In 2016, the drug company Mylan faced widespread criticism for jacking up the price of EpiPens — a delivery device for life-saving epinephrine, used to stave off anaphylaxis during an allergic reaction — by more than 400 percent.
The CEO of Mylan, Heather Bresch, is the daughter of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).
Amid the EpiPen controversy, Manchin voiced his support for his daughter, saying, “My daughter is my daughter with unconditional love, and she’s the most amazing person that I know. She’s so compassionate and generous in how she’s always lived her life.”
Snopes noted that Manchin also took some heat over his daughter’s business decision in 2018 after Mylan announced layoffs at its West Virginia plant.
The Washington Examiner reported:
The RNC bashed Manchin after Mylan announced it was laying off 500 people at a plant in West Virginia. Manchin has taken heat before from his opponents over Mylan’s decision a few years ago to jack up the price of allergy drug EpiPen by 500 percent.
“Amidst the layoffs and scandals, Mylan has continued to contribute to Manchin’s war chest for his upcoming election,” an RNC bulletin said. “Mylan executives and employees contributed more than $50,000 to Manchin’s campaign in the first quarter of 2018.”