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#1 Verurtle

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

Is it hard to request one?

Are they expensive?

#2 LittleListen

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

Do you have a reason for one? Your doctor can give you a script and you can get them on PBS.

Don't the current exact amount. They used to be around $100 each.

#3 mumandboys

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

I requested one when my son tested (moderate) peanut allergic.

The allergist didn't suggest it but when I read the report and did some research, I wasn't comfortable.  So I went to my GP and she gave me a script for the epipen.

#4 erindiv

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:32 PM

My brother has one for his bee allergy (life threatening). I do recall him saying it was very expensive, but seeing as he'd be dead without it if a bee stung him I think it's kind of worth it.

#5 mumandboys

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

I can't remember how much they were (my script was for two - one for home and one for daycare).... so it can't have been that scary.  I'm sure it was less than $100 for both

#6 Furthermore

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

They are just over $100 without an approved script, about $15 with an approved script.

It would appear you can buy them over the counter??  Not certain, but that is the impression 2 chemists have given me now.

ETA:  I think it might be called an 'authority script' rather than approved script.

EDIT again:  For two the over the counter cost is $205.70.  With an authority script two cost $36.10.  I don't have a health care card.

Edited by ~maryanne~, 28 January 2013 - 05:50 PM.


#7 Chardonnay Buffay

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:45 PM

I think mine were about $30 each on script from DS' allergist? I have two - one for daycare, and one for my handbag. Keep in mind they expire every 12 months and you prob won't have 12 months on the ones you buy, if that makes sense. I've bought some from our rural chemist that have less than 6 months on them! ohmy.gif

#8 Chardonnay Buffay

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:45 PM

I think mine were about $30 each on script from DS' allergist? I have two - one for daycare, and one for my handbag. Keep in mind they expire every 12 months and you prob won't have 12 months on the ones you buy, if that makes sense. I've bought some from our rural chemist that have less than 6 months on them! ohmy.gif

#9 anabh

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

You can get am authority script for epipens. The first one If from an allergist doesn't require authority. The next ones get in to the go before they expire because the gp sends the script to the authority who then post it to you. You get 2 for $36 until the age of 18 and then it is more expensive or you only get one.

#10 littlesticky

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:38 PM

If you don't have an authority script you can get it speaking to the pharmacist for about $120

#11 30bt

Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:58 AM

the first script for an epipen needs to be written by an allergist/immunologist or paediatrician - or the GP needs to discuss your child's case with them.
The epipens are part of the PBS so you get 2 for the price of script or cheaper if you have a health care card.
Epipens need to be accompanied by an ASCIA action plan. Schools will not accept them without one- so you can buy them over the counter at a chemist but schools need to have this ASCIA action plan (signed by a doctor) to form part of their health care plan for a student.
Anabh- everyone now whether a child or adult is entitled to 2 epipens on the PBS, the rules changed about 2 years ago!




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