Black, female and in charge of Baltimore

American Academy of Pediatrics

Epipen price hike is a problem for us all

Epipen price hike is a problem for us all

I was recently working in the emergency department when a middle school student was brought in by ambulance after having experienced difficulty breathing and swelling of the throat while at school. Fortunately, the school nurse administered epinephrine via an Epipen prior to the ambulance arriving at the school, and the patient was breathing normally by the time they arrived to the ED. There could have been fatal consequences if the administration of the epinephrine was delayed and/or if the school or patient's family could not afford it and did not fill the prescription.

There has been much discussion about the significant increase in price of this life-saving medication....