Mylan the RIP-OFF financial Gouger asking the public to pay over $600
for a $10 squirt of a natural human adrenaline to avoid allergic reaction
to a bee sting or similar situation is unconscionable.

I would think a 3D printer could easily make the device by almost anyone with access to a clean room.

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Kiteman1 year ago
ChickBang1 year ago

The epinephrin contained in one of those cost one dollar and the plastic housing plus needle probably less than 50cents it's rediculous

I had a inert trainer that looked just like that for practicing atropine injections.

Before the auto injector they had the syrette, which is a lot cheaper to manufacture and doesn't require the public to mix medicine like a syringe would.

But the advantage of the auto injector is you don't have to think about shoving a 2 inch needle into someone's large muscle.

lgooms1 year ago

I've gotten four epi pens for my son in the past two years. they haven't cost me anything because I used the coupon on the manufacturer's website.

Toga_Dan1 year ago

in my limited experience, 3d printed stuff is rather porous. Not conducive to tight plumbing fittings, nor to sterile surfaces.

Apart from the fact that you got lost on the second page here: did you know resin printers are also 3D printers? ;)
For obvious reasons noone would really try to print a pen like this, there are better ways to produce this stuff.
Question is: would you really trust something you made in your workshop if your life depends on it?
At least I would still have my doubts the dose might one day be a total overkill due to failure or that nothing at all comes out when I need it.

Kiteman1 year ago

Would it be bad of me to gloat?

A prescription in the UK costs £8.40, no matter what the medication

and only if you are able to pay - children and those in financial need do not pay.

I often hear Americans (on other sites) claim that "social medicine", paid for through taxes, is too much like communism, an excess of government interference, but my son has had 15 years of intensive treatment for a kidney condition - several bouts of surgery, highly expensive medication, and it has not cost us anything. We discovered that his latest medication would cost £900 per month, we're it not for the NHS.

Almost every member of my family has had treatment that would cost us tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds, but never received a bill.

Forgive me getting on my high horse, but limiting the treatment given to an individual based purely on their ability to pay is not a sign of a civilised nation.

Yes, but how does the tax rate compare a.k.a. who's paying for those procedures that you aren't paying for?

Everybody over 18, and earning over £155 ($207), you pay 12% of your income.

The vast majority don't complain about the NI contribution, because anybody could need it at any time, for almost anything.

We were in San Francisco 4 years ago, and our youngest had an episode with his kidney condition. For a 5 minute drive in an ambulance, ten minutes with a doctor, and two oral morphine tablets, we were sent a bill for over $1200 (covered by our travel insurance).

Given that benchmark, I shudder to think how much we'd have been charged for the birth of our two sons, my appendectomy, my son's 15 years of kidney treatment, my mother's treatment to fix a broken back, and treat her polio (& post-polio syndrome), my father's numerous skin-cancer operations, the rebuilding of his shoulder after a cycling accident, and the 18 months of surgery, chemotherapy and the use of two oxygen concentrators my sister had before she passed away.

Well, it only shows a wealthy country.
Wait till unemployment kicks in, some crown projects fail or a bigger natural disaster hits.
Same for the number of people who are in retirement, have more people not working and getting benefits than supplying taxes and someone needs to pay th bills.
Once the money runs low health care is usually the first place to do the culling.
I have seen health care system going from free and fast to something advertised as better and fair by the gouvernment.
The result is low income owners struggle to pay for their meds and unless you have private insurance as well you might wait years for an operation.
You are fortunate to be in a country that can afford "wasting" money but that might not be the case forever...
Why do you think all these refugees all migrate to countries with good social security and health care?
They could quite easy invade south america but why bother if there are much easier "solutions" available.
Those epi pens and other meds are sold for big bucks to wealthy countries, you won't find them in so called third world countries or those battling inflation for ages.

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