Mylan CEO avoids controversies in Greenbrier speech

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN, CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL) — The CEO of Mylan pharmaceuticals painted a picture of a company that provides affordable generic medicine for the world in a speech Thursday, a depiction at odds with several legal complaints lodged against the company for price fixing.

Heather Bresch, who also is the daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 81st Annual Meeting & Business Summit, telling Mylan’s origin story, which starts in White Sulphur Springs itself.

While Bresch told the story of how hard work, grit and a people-first philosophy made Mylan the company it is, she did not mention a widely reported scandal regarding charging hundreds of dollars for its EpiPen allergy shots, or an antitrust violation lawsuit against Mylan and other companies, of which West Virginia has joined.

“We’ve spent our time making sure that we can deliver on that promise that started, as I said, right here, over 55 years ago, which was to provide access to affordable medicine,” Bresch said.

After the speech, Bresch declined an interview request for this report.

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