Epinephrine Assistance Resources
FARE believes that every patient who is at risk of anaphylaxis and is prescribed epinephrine should be able to afford it. We are committed to working toward lasting solutions that will improve access and affordability for all those struggling to afford their prescriptions. Below are currently available patient resources that may help reduce out-of-pocket cost for epinephrine.
Patient Assistance Resources
- Know your epinephrine options, including:
- EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr®
- Generic Epinephrine Auto-Injector (Authorized generic of EpiPen®)
- Impax Epinephrine Auto-Injector (Authorized generic of Adrenaclick®)
- Syringe and vial of epinephrine as a method of emergency treatment. FARE advises that anyone using this approach would require extensive medical training to do it effectively and safely, without contamination or accidental intravenous injection. It would not be appropriate for most non-medical personnel individuals requiring emergent epinephrine.
- Explore Patient Assistance Programs. Programs such as Rx Assist or the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) offer measures that may help reduce the cost of epinephrine to the patient, including expansion of patient assistance programs/coupons. Specific questions about program offerings should be directed to the manufacturer. You can find more information on manufacturers' cost-savings programs in a February 2017 FARE Blog post, 2017 Patient Assistance Resources for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors.
- Take advantage of manufacturer coupons, where available. Utilize websites such as GoodRx.com to compare pricing and find coupons. You can find more information on what manufacturers offer by reviewing the February 2017 FARE Blog post, 2017 Patient Assistance Resources for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors.
- If you have a children’s hospital nearby, find out what support or grants it may provide to help you pay for the prescription.
- Talk to your employer and insurance company about exploring other health insurance plan options and potential cost saving measures.
- Shop around — check pricing with different pharmacies in your area.
- When an insurer does not provide affordable access to epinephrine — either by refusing to cover the medication or only covering a small amount of the cost — you can initiate an appeals process through your insurance carrier. FARE has sample letters and information about insurance appeals for high epinephrine cost or denial of coverage available on the FARE website.
For additional information, read:
- FARE’s Statement on Epinephrine Access and Price (Updated August 25, 2016)
- A Statement from the CEO of FARE (September 7, 2016)
For general information on epinephrine auto-injectors, visit FARE’s webpage.