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Paramedics in Washington state made their own EpiPen. It costs just $15



Mylan Pharmaceuticals jacked up the price of EpiPens from $57 to $600 in nine years, then promised a generic version for half of that cost.

Meanwhile, paramedics in King County, Wash., made their own EpiPen alternatives, called Epi Kits. It costs $15-$20. And they started making them back in 2013, KOMO News reports.

To top it off, unlike EpiPens, using a syringe doesn't mean the whole device has to be replaced. It just has to be refilled with more medicine. So it saves taxpayer money - about $250,000 a year.

Certainly nobody's going to die in King County from an allergic reaction because we're so aggressive with treating them.
Jon Nolan, King County Medic One officer

Epi Kits are already being used by paramedics in Alaska, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

There's one key difference between Epi Kits and EpiPens: Only trained professionals can use the Kit, while anyone can use an EpiPen on someone who has a  prescription.

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Here's what it looks like when a medical official refilling one an Epi Kit.

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The Epi Kits are even cheaper than EpiPen competitors like AdrenaClick, which costs about $142 for a two-pack, according to GoodRX. Here's what AdrenaClick looks like in action.

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