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EpiPen VS Auvi-Q

As most of you are aware, there are many different types of epinephrine auto-injectors available these days. Up until recently, EpiPens ruled the marketplace. But recently, a new product, Auvi-Q has been getting a lot of buzz.

Is Auvi-Q the same as Epi-Pen?

The answer is no, Epipen and Auvi-Q are not the same, but they are very similar. Although they contain the same medication, they deliver the medication via two different devices. These products are not interchangeable (meaning your pharmacist couldn't give you Auvi-Q instead of Epi-Pen without a new Rx or the doctor's approval); however, since they only differ in the delivery device, your doctor may choose to substitute one for the other to ensure you have access to this life-saving medication.

In a true anaphylactic emergency, there may be the rare instance where the patient prescribed Auvi-Q doesn't have it available, or vice-versa. If, for whatever reason, an unexpired, unused Epi-Pen or similar generic were immediately at hand, we wouldn't hesitate to administer it to the victim if the alternative is to do nothing and wait for EMS.

Is there a difference in price between EpiPen and Auvi-Q ?

There is a big price difference. One of the most popular auto-injectors, EpiPen,costs upwards of $650 for a pack of two auto-injectors, making it unaffordable for many people in need. EpiPen’s generic version ofepinephrine is not much better at about half the price of the brand drug. 

Another choice for epinephrine pen is Auvi-Q which costs half of the price of an EpiPen and is also very good. During the EpiPen pricing controversy, manufacturer Kaléo made it their mission to develop an affordable auto-injector and released Auvi-Q as a result. The average cash price for Auvi-Q is less expensive than EpiPen but the price remains high that’s why Kaléo decided to offer the drug to many patients for free through the Kaléo Cares Patient Assistance Program.

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 What are the pros and cons to both?

EpiPen: 

  • Because they dominated the market for so long, EpiPens are recognizable. In an emergency, that might mean someone who does not have food allergies may know to look for one and may be familiar with what to do with it.
  • They are larger (especially because you’re carrying two of them), ensuring that they are easy to find in a purse or sports bag when seconds count.
  • EpiPens have been in use for a long time, making them tried and tested. However, there have been some functionality issues that were addressed several years ago.
  • Because they are large and you must carry two, EpiPens are sometimes cumbersome  to carry.
  • In a panic, you have to either remember your injection instructions or read them on the outside of the pen itself – something that someone who is frazzled may have trouble concentrating on.

Auvi-Q:

  • There’s no doubt about it, Auvi-Q is sleek and small. This is likely appealing to teenagers who may be tempted to leave their epinephrine at home.
  • The needle retracts after injection, eliminating the possibility of accidental pricks, scratches, or lacerations.
  • It instructs you! So, even if you’ve never touched an auto-injector before, chances are you could properly administer epinephrine using the Auvi-Q.
  • It fits in your pocket. We think this will be very helpful to both adolescents and men. Women carry bags, so no matter the size of the auto-injector, it likely fits. But men… well, the “Murse” doesn’t look like it’s catching on. Dads can stick the Auvi-Q in their pocket while they’re out on the town with the kids. 
  • Auvi-Qs are about the size of a deck of cards. Remember: you need to carry two.
  • Again, this makes it convenient for a pocket, but less so for locating it in a large purse.

So, what do we decide to do? Well, we chose both! 

You want your babysitters and other visitors to your house to have the emergency instinct to go for what they know: the EpiPens. 

But, you also want to have the convenience of carrying the Auvi-Q for your children to ensure that your emergency meds are always on hand.

Both Auvi-Q and EpiPens have a solid place in the marketplace. Both administer epinephrine which saves lives!

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