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For people with severe allergies, an EpiPen could save their lives. And for people with an EpiPen prescription, an EpiPen coupon could save some serious money. This prescription drug is both life-saving and costly. However, there are ways to save on the EpiPen auto-injector.
EpiPens are injectors filled with epinephrine, also called adrenaline, a drug that can stop severe allergic reactions. People who know they have serious, life-threatening allergies often carry an EpiPen in case they come in contact with an allergen, like being stung by a bee.
Can you save with generic EpiPen?
Currently, there is no generic EpiPen available due to the manufacturer’s patent. Because of this, Mylan, the maker of the device, is allowed to charge what it wants without direct competition. And what it charges is alarmingly high.
According to GoodRx.com, prices range from around $615 with a coupon to $700 without for a package of two auto-injectors, each containing 0.3 mg of epinephrine.
Despite there not being a generic EpiPen auto-injector, there are generic epinephrine alternatives. If the EpiPen device is simply too expensive, talk with your doctor about other epinephrine options.
EpiPen coupons from the manufacturer
Mylan currently offers a $0 copay card that allows patients with insurance to reduce their copay on a two-pack of EpiPen injectors to $0, up to a maximum benefit of $100 per pack. This offer is good for up to three packages.
Unfortunately, if you’re uninsured, this offer is no good for you. Fortunately, it’s not your only option.
Other places to find coupons for EpiPen
Many money-saving websites offer coupons and discounts for EpiPen. From the GoodRx website, for instance, you can print coupons for various pharmacies, some of them saving you around $100.
Compare costs at different pharmacies
When shopping for costly prescription drugs, it pays to be savvy. Call local pharmacies to check prices, look online at mail-order pharmacies and talk to your doctor about dosing or drug alternatives.
Elizabeth Renter is a staff writer covering health and personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethRenter and on Google+.
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