Preview: Drug prices and their #SideEffects

Life saving medicines, but at what cost? Find the whole story on WZZM 13 at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 and at the same time on WZZM13.com .

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- $735. That’s how much the pharmacist told Angie Karsten her son’s EpiPen would cost this year, a stark difference from the typical $20 price tag in years prior.

For 10-year-old Brady, EpiPens are a lifeline. He suffers from a severe peanut allergy, that could put him in the hospital without the proper medication. But this year, his parents could not afford their usual amount of EpiPens. 

Health advocate Lody Zwarensteyn said these high prices have nothing to do with the costs to make these drugs, and everything to do with what big pharmaceutical companies think the market can bear.

“I didn’t have any warning that this was going to happen and you know if you don’t have the EpiPen… that’s a life,” Karsten said.

You can watch other #SideEffects investigations starting at 6:30 a.m. Thursday or visit wzzm13.com/sideeffects.


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