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A Solution to the EpiPen Price Crisis: International Online Pharmacies

EpiPens are 66 percent cheaper on PharmacyChecker.com-Verified Sites


Wednesday, September 7, 2016, White Plains, New York—The price of the life-saving injection epinephrine, which is prescribed for people with serious allergies, has surged by 480 percent since 2009 – with most of the increase coming in the last three years from the drug company Mylan. For parents, this may be the difference between buying or not buying a medication that can save their child's life.


A solution can be found through international online pharmacies, which provide the same medications as U.S. pharmacies but often at one-fifth the cost. For EpiPen Jr, the brand usually prescribed to kids, the lowest price U.S. pharmacy option found on GoodRx is $614 for a package of two. The lowest price for two injections at a PharmacyChecker.com-approved international online pharmacy is just over $200 – a potential savings of about $400, or 66 percent. In the U.S., EpiPen Jr is marketed by generic drug giant Mylan but is produced for Mylan by a subsidiary of Pfizer. Lower cost options internationally are similarly manufactured or licensed by Pfizer.


In most circumstances it remains technically illegal to import medication for one's own use, although four million people do so each year and none have been prosecuted. Many more people could benefit but are scared off by misleading campaigns about counterfeit drugs. However, peer-reviewed studies show that online dangers can be almost entirely avoided when consumers stick to properly verified international online pharmacies, such as those verified by PharmacyChecker.com.


"Outrage about the escalating EpiPen prices is justified but this is nothing new. Drug prices in the U.S. have been out of control for far too long, resulting in a serious public health crisis," said Gabriel Levitt, president of PharmacyChecker.com. "Consumers deserve and need that choice when it comes to where to buy their medications and should enjoy the competition and transparency that exists in other industries. Safe personal drug importation provides consumers with immediate relief and should be a viable legal option."


In 2014, 35 million Americans did not fill a prescription due to cost. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, over half of all Americans who do not take prescription medications because of cost report becoming sicker. This means that potentially 17.5 million Americans become sicker each year because they can't afford their prescription medication. As a result, millions of Americans are purchasing their prescribed medications outside of the country.


PharmacyChecker.com (www.pharmacychecker.com) is the only independent company that verifies U.S. and international online pharmacies and compares prescription drug prices. Its Verification Program evaluates online pharmacies by checking that they meet high standards of practice and continually monitoring them for compliance. Through its Verification Program, PharmacyChecker.com evaluates online pharmacies by checking their credentials and practices. Online pharmacies that are approved in the Verification Program are continually monitored for compliance.


PharmacyChecker.com was formed in 2002 when the founder, Tod Cooperman, M.D., saw that increasing numbers of Americans were looking on the Internet to save money on medication but did not have adequate information to protect their health.


For more information, contact Gabriel Levitt, President, PharmacyChecker.com at 718-387-4526 or gabriel.levitt@pharmacychecker.com.