URMC doctor: Families suffering from rising cost of EpiPens

Local doctors said Wednesday that people who need them are starting to suffer from the cost, especially those with high deductibles. (AP photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The rising cost of EpiPens is being felt by families across the country.

The price of the life-saving medical devices has increased 450 percent in the last 12 years, according to a recent CBS News report.

Local doctors said Wednesday that people who need them are starting to suffer from the cost, especially those with high deductibles.

The good news is there may be an alternative available for some patients.

"Although there is no generic EpiPen available at this time, there is another epinephrine containing auto-injector that is available, and there is a generic available for that as well," said Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, a pediatric allergist with URMC. "So this might be something to be discussed with a prescribing provider, if this would be an alternative that could be considered."

Doctors are reminding patients it is dangerous to walk around without an EpiPen if there is a chance they could need one.

They said any possible changes to that concept first need to be discussed with a doctor.

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