Lawmakers demand information as prices for EpiPens skyrocket

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are demanding more information on why the price of lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.

EpiPens are used to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions, and the price has surged in recent years. A two-dose package cost less than $60 nine years ago. The cost is now closer to $400.

Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley wrote the company that manufactures the devices, and asked for more information on why the prices have increased. He cited the cost to parents when children must have them and to schools that keep EpiPens on hand. The school costs are passed on to taxpayers, he said.

New York Rep. Grace Meng on Tuesday asked the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing. She is a co-chair of the Congressional Kids Safety Caucus.

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