01 December 2015

Martin Shkreli Has Just Made Express Scripts® a Hero

This is a bigger shock than Darth Vader being Luke Skywalker's father.

Deeply and ineluctiblky evil pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts®, in partnership with the compounding pharmacy Imprimis®, will offer a $1.00 clone of Turing Pharmaceutical's Dataprim anti-parasite drug:
Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefits manager in the U.S., said on Tuesday it will partner with Imprimis Pharmaceuticals to provide a $1 alternative to Daraprim, the 62-year-old drug for a rare parasitic infection. In September, the company that owned the drug stoked outrage when it hiked the drug's price by more than 5,000 percent overnight.

Imprimis, a California compounding pharmaceutical company, said in October it would make the alternative—a compounded formulation of the active ingredient in Daraprim, pyrimethamine, and another drug, leucovorin—available for $99 for a 100-count bottle, or less than $1 per pill.

That compares with a price of $750 per pill for the drug provided by Turing Pharmaceuticals, the company that acquired Daraprim earlier this year and dramatically raised its price from $13.50 a tablet to $750.
Express Scripts® is so evil and incompetent that it stuns Richard Bruce Cheney, but Martin Shkreli has just allowed them to be heroes.

This is a mindf%$# on a level I would heretofore think impossible.


Anonymous said...

No patent infringements?
Cool...maybe the pharmy nazis do have
a heart..

Matthew Saroff said...

It is a 60 year old drug, so no patents.

What Turing got was the trademark and marketing rights to the brand name drug Daraprim, so a compounding pharmacy can make a generic.

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