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MomsRising Tackles Zika Virus, EpiPen Greed (and More)

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MomsRising immediately reached out to our members to ask them to sign on to a petition asking Mylan to reduce the price to something reasonable. We were one of many organizations calling on the company to reverse its decision and Mylan also heard an outcry from numerous public officials and faced the threat of a U.S. Senate investigation into the dramatic price increase.

In response, the firm issued a news release saying it would provide $300 coupons to some of the drug's purchasers. That's nowhere near adequate. Mylan has cynically capitalized on its monopoly on this drug to dramatically increase the price and line the pockets of its already well-paid executives. My son captured it perfectly: 'Companies who make lifesaving medicines like EpiPens deserve to make profits, but not at the expense of the lives of those they are supposed to help.'

We are calling on Mylan to act in good faith and really end its price-gouging. And we have evidence that it's possible: Canadian online pharmacies offer EpiPens for a little over a $100 per pen. That's still quite high for many Americans, but it's at least within a reasonable price range. MomsRising will continue to call on Mylan to truly lower the price of the EpiPen, and to increase access to this critical medicine, so that all people who need it can afford it.

JB: Agreed. Anything you'd like to add before we wrap this up?

K R-F: I really appreciate this opportunity to let your readers know about MomsRising and the work we're doing to put and keep the issues that affect moms and their families on the public agenda. We're proud of the many victories we've achieved in the last ten years, but we also know that we have a very long way to go before we have a nation with the range of policies that truly reflect our modern society. We also know that we can achieve that goal because mothers are a powerful and unstoppable force.

JB: So true. A pleasure speaking with you, Kristin. MomsRising has targeted a number of really critical issues affecting our families and, as you point out, anyone else with a bellybutton. I'm looking forward to getting updates on our progress. Thanks!

Massachusetts moms sent cookies to tell Senator Scott Brown, 'We NEED Fair Pay like New England Clam Chowder Needs Clams!'
Massachusetts moms sent cookies to tell Senator Scott Brown, 'We NEED Fair Pay like New England Clam Chowder Needs Clams!'
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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)
 

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