Rep. Bob Cupp Announces Passage Of "Epinephrine Accessibility Act"
House Bill 101 addresses concerns of rising cost of epinephrine
 
 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Allen County) supported recent passage of House Bill 101, the Epinephrine Accessibility Act, which will make epinephrine auto-injectors more affordable for Ohioans who rely on the medication to treat life-threatening allergic reactions.


House Bill 101, sponsored by State Rep. Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), and co-sponsored by Rep. Cupp, allows pharmacists to substitute a generic equivalent epinephrine auto-injector for the higher priced auto-injector. Currently, these auto-injectors are unable to be substituted with a generic prescription or other brand name auto-injector under state law in most instances.


“Although the medicine inside the injector is equivalent, the price of the name brand has skyrocketed,” Cupp said.  “There are effective substitutes on the market, and this change in the law will allow competition to restore affordability for this medicine which is essential for many.”


National media has recently shed light on the skyrocketing price of the life-saving device commonly known as EpiPen, which has increased nearly 500 percent in recent years, bringing the retail price to its current rate of more than $600.


For the many Ohioans at risk of anaphylactic shock, epinephrine delivered by an auto-injector is a medical necessity that oftentimes serves as a life-saving solution. Under this bill, consumers will have increased ability to secure the best epinephrine auto-injector at a competitive price, rather than being forced to purchase the most expensive product on the market. In some instances, House Bill 101 could help patients save as much as $500.



The Epinephrine Accessibility Act was passed with bipartisan support and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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