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As EpiPen prices rocket up, lawmakers demand answers

An EpiPen, used to treat anaphylactic shock. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Last year, more than 3.6 million U.S. prescriptions for two-packs of EpiPens, used to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions, were issued. It cost around $94 nine years ago. The average cost was more than six times that in May.

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