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Posted on: Fri, 01/16/2004 - 3:04am
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Anna Marie, I definitely agree with you and that's why I've posted extensively in the TAKE ACTION thread on low income about how people in Ontario can get an Epi-pen covered if they do not have prescription drug coverage.
My MIL once made a comment to me about Jesse's Epi-pens being nearly $400.00 a year and I was livid with her because my child is priceless.
But, considering that *most* of the time we are replacing expired Epi-pens rather than used for reaction ones, it can be very difficult to deal with financially. Again, that's why I've posted that information in TAKE ACTION, to help anyone, everyone.
When we first had to get refills here in this town, I got Epi-pens with a six month away expiry date. I was aghast.
The last one I got, it was 14 months away, which, to me, was okay.
When my regular pharmacy gets theirs in, I'll call and see if the price has gone up and also what the expiry dates are like. I'll post it here. Good idea. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 01/16/2004 - 7:10am
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Cindy, I do appreciate you pointing out that info to me (and others here) however, we never qualify for anything. Not that we're rich - but the government thinks we are. :rolleye:
Kate, I agree they should have a very good expiry date - but that doesn't mean they will. (Sorry, being pessimistic today [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] )
leers, I can also understand you being panicky. If it was summer with bugs all over the place and I couldn't get epi's for my son - I'd be panicking too.

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 5:03am
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Finally made it to the pharmacy today (it's in Scarborough). They did have an adult epi in stock, with the expirey date May '05, so 16 months. It DID require a prescription to be purchased.

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 6:40am
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So, Anne Marie, did the pharmacy say that they are restocked with epi-pens now or did you just get lucky and find a pharmacy that still has epi-pens in stock? That is great any how that you got a fairly good date. I will be curious on the expiry dates of the new shipment if it normally takes 5 months to ship from US, I can only imagine then what the dates are going to be.

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 7:03am
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Our pharmacist called today and ours is in - not sure of the exp. date yet.

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 2:33pm
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Sandy, just curious, why does your child's school have lots of Epi-pens in the office? Are they from other children? Here's why I ask (there is always a reason [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ).
The only policy that I have ever come across re anaphylaxis in the schools where Epi-pens were actually provided by the schools was Prince Edward Island's provincial policy.
Just curious.
Anna Marie, I'm not clear now, given the hour, whether I had directed my comment specifically to you, but I just wanted to re-iterate to anyone posting in this thread (including you) that if you did not have prescription drug coverage at work, check out the thread under TAKE ACTION where I have posted extensively about how to get an Epi-pen in Ontario.
However, for you, well, if the government thinks you're rich, regardless of whether you are or not, well, it's the government, right?
Didn't you mention though that your Epi-pens were no longer covered under your drug plan at work? What about your DH's plan? Here's why I'm asking. Even if you do have some type of drug coverage (either one of you) through work (and if you both do have some type I don't understand why they wouldn't cover a life saving medication), you can still apply to Trillium. Your deductible would just be higher than say mine is. Do you know what I mean? With Trillium, you are still allowed to have drug coverage somewhere else, you simply have to tell them who the carrier of the insurance is. They then figure things out from there.
Trillium's coverage is a lot the same as the coverage one gets if you are on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program or I believe if you a have senior's drug card. There are a lot of meds that were removed from the list during our Tory regime.
For example, NO muscle relaxants are covered at all whereas a few years ago, there was one that used to make me feel as though it was grinding the knots out of me was.
Anyway.
I'll post info as soon as I get it from my regular pharmacist.
As I just posted in Kate B.'s thread, I do know that there are at least two Epi-pens in Belleville, not clear of the expiry date, but that leaves me feeling less panicky. And I only called that pharmacy after my regular one, I didn't call all the pharmacies in town.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 3:42am
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leers, this pharmacy usually has one or two in stock. When I went in they weren't sure if they had it in stock and had to check, so, I'm guessing it was not just recent they got it.
Cindy, when someone said epi's were now OTC I said they would not be covered by my insurance (and they wouldn't be). But I [b]needed[/b] a prescription to buy this one - fortunately I have a few repeats at the pharmacy. I will have to call my friend who said her son's was not covered, but she couldn't remember why. If she still has the receipt I'll suggest she submit it again.

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 4:27am
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Was at the Food Basics' pharmacy to-day (an off-shoot of A & P as far as I can tell) and they had four Epi-pens in stock with an expiry date of December 2004.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 01/22/2004 - 11:20pm
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Also posted under "Living with Peanut Allergy".
The epipen shipment came in yesterday, Jan 22nd, and I picked up the epipen. It has an expiry date of May 2005, so 16 months left on it. This is better than the previous two I picked up in November, which had 14 months left. It looks like 16 months is the very best any of us can hope for these days [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/23/2004 - 12:43am
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Thanks KateB. I have another prescription to fill so I am going to see if Wal-mart got there shipment too.......

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