Julianne DeNicola, mother of the late Joseph DeNicola, wrote this letter in response to the interview with the CEO of Mylan.
Dear CEO Heather Bresch,
Yes, we first hand know the system is broken! You are part of the system! Meet with grieving mothers! We will explain what is needed!
Let’s talk! You are our life source ! Do you understand that responsibility! We deserve reasons why the price increased so quickly! We want legislation to stop it from happening again! Cap on profits, when dealing within your industry.
Pay 2 play must be stopped, and competition doors opened!
There are children without Epipens right now! I never want to welcome a new parent into our Food Allergy Grief group! My son Joseph Denicola at age 7 passed away from Food allergies on Halloween. The confidence of most parents has been shattered. A great man in my life, whom served this country my Uncle said to me, “Time to call your congress person and demand answers why this company can operate with no regard for the lives of children.”
So, I say to you. Look in the mirror and think of the heart break. Try to sleep. I know the mothers and fathers have many nights full of tears that you are holding the ONLY LIFE SAVING TOOL. This has placed really good parents in a very hard place. There is no choice, for some of them. We have schools whom will face students without, our teachers and aids holding responsibility? This is a huge problem.
The grief that came over me, I can not place in words. Your first priority should be safety. Lets put ourselves in their shoes proactively. We now have more parents having to face really hard decisions. Many turning to homeschooling, single parents are lost. The outward calls for help numerous, but answers are not coming back quick enough. If I had a quarter of your salary, I would be handing it to each that require such help. This needs to be fixed before school starts! We have outreach all over. I thank the many Senators, but most are still on vacation! I will be visiting my congressmen personally. I will keep knocking until someone answers!
Healthcare is not affordable! Competitors are needed, as we see in the #epigate. Same with Healthcare, competition is good for the economy. RIGHT! Over 15 million households are seeing why competition is good right now. They are feeling the effects of when one holds all. By the way, we are looking into that. This monopoly game must end. Our community has done better change for all, I see we are not done. This is not only about Food allergies, we hold change for all . Compassion has made schools healthier, holiday parties less junk food and more socially active. We cherish life! Our greatest teachers are our own children! Parents have now been taught how pay 2 play effects us all, thanks to Mylan. Pay 2 play needs to come to HEEL.
I am a grieving mother, who has faced each day forward looking at this world not the same! I have researched beyond for answers, why I can not hold my precious son, kiss or buy school supplies. Do you know how much others might see as burdens, that are wishes for me! Took me over 2 years to go into a store without falling to my knees, by looking at a label.
So, to parents I say “we have hope still, we have our children still, and use every avenue to keep them safe! Your first priority!” I told many whom have come to me I will speak out for them. We ALL see Political influence? Why? It has shown clearly! Tell Hillary thanks, but no thanks from me. I am sure you have one on one time paid for by your donations.
A powerful woman does not use power for greed, in my world, but for good change! That goes across all industries! If you did not have such allowance or room to create this monolpoly. I would not be discussing this at all .
So again, pay 2 play has effected 15 million house holds. Our advocates are key! Some had remained silent, we are looking as to why! We just started.
We still need you, Mylan. We need to work together to clear this, that means a statement quickly that the cost will go down. We are not looking to placing you out of business, but tighten the pressure for quick reduction! Refunds ! Too. Just like it went up! Stop your efforts to monopolize the market. I see you also attempting to push the same form of health care? Do you think your voice is being heard? Actions, not words! Competition deserve doors to opened. The big legal questions and proper legislation I will leave to the professionals. I think we see somewhat the understanding to why, since it already is close to Nov? Alot of lobbying the past few months? Odd, they would not stand behind your father! Just looks off, to me? Maybe others now too! Thanks to the reality of such poor legislation, just my opinion there! I remember 2008, HIV price agreements?
So we demand reduction, refund, reform by profit caps and transparency with political parties influenced, a.k.a lobbying . As an advocate, never attempt to reduce our hard work. We have miracle workers, doctors, nurses, great research companies are being strangled by regulations! That you do not? Why? Those doors need to be opened. Those pay 2 play doors shut! When regulations are being manipulated , and trust me, we are following the money! We are everywhere! YES the system and trust is broken.
Mylan is a large donor to the Clinton Foundation. The Ceo of Mylan is the daughter (your father) of a Senator in West Virginia. Influenced answers are very clear. With high political influence on the fda! Maybe? We have seen documents of Mylan attempting to stop competion, to the FDA . Mylan, please stop all attempts to halt competition.
Lastly, how about an apology! How about interactions before not after!
Your resignation, will still not stop price adjustments. It is the enablers, that they (you) rely on. If they (you) are not fed, the allergy is contained. We have to stop the source of the problem that allows special interests to monopolize. We still should demand the stock holder meeting notes, paid speeches or involvement the clinton sponsorship, which was clearly enabled. Pay 2 play to come to HEEL.
As a CEO we expect a better statement! You have children too? So does your father! You would do anything to help them to stay alive, right! Start there! 18 million dollar reasons you gave yourself, to stand by the product, with only compassion for all! Right! Not a coupon! Bottom line price reduction is needed!
Meet our Joseph. A child whom stopped in the middle of a school show on stage to help a girl who was crying! A heart so pure, that at the end his spirit made the gift of life for another! The importance that you hold in so many lives needs that same spirit! We gave alot more then 700k epi pens in our family, parents need the same compassion! Greed, must end, lives are to be first!
Love you son! Love and Blessings to you all!
Originally published on Julianne’s blog, In Loving Memory of Joseph DeNicola