Colbert blisters Mylan CEO Heather Bresch as the ‘douchebag’ equivalent of ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli
Prior to a riff on why actor Ian McKellan turned down over a million dollars to marry former Napster exec Sean Parker, while dressed as Gandaldf — which should delight Lord of the Ring fans — Stephen Colbert took some shots at Mylan exec Heather Bresch for jacking up the price on life-saving EpiPens.
Colbert began by noting that — under Bresch — the price of EpiPens has jumped for $100 for a pair to over $600, telling his audience to not go into shock over the price jump because they can no longer afford the pens.
With Mylan saying the price increase better reflects the product’s “value,” Colbert added, “Now to be clear, that value is saving the lives of people who can’t breathe. Or, as Mylan likes to calls them: ‘gasping cash-filled meatsacks.'”
The late night host then linked Mylan head Bresch to Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli following having to inject himself with an EpiPen after seeing a picture of Shkreli and explaining, “That was a close one. I’m severely allergic to douche.”
Sharing a clip of Bresch defending the price increase on CNBC by saying, “No one is more frustrated than me,” Colbert ridiculed her response.
“She’s ‘frustrated,'” Colbert smirked. “I mean the tone-deafness of that just takes your breath away — and getting your breath back will cost you over 600 bucks.”
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