A popular topic recently in pharmaceutical news concerning our country is the rising cost of the allergy pen. With only three brands on the market, it seems as though the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these pen injectors are making good use of the monopoly. Epipen, the most common and widely used allergy pen brand on the market, is currently going for the steep price of around $300 for a single dose. Generic injectors are in the process of being made, and although they are less expensive than the Epipen, still they promise a high ticket price. For many Americans that have life threatening allergies, these pens are crucial for survival. The high cost of these medications leaves many people unable to pay their bills. Fortunately, the Auvi-Q auto-injector, a less expensive form of the allergy pen, will be put back on the market in 2017. Those enrolled into The RX Helper’s patient assistance programs may be able to receive the pen at a discounted rate or covered completely.
What is an Allergy Pen?
An allergy pen is a transportable emergency medication for an allergic reaction. These pens work by injecting epinephrine into the bloodstream to maintain symptoms of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergy response. Epinephrine, or adrenaline, helps to open breathing airways to prevent suffocation during an allergic reaction. Additionally, the medication helps to narrow blood vessels so that blood pressure is reduced and fainting is prevented. Allergic reactions treated by an allergy pen include:
- Food allergies
- Insect bite/sting
- Antibiotic or other medication
Anaphylaxis symptoms epinephrine pens maintain include:
- Breathing issues caused by closing airway passages and wheezing
- Low blood pressure that may lead to passing out
- Skin irritation and hives
- Swelling of the face and extremities
- Feelings of nausea/vomiting
- The taste of metal in the saliva
History of Auvi-Q
The allergy pen that many are awaiting for the return of, the Auvi-Q, was taken off the market in 2015. This allergy pen works the same way as the Epipen, administering pre-set doses in time of emergency. The Auvi-Q was found to be giving higher or lower doses than what it was supposed to in some cases causing a recall of the product. The company has since then been working to fix the error. A new release date has been set for 2017, and The RX Helper.com has included it on its list of discounted medications included under their patient assistance programs.
Discount for the Auvi-Q Allergy Pen
If you or your child has a life-threatening allergy, you may want to consider asking your doctor about a prescription for Auvi-Q. If you have little or no medication coverage from your insurance policy, you may be eligible to enroll for a discount for your medications through The RX Helper.com. To find out requirements for enrollment, visit our website. If you are accepted into the program, you are eligible to receive discounts or complete coverage for any of the medications we provide. Call us today if you have any questions about our services.