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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:22 am 

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The cost of self-administered epinephrine injections, which are used to stop life-threatening allergic reactions, has more than doubled over the past 25 years, according to a new analysis.

only 40 percent of teens and adults and 60 percent of children in California refilled their prescriptions over a six-year period.

The low number of refills, they say, may be from the high cost of the autoinjectors.

The researchers said there are alternatives for people who cannot afford autoinjectors.

For example, Lockey told Reuters Health that patients can be given prefilled syringes to carry with them. However, because epinephrine is sensitive to light, they'd have to be wrapped in tinfoil and placed in a container.

Alternatively, he said patients can be given a vial of the drug and taught how to draw it into the syringe. He said the drug also has a longer shelf life in the vial.

"With proper education, proper administration and proper caution, this will work out pretty well for people," said Lockey.

As for price, he said giving patients prefilled syringes costs a few dollars instead of nearly $100 for an autoinjector. ... 5220.story


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