Experts: EpiPen price rise hurting parents getting ready for school year

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(ABC) — The skyrocketing price of EpiPens in recent years is putting added pressure on parents as they get ready to send kids back to school prepped for allergic reactions, according to experts.

The EpiPen, which is the last remaining epinephrine injector on the market, has seen a dramatic cash price increase over the past decade, according to Consumer Reports.

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The website Good Rx, which Consumer Reports cites and which finds drug prices, currently lists EpiPens as costing around $600 at multiple drug stores.

In 2007, when Mylan Pharmaceuticals took over producing the drug from Merck, the cash price of the pens was about $50, according to a study published in the Annals of Allergy,Asthma and Immunology. The device holds $1 of epinephrine, according to Bloomberg.

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