Auto-Injector Choices for 2017: Auvi-Q Returns, Generics Available Across U.S.
With the relaunch of Kaléo’s compact Auvi-Q device on Feb. 14, 2017, there are now four epinephrine auto-injectors available in the U.S. marketplace. Epinephrine is the lifesaving drug that’s considered the first line medication in a severe allergic (anaphylactic) reaction. Following is a snapshot of the devices and their costs to patients. Discuss with your doctor the best option for you or your child.
Known for its voice-guided instructions, this compact device has just re-entered the market. Manufacturer Kaléo has an affordability program that allows consumers with insurance to pay zero out-of-pocket costs, even if the device is not included under your insurer’s plan. Families with incomes under $100,000 also are eligible to get the device pack at no cost.
Those earning a higher income with no insurance or government coverage will pay a maximum price of $360.
The most well-known epinephrine auto-injector is Mylan’s EpiPen (and EpiPen Jr.), which comes in a 2-pack with a training device. Mylan is offering a discount savings card of up to $300 per 2-device carton until Dec. 31, 2017. This can be used on up to six sets in a year.
Families earning under $97,200 who qualify under Mylan’s patient assistance program will pay zero out of pocket for EpiPens.
Impax Epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector
This auto-injector from Impax Therapeutics is the generic version of the branded Adrenaclick device. It comes in a package of two. CVS Health is now offering the 2-pack devices for the cash price of $109.99.
Impax offers a co-pay card, under which those with insurance may purchase the auto-injector set for zero additional cost. (The maximum benefit is $100 on up to three auto-injector sets.) Cash-paying customers may receive a maximum price reduction of $300. If purchasing at CVS at the pharmacy’s lower rate, the card can reduce out-of-pocket costs to about $10.
Mylan Epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector
This is the recently introduced generic version of the EpiPen (and EpiPen Jr) auto-injector, which is available at a list price of $3oo per 2-pack, or half as much as the branded device. The generic device is available through pharmacies or by direct purchase from the company.
There is also a discount savings card for this device set of up to $25 per 2-pack.