A Milbridge doctor has invented a cheaper alternative to an anti-allergy device.
Dr. Cathleen London says in her rural community, a quick dose of epinephrine can mean life or death for some.
21-years-ago, London left software engineering to go to medical school.
“Why leave that to go in debt, you know? There’s that drive,” she said.
After big city life, London came to Milbridge where she’s been in her office for a year.
It’s in a county a recent study shows has the highest rate of uninsured people in Maine.
And with EpiPen prices soaring, people with allergies are looking for an alternative to the astronomically-priced emergency auto-injector.
London has come up with one.
It’s reusable and is only $50 per patient, whereas the EpiPen is single use and usually several hundred dollars for patients.
“So the people who think they’re just gonna dial 911 because they’re not carrying an EpiPen? They’re not gonna make it,” London said.
It seems like a no-brainer. With each individual piece of the invention already FDA-approved, London says she sees it as a solution for doctor to patient, and not on a mass market scale.
London says there’s only a small risk to the EpiPen equivalent.
“Even if an infection happened, after they’re breathing again I’ll deal with a local infection,” she said.
The auto-injector is peace of mind for hundreds of people. And with refills at just $2.50, London says she can keep serving a forgotten Washington County.
Right now, London can only provide the auto-epinephrine pen to her patients.
Ten people have already bought them.