Sharp EpiPen Price Hikes Now Have Lawmakers Speaking Out
Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks out about price spike
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has criticized the sharp price hikes for EpiPens, the emergency drug injectors for severe allergic reactions, saying it’s outrageous that the manufacturer is making money off the backs of kids and adults who have few alternatives.
A two pack of the pens has risen from about $100 in 2008 to as much as $600 today. Klobuchar says there’s no way that drug-maker Mylan can justify such steep increases.
Klobuchar was joined at a news conference at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis on Wednesday by pediatricians who denounced the price increases as unconscionable.
Alos speaking was 12-year-old Gracie Heinze, who has a severe peanut allergy. Grace says she carries a backpack with EpiPens everywhere she goes because they’re her best shot of staying alive if she has a reaction.