They held signs reading "Free Epi from Corporate Greed," "People over Profit" and "Human Need over Corporate Greed."
Depending on what the group wants, he said, it might hold another protest here or go to Mylan headquarters in
The protest is a product of the recent outcry over EpiPen pricing -- soaring from
Szanto wants people to write to their legislators, he said. "I want every legislator in
The ultimate answer to escalating prices, since the Affordable Care Act has failed to control them, he said, is single-payer health care. "If we get a single-payer health-care system, it'll actually take care of us. It'll be cheaper. People won't be drowning in their medical bills anymore." They will wrest control of pricing from the insurance companies and put it in their own hands -- via government price controls.
When companies raise their prices, he said, insurance has to raise its prices. "Which means you're either going to see it on your premiums, on your co-pays or on your out-of-pocket overall."
WVU student Caitlin Santa Barbara has a sister who carries an EpiPen. "I don't think it's right for companies to screw over people. I think capitalistic gains for a thing like medicine is a bit ridiculous and it's mildly disappointing that someone would hike up the cost this high," she said.
"We see this issue with Mylan as a continuation of systemic issues," he said. "This is not just an isolated event. Health-care industry business practices have held people hostage across the world for decades now.
"We need to be moving toward a single-payer health-care system for all people," so people will have the power to negotiate prices across the country, he said.
Boothe was holding a giant sign with Fairmont State student
"It's ridiculous that the price is set at
Mylan provided a statement to
"We respect and support the public's right to voice opinions in a safe, responsible way, and we appreciate their regard for the thousands of dedicated Mylan employees who come to work every day, supporting their local communities and helping deliver better health for a better world."
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