Most of us had not heard of the Epipen until the news readers proclaimed that a greedy drug company began charging a small fortune for it. The horrors of the free market!
Turns out that all Epipen is is a delivery device that dispenses a single dose of a hormone called Epinephrine which turns out to be non-patentable. Thomas Lifson explains something important in EpiPen too expensive? You can get the same dose for ten bucks.
Simply buy the Epinephrine and a syringe, learn how to use it, and save hundreds of dollars. Do-it-your-selfers will jump on this. Others -- those who lean toward the cradle to grave nanny state -- will insist on a government regulation mandating a cheap price for the Epipen.
When I was a kid my mom gave me allergy shots once a week. Tuesdays, as I recall. She would boil the needle and the syringe -- yeah we used the same one over and over. Then I would get a shot in the arm. Of course I hated it. But I lived to tell about.
And I got more than a temporary immunity to rag weed. I'm immune to the whining from those people complaining about having to pay for the convenience of the Epipen because they're too wimpy to get a real shot.