen.  I like the Auvi-Q for carrying in my purse, or for leaving with the babysitter, day-care, grandparents or other caregivers. I think it is wonderful that there is a choice, and I really am grateful to both companies for offering savings that will help get the medicine into the hands of those who need it! Reactions happen quickly- Remember to ALWAYS carry your epinephrine with you at all times!

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Indication

Auvi‑Q™ (epinephrine injection, USP) is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in people who are at risk for or have a history of these reactions.

Important Safety Information

Auvi-Q is for immediate self (or caregiver) administration and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Seek immediate medical treatment after use. Each Auvi-Q contains a single dose of epinephrine. Auvi‑Q should only be injected into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO BUTTOCK OR INTRAVENOUSLY. If you accidentally inject Auvi‑Q into any other part of your body, seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart‑related (cardiac) symptoms.

If you take certain medicines, you may develop serious life-threatening side effects from epinephrine. Be sure to tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. Side effects may be increased in patients with certain medical conditions, or who take certain medicines. These include asthma, allergies, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness, or anxiety. These side effects go away quickly, especially if you rest.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please click here for full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information

EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors contain a single dose of epinephrine, which you inject into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO YOUR VEIN, BUTTOCK, FINGERS, TOES, HANDS OR FEET. In case of accidental injection, please seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

Tell your doctor if you have certain medical conditions such as asthma, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Be sure to also tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have longer lasting side effects when you take the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. Auto Injector.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly, especially if you rest.

Talk to your healthcare professional to see if EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector is right for you.

Indications

EpiPen® (epinephrine) 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are intended for immediate self administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment after use.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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