A device used for emergency treatment during life-threatening allergic reactions has skyrocketed in price in the last several months.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s hearing from dozens of constituents about the rising cost of the EpiPen, which has increased more than 400%.
Grassley say he’s received nearly 50 letters in the past few weeks from Iowans who need these devices in case they have a severe reaction, by accidentally eating nuts for example, that threatens to cut off their ability to breathe.
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One report says the devices sold in two-packs in 2009 for about $100.
EpiPens resemble an ink pen and auto-inject epinephrine, a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs.
Grassley says he’s concerned the substantial price increase could limit access to a much-needed medication.
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Grassley has written a letter to the C-E-O of Mylan, the Pennsylvania-based company that makes EpiPens, inquiring about the price hikes.