For Immediate Release: Orange County Medical Society Calls for Immediate Action on Access to EpiPens
Friday, August 26, 2016
Posted by: Diane Berg
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2016
Contact: Fraser Cobbe
Orange County Medical Society Calls for Immediate Action on Access to EpiPens
ORLANDO – The Orange County Medical Society, Inc. (OCMS) Board of Directors is calling on State and Federal Officials to take strong and immediate action to end predatory pricing of EpiPens and ensure families have access to the life saving anaphylaxis medication.
“Announcements that Mylan will expand discount programs is helpful to some families but is more public relations than a solution to the extreme price hikes the company has instituted in recent years. Mylan states on their website that the discount programs are not available to the uninsured. Physicians see the impact these price hikes are having on families. There are so many in our community that simply cannot afford this medication now. Their kids are in danger. This is another example of pharma prioritizing profits over patients”, stated OCMS Executive Director, Fraser Cobbe.
While investigating the savings programs announced by Mylan, the OCMS quickly learned that the assistance program is not available to the uninsured. A statement on the website reads as follows:
"Eligibility Requirements: This SAVINGS card can be redeemed only by patients or patient guardians who are 18 years of age or older who are a resident of the United States and its territories. Not valid for uninsured patients (except for commercially insured patients without coverage for EpiPen® Auto-Injector) and patients who are covered by any state or federally funded healthcare program, including but not limited to any state pharmaceutical assistance program, Medicare (Part D or otherwise), Medicaid, Medigap, VA or DOD, or TriCare (regardless of whether EpiPen® Auto-Injector is covered by such government program); if the patient is Medicare eligible and enrolled in an employer-sponsored health plan or prescription benefit program for retirees; or if the patient's insurance plan is paying the entire cost of this prescription.”
OCMS President, Clifford Selsky, M.D. added, “We need a comprehensive, national solution to prevent pharmaceutical companies from predatory pricing. This EpiPen saga is just the latest example. Our leaders need to step in quickly to address access to EpiPens while we pursue broader measures that will protect patients and still enable companies to develop and supply medications and earn a reasonable profit. We must speak up for patients.”
About the Orange County Medical Society (OCMS)
The OCMS is a leader in Central Florida dedicated to promoting high quality medical care and the value of physician services through education, collaboration, clinical excellence, transparency, and the design of a fair and competitive healthcare marketplace. The OCMS was founded in 1908 and represents allopathic and osteopathic physicians, residents, and medical students throughout Orange County.
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Orange County Medical Society
1215 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-622-8188 Website: www.ocms.org