How Much Does an EpiPen Cost?

An EpiPen is a device that is used to treat acute allergic reactions such as those caused by food, drugs, and insect bites.

If you suffer from severe allergies, a negative reaction is always something you may constantly worry about.  This is especially true if you are a parent of a child with severe allergies.  If you or your child has allergic reactions, it would be best if you keep an epinephrine autoinjector or EpiPen handy.  It helps tighten blood vessels and open up the lung’s airways so that the affected person can breathe normally.

EpiPen Auto Injector by gregfriese, on Flickr
EpiPen Auto Injector” (CC BY 2.0) by  gregfriese

How much does an epipen cost?

RetailerAverage Cost
Costco- EpiPen (brand): $630
-EpiPen JR (brand): $630
- epinephrine (generic): $275
CVS- EpiPen (brand): $630
-EpiPen JR (brand): $630
- epinephrine (generic): $145
Independent- EpiPen (brand): $650
-EpiPen JR (brand): $650
- epinephrine (generic): $330
Kmart- EpiPen (brand): $660
-EpiPen JR (brand): $660
- epinephrine (generic): $345
Kroger- EpiPen (brand): $645
-EpiPen JR (brand): $645
- epinephrine (generic): $290
Meijer- EpiPen (brand): $615
-EpiPen JR (brand): $615
- epinephrine (generic): $320
Rite Aid- EpiPen (brand): $650
-EpiPen JR (brand): $650
- epinephrine (generic): $157
Sam's Club- EpiPen (brand): $630
-EpiPen JR (brand): $630
- epinephrine (generic): $387
Target- EpiPen (brand): $630
-EpiPen JR (brand): $630
- epinephrine (generic): $230
Walgreens- EpiPen (brand): $660
-EpiPen JR (brand): $660
- epinephrine (generic): $148
Walmart- EpiPen (brand): $650
-EpiPen JR (brand): $650
- epinephrine (generic): $387

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Average Reported Cost: $439.56

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Kroger (ROANOKE,  Virginia) paid $780 and said:

    Your information must be OLD, a 2pack at Kroger is 780.00!!!
    Guess I’ll just die if stung – that’s outrageous!

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Summer (Albany,  New York) paid $351 and said:

    My brother has a horrible allergy but has never needed to use a epi pen. At CVS we had a 100 copay and was still very expenive. In 2015 the cost was 100 dollars less at CVS. Did we get roped of or did the price go up?

    Was it worth it? No

  3. MB (Zion,  Illinois) paid $ and said:

    Just went to pick up a prescription for a two pack yesterday at CVS when he said $600, I said no thanks! He told me my insurance covered $100 of the cost it was $700. And that I could go print a coupon off the internet and get another $100 off. Still walked out with no prescription. Decided on Benadryl for now. I camnot make myself pay $500 or $600 for something that will be thrown away and not used. We have bought these for 15 years and never used one, (luckily). I just wonder how many more people are gonna just go without. We can’t afford that. I checked around and the cheapest I could find was $585 at Meijer.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Claire Alexander (New Orleans,  Louisiana) paid $600 and said:

    I have a severe allergy to any wheat product. My doctor gave me a prescription for the epi-pen. It was 600.00 at the Wal-mart on Behrman Highway. I couldn’t afford it and I really needed it. I ended up in the emergency room of Ochsner hospital. They saved my life and I am very grateful. Unfortunately, I now owe thousands of dollars in medical bills. I am afraid to eat in restaurants. I will eat nothing unless I read the label first. I am very, very careful of everything I eat. Oh, that epi-pen? I still don’t have it because I don’t have the money to buy it.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  5. Wineinger (Suffolk,  Virginia) paid $685 and said:

    they keep jacking up the price. this HAS TO BE ILLEGAL ! !

    Was it worth it? Yes

  6. Matty (Bloomington,  Illinois) paid $690 and said:

    Cash cost at Walmart in Normal, Illinois on Greenbriar was $690.31. These low costs they are reporting must be online prices, or yes, old prices. Yes it was worth it. Living is always worth it, yet that’s a mortgage payment!

    Was it worth it? Yes

  7. gerry (chicago,  Illinois) paid $500 and said:

    Good thing the corrupt greedy CEO of Mylan, the daughter of Democrat Senator of WVA Joe Manchin crooked dad wasn’t a Republican or she would be out of a job.
    Why deosn’t the Crooked Crime Family, the Arkansas mafia, the Clinton Foundation donate EpiPens to Charity, oh that’s right, Clinton’s only take millions in bribes, they don’t hand it out.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  8. Virginia (Louisa,  Virginia) paid $0 and said:

    I personally do not have any life-threatening allergies, but I feel that it could change in an instant. For my personal health maintenance, I do not carry an EpiPen, I use Benadryl liquid gels 25mg per capsule open and put under my tongue (absorbs fast, a little slower than injections)and albuterol emergency inhaler, 2 puffs/5min. This can help prior to emergency responders arrival. Please discuss this option with your Healthcare Provider if it is acceptable for your specific disease process and specific allergies.

    The above information is a drug management protocol specific to me and your Healthcare Provider may revise for your specific health needs.

    The cost of an EpiPen is prohibitive, mostly due to a sudden increase in prescriptions. (BTW, the demand for schools to have an on-hand stock of EpiPens, started in Trevillians Elementary School, 2 girls were at recess and the allergic girl ate a peanut she asked for from another girl). So the manufacturer had to up production, have enough drug, have enough injection apparatus, have enough packaging, and enough personnel to put it all together. For the first year or so, I understand the increased price on the EpiPen. Once the demand subsided to a manageable amount, the price should have come down at least 50%. One other thing many people do not take into consideration about medications, Pharmaceuticals have multiple layers of testing before a drug can go to market. That’s many million dollars in cost, this is why some drugs cost so much while they are sold by brand name only. The Federal Government does have grants available to help reduce the cost for some medications in development.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  9. Kristy (Manassas,  Virginia) paid $350 and said:

    With UnitedHealthCare/MDIPA health insurance.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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