December 05, 2016

Make Your Own Epipen for under $50 DIY

Ever since the cost of prescription EpiPen has skyrocketed over the past few years, there has been an uproar on just how expensive this lifesaving device is for those with food and/or other severe allergies. EpiPen used to not cost very much and estimates run that it costs about $38 to make, but Mylan now charges a list price of $600.

On August 31, 2016, Dr. Ryan Neuhofel uploaded a video describing how to make your own EpiPen using a 1cc syringe, needle, tape, and vial of epinephrine. The actual auto-injector device (Autoject 2) can be purchased for about $34 on Amazon here.

Keep in mind that making your own EpiPen is NOT recommended nor advisable. Needless to say, this mode of treatment is not FDA approved. However, this exercise is instructive.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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