Pharma bro Martin Shkreli took to Periscope to diagnose Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with what he claims is ‘early onset Parkinson’s Disease.’
However, as if the claim isn’t ridiculous enough by itself, what qualifies Shkreli to diagnose anyone, let alone a presidential candidate?
— New York Post (@nypost) August 10, 2016
Shkreli attempts to establish some semblance of credibility by saying that his job
“for many years now has been health… I think I know a lot about health..”
However, Shkreli isn’t a doctor or any other type of clinical medical professional. What is he known for, you ask?
Shkreli is a well known entrepreneur and former pharmaceutical executive. Most recently, he was arrested on federal charges of securities fraud. He has resigned as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and is currently out on bail.
According to Time,
In August, the Shkreli-run company Turing Pharmaceuticals bought an older drug called Daraprim. It’s used to treat a parasitic infection that can be deadly for people with HIV or cancer. The company raised the price of the drug from $13.50 per tablet to $750. Many observers saw the move as price-gouging, which Shkreli denied. “This isn’t the greedy drug company trying to gouge patients, it is us trying to stay in business,” he said at the time.
Following a massive backlash, Shkreli said he would lower the price of the drug. But then he changed his mind. After Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Shkreli to lower the price of the drug, he responded with a flippant “lol.”
Forbes even questioned how investors thought it was a good idea to support Shkreli’s pharmaceutical ventures,
He had no real experience in drug or disease research, caring for patients, drug development or any relevant field.
In short, Shkreli is in no way fit and doesn’t possess any true medical background to be able to diagnose anyone. Yes, that includes Hillary Clinton. Furthermore, the entire video seems like a stunt to keep himself relevant amidst his legal battle.
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