Will EpiPen Price Keep Life-Saving Medicine Out of Reach?

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The price spike for EpiPen medication – from $100 in 2008 to $500 today – may have some parents struggling to make sure their children who suffer from allergies have one.

It’s not just bee stings – there are hundreds of children with food allergies.

“It’s an essential drug,” says Parkway School District Health Director Robin Wallin. “People with life-threatening allergies need access to this drug, so, I would imagine that there would be a lot of concern.”

Wallin says they keep a couple at each school, but children with life-threatening allergies should really have one on-hand.

“I guess my biggest concern would be that families would make a decision not to fill the epinephrine because of the cost, and that — you know, it’s just so important that people with life-threatening allergies have access to epinephrine,” she says.

Wallin says drug maker Mylan does provide some EpiPens to schools free-of-charge. The schools stock two adult and two junior pens, per school, with more than 800 students and staff district-wide with some sort of deadly allergy.

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