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Families In Need Of Lifesaving EpiPens Shocked At Price Increase


​DENVER (CBS4) – A vital lifesaving tool is now gouging some families. The price of an EpiPen has risen roughly 480 percent since 2009.
 
“It shocked me and the pharmacist was almost apologetic really,” said Kristen Kidd. “This is my pharmacy bill for $273.66.”
 
Kidd had to use an EpiPen on her teenage son in July after a late-night emergency. It helped him in his situation but Kidd was shocked when she returned to the pharmacy to buy another set of pens. Insurance covered $456 of the cost.
 
One pharmacy told CBS4 without insurance one pack of pens can cost $600. The generic version costs $400. There are coupons and payment options available but not everyone qualifies.