Medford, Ore.– A Medford man says the EpiPen saved his life this summer and while the medicine has been easily available to him he’s frustrated that the drug is hard to come by for others.
This July Andris Olinz olins and his wife were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail when he was stung by a bee. Knowing he’s allergic Olins was carrying his two EpiPens. When the first dosage didn’t work his wife administered the second pen. Another hiker with a satellite phone was able to call for help, saving Olins life.
“Without my wife and the EpiPen I wouldn’t be here period,” says Olins. “Seems like there should be competition instead of a monopoly situation to drive the costs down and yeah [it’s] unacceptable if someone is going to die.”
Because of Olins’ health insurance, he says the EpiPen has been affordable for him, but he knows that’s not the case for many. He says he’d like to see a generic brand on the market.
NBC5 News at Sunrise anchor Taelor Rian was born near Los Angeles, California but spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated with a Journalism degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California.
Before joining the NBC5 News team, she was an anchor and reporter for JUCEtv, an international faith based entertainment network. There she had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Morgan Freeman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Rosario Dawson and Emma Watson. Before that she was a reporter for KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX. Taelor also interned at KABC and Fox 11 in Los Angeles.
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