This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


See this visualization first on the Voronoi app.

This graphic shows EpiPen costs worldwide, with the U.S. having the highest prices.

The Cost of an EpiPen in Major Markets

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources. EpiPens are auto-injectors containing epinephrine, a drug that can treat or reverse severe allergic reactions, potentially preventing death. The global epinephrine market was valued at $1.75 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach $4.08 billion by 2030. North America represents over 60% of the market. EpiPens, however, can be prohibitively expensive in some regions. In this graphic, we present estimated EpiPen prices in major global markets, compiled by World Population Review and converted to U.S. dollars as of August 2023.

Why are U.S. Prices so High?

The U.S. stands out as the most expensive market for EpiPens, despite over 1 million Americans having epinephrine prescriptions. After Mylan (now part of Pfizer) acquired the rights to produce EpiPens in the U.S. in 2007, the cost of a two-pack skyrocketed to $600, up from about $60.
CountryPrice (USD)
🇺🇸 U.S.300*
🇯🇵 Japan98
🇩🇪 Germany85
🇨🇦 Canada80
🇫🇷 France76
🇦🇺 Australia66
🇬🇧 UK61
🇮🇳 India30

*Per unit cost. Commonly sold as a two-pack, meaning total cost is equal to $600

Former Mylan CEO Heather Bresch defended the price hikes to Congress, citing minimal profit margins. Mylan eventually settled with the U.S. government for a nine-figure sum. Notably, EpiPens are available at a fraction of the (Read more…)