The exorbitant price tag on EpiPens in the United States is driving some with food allergies north of the border to buy the non-prescription “behind the counter” emergency treatment from Canadian pharmacies.
“We have heard, anecdotally, of some families that are making the trip to purchase them here in Canada,” Beatrice Povolo, director of advocacy and media relations at Food Allergy Canada, an organization which supports Canadians whose allergies put them at a risk of anaphylaxis, told Yahoo Finance Canada. Part of that drive comes from the skyrocketing price for the prescription drug, used in emergency situations to deliver an epinephrine to those allergic to things like bee stings or peanuts, south of the border.
Earlier this week U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Mylan, which makes the EpiPen, came under fire for incrementally raising the price of its two-pack syringe from US$94 to US$600 over the past nine years. The company responded to the outrage, saying it would be giving $300Read More »from Canada's cheaper EpiPens are drawing U.S. buyers north