Jump to content

Epi-Pen question


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#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!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Life with anxiety

At times, I feel pretty worthless. In those moments, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and hide in the dark. I can try to quiet my mind, but it won?t shut up.

IVF leaves woman pregnant with another couple's twins

An Italian woman has been told the twins she is three months pregnant with are not hers.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

What you need for the 'fourth trimester'

In my opinion, the first three months after the birth are the most intense. Here's what got me through that time after welcoming my baby.

Weaning a toddler off a dummy: a 15-day plan

Weaning your child off the dummy can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips to help you through.

Choosing to be a solo parent

Two women share their stories of longing for a baby so much that they each decided not to wait for a partner before becoming a mum.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

Mum's heartbreak as son dies in road accident

Daly Thomas and her two young sons were walking home from church on Tuesday afternoon. Her youngest son never made it.

New Kate Spade baby bag designs

Don?t adjust your screen: this bright beauty is coming to you in full colour.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win the brand new phil&teds vibe

Check out the good looking new release of the Vibe 3 and the Verve 4-wheeler inline strollers. To celebrate their release, we have a Vibe with double kit to give away.

Baby sleep

From birth to one year and beyond, read about baby sleep, soothing techniques, routines, and sleep school experiences.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

7 tips for a kid-free trip, not a guilt trip

Although I?m jumping out of my skin to take my child-free holiday, I?m dreading the goodbye. But I?m determined to make the most of it without tarnishing it with guilt or sadness about leaving the kids.

Itchibubs: clothes for babies and toddlers with eczema

Parents of children who suffer from eczema will know only too well the scratching that occurs around the clock. A new clothing range aims to help make everyone more comfortable.

Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what?s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

Why I loved my third home water birth

After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.

Revealed: 7 ways food marketers try to trick consumers

If you?re confused by food labels, you?re not alone. Next time you?re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.