Recently eastern North Carolina was hit by Hurricane Matthew and has since been experiencing extreme flooding and subsequently, food shortages. This is making life especially difficult for food allergic people affected by the storm. Please consider donating food allergy friendly products to these members of our food allergic community – click here to find out how you can get involved. Thank you!
Necessary Medicine, Unnecessary Price Spike
Prices of Epi-Pens have more than quadrupled over the past few years. The devices, which are one of only available treatments for food allergy reactions on the US market, are now costing hundreds of dollars. As a result, I now have only one set of Epi-Pens, compared to the two or three sets that I used to distribute between my house, the school nurse, and my backpack. For less privileged people, it can be difficult to even purchase one set with the price surge. On top of that, the Epi-Pens have a shelf life of eighteen months, but Epi-Pens that are new to the shelves are elusive, so food allergic people have to purchase new ones closer to every twelve months… and bear the elevated Epi-Pen price annually.
The price raise has recently been getting tons of media attention, with even Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaking about the issue. Public health experts and legislators alike worry about the accessibility of epinephrine for food allergic Americans. Thousands of Americans are speaking out against the price surge too by signing this petition. It is hugely important that food allergic people can afford epinephrine and that they should never be forced to use self made syringes, expired Epi-Pens, or even to go without epinephrine, so please take a moment to fill out the petition to protect food allergic people!