Move over EpiPen, there’s another epinephrine injection in town. Auvi-Q is an alternative to EpiPen used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. After a recent recall of Auvi-Q, it is back on the market and growing in popularity. With a shortage of EpiPens in parts of the U.S., it comes at the perfect time. After a careful review of both products, the allergists at NY Allergy and Sinus Centers have compiled a list of pros and cons of both EpiPen and Auvi-Q to help you decide which product is right for you.
The Reign of EpiPen
Mylan, the maker of EpiPen, has held a monopoly on epinephrine injections for over 25 years. Most people in the U.S. and Canada recognize EpiPen. There have been relatively few recalls, which makes it a top choice for treating anaphylaxis.
However, EpiPens are increasing in cost with the most recent price tag of $600 for a pack of two. Epinephrine injections expire after a year, and there are many complaints about the yearly cost. Another disadvantage of EpiPen is that it is large in size. This is difficult for children who are always on the go.
If you can get past the cost and size, EpiPen is a great epinephrine injection. It works just as advertised and has saved countless lives.
Auvi-Q poses many benefits. It is smaller than an EpiPen and fits right in your pocket. It also has voice instructions, eliminating the need for manual instructions. Another benefit to Auvi-Q is that it is the first and only epinephrine auto-injector with an auto-retractable needle. This function is great because patients never see the needle and makes it more comfortable to use.
Another advantage of Auvi-Q is that it costs less than EpiPen. All patients with commercial insurance or low-income can get the product for free. You can even get it shipped directly to your home.
While Auvi-Q has many positive functions, there some concerns about the product. For example, it is still relatively new and has already experienced a recall. More patients trust EpiPen with their allergy care.
Which Product is Right for Me?
While there are advantages and disadvantages of both products, it’s important to discuss your options with a specialist. An allergist can prescribe the best epinephrine injection for your needs. NY Allergy & Sinus Centers works with various insurance companies to determine your coverage for EpiPen or Auvi-Q.
Meet the Physician Collaborator
Dr. Songhui Ma is a physician specializing in allergy and immunology. She sees common cases of allergic rhinitis, asthma, sinusitis and food allergies and is board certified with the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Songhui Ma by calling 212-686-4448.