The internet is buzzing with this new piece of news: Mylan is offering 4 free Epi Pens for Qualifying schools Program! This is good news since they cost roughly $225 per two pack (they are not sold in singles). The questionable news is that what does qualifying actually mean?
My son is about to attend a private school. Are private schools included? Bioridge Pharma, who is managing this program offered this statement on their site, “A school/school district will only receive EpiPen Auto-Injectors in accordance with all applicable laws. The school/school district must submit a valid prescription for EpiPen Auto-Injector(s) in order to qualify for this program. Mylan Specialty reserves the right to modify or discontinue the EpiPen4Schools and school discount programs at any time and without prior notice.”
Update as of August 20th, 2012: Yes, private schools are included in the Epipens 4 School program!
I am assuming the applicable laws are regarding states that allows schools to maintain stock epinephrine. Currently, there are a few states that require each school to maintain stock epinephrine in addition to a few that have the choice to maintain epinephrine, but are not required to do so. I hope to call Bioridge Pharma, who seems to be administering the program, with my questions and report what I learn about the schools and if private schools are qualifying schools. Nevertheless, this program should some schools in need.
Consider sharing this new Epipens® for Schools program with your school in the hopes that they are qualifying!