Cigna not covering EpiPen due to high cost

Cigna is no longer covering pricey EpiPen

Mylan later announced plans to gell a generic version for $300.

That's the price that CVS is charging for a two-pack, generic version of the EpiPen - about a sixth of Mylan's price - just months after Mylan was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring costs. Pharmaceutical giant Mylan was embroiled in a controversy about its drug pricing past year when it hiked the price of EpiPen by more than 400 percent.

Until the recent launch of the generic EpiPen, the only affordable competitor available to the emergency allergy treatment was Adrenaclick, but that drug was hard to find and some pharmacies charged almost as much as they did for EpiPen.

Ms. Eldred said Cigna will work with customers' physicians to consider extending coverage for the brand name version if deemed medically necessary.

The first listing on Cigna's drug changes for the year is the EpiPen, showing the new generic versions as now being covered for Cigna's 15 million insurees. Adrenaclick is an epinephrine auto-injector that was approved by the FDA in 2003. He proposed a solution for handling the costs: "open up more bidding for medications".

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CVS said it sells the Adrenaclick, from Amedra Pharmaceuticals, for the lowest price on the market.

President-elect Donald Trump jumped in the fray over skyrocketing drug prices Wednesday.

Mylan continues to defend its price hikes by saying that $100 mail-in coupons and insurance coverage allows the majority of customers to not have to pay as much out of pocket.

Mylan's branded EpiPen doublet has a list price of $649.99, and the authorized generic costs $339.99, CVS added. The epinephrine injector immediately treats potentially deadly allergic reactions.

CVS says patients who already have an EpiPen prescription on file with the drugstore chain can ask their pharmacist to check with their physician to see if it's okay to switch to the generic.

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