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Price-gouging Pharma Bro reverses decision to lower price of $750 life-saving pills

On Tuesday, Turing Pharmaceuticals announced that they will not lower the price of Daraprim, the decades-old drug the company purchased early this year and immediately raised the price from $13.50 to $750.

On Tuesday, Turing Pharmaceuticals announced that they will not lower the price of Daraprim, the decades-old drug the company purchased early this year and immediately raised the price from $13.50 to $750.

In a press release, Turing announced that despite previously saying the price would drop, the company would not lower the astronomical new price of the drug. Turing will offer half price discounts to hospitals, and reduce the number of pills in a bottle in order to make the drug more affordable.

“Combined with our robust patient access programs, this is an important step in our commitment to ensure ready access to Daraprim at the lowest possible out-of-pocket cost for both hospitals and patients.” said Nancy Retzlaff, Turing’s chief commercial officer. “We pledge that no patient needing Daraprim will ever be denied access.”

Turing will offer other discounts and incentives to the drug, including offering co-payments of no more than $10 for insured patients, and offering free trial packages. Although Turing attempted to focus on the discounts, the uninsured and underinsured will be hit the hardest by the 5000% markup.

Turing, led by controversial CEO Martin Skreli, who earned the nickname “Pharma Bro,” purchased Daraprim earlier this year, and immediately jacked up the price of the decades-old drug. Daraprim is used to fight parasitic infection in AIDS and cancer patients. Skreli claims that he boosted the price to fund research and development of other drugs. Turing is currently under legal investigation for price gouging.

“This is, as the saying goes, nothing more than lipstick on a pig,” said Tom Horn, a leader in Treatment in Action, an HIV/AIDS policy group.

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  1. Martin Pollard

    November 25, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Of course he is. The guy’s a prick. No surprise there. If I had any faith in our current Congress doing the right thing, he’d be regulated and sued out of business, but since he’s a wingnut darling, fat chance of that.

  2. Zen Rebeldiva (@ZenRebelDiva)

    November 25, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Little greedy poopstain. I implore the Karma gods to do their best to balance the scales..

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