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Epi-Pens Are Available in Canada Without a Prescription
I just spoke to a pharmacist at Shopper's Drug Mart in Ontario about getting an Epi-pen without a prescription. I remember reading on another thread, someone was wondering if you showed the MedicAlert bracelet saying NEEDS EPI-PEN, would that be good enough or would you need a script. The pharmacist I spoke to said you don't even need to show the MedicAlert bracelet - Epi-pens are available for purchase behind the pharmacy counter.
This is great news for those of us travelling - what if an Epi-pen was misplaced or lost when we're miles from home and our doctor? The pharmacist says it is a Canada-wide policy at any drugstore. Maybe someone on this board from the States should ask a pharmacist what the policy is in the U.S. I'm sure the person asking about this was from the U.S. I'm relieved to know this and I'm sure other Canadians are as well.
Just to clarify - these Epi-pens aren't covered by your drug plan. In order to have coverage you need to have a prescription. They cost around $80 to $90 Canadian, but in an emergency situation, it is better to know you have the option to purchase one, rather than be without. Take care, everyone. Carolyn
[This message has been edited by Cayley's Mom (edited October 02, 2000).]