How some hospitals are replacing pricey EpiPens with a $10 version

The University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) system has created a $10 version of Mylan's EpiPen, which has come under fire in recent months for its high price.

The University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) system has created a $10 version of Mylan's EpiPen, which has come under fire in recent months for its high price. Instead of delivering the drug through an autoinjection device, the health system's EpiKit includes "a vial of epinephrine, two needles, alcohol wipes, two syringes, and instructions," according to UUHC pharmacist Erin Fox. The kit is expected to save the health care system about $35,000 annually. UUHC CEO Vivian Lee suggests it could be used elsewhere. "One of the great things about our system here in this country is that we encourage competition, creativity, and innovation," she notes. "And here I'm seeing some of that innovation play out in a way that could be very beneficial to patients all over." The UUHC system includes four hospitals, a cancer institute, and 10 clinics.