As you probably already know, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the EpiPen, have raised the price of the life-saving allergy shot by over 400% in the U.S. and has made it impossible for many people to afford a drug that prevents a little thing called FUCKING DYING. The EpiPen cost around $57 in 2007 and today, it costs up to $600 for two, which contain $1 worth of medicine. Expect the ho stroll to get a lot more crowded, because people and parents who need that shot are going to have to sell their ass for EpiPen money.
Sarah Jessica Parker used to accept a check from Mylan to peddle EpiPen in the media, but after the news of the insane price hike exploded everywhere, she spit on her contract and announced that she’s done with them professionally.
I’m really allergic to one particular thing and no, that one particular thing isn’t “proper grammar.” My doctor sent me to the pharmacy a few months ago to get an EpiPen for emergencies and I almost fell out of myself when the tech told me that thanks to my insurance not covering it, I would have to pay $400 with a stupid coupon. My body wanted to go into anaphylactic shock right then and there, but I’m glad it didn’t, because then I’d really have to buy the thing. Mylan owns the EpiPen market right now, but a generic brand is hopefully coming next year and so they’ve pushed up the price to rich bitch levels. They’re trying to get that money while they can. NBC News also says that as EpiPen’s price rose throughout the years, the total compensation of Mylan’s CEO, Heather Bresch, went from $2,453,456 to $18,931,068.
Gizmodo reports that SJP became a paid spokesperson for Mylan in May of this year, and she says she did it to raise awareness for anaphylaxis . SJPs son James Wilkie has a peanut allergy and needs an EpiPen. Yesterday, SJP announced on Instagram that she’s grossed out by Mylan and doesn’t want to work for a company whose evil and greedy executives are rubbing their hands together as they rip the people off:
I was recently involved in an initiative to raise awareness for anaphylaxsis. It’s a cause deeply important to me because of my son’s life threatening peanut allergy. The epinephrine auto-injector is a vital part of our family healthcare, as it is for the many who are at risk. I recently learned that the price of the Epi-Pen as been systematically raised by Mylan to a point that renders the medication cost-prohibitive for countless people. I’m left disappointed, saddened and deeply concerned by Mylan’s actions. I do not condone this decision and I have ended my relationship with Mylan as a direct result of it. 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. – SJP
Mylan is doing damage control. They aren’t lowering the price, but they will offer stupid coupons (covering up to $300) to people “in health plans who face higher out-of-pocket costs.” They also said that they’re going to double the income level at which families are eligible for assistance in buying an EpiPen. They say that a family of four who makes up to $97,200 a year won’t pay out of pocket.
So there you go. If you need an EpiPen and will still have to pay hundreds of dollars even after that stupid coupon shit, you better say this to every server at every restaurant you eat at: “Can you please quadruple check that there’s no peanuts in there, because I really don’t want to have to do ass-to-ass for a bunch of coked-up businessmen at a sex party to buy another EpiPen.”