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Will New Epinephrine Shot Be More Affordable?

Novartis has brought out a new epinephrine shot for emergency use in case of allergic reactions. Called Symjepi, it costs less than EpiPen.
Will New Epinephrine Shot Be More Affordable?
Woman injecting emergency medicine into her leg

A few years ago, there was quite a fuss about high prices and shortages affecting EpiPen emergency allergy injections. This epinephrine shot is used to avert anaphylactic shock that can be life threatening. Without rapid access to epinephrine (adrenaline), an affected person’s airways could constrict and she might collapse and even die. That is why doctors prescribe epinephrine auto-injectors for people to use themselves if they have known allergies like those to bee stings, peanuts or shellfish.

What Is the Problem with EpiPen?

Drug maker Mylan gets its epinephrine auto-injectors from Pfizer. A plant in St. Louis that makes EpiPen is having manufacturing difficulties. As a result, the generic epinephrine products are also in short supply. 

A New Epinephrine Shot Costs Less:

Now, Novartis has announced that it has a new version of the epinephrine shot. The company will make epinephrine auto-injectors available in pharmacies. The drug maker has made the medication, known as Symjepi, available to pharmacies since the beginning of the year. The wholesale price for a double pack of injectors is $250, lower than the $300 Mylan and Teva charge for their generic versions. 

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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