SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – After a furor over what appears to be price-gouging, the drug maker of life-saving the EpiPen® Auto-Injector is offering discounts to patients who use them.

Since 2007, the cost for two syringes of the drug increased more than 400% — from $94 to $600. Public outcry has prompted calls for an investigation by lawmakers in Congress.

Thursday, Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company, Mylan announced it is offering a savings card worth $300, effectively cutting the price for a 2-pack of EpiPens in half. The discount would go to patients with health plans with high deductibles.

The company says it will also loosen the eligibility requirements for discounts so uninsured and underinsured patients can qualify. By raising the patient assistance threshold to 400% of the federal poverty level, a family of 4 making under $97,000 will pay nothing out-of-pocket for the drug.

EpiPens inject epinephrine or adrenaline into patients experiencing a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylactic shock can be triggered by allergies to a number of things including foods like peanuts and shellfish, insect bites, even latex. The reaction occurs quickly, and if untreated may prove fatal. Hundreds of people die every year from allergic reactions.

The dose of epinephrine inside each syringe costs about a dollar but Mylan insists that other expenses have driven up the cost of the drug.

The company’s CEO, Heather Bresch has come under considerable fire because the price hike occurred since she took charge of Mylan in 2012. Since then, Bresch, daughter of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-Virginia), also enjoyed a 671% salary increase.

In a statement issued Thursday, Bresch stopped short of blaming the problem entirely on America’s healthcare system.

“Price is only one part of the problem that we are addressing with today’s actions,” she said. “All involved must also take steps to help meaningfully address the U.S. healthcare crisis, and we are committed to do our part to drive change in collaboration with policymakers, payers, patients and healthcare professionals.”

Mylan did mention any plan to lower the cost of its EpiPen, so patients who do not meet the requirements outlined in Thursday’s announcement will continue to pay full price.

Comments (4)
  1. Morgan D says:

    Listen, it is easy to understand. The few people that need the Epipen need to either get jobs to afford it or they don’t get to use it.
    They need to stop complaining about things being too expensive….blah blah blah….if live is so expensive, then self-abort or use some plastic wrap and put that on your coock before entering women and getting the whorz preggo.

  2. Faith Inda Sistem says:

    When she totters to her balcony window in her $2000 high heels and designer gown to ponder the meaning of the people with torches and pitchforks tearing down the gates to her estate, she will be just as clueless as she is today.

    And Daddy ain’t gunna be able to pull no miracles out of his hat, like that magic “MBA” she somehow got fanagled out of WVU. (For her MBA = Myopic Bluster and Arrogance).

  3. Faith Inda Sistem says:

    Keep digging that hole deeper, Heather. It’s people like you, so full of themselves, that are waking up people by the millions. Words have power, Heather.

    Keep digging that hole deeper, Heather. Your condescending and arrogant sense of privilege, “the entitled daughter of the governor” of a poor backwater state populated by decent, hard-scrabble working folks, serves only to hasten the Revolution.

    Keep digging that hole deeper, Heather. We will come to get you when the guillotine is ready. Keep digging, Heather. Keep digging.

  4. Faith Inda Sistem says:

    For many years, the Great State of Utah allowed condemned prisoners to choose the manner in which they would be “dispatched:” hanging by the neck or facing a firing squad. (Believe it or not, BEHEADING was “on the menu” for nearly 50 years, but no one “chose” that “exit strategy.”)

    In the Spirit of Mormon Generosity, I think it fitting that Heather NOT ONLY gets to pick her lamp post, but ALSO she can choose which $2000 stiletto heels she would like to wear, AS WELL AS whether she is hung right-side-up -or- upside-down from the meat hook.

    It’s only fair that we show her the same respect she has shown her “patients.”