FDA Approves Generic Epi Pen

 

“Epi Pens” swiftly and safely deliver life-saving epinephrine for folks with a food or other allergies.  Schools routinely stock them so that the medication is swiftly available in an emergency, as do health care facilities and EMS services.  A recent problem has been that the manufacturer (Mylan) raised the price substantially to $600 for a two-dose pack (after successfully lobbying state governments to mandate the stocking of EpiPens in schools).

Now there’s some financial relief on the way for schools and other facilities that will need to replace their existing stock.  Last week the FDA approved a generic product manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals that will be available for purchase shortly.  Here’s the FDA’s Media Release.