$300 EpiPen filled with $1 of Epinephrine

EpiPens contain a life saving medication called epinephrine used to treat anaphylaxis. Recently the cost of EpiPens skyrocketed from $90 (2007) to $600 per 2-pack. The drug itself costs ~$1. EpiPens expire every year which forces people like me and millions others to go out and buy more. Here I made a short video to show you what $300 of a $1 drug looks like. The EpiPens used in this video were long expired

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+1 1. Dubnuh commented 8 years ago

Wow. Just wow.
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+5 2. ringmaster commented 8 years ago

Cynical drug industry.
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-7 3. ughlah commented 8 years ago

A quick search on the net, and i found out it is just adrenalin under its other name. The pen itself is 105 euro.

What makes the pen special that idiot proof in its usage of the right dose which seems imprtant under an anaphylactic shock.

The development of such devices costs money, the amount of products sold is limited, so the developer has to charge a lot till his research cost is reached. Just an impression, but it seems prices are already slowly dropping.

And to be honest, for a life saving device 105$ is pretty cheap.
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+2 4. Judge-Jake commented 8 years ago

Every time I hear something like this I realise how lucky the people of the UK are with the amazing National Health service which nearly everyone in the UK moans about! STOP FECKING MOANING IT COULD BE MUCH WORSE< GO AND LIVE IN AMERICA YOU MOANING GITS!!!!! cough cough sorry about that but they make me so FECKING MAD!!!! In the UK if you need an Epipen you go to your Dr and for the price of a prescription (currently £8.40) he gives you one. If you need regular monthly prescriptive items you can pay £104 for an entire year for as many items as you need. Woo betide they put the prescription charges up by 20p OH MY DOG the population goes fecking mad FECKING MAD THEY GO. IT'S REALLY CHEAP YOU IDIOTS!!!!.

I am also really pissed off with the USA disease that swept over the UK in the weather across the Atlantic several years ago do you know what it is called? no? well I'll tell you; it's called sue the NHS at EVERY opportunity. Now don't get me wrong sometimes they get it wrong and need a good sueing BUT!!! people are so fecking quick now to sue for anything and everything 'OOuu my granny had to wait in a corridor for twenty minutes to be seen by a Dr!!' "Oh dear and do you know why? BECAUSE THEY WERE FECKING BUSY!!! Several of them were in court being sued by some other TNUC at the time". "Oou and my prescription charge has just gone up 12 pence and my National insurance has gone up £4 a year" "YES because they have to keep paying out SUE MONEY!!!" Be thankful for what you have got and think if you could be sued for being an idiot how much money would you have left! End of Thursdays Rant!! The end Fina love and joy to everyone :S
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+4 5. cameramaster commented 8 years ago

I use a similar device for Sumatriptan injections, for Migraines. 'Immigran Subject' very good stuff indeed...and the last resort for me when I have a 'Richter force 10' Migraine...trust me on this...sticking a needle in your bum when you have a migraine is nothing in comparison to the pain you are already feeling.
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+3 6. Judge-Jake commented 8 years ago

#5 Presume you have tried Migraleve pink and yellows? I used to take Immigran did you realise that if they had another t they wouldn't let them into the country:D (I think the packaging costs more than the pills) Didn't work for me at all, in fact they used to make me feel sick. I always get the classic halo eyes and inability to focus first, providing I take a pinky at first halo I usually escape the headache just get twenty minutes of blurred vision and sometimes a bit of a background headache for a few hours, if it really annoys me I take a yellow but seldom need to do that. If I can't get to take a pinky immediately when the halo starts (and I mean within a couple of minutes) they are less effective. It's quite a sensation driving when one comes on it's like being in a video game but obviously I have to stop. :)
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+3 7. samxgx commented 8 years ago

#5... sorry but even though i don't need to ask, i really really want to ask:
do you make a new hole everytime you stick the needle in your bum? or do you just use the pre-existing one life gave you? :D:D:D
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+2 8. fjwjr commented 8 years ago

#4 That's the beauty of your system. They actually have you thinking that it's really cheap. You 'only' pay 8.40 for an Epipen. Well, where does the rest of the cost go? It doesn't just evaporate. Oh, I see where it goes. You pay a ton in taxes. It looks like your income tax is much greater than ours and taxes people at a much lower income. AND you pay really heavy sales tax. (Me? I just go two miles over to New Hampshire where there is NO sales tax)
So tell me again how awesome your system is while you're going blind paying taxes to fund it................
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+5 9. Scotsman50 commented 8 years ago

Thankfully here in Scotland our prescriptions are free. I carry 4 Epipens. 1 in each motor and one in the house as i wont go into things however enough to say i have what is classed as en extremely life threatening condition and the only thing that get's me out of shock is this little beauty. Good oll Scottish NHS :)
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+9 10. flametamer commented 8 years ago

#3 They are not charging to cover the cost of new developments. This is the same technology, and a very inexpensive medicine. The cost increase is purely greed.
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+4 11. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

According to the cost comparisons here on snotr, I'm considering to move to Scotland ;)...here in the US the costs are phenomenal and what #10 is saying is true, the pharmaceutical companies make more profit than the car industry, and it only keeps going up...Bummer that I now too am the new and proud owner of an epi pen as of today, since my body reacted systemically (without my permission lol) to a bee sting earlier this week. There are coupons that can be printed out and used if your insurance accepts them, hopefully mine will.

