Cost is Still an Issue After constant media blasts and outrage, Mylan finally released their form of a response to our questions and comments. They came forward and offered some new options to help the situation which include a larger copay card discount of $300 per EpiPen prescription, continuing the EpiPen4Schools Program and there is some talk of trying to give consumers a direct ordering of EpiPens from Mylan rather than the usual pharmacy route (statement here). This is a start BUT, how many of you are satisfied with this response? I will be honest and say that I am not and this is why:
- The $300 Copay Discount Card Option- (deep breath) Does this help some if not many families? Yes. However, this STILL is dependent on the same rules of the previous $100 copay discount card which means many will still not be eligible or won't even get close to an affordable price. A page member of mine shared her personal story of what happened when she went through this option: "We have a high deductible. Three weeks ago, using their $0 copay coupon would have cost us more for our EpiPens. I still do not totally understand it but the pharmacist printed us out three different pricing scenarios using Mylan's coupon, the pharmacy coupon and no coupon. The price of the EpiPen was still higher after Mylan's coupon than if we chose the other two options. How is that possible?" So, Mylan- care to explain?
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- Patient Assistance Program- Yes, many of you may be asking "They have a patient assistance program?!" Which, again, is a great idea...if it worked. Another page member shared her experience with this option as well " I am one of those people who no longer has an EpiPen since mine went out of date November 2015. For seven months in 2015, I was out of work with my health issues. I have multiple food allergies and am anaphylactic to corn. When I contacted Mylan to try to get an EpiPen through their program I found it quite extensive and confusing. I'm an intelligent person and I found it difficult to deal with them and forged through the paperwork. In my personal opinion, I feel they do this on purpose. They make it hard for people to do this application. The person who answered the phone made me feel uncomfortable like you're somebody looking for a free handout. I expected to speak with what would have been someone professional and non-judgmental. At the beginning of the call everything was going fine- the lady was all excited about telling me that there are discounts and that it's possible to even get EpiPens for free with insurance. Then when she heard I did not have insurance her demeanor changed. They took my information and forwarded me the information on how to possibly obtain an EpiPen. It takes months to get through all the paperwork and if you are approved, then it gets sent to your doctor and you have to go pick it up. The application information was sent back earlier this year and I still have not heard anything from Mylan." Seems as if Mylan loves to look happy and helpful but skirt around giving some actual answerson many topics.
- Mylan Pathway Option- Ok, so explain this to me also- Mylan is going to create a "pathway so patients can order an EpiPen directly from the company, thereby reducing the cost". Am I the only one asking things like "How does that work if I need an EpiPen immediately- not in a week, not in two weeks and not in two months when the paperwork gets mishandled and it goes missing?" or "Um, your company has drilled into our heads that EpiPens are very specific about temperature control so how will they ship them without the threat of making the epinephrine unusable?" And no offense Mylan- why would you assume that most consumers would get a warm, fuzzy feeling with this? Mylan, if you are not quite sure where my concern for this option comes from, please reread the previous statement I shared above.