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Parents, doctors concerned about spike in allergy medication cost

The cost of a life-saving device is no longer affordable for many families. (Source: WALB) The cost of a life-saving device is no longer affordable for many families. (Source: WALB)
Price hikes for the EpiPen auto-injector have people across the country outraged. (Source: WALB) Price hikes for the EpiPen auto-injector have people across the country outraged. (Source: WALB)
Alisa Brown brought her daughter to the allergy clinic today for tests.   Three of her four children have allergies. She must have these EpiPens for them at all times. (Source: WALB) Alisa Brown brought her daughter to the allergy clinic today for tests.  Three of her four children have allergies. She must have these EpiPens for them at all times. (Source: WALB)
"That just kind of breaks your heart when you realize that you are writing a medication and then they go into the pharmacy and they say hey this is going to cost $600, said Dr. Tracy Bridges, allergy specialist. (Source: WALB) "That just kind of breaks your heart when you realize that you are writing a medication and then they go into the pharmacy and they say hey this is going to cost $600, said Dr. Tracy Bridges, allergy specialist. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The cost of a life-saving device is no longer affordable for many families. 

Price hikes for the EpiPen auto-injector have people across the country outraged.

Across the country, millions of people depend on EpiPens. 

"It's going to be life or death for our kids," said parent Alisa Brown.

Alisa Brown brought her daughter to the allergy clinic today for tests. 

Three of her four children have allergies. She must have these EpiPens for them at all times.  

"It's mandatory for us to have one at school and then we have to have one at home," said Brown.

With a package of two EpiPen auto-injectors now selling for more than $600, some people just can't afford it. 

"That just kind of breaks your heart when you realize that you are writing a medication and then they go into the pharmacy and they say hey this is going to cost $600, said Dr. Tracy Bridges, allergy specialist. 

Eight years ago the same product cost less than $100.

"We are nothing short of outraged about how much the prices have gone up," said Bridges.

Mylan is the only company that makes the EpiPen right now. Bridges said he hopes the company will make changes. 

"We think that is the right thing to do for the patient and for a continued working relationship with the company," said Bridges.

For Brown -- the EpiPen is a last resort

"You just don't want to be put in a place where you have to use it because it's so expensive to use it," said Brown.

In the past, her children have been rushed to a hospital because it was close by.

But for someone living in a rural area, that's not possible. 

"It's really sad when we have patients that live out in rural areas, miles away from the hospital whose children can't have an EpiPen because parents can't afford the device," said Bridges.

Mylan said many of their patients use a savings card and can get the auto-injector for no cost. 

Doctors said they have voiced concerns to local and regional drug representatives. 

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