Posted on Nov 12, 2018 9:00am PST

Whether you or your child has a life-threatening allergy, you are obviously aware of how extremely expensive auto-injectors like EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. can be. Furthermore, this product is currently experiencing a shortage at many pharmacies throughout the United States due to a supply error at the Pfizer factory.

Fortunately, there are now alternatives available to contend with EpiPen. In order to use most of these alternative auto-injectors, you must have a valid prescription from a certified health care provider.

The following are the EpiPen alternatives available on the market:

  • Adrenaclick – Sold at every CVS Pharmacy, this authorized generic epinephrine auto-injector consists of the same active ingredients as EpiPen in the exact dosage. A pack of two Adrenaclick auto-injectors costs $109.99, which is significantly cheaper than name brands. In addition, if you apply a $100 discount coupon from the drug’s manufacturer, you may obtain the product for only $10. No insurance is required to purchase Adrenaclick.
  • AUVI-Q – Another viable option is AUVI-Q, the shape of this auto-injector is similar to a cell phone. Additionally, the device features voice prompts which provides verbal instructions to the user. Although a pack of two costs approximately $360, you could obtain this auto-injector for free through the manufacturer’s (Kaleo) mail-order discount program—no matter if you have commercial insurance which covers Auvi-Q or not. However, the program doesn’t apply to those with Medicare, Medicaid, or other state or federal insurance.
  • SYMJEPI – Manufactured by Adamis Pharmaceuticals, this auto-injects was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year in June. While this product is not yet available at pharmacies, it seems like Adamis and Sandoz are expected to announce the SYMJEPI launch in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019.

If you have been prescribed an EpiPen or an alternative, our board-certified allergists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help you understand all of the requires steps to properly take your mediation. For more information, contact us or schedule a same-day appointment today.