Mylan launching cheaper, generic version of EpiPen

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Jefferson County Public Schools is considering a plan to put EpiPens in every school.

The school board heard the first reading of the proposal to amend its medical treatment policy during Tuesday night's board meeting.

The amendment would require schools to stock epinephrine. Under the new program, each school would be able to obtain two epinephrine auto-injectors through the "EpiPens 4 Schools" program sponsored by pharmaceutical company Mylan. Training will also be provided for school staff.

Recently, there has been public outrage over Mylan's EpiPen price increase; a pack of two EpiPens costs more than $600.

Kentucky state law encourages school to keep EpiPens on hand in the event of an individual having a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Under the new consideration, Mylan would provide JCPS two sets of auto-injectors and replacements for free.

The JCPS board will decide whether to approve the program later this month.

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