Fantastic work, keyboard warriors!
The most evil man in the world of the 39th week of 2015, Martin Shkreli, says he will lower the price of a life-saving drug he inflated by 5000 per cent just two days ago.
“I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people,” he told NBC News, despite having vigorously defended his scheme yesterday with a series of Eminem lyrics and kindergarten-calibre insults towards journalists and real medical professionals.
Shkreli raised the price of Daraprim, effective in treating life-threatening parasitic infections that affect those living with HIV and cancer, from $13.50 to $750 per pill on Tuesday. He hasn’t announced what the new price will be, but given his track record as a human incarnation of the poop emoji, we wouldn’t be surprised if it hit the market at $749.99. Plus tax.
“It’s very hard stuff to understand,” Shkreli said about his racket. “It’s very easy to see a large drug price increase and say ‘Gosh, those people must be gouging.’ But when you find out that the company is not really making any money, what does that mean?”
Considering the drug’s been available for 62 years, we assume it means making money doesn’t have to be at the core of saving lives.
Shkreli concluded his phone interview with NBC News by saying it will take a few weeks to determine how profitable the drug is. “It may turn out that’s it not even profitable at all, even at this price,” he whined, which is how you’d expect a former hedge fund manager to approach human well-being.
And so, tumbleweed drifts through the Internet’s bowels until Shkreli doth speak again.