When it comes to the safety of their child, there are few things a parent won’t do. But, what if it’s something you can’t do? Like pay $600 for an EpiPen your allergy-ridden little one desperately needs. Click here to learn the shocking details behind the life saving device’s price hike.
EpiPens are used by people who have fatal allergic reactions, like little kids who are deathly allergic to peanut butter. The devices are extremely important to people with allergies — or parents of children with allergies — so they are usually encouraged to have multiple sets. But that isn’t always possible, because, even though insurance can cover a portion of the cost of an EpiPen, many people have to pay out of pocket for the device; making it a very expensive, but necessary purchase.
Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan — the company who produces the EpiPen — has been at the helm of the business during the price increase from $100 in 2008, to more than $600 for some customers in 2016. And wouldn’t you know it, her salary has risen nearly 700 percent in that time. Coincidence?
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, 68, said that Mylan made an “outrageous” price increase, and that it’s “just the latest troubling example of a company taking advantage of its consumers.” “Since there is no apparent justification in this case” for the EpiPen price surge “I am calling on Mylan to immediately reduce the price of EpiPens,” she said in a statement on Aug. 24. The AMA, the nation’s largest group of doctors, said, “with lives on the line, we urge the manufacturer to do all it can to rein in these exorbitant costs,” on Aug. 24. Celebrities have also voiced their opinions on the price hike and urged Mylan to do the right thing, via social media.
EpiPens can be the difference between life and death. There’s no justification for these price hikes. https://t.co/O6RbVR6Qim -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 24, 2016
Until the price of the EpiPen is reduced, all officers of Mylan should be followed by a bell ringer yelling, “Shame!”
— Larry Zerner (@Zernerlaw) August 24, 2016
#EpiPen this is crazy. I NEED a new one but the mark up is killing me.
— Kenny Murdock (@Murdockreport) August 24, 2016
— Laura Heintz (@LauraHeintz1) August 24, 2016
Grandchild w severe allergies needs life saving #Epipen. Cost has soared. Luckily we can pay the $600. Impossible for many scared parents
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 23, 2016
U.S. is the only developed nation that lets drugmakers set their prices. Of course we’re the one with a $500 EpiPen. https://t.co/NGWdD9Hdxh
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) August 23, 2016
I do not need an EpiPen but I am willing to pay a little more in taxes so that everyone that needs them has them.
— YA BOY BERNIE (@yaboyberniesand) August 24, 2016
My daughter’s best friend risks her life daily b/c it costs too much to keep a current EpiPen. https://t.co/QD0sF6EUG2
— Kevin Parrett (@FrankyOConnell) August 24, 2016
This epipen business is despicable. The hunger for money continues to outweigh the love for humanity. People trying to LIVE out here man
— LBL (@LLaBennett) August 24, 2016
We’re hoping that Heather and Mylan come to their senses and realize this price surge is just plain wrong. How are parents supposed to cover this expense over and over again for their children who need the devices to protect themselves against fatal allergic reactions? With allergies becoming more and more common these days, EpiPens are now a necessity in so many households. So, this price increase is going to be a major blow to a large portion of the population. We want to see a price drop, and soon.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — does this EpiPen price increase effect you and your family? What do you think should be done?