The soaring cost of EpiPens is the latest in a long run of wildly increased costs of prescription drugs that are unaffordable to many, such as Turing's Daraprim for toxoplasmosis (5,000 percent overnight price increase) and Gilead's Sovaldi for hepatitis C ($84,000 for a 12-week treatment).
“They raised the prices ... to get filthy rich at the expense of our constituents,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said.
Rep. John Mica Asks Mylan CEO What Her Salary Was Last Year
Cash and carry has become nothing more than standard operating procedure in politics and government, and it's wrecking the republic. The whole system is rotten to the core, corrupted by big business and special interests from the seventh son to the seventh son.
Many of us are sick.
The fact that this sordid practice of manipulating the patent laws to fleece people with allergies has any legal bearing at all only serves to further de-legitimize the "establishments" of both major political parties, the Congress and all the other governing and regulatory institutions.
It's still only August, but already the predictions that this would be an exceedingly banal presidential election campaign look like they've already come true. This week's campaign news might be summed up as an elementary school playground shouting match: "You're a bigot!" "No, you're a bigot!" Sigh.
Mylan is making an offer that appears to be more altruistic than it really is.