Venom Allergies and EpiPen

honeybee sting

Reproductive sytem of a honeybee in the process of detaching after stinging
Photo: Kathy Keatly Garvey[

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 52 workplace deaths from bee stings between 2003 and 2010. On average over 50 people in the US die from sting allergies annually. Many more people are stung.

Many people with allergies to stinging insects will carry an EpiPen in case of anaphylactic reaction. Beekeepers often keep an EpiPen in their safety kit. In Summer 2016, the Mylan company raised the price of EpiPens to $600 per set of two and was met with howls of protest. Will some balk at the higher price or fail to replace them at the expiration date? Will the price increase have an effect on mortality rate? Such questions are answered by government collected statistics and that helps inform our policy.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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