For Once: NOT Political!

Epi-pen political cartoon

(There ARE things going on in the world besides the Presidential Election, y’know!…)

On a purely personal note, I feel ashamed that the company at the root of the EpiPen story, Mylan Labs, has its corporate headquarters barely 5 miles from where I once used to live.

It’s one of the few shameful things about Greater Pittsburgh, beyond the Third World class potholes and an obstinate resistance to metropolitan consolidation.

More “Diesel Sweeties” on the way in the next few days!

Thanks for your visit!

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About jaypochapin

Married adult human male, father, brother, son, writer, voiceover actor and humorist. Frequently funny, sometimes snarky, occasionally profound. Beatles, Stones, Who, Python, Firesign Theatre, Shakespeare, Bogart/Bacall, Marx Brothers, Alice Cooper and more besides. Have worked as many things: traffic reporter, disc jockey, newscaster, interviewer, producer, copywriter, voice over talent, teacher, emcee, housekeeper, janitor, uniformed security officer, bagel baker's assistant and more, but don't let the uniform fool you, baby! I ... AM ... THE WRITER!

One thought on “For Once: NOT Political!

  1. I think the larger issue here is the incredible turnover in the pharmaceutical industry over the last few years. The volume of mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and international subsidiaries/distributors staggers my mind.

    A large part of the problem is that companies that make generic products (such as the epi-pen) are going out of business and Valeant (which I believe is stepping in to fill the void) has no competition. They probably will attract competition at some point, but who knows when.

    A patent attorney in my senior group claims this partially caused by pharmaceutical patents, which the pharmaceutical industries bank on to maximize profits on Wall Street. I remember Pfizer was rushing to find a revenue replacement for Lipitor when it was about to go off patent.

    Why make insulin when anyone can do it, and there is no profit? It only becomes worthwhile (to them) if they can generate the profits that patented drugs bring in.

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