Back-to-School Resources Available for Those Needing Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

The weeks before children return to school are often a time of visits to a healthcare professional for physicals, vaccinations or prescription refills.  For the parents of the one in 13 U.S. children with potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies, this may also include refilling a prescription for epinephrine auto-injectors, so that epinephrine – the only first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction – is available in the event that anaphylaxis does occur.

Frequently, children with severe allergies may require more than one set of epinephrine auto-injectors to keep in multiple locations, including home, school or the after-school babysitter’s house. 

There are several epinephrine choices now available on the market. If your healthcare professional has written a prescription for EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) or EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors, please keep in mind that Mylan offers the following resources:

  • Authorized Generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector – Mylan offers the first authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector at a wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of $300, the lowest WAC of any two-pack epinephrine auto-injector on the market.* The authorized generic has the exact same drug formulation and the exact same operating instructions and is therapeutically equivalent to EpiPen Auto-Injector. Mylan also offers a savings card for the authorized generic for eligible** patients. The savings card provides up to $25 off the patient’s out-of-pocket costs for each two-pack of the authorized generic, up to three two-packs per prescription.
  • My EpiPen Savings Card® - The card provides savings of up to $300 off the patient’s out-of-pocket cost for each EpiPen 2-Pak® per prescription for eligible** patients with commercial insurance.
  • Patient Assistance Program – Uninsured or underinsured patients earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level may be eligible to receive an EpiPen 2-Pak at no cost. This means a family of four making up to $98,400 would pay nothing out of pocket for their EpiPen Auto-Injector.
  • Mylan also offers a direct ship program that provides the authorized generic at $300 per two-pack through a third-party pharmacy network. Call 844-357-3969 to learn more.

Additionally, anaphylaxis awareness in schools doesn’t end with the management of known severe allergies. Up to 25% of anaphylaxis reactions in schools occur in children without a previous food allergy diagnosis. Mylan offers the EpiPen4Schools® program, which offers free epinephrine auto-injectors to qualifying† schools in the U.S. Since its launch in 2012, the program has provided more than 900,000 free epinephrine auto-injectors to more than [72,000] schools across the country.

More information about each of these resources can be found here.

Please contact Mylan Customer Relations at 800-395-3376 or customer.service@mylan.com with any questions.

*Final retail cost to the patient will be dependent upon insurance and any additional mark-ups within the supply chain.

**Eligibility restrictions apply. See Terms and Conditions for My EpiPen Savings Card or Terms and Conditions for MyGenericEAI Savings Card. This offer is not valid for patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid or any other federal or state funded healthcare program or where prohibited by law. Mylan Specialty L.P. reserves the right to amend or end this program at any time without notice.

†A school will only receive epinephrine auto-injectors in accordance with all applicable laws. A school must submit a valid prescription in order to qualify for this program.


Indications
EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® are intended for immediate administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical help right away.

Important Safety Information
Use EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injectors right away when you have an allergic emergency (anaphylaxis). Get emergency medical help right away. You may need further medical attention. Only a healthcare professional should give additional doses of epinephrine if you need more than two injections for a single anaphylactic episode. EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® should only be injected into the middle of your outer thigh (upper leg), through clothing if necessary. Do not inject into your veins, buttocks, fingers, toes, hands or feet. Hold the leg of young children firmly in place before and during injection to prevent injuries. In case of accidental injection, please seek immediate medical treatment.

Rarely, patients who have used EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® may develop an infection at the injection site within a few days. Some of these infections can be serious. Call your healthcare professional right away if you have any of the following at an injection site: redness that does not go away, swelling, tenderness, or the area feels warm to the touch.

Tell your healthcare professional about all of your medical conditions, especially if you have asthma, a history of depression, thyroid problems, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Be sure to also tell your healthcare professional all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have longer lasting side effects when you use EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr®.

Common side effects include fast, irregular or “pounding” heartbeat, sweating, nausea or vomiting, breathing problems, paleness, dizziness, weakness, shakiness, headache, feelings of over excitement, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly if you lie down and rest. Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. 

Please see the full Prescribing Information and Patient Information.

For additional information, please contact us at 800-395-3376.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. 

Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.