This is an excellent example of #makers coming together to find solutions to problems. Most of you have likely heard of the EpiPen price hikes in the news the last week or so. The price going from $57 each to $600 each putting a strain on those who can not afford the life saving device. But the device is just a one time use automatic injector loaded with Epinepherine. The group of MakerSpace leaders meeting at the White House this week found a solution in a day. Here is a list originated by that group. Total cost before taxes and shipping (with no insurance reductions) $59.15, refillable and makes the per use cost around $1.50.
David Norris of Cyberia Makerspace
Some of us who met at the White House this week have formed an "open innovation medical devices" group to try to provide DIY solutions to devices the medical industry is killing people over or refuses to work on. This week's Epipen announcement was an excellent example of how quickly a group like that could come up with a solution. Here is a DIY Epipen kit for $1.50 per dose (cost spread over 100 doses) that your doctor can write you prescriptions for:
1.) $4.45 -- 1 mL epinephrine vial (contains enough for 3 adult doses, or 6 child doses)
2.) $32.95 -- Autoject 2 (general use injection aid device)
3.) $21.75 -- (box of 100) 0.3mL syringes
Now you have a cheap, refillable EpiPen with an average price of about $1.50/refill.