CVS takes on Mylan's EpiPen with much cheaper version of an alternative

9mp00l6v The CVS Pharmacy along West Liberty Avenue in Dormont

The new price CVS announced Thursday is lower, in some cases by more than $100, than other prices listed on websites such as GoodRx that compare retailers.

CVS (cvs) is now selling an authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known epinephrine delivery product from Impax Laboratories (ipxl), for just $109.99 per two-pack (and that's before potential discounts and rebates through Impax's patient assistance programs).

The first listing on Cigna's drug changes for the year is the EpiPen, showing the new generic versions as now being covered for Cigna's 15 million insurees. This is the lowest cash price for the drug in the market. Adrenaclick is an epinephrine auto-injector that was approved by the FDA in 2003.

EpiPen is a preloaded injection of epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, used in case of a unsafe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis that could cause death if untreated.

Mylan has been criticized recently for raising the price of EpiPens by more than 400 percent since 2009.

CVS-EpiPen Generic An Epi Pen epinephrine auto-injector a Mylan product. CVS is now selling a rival generic version of Mylan's Epi Pen at about a sixth of its price

But patients with no health insurance or plans that make them pay a high deductible before covering care are exposed to the full price of the drug if they aren't aware of that assistance or if they don't seek it.

"Cary Sennett, chief executive of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, welcomed the move" "Partnerships that increase access to vital medications are key in helping those suffering from life-threatening allergies".

Prescription drug prices vary widely, due to negotiations between pharmacies, drugmakers and pharmacy benefit managers.

Drug companies have become a target of President-elect Donald Trump, who on Wednesday railed against the industry for "getting away with murder" in their pricing policies.

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