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+4 13. Scotsman50 commented 8 years ago

Puts the Kettle on for Thunders arrival :):) :P
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+1 14. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

#13 Hahaha...that's too sweet <3:*
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+1 15. ComentAtor commented 8 years ago

perscriptions are free here in croatia too
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+1 16. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

Funny how Croatia and other European countries that are not necessarily the wealthiest are able to provide healthcare for their people, and the US cannot (at least Obma is trying though), it's because they make it their priority and for years the US has unfortunately has not.
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+2 17. creepylonghair commented 8 years ago

free prescriptions in Wales too :)
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-1 18. sux2bu commented 8 years ago

TS You have a very muscular and hairy arm for a female.:O
(but your fingernails are well trimmed) :D
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+1 19. Judge-Jake commented 8 years ago

#17 Yes but there is a Big Big down side to that. You have to live in Wales and for that matter Scotland. I'd definitely rather pay £8.40 and live in England. :S

#11 Move to England we are much better looking it's warmer and it's only going to cost you £8.40 for the privilege.;)

#4 Look Bucko you may pay lower taxes but how much are you paying in health insurance and how many days holiday do you get a year?? Personally I take 40 the average in the UK is 32. What are your chances of getting shot in the US? fecking high almost guaranteed here we have to travel a hundred miles to even see a gun. You can keep your low taxes.:D
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+1 20. ComentAtor commented 8 years ago

#20 agree with you that's why i'd rather live in croatia :) free drugs and sunshine
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0 21. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

None of these places would be bad to live at...and at the end of the day the US is still the most expensive, had to pay $40 today for my two epi pens and that's after insurance...but I was relieved it wasn't the full $300. I think it is terrible because of those increased price tags there will be a lot more non-compliance with them in the US, which means there will be more deaths, because an anaphylaxis without a pen usually does not have a good outcome.
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+1 22. cameramaster commented 8 years ago

#13. HAH! To late! Not only have I got the kettle on...I've also got SPECIAL permission to take her on a Haggis hunt at the only known location in England where the natural Scots Haggis breed. They were introduced on Hampstead Heath in the early 20th century.
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0 23. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

I'm flattered by all those dashing Brit's and Scot's invitations <3...I'll start swimming now and hope to be there by Christmas, and a cup of hot tea will just be the right thing after that long swim.. O:):*
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+1 24. Scotsman50 commented 8 years ago

#22 Now we all know that you are waffling about the Haggis Hunt as the Haggis are intelligent wee beasties and they all had the sense to sneak back to Scotland as they knew the English were going to do to them what the Welsh done to Sheep. You want Haggis hunting with no special license required, then the only place in the world to find live wild ones are in Bonny Scotland as when removed from Scottish soil the will starve to death rather than stay alive removed from there home.:squirrel::squirrel:
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+1 25. snotraddict commented 8 years ago

LOL, love all the "my drugs or healthcare are FREE" banter. LOL Sheep.
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0 26. braveheart2052 commented 8 years ago

>:)the ceo of epi pen makes 18 million dollars a year ! check this out,,,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0SxVRoI034
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+1 28. Judge-Jake commented 8 years ago

#22 #24 Now children perhaps you would like to explain to these good people how some shitty meat squeezed into the arsehole of a sheeps foreskin could either by hunted or sneak back and forward from England to Scotland without legs or knees And if one of our Scottish persons believes the haggis is deemed to have intelligence that doesn't say very much about the intelligence of one of our Scottish persons and as such Thunders should definitely stay well clear of both the Scottish person(s) and the chilly land on which they and their haggi dwell. :D
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0 29. thundersnow commented 8 years ago

Now you guys really have spiked my curiosity about this haggis thing, which I am not familiar with, and not sure if it's an animal or a regional dish or both, so......off to google I go ;)

edit 10/22/16: I looked it up, and am now informed about haggis...it sounds interesting, to say the least, and it immediately reminded me of a Pennsylvania Dutch dish called "hog maw"...similar, but not as sophisticated as haggis...(i)