08/31/2016 by syrbal-labrys
I am allergic to beestings. In spite of this, I worked as a professional beekeeper for a few blissful years. I dutifully carried an Epi-Pen with me through those years. Although I was stung, in spite of protective clothing, sometimes up to a dozen times – I never used my Epi-Pen. I was always far out in the boonies, far from the “emergency medical help” one is supposed to get in the wake of shooting adrenalin into one’s body. I used a fast acting inhaled antihistamine (2 minutes)– and before that, one that dissolved under my tongue(ten minutes). I was equally afraid of the Epi-Pen as I was beestings.
I kept an Epi-Pen in my overalls for if the antihistamine didn’t work. I kept one in my glove compartment of the car. I kept one in my purse. I kept on in my medicine cabinet. Certain tree nuts, if I eat them, can also put me into anaphylactic shock. So I certainly understand the terror of parents who fear for their allergic children. That picture is one of the remaining two of three doubtlessly expired Epi-Pen injectors still lying around the place. I look at it and have a really hard time seeing it being something that costs over $600.
Until the moment, of course, when a child is gasping for air, as I once was at age seven when I ate a Brazil nut. There were no Epi-Pens back then in 1960, I was unconscious by the time help came – I don’t know how they saved me. So, naturally, I think the manufacturing company raising the price of something they did not invent or develop (no R & D costs, assholes), to such crippling levels. The recent announced plans to make a generic for a mere $300 actually pisses me off even worse. That much for something that costs $1 per dose?
Yes, the CEO, whose pay has gone up for being so brilliant in her ability to increase profits, is doing her job as a CEO. It is merely redundant to say she is failing her job as a human being; and she is one of millions in that category. In spite of agreeing somewhat with Jim Wright (second link above), I do think that CEO could have done her job without being so in the over-the-moon profit category and better maintained membership as a half-decent human being.
I’m glad I am old. I’m glad I’m not sure I even consider my life worth that $600 if a particularly potent bee stung me tomorrow. I am definitely too old for this brand of shit in America.