How to Pay For An EpiPen Without Insurance

Youe Guide to Prescription Assistance for EpiPen

There's no getting around it: If you have severe food allergies, you need to keep an epinephrine (either EpiPen or TwinJect) on you at all times. This situation begs the question, "If you don't have health insurance, how, exactly, are you supposed to pay for medicine like an EpiPen?" These drugs are not cheap, especially if you need to have more than one (say, to keep one at school for a child) and they are not exactly optional either.

Luckily, there are still some options for individuals without health insurance or prescription insurance to obtain medicine like an EpiPen. Here are four options you can pursue to help pay for an epinephrine if you do not have health insurance. Depending on your financial situation, they may help reduce the cost or even help you get these medications for free:

1. Ask Your Allergist

Allergists sometimes receive samples of these medications from the companies that make them. If your financial situation makes it difficult for you to afford them without insurance, your allergist may be able to give you one for free. Do make sure, however, that you check the expiration date on these, as they may have been sitting on the shelf a while.

2. State Prescription Assistance Programs

Most states offer some form of prescription assistance — usually more than one — targeted at people of different ages or special needs.

You can do a Google search for your state or check out a website like NeedyMeds to select a plan based on your state. If you move, however, you will need to select a new plan. Check before selecting a plan to see whether a plan available in your area will cover epinephrine; many do not cover it.

3. State-Sponsored Insurance

You may also be able to apply for insurance directly from your state or from a variety of plans available on the healthcare marketplace at, and this insurance may cover prescriptions.


4. Pharmaceutical Company Assistance Programs

Both Dey, the manufacturer of EpiPen, and Verus, the manufacturer of TwinJect, offer prescription assistance programs to provide epinephrine to consumers who can't otherwise afford them. In some cases, the manufacturers can get you epinephrine for free. To participate in these programs, you'll need to write or call the manufacturers and request help in paying for your prescription, which will usually be delivered to your doctor. Here's more information on the Dey and Verus prescription assistance programs:

Dey Pharmaceuticals

2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive

Napa, CA 94558


Verus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

12671 High Bluff Drive, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92130


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