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Shkreli ordered to return $64M, is barred from drug industry


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u/omgburritos Jan 14 '22 edited Jan 14 '22

Joe Manchin's daughter

Edit: EpiPen, not insulin. But still...


u/IHeartBadCode Jan 14 '22

Interesting thing about EpiPen is that eventually generics and alternative forms got made. Around 2018 EpiPen was about 90% the market, today it’s about 10%.

That said, the makers of EpiPen are also the makers of one of the generics. I’m currently using one of the generics made by someone else Auvi-Q. There’s also one done by CVS. That said, the cash price of generics is still pretty high.

For mine, there’s a website you can go to that you sign up for and it takes about $200 off the price, so I pay about $25 per year for the medication. And that’s a similar situation for a lot of the other generics. Hoops one must jump through to get more affordable prices. I’ll never understand why they must have these hoops one must jump through. But we have at the very least gone from one maker to like three, so there’s a bit of hope that it’s changing somewhat.


u/wiggins-ender Jan 14 '22

Having hoops to jump through makes it more likely that people with the means to just pay will do so rather than jump through said hoops.

Super shitty antics.


u/NAmember81 Jan 15 '22

My mom is in that group. CVS always claims her insurance doesn’t cover this or that and she’ll just fork over $80 rather than jump through hoops.

Once I had her pick up my prescriptions and she spent over $100 even though it’s always free. The pharmacy claimed that my insurance wasn’t going through and she’s just like “whatever.. how much..?” and pays and leaves. Lol

And what irritated me the most is that she paid around $50 for the generic Flonase script with the crappy spray mechanism when she could’ve gotten 2 name brand OTC Flonase bottles with the good spray mechanism for that money.