EpiPen maker in the hot seat

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(NBC News) Members of Congress grilled the head of the company that sells EpiPens Wednesday over recent price hikes.

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch answered tough questions about the soaring price of the devices that went from $100 in 2007 to now to more than $600.

Bresch’s salary also rose dramatically. She testified she earned $18-million last year alone.

Meanwhile, USA Today reports Heather bresch’s mother, Gayle Manchin, helped lead a national effort to get schools to stock epipens while leading the National Association of State Boards of Education. Gayle Manchin is also the wife of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

Mylan called the news report factually inaccurate, and in a statement, Manchin said, “My only concern and motivation was, and always will be, how we can protect as many children as possible.”

EpiPens deliver an emergency dose of epinephrine when people suffer dangerous allergic reactions to anything from bee stings to peanuts.

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