I saw a patient today who was a school bus driver -- has been driving school bus for many years. We really need people like her who really care about kids. Somehow, without me bringing it up at all, she brought up that her boyfriend had to buy and EpiPen and even with insurance it was outrageously expense at $450 out of pocket. He has a severe bee sting allergy and his face and head swell up really badly. When I told her the actual medicine only costs about $1 her jaw dropped open and she about fell on the floor. She sputtered and couldn't believe it. She got angry.
Then she asked about all the kids on her bus with peanut allergies and similar. She realized that they needed to carry similar medicine for their potentially life-threatening allergies. And she was outraged that each and every one of them would be forced to pay $400-600 for $1 worth of medicine. I am outraged too!
Calling all school bus drivers! Spread the word! What if all the school bus drivers across the country took to social media to actually do something about this drug company hostage situation and spread the word about the PEpi Project to get affordable Epi to those who need it. What a difference that would make! I hope this particular driver finds this post and spreads it far and wide. :)