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CVS now has an EpiPen alternative that costs 80 percent less

It's even cheaper than EpiPen's generic.

A much cheaper alternative to the EpiPen is being sold at all CVS Pharmacy locations now.

An EpiPen is a shot people can administer themselves if they have a life-threatening allergic reaction like anaphylactic shock. However, the price of the life-saving device skyrocketed since 2009, and now a pack of two can cost more than $600.

On Thursday, CVS said patients can buy a two-pack of the generic Adrenaclick for $110. That's the lowest cash price in the market, the company says.

That price will be dropped even lower for qualifying patients who use this this coupon program – it offers up to a $100 discount.

Adrenaclick is made Impax Laboratories. It's Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved and contains the same active ingredient as other epinephrine auto-injector devices.

The Huffington Post says more than 4 million Americans need to keep injectable epinephrine with them at all times.

CVS has a bunch of locations in Minnesota. You can find one here.

EpiPen’s rising costs

Last year, it became widely known that EpiPen prices had increased 400 percent since 2009.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar was one of many officials to call out Mylan Pharmaceutical for the “outrageous price increases.” She noted a pack of two pens cost about $100 in 2009. Now that same pack costs $500 to $600.

According to Forbes, the epinephrine itself isn’t even expensive.

What hiked EpiPen prices was the special auto-injector pen only Mylan had rights to.

So basically, people were forced to pay hundreds of dollars for a system to perfectly calibrate $1 worth of epinephrine.

Mylan has said it’ll do some things to reduce costs like offer savings cards and allow more families to qualify for an assistance program.

EpiPen has released its own generic product. That's still costs about $300 – about half the price of the original.

Other companies have also been working to create cheaper alternatives. Like the Auvi-Q auto-injector is expected to be made available sometime this year.

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