Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP

At the same time the price of the EpiPen has soared, so have reports of malfunctions, according to a Bloomberg News analysis of data from the Food and Drug Administration.

Why it matters: "This is a lifesaving product," Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, told Bloomberg. "If it fails 105 times, that's significant."

The details:

  • The FDA has received 228 reports of EpiPen failures so far this year — up from 105 last year, up from just four in 2012.
  • Of those 228 reported failures this year, 35 people were hospitalized and seven were tied to patients' deaths, according to Bloomberg.
  • The product's design changed in 2009. Mylan, the company that sells the EpiPen, told Bloomberg those changes were important for patient safety. They also extended Mylan's patent protections.

Correction: This post has been updated in the last paragraph to clarify that the EpiPen redesign was in 2009.

Go deeper

Mike Allen, author of AM
45 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Trump's next moves in Supreme Court fight

Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Trump's choices to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are down to two women, both federal appeals court judges.

The frontrunners are Amy Coney Barrett of Chicago, the early favorite, and Barbara Lagoa, who is viewed as easier to confirm. The Senate confirmed Lagoa 80-15 last year, so many Democrats have already voted for her.

The TikTok deal's for-show provisions and flimsy foundations

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The new deal to rescue TikTok from a threatened U.S. ban — full of provisions aimed at creating the temporary appearance of a presidential win — looks like a sort of Potemkin village agreement.

How it works: Potemkin villages were fake-storefront towns stood up to impress a visiting czar and dignitaries. When the visitors left, the stage set got struck.

  • Similarly, many elements of this plan look hastily erected and easily abandoned once the spotlight moves on.
2 hours ago - Technology

Over 3 million U.S. voters have already registered on social media

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

An estimated 2.5 million+ Americans have registered to vote on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, Facebook announced Monday. More than 733,000 Americans have registered to vote so far via Snapchat.

Why it matters: The broad reach of social media platforms makes them uniquely effective at engaging voters — especially younger voters who may not know how to register to vote or be civically engaged.