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Letter: Wake up and smell the drug companies

By Marvin Kroontje, Magnolia I watched the news when Martin Shkreli, who raised the price of the 62-year-old drug Daraprim 5,000 percent to $750 a pill, defended the price hike of an anti-allergy drug from $100 to $600 a dose. These drugs cost on...

By Marvin Kroontje, Magnolia

 

I watched the news when Martin Shkreli, who raised the price of the 62-year-old drug Daraprim 5,000 percent to $750 a pill, defended the price hike of an anti-allergy drug from $100 to $600 a dose. These drugs cost only $1 a dose to make. Shkreli remarked that the insurance companies pay for it. So who does he think has to pay the insurance premiums?

Shkreli, who was asked to appear at a congressional hearing in February this year, refused to answer questions and called the lawmakers imbeciles. He needs to to take a long look in the mirror and see the real imbecile.

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Congress needs to break up the tea party, brush the cobwebs out of their brains and stop taking payoffs from drug companies. Take a good shot of coffee. Wake up and stop the drug companies’ monopolies, price fixing, racketeering and fraud. These kinds of profits by drug and insurance companies in the U.S. are unlawful in Canada, the U.K., France, Switzerland, Germany and Taiwan. The next death caused by price fixing could be in your family.

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