Pharma Brat 'Furious' Over Bernie Sanders Snub

Friday October 16, 2015

Notorious AIDS medication price-gouger Martin Shkreli is "furious" that 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wouldn't accept a campaign contribution as an inroad to a debate with the Vermont Senator over his pricing practices, The Boston Globe reports.

"We are not keeping the money from this poster boy for drug company greed," said Michael Briggs, a spokesman for the Sanders campaign in an email.

Shkreli had donated $2,700, the maximum amount allowed by law, to the Sanders campaign. According to a report in the Boston Globe, Shkreli made the contribution in the hopes of getting a private meeting with the Senator to explain why drug prices in the United States are so high.

The Sanders campaign has refused to keep the money, and has re-gifted Shkreli's donation to to the Whitman-Walker health clinic in Washington.

"I think it's cheap to use one person's action as a platform without kind of talking to that person," Shkreli said in the interview. "He'll take my money, but he won't engage with me for five minutes to understand this issue better."

Sanders and his opponent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both expressed outrage last month when it was reported that Shkreli's Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of anti-parasitic drug, Daraprim, a medication used by some AIDS patients a whopping 4,000 percent.

"I would lump Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry at the top of my list of people who do not like me," Sanders said during Tuesday night's Democratic debate.

"Right now the rule of law in the United States is that drug companies can price their products wherever they see fit, not wherever he sees fit," Shkreli said. "If the rule changes by congressional vote, then you know, I'll adapt to the rules."

Shkreli, who has been labeled "The Most Hated Man in America," is "furious" that Sanders is using him as a punching bag without giving him a chance to give his side.

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