Protesters delivered half a million petitions in boxes to Mylan’s headquarters in Southpointe labeled with their message: “Mylan, reverse the EpiPen price hikes now."
Some had personal reasons for signing the petition.
“Both my children have food allergies. I have a 5-year-old daughter who is allergic to dairy, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame. And I have a 10-month-old son who we know is allergic to milk and eggs,” mother Rachael Viehman said.
Viehman said for her children, EpiPens are a necessity.
“We have to have one at all times. We have to have one at school. I have to have one on me. My husband has to have one on him,” she said.
According to a report from NBC News, from 2007 to 2015, Mylan raised the price of EpiPens 461 percent. The product’s average wholesale price has gone from $57 to $317.
In the same period, the total compensation for Mylan CEO Heather Bresch went up 671 percent from just over $2 million to nearly $19 million, NBC News reported.
Some protesters Tuesday held signs that took direct aim at the CEO.
“You know, you can't put a price on your child's life,” Viehman said. “But at the same time, no family should have to choose between having a working EpiPen and putting food on the table.”