Yesterday we bought you the news that some Australian teenagers had replicated Martin Shkreli’s $750 drug Daraprim for a measly $20, and we expected the most hated man in America to be pretty angry about it. He didn’t let us down.
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Whilst the discovery of these kids isn’t going to actively affect Shkreli because his company is the sole provider of the drug in the United States thanks to a legal loophole, this didn’t mean he wasn’t going to get pissed off about it. After a period of silence whilst he came up with his response, he went on the following rant, targeting the press, the clock kid Ahmed Mohamed and even Donald Trump.
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Well, I suppose Shkreli does kind of have a point there as most publications did report it that in a way that would imply that the drug might be available for $20 at some point in the near future – although most of them did also note that it wouldn’t be possible anytime soon due to Turing’s legal ownership of it in North America. Therefore, I can kinda understand why he might get upset about people reporting it that way and underestimating just how good his product is in comparison to some teenagers from Australia.
However, I think he’s really missing the point. I don’t think those kids spent a year in the lab coming up with a cheaper alternative so that they could sell it – I mean they’re not really going to make any money doing that are they? – it was more to highlight how overpriced and greedy the American pharmaceutical market can be. Typical of Shkreli to completely miss that huh?
Remember when he got arrested? That was funny.