Consumer Reports: Cheaper EpiPen alternative available

While Mylan recently announced it would provide a generic version of its controversially expensive EpiPen, Consumer Reports magazine acknowledged that a cheaper version of the medication already exists.

The epinephrine auto-injector is a generic version ofLineage Therapeutics' Adrenaclick device. The product delivers the same medication as an EpiPen in the same dose, using a slightly different injection mechanism, according to the report.

The medication costs about $450 for a two-pack — compared to EpiPen's $608 list price — but Consumer Reports discovered consumers could purchase the generic for as low as $140 at Walmart using a drug coupon. Insurance may cover the epinephrine auto-injector with lower co-pays than branded EpiPens and additional discounts may be achieved through manufacturer coupons, the report states.

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