I have just returned from my allergists office with my 5yr peanut allergic son and was informed that as of April 23rd in Canada you no longer require a prescription to obtain an Epipen. A person can now go to the pharmacist and request an Epipen and be given one. This also means that once the Health Insurance companies become aware of this they will no longer be convering the costs of the Epipen therefore leaving some people requiring the Epipen in a tough spot financially (approximately $85.00 per pen). The other concern raised by my allergist is that people may decide that the don't want to put out the cash for something that they will hopefully never have to use. After reading an article in our local paper about a 29 year who died from his reaction because he was not carrying his Epipen and didn't get to the hospital in time, this really concerns me and it should concern others as well. Does anyone have any information on this and/or any suggestions as to what can be done.
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