Since acquiring the rights to market the EpiPen in 2007, pharmaceutical company Mylan has raised the wholesale price of a two-pack from around 100 bucks to over $600. This trend will only continue, because the drug companies know there's not a damn thing anyone can do about it.
Or is there? A collective of medical hackers called Four Thieves Vinegar has developed DIY instructions for consumers to create their own EpiPens, using off-the-shelf parts, for about $30. In the video below, head hacker Michael Laufer shows you how doable it is, and yes, he sticks himself with the autoinjector to prove that it works:
FTV is calling their version the EpiPencil. The Parallax reveals why they created it: "You know there are people who are just not buying an EpiPen because they can't afford it," Laufer says. "That's unconscionable."