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Sharon Batt

  • EpiPens and the Sale of Fear

    Posted on October 7, 2016

    On September 21, Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, took heat at a Congressional hearing about high EpiPen prices. EpiPens are definitely overpriced – but they are also overprescribed. An EpiPen is just adrenaline (also called epinephrine) – the “fight or flight” hormone – in a patented syringe. Epinephrine can be lifesaving in someone who has trouble… Read more

  • EpiPen Furor: Patient Groups Take Money, Stay Mum

    Posted on August 29, 2016

    The furor around the price of an EpiPen has exposed the contradictions of patient advocacy groups with funding from the pharmaceutical industry. EpiPens contain epinephrine, an oldie-but-goodie, inexpensive generic drug that effectively treats potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. Pharmaceutical companies put this common, inexpensive drug into expensive, auto-injecting devices, which are useful, portable devices for those… Read more