Remember the breathtaking price surge for Mylan’s EpiPen in 2016? This piece, “Price of Life,” reminds us it isn’t easy to break the box for emergencies if you have to pay to do so. Artist Lily Winer has severe allergies and has carried epinephrine auto-injectors as long as she can remember. “EpiPens have saved me more than once,” she says. When prices started to rise she realized “that the medical industry juggernaut does not necessarily care about saving lives, but that saving lives is lucrative. Saving my life, was lucrative.”
I really appreciate this piece, and I look forward to how her practice develops. I hope we will arrive at the point where such responsive artwork is unnecessary because we have access to the essential medicines that are already available. Visit Lily Winer.
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