Which Auto-injector should you use
All available epinephrine auto-injectors are effective. Therefore, most people choose the cheapest option. Most insurance companies cover the generic epinephrine auto-injector. The copays for the brand name epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen, Adrenaclick) may be higher. Remember to learn how to use the particular auto-injector that you choose. All the auto-injectors have training videos on their websites.
Tips For Selecting Auto-injectors
1. All epinephrine auto-injectors are effective so select the cheapest one based on your insurance coverage and total cost.
2. There is no generic for EpiPen or EpiPen Jr so if you ask the pharmacy for a generic EpiPen/EpiPen Jr they may tell you there is no generic.
3. If you want to purchase the generic auto-injector ask your doctor to write for the epinephrine auto-injector. It is the generic version of Adrenaclick. Your doctor may not be aware that there is a generic auto-injector.
4. Check with your insurance company about the cost of the 3 different options and ask your doctor to write a script for the cheapest option.
5. If you are paying out of pocket then the generic option will probably be the cheapest option.
6. Use online coupons.
7. Shop prices at local pharmacies.
8. If you cannot afford an auto-injector then manual injection using a syringe is your only other option. Ask your doctor to prepare prefilled syringes containing the right dose of epinephrine. You will also need to learn how to inject the drug during an emergency. If you use this option you will have to replace the prefilled syringes every 3 months.
Epinephrine Auto-injector training videos: