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Walgreens now offering free EpiPen alternative

MYTWINTIERS - Susie Hulquist has at least four sets of epinenphrine injectors at any given time. Her fourteen-year-old daughter has severe food allergies and not having medicine readily available could be the difference between life and death.

"It's like food water auto injector, and if you don't have it it's a very dangerous situation," Huliquist said. 

So when she heard the news about Walgreens and drug maker Kaleo's partnership, she breathed a sigh of relief, as her family has suffered through the drug's shortage. 

The AUVI-Q Injector, similar to the Epi-Pen, will now be available at Walgreens across the country, at no cost to those with commercial insurance. 

"What I hear from my sources this shortage we have here should be fixed quite quickly," said Dr. Anju Peters, an allergist and immunologist who works at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and sees patients regularly who need an EpiPen for survival

"Epinephrine is really the best and only treatment we know will work or if someone doesn't have an epipen or its expired they do get concerned rightfully so," Dr. Peters said. 

Hulquist says to not have to worry about access, means an easier life for millions living with an exhausting condition. 

"You never want that cost to be a factor, like how serious is that reaction, you never want it to play a role but it's inevitable it will for some people," Hulquist said.  

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the AUVI-Q injector may come with different dosages from the EpiPen and other products, so it is important to consult with a health care professional if you plan on switching to this device.

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