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Even generic EpiPens cost 10 times as much as an anti-overdose drug


As the fallout from EpiPen's huge price hike continues, it turns out allergy sufferers might have it even worse than previously thought.

Lifesaving drugs like generic versions of Narcan, which can undo a heroin overdose, cost $28 for a double dose. That's less than a tenth of the price of Mylan's newly announced generic EpiPen and less than 5 percent of the cost of the brand-name version. Even EpiPen competitors like AdrenaClick cost $142 for a pack of two. 

WSYX in Columbus breaks it down like this.

It's hurting the littlest of our citizens not to have an EpiPen.
Amy Nilson, Columbus-area mom

Schools have been encouraged to stock up on epinephrine injectors like EpiPens, but many districts say they can't afford it.

In contrast, if someone overdoses on heroin, that person can get Narcan, or a similar drug, for close to free at a hospital. Meanwhile, in most states, epinephrine requires a prescription.

Should anti-heroin drugs like Narcan cost less than EpiPens?

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