There has been quite a bit of bitching over this topic and I am no fan of jackass Martin Shkreli in the slightest, I still think that facts are quite important. His actions and his words are damning and the guy has got his own head so far up his own ass he is licking his testicles from the inside (biology majors will get this better than most). At first I was just going to copy and paste the whole snopes page, but you guys are very good at clicking links so click the one above and learn. Please.
But if you just rolled your damn eyes cause god forbid you click another link today (you can get off the computer now lazy ass and go outside), here’s the basics:
Daraprim has been used to treat malaria and parasitic infections for more than six decades, but it made headlines on 21 September 2015 when a high-profile article in the New York Times reported that the drug’s new corporate owner had raised its price from $13.50 per tablet to $750 per tablet overnight:
Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-old drug that is the standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection.
The drug, called Daraprim, was acquired in August by Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up run by a former hedge fund manager. Turing immediately raised the price to $750 a tablet from $13.50, bringing the annual cost of treatment for some patients to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Turing’s price increase is not an isolated example. While most of the attention on pharmaceutical prices has been on new drugs for diseases such as cancer, hepatitis C and high cholesterol, growing concern has also focused on huge price increases for older drugs, some of them generic, that have long been mainstays of treatment for common medical conditions.
Portions of the article referenced what would later become misconceptions about the drug’s applied use, specifically the notion that it was solely or primarily used for the treatment of HIV/AIDS or cancer patients:
Daraprim, known generically as pyrimethamine, is used mainly to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasite infection that can cause serious or even life-threatening problems for babies born to women who become infected during pregnancy, and also for people with compromised immune systems, like AIDS patients and certain cancer patients.
The medication in question is more accurately described as an antimalarial medication commonly used to treat Toxoplasma gondii infections (often in HIV-positive patients).
However it is good to remember that this drug effects more that just HIV patients. Those who get malaria or any other paracitic infection are also being screwed with no lube. Like I tell bible thumpers, if you are going to quote (or in this case be enraged) one, you better quote (be enraged for) them all.