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Martin Shkreli defends Daraprim price hike

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September 22, 2015


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Martin Shkreli defends Daraprim price hike

Martin Shkreli – Life-saving medicine Daraprim will today set you back $750 per pill, up from $13.50.

32-year-old Hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, inflated the value of the life-saving drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

Daraprim is taken to treat malaria and toxoplasmosis, a health issue caused by a parasite that exists in just about a quarter of the U.S. population over age 12, however, which can turn out fatal for the unborn children of pregnant women and for immunocompromised consumers like AIDS patients. These prone people will now have to pay over 5,000 percent more for their medication.

In the UK, the National Health Service is the primary purchaser and costs are determined through an unforced arrangement between producers and the government, attempting to hit the ideal proportion of generating and serving patients to keep the drug stream going. Earnings are capped to avoid prices slipping too high.

Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli defends Daraprim price hike

The medicine amounts to about $1 to make, nevertheless the one-time hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, pointed out that the figures does not integrate additional costs such as advertising and distribution, which have indeed increased significantly in the past recent years.

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In the US, the prospective buyers are private insurance companies in addition to the government through the Medicare and Medicaid system. It’s a market and prices can fluctuate, depending on what people want to pay.

A result of the immediate costs hike, Martin Shkreli, whose company merely bought Daraprim last month, has already become the most-hated man in America. Nevertheless, looking at his social media response, he has no care in improving that image.

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