- Published: Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:47
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AIDS ACTIVISTS SMASH EPIPEN PINATA FILLED WITH COINS OUTSIDE MYLAN PHARMA
Photos by Erik McGregor: http://www.pacificpressagency.com/galleries/13383/ny-act-up-protest-pharma-greed-with-epipen-piata
Photos by Brandon Cuicchi: Click on photo for full scale.
September 15, 2016 - New York, NY – On Wednesday afternoon, activists from ACT UP/NY (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), VOCAL NY (Voices of Community Activists and Leaders), UAEM (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines) and other groups protested the ongoing U.S. drug pricing crisis, as demonstrated by the 1,100% increase in the price for an EpiPen, a device that can stop a life-threatening allergic reaction.
A giant EpiPen piñata filled with gold coins was smashed to visualize the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, which threatens millions of lives every year. Activists targeted Mylan CEO Heather Bresch chanting, “Heather Bresch, whaddya say? How many kids have you killed today?”
The protest took place outside the New York City office of Mylan Pharmaceuticals in the Chrysler Building. Mylan, the maker of the Epipen, raised its price from $50 in 2004 to $600 today (the device costs about $20 to make). At the same time, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch saw her salary jump from $2.5 million to $19 million. Mylan has also increased prices over 20% on 24 other drugs, including a 542% increase on a gall stone medication.
Activists were also protesting Gilead Sciences