Hagenow Releases Information on EpiPen Cost Increases

(DES MOINES) – House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) today released information received from the Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding the rising cost of EpiPens in the Medicaid program.

According to the data provided by DHS, the average cost per EpiPen prescription has increased from $161.35 in FY12 to $453.61 in FY 2016, an increase of 181%.  The total cost for EpiPens to the state has more than tripled, growing from $566,000 in FY12 to $2.1 million through the first nine months of FY 2016.  If the current pace continues, the total cost to the state will reach nearly $2.8 million by the end of FY16.

“It’s clear from this report that Iowa has seen a substantial increase in the cost of the EpiPen to the Medicaid program.  Iowa families have likely seen even larger increases because, unlike the state, they don’t have the luxury of getting a rebate from the federal government,” said Hagenow.  “Like many Iowans, I’m suspicious of the dramatic rise in cost for EpiPens.  I’ll continue asking questions to protect families and taxpayers.

I spoke with Attorney General Miller on this matter and he said his office is also looking into this.  I look forward to working together with the Attorney General’s office to find answers for Iowa taxpayers during the next legislative session.”

Click here for the response received from the Department of Human Services.



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