Sarah Jessica Parker is NOT happy with the major cost increase for EpiPens — a lifesaving device her son relies on — and to show just how much she’s ‘saddened’ by the makers’ decision to raise the price from $100 to $600, SJP announced she’s stepping down from her spokesperson role with the company! Read her emotional words here.
Sarah Jessica Parker, 51, announced she’s ending her relationship with Mylan, the manufacturer of EpiPen, after the company dramatically raised the price of the allergy injector AGAIN to about $600, which is shockingly more than a 400 percent hike since they started selling the product back in 2007.
It’s been an honor working with the #AnaphylaxisForReel initiative as a #spokesperson for Mylan this past month and encouraging people to share their stories about managing potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies. As the mother of a child with severe allergies, raising awareness and starting a discussion about the risks of anaphylaxis is so important to me. Join the cause by sharing your experiences at Anaphylaxis101.com. X, Sj
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And while many moms and parents alike have angrily spoken out about the price surge, there are few voices as loud as Sarah’s. In fact, the actress, who was actually a spokesperson for Mylan, posted to Instagram on Aug. 25 that she has decided to end her relationship with the company, which many fans believe to be a smart move.
“I’m left disappointed, saddened and deeply concerned by Mylan’s actions,” the Sex & The City alum wrote in her post. “I do not condone this decision and I have ended my relationship with Mylan as a direct result of it.” Pretty powerful words, huh? But we have to say, we’re not super surprised Sarah chose to cut ties with Mylan.
After all, the star has been outspoken in the past about her son, James Wilkie Broderick, 13, requiring an EpiPen for his peanut allergy. In her recent post, she even wrote that the product “is a vital part of our family’s healthcare, as it is for the many who are at risk.”
SJP became a paid spokesperson for Mylan in May of this year and spoke about her son’s life-threatening allergy on behalf of Mylan’s Anaphylaxis for Reel campaign. We truly commend her decision to cut ties with the company! It’s hard to believe that the small device filled with epinephrine only cost $57 back in 2007, according to Bloomberg News. Since then, the price has increased each year, spiking 32 percent between 2014 and 2015.
“I hope they will seriously consider the outpouring of voices of those millions of people who are dependent on the device, and take swift action to lower the cost to be more affordable for whom it is a life-saving necessity,” Sarah also said in her statement. We could not agree more! Lawmakers have called for an investigation into why the price increased by so much. Stay tuned!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — how do you feel about the EpiPen price increase? Are you happy SJP spoke out about it?