As the wholesale price of EpiPens have skyrocketed from $100 in 2007, to $600 this past May, patients could be shelling out more of their own money to pay for the costs. For people who have enrolled in health insurance plans that carry a high deductible, copays for brand-name medications have also increased. Gary C. Pien, MD/PhD, FAAP, FAAAAI in Summit Medical Group's Allergy/Immunology department explains that a child with food or stinging insect allergies would need a set of EpiPens at school, at home, and potentially extra sets for babysitters, grandparents, nannies, etc. This could equate to an out-of-pocket cost in the thousands of dollars. Although Mylan offers co-pay coupons for the EpiPen, the remaining cost still takes a hefty bite out of people's wallets. For those with severe, potentially fatal allergies, this is a serious matter to be able to afford a life-saving medication. Fortunately, there is a generic alternative. To discuss EpiPens and the alternatives, or for an interview with Dr. Pien, please contact Summit Medical Group Media Relations, 908-277-8834 or email@example.com.