Mylan increasing prices on the Epipen has been a popular topic on all of the top news media over the last few days, as the price raises from $57 to over $500, per 2-pack. That’s a minimum of $1000 per year, considering that each patient needs a 2-pack at their work or school and home, and they expire after 1 year. According to the Epipen website, “An estimated one in 13 children in the U.S. lives with a food allergy that puts them at risk for anaphylaxis— a considerable increase from previous years.” As we continue to satisfy our bodies with subpar foods, it makes sense that the pharaceutical companies will continue to grow.
Without reducing the presence of food allergies, there will continue to be a demand for the Epipen. According to Food Allergy Research and Education, 15million Americans have food allergies, and the numbers are on the rise in DEVELOPED countries. This price hike comes almost 1 year after Shkreli raised prices on, an equally important, life-saving HIV drug. According to U.S. News, Cancer is taking the place of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of Americans. We would be fools to respond with shock and outrage if prices “mysteriously” went up on cancer treatment drugs in the near future. These price hikes are prime example of the fact that pharmaceutical companies are business organizations designed for profit, and the declining health of Americans will only increase profitability in the healthcare industry.
With such busy schedules, its growing harder to make sure that we eat all the World’s Healthiest Foods, not to mention exercising regularly! Price increases of medicines begin to blur the line between pain and poverty, making the sick poorer, and the poor sicker. On the other end of the spectrum, health has increasingly become a common characteristic of wealthy people. With One Simple Change, better health can gradually become attainable.
Making one simple change at a time, can make a huge difference in how you look and feel. Trying to do too much at one time, to reach our goals quickly, can leave us overwhelmed. By tackling one step at a time with a plan, we can create good health habits to last a lifetime, because poor health can be painfully expensive.
Are the changes affecting you? What are your thoughts on rising pharmaceutical costs?
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