The prescription-only device, which delivers a rapid shot of epinephrine, a medication that can counteract a severe allergic reaction, is standard issue for millions of Americans. - From Washington Post
Following complaints from consumers that the company had hiked the price of the emergency auto-injector by $100 in recent months for no obvious reason, members of Congress are calling for an investigation.
Amie Vialet De Montbel, for instance, found that the two 2-packs of EpiPens she needed for her son with a milk allergy would cost $1,212.
Consumer Reports says it found the device for $142 at Walmart and Sam’s Club with a coupon, as opposed to the current $600 to $700 price for EpiPens.
As chief executive of the company, Shkreli had raised the price of the drug Daraprim, which is used to treat a parasitic infection in patients with conditions such as HIV/AIDS and cancer, from $18 to $750 — or more than 4,000 percent, virtually overnight.
This includes an FDA recommendation in 2010 that the EpiPen devices be packaged in pairs, presumably because they were so important that there had to be a second in case the first jammed or otherwise malfunctioned.