Call on Mylan Pharmaceuticals to Reduce Price of Life-Saving EpiPen
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EpiPen prices recently skyrocketed 500%, from $100 per 2 pack to $600 per 2 pack. Even with the "coupons" from Mylan, individuals and families who need this critical, life-saving drug are still stuck footing most of the bill. An EpiPen can mean the difference between life and death for children, men, and women who are afflicted with life-threatening allergies. Some of the typical uses for EpiPen include bee stings, peanut allergies, shellfish allergies, bug bites, and other medical issues which are crisis situations and require immediate action.
Mylan holds a monopoly over the EpiPen product, and thus is able to hike up their prices to whatever standard they prefer. They think there will be no pushback, or if there is, it will be manageable. The "outrage" will die down soon enough. Until someone who can't afford to buy an EpiPen dies instead. Don't let this happen.
Research shows that 1 in 50 Americans has a life-threatening condition that requires them to carry an EpiPen to prevent them from going into Anaphylactic shock. This means that a child could accidentally ingest a food toxic to their systems, such as peanuts, and enter a state which for many, can prove fatal. Something as small as a peanut can kill a child. That is what the EpiPen injectible is supposed to help prevent: death. A woman working in her garden who is stung by a bee but is severely allergic depends on her EpiPen to keep her airway from swelling shut before the ambulance arrives. Know anyone with asthma? Chances are you do, and you know that an asthma attack can be deadly. On average, it takes about 6 minutes for emergency crews to arrive on scene after receiving a crisis call. With allergic reactions especially, seconds count, and the EpiPen has helped save thousands of lives.
As a teacher, I know many of my students have severe allergies, and they depend on the EpiPen to help keep them safe. When I heard of this 500% price hike of an essential medication, I was appalled. The Huffington Post has more statistics and problems with Mylan Pharmaceuticals and their EpiPen price-hike here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/epipens-500-percent-price-hike-leaves-patients-scrambling_us_57b60b2ae4b03d5136871ec9
Take a moment and think about your family members, loved ones, friends, coworkers, students-- if you know anyone who depends on an EpiPen to survive, send a message to Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, that her company's price gouging of an essential, life-saving medication is unacceptable and must be reversed immediately. They know people need this medication and are exploiting that to make money-- don't let it happen. Speak up!
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