Sarah Jessica Parker Has Some Harsh Words for the Makers of EpiPen
Mylan, the manufacturer of EpiPen, sparked global outrage when it was announced several days ago that the company was being investigated for raising its prices yet again — this time upwards of 400% — and now, they’re facing the wrath of yet another angry parent: Divorce star Sarah Jessica Parker.
The actress, formerly a spokesperson for the company, took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the matter, and believe us when we say they weren’t exactly warm and fuzzy.
Making it clear that she is NOT on board with the recent direction the brand has taken (“I do not condone this decision and have ended my relationship with Mylan because of it”), SJP used her voice to stand up for families everywhere who are deeply affected by the increase.
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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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The cause is one that hits close to home for Sarah: “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,” she wrote during her support of the campaign.
The life-saving device, which counteracts allergic reactions to things such as peanuts or bee stings (AKA what My Girl star and new mommy Anna Chlumsky could have used to save MaCaulay Culkin’s character, Thomas), has gone from a 9% profit margin to a 55% profit margin over recent years, raising prices from $100 to $600 for a single pen, so it’s prettyyyy easy to see why she (and everyone else!) are so fired up.
Though the company has yet to answer her directly, they have implemented a card savings program, which would eliminate 50% ($300) of the product’s cost for patients paying full price, as well as increased aid through its patient-assistance program for the uninsured.
Either way, SJP is sticking to her guns, and we applaud her for it.
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