Legislation advanced to ease epinephrine costs

As a response to the high costs of epinephrine auto-injectors, a Senate Public Health Committee advanced Senate Bill 2038 to allow authorized, trained entities to administer less-costly epinephrine from a glass vial, ampule or pre-filled syringe.

The proposal seeks to make life-saving epinephrine more available in cases of deadly allergic reactions by making it less cost-prohibitive for schools and universities, companies, restaurants, etc. to keep the medication on hand.

It is estimated that allowing entities to obtain an epinephrine prescription from a health-care practitioner in these less expensive forms could save hundreds and even thousands of dollars every year. Epinephrine auto-injectors can range from $300 to $2000 for a pack of two, while in contrast a glass vial of epinephrine from a pharmacy costs approximately $10 to $50.

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