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Lawmakers want epinephrine to be more affordable and accessible

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Lawmakers introduced a new bill that would make an expensive drug more accessible and affordable for those who are suffering from a life-threatening allergy.

A Democratic state representative introduced an "Epi Access" bill that would require ambulance in Wisconsin to be stocked with generic epinephrine auto-injectors, paid for by the state.

Not every ambulance can afford to keep name-brand EpiPen stocked because of the cost.

Officials said it's harder for rural communities to afford this expensive drug.

They said here in Eau Claire, EMTs are trained to draw up epinephrine from a vial into a syringe to inject it, which costs significantly less than what an EpiPen would cost.

HSHS Sacred Heart ER Doctor William Haselow said this drug is crucial for those with allergies.

"People that are having severe allergic reactions need that medication and without it, it could be a life and death problem," Haselow said.

The second part of the bill would allow pharmacists to substitute a cheaper epinephrine product for patients.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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