Martin Shkreli is a 32 year old man that is the chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Recently, his company acquired the rights to Daraprim, an HIV medication as to which he elevated the price of it by 5000%. As a result of this, social media has been in an uproar, so much so that he has been officially named the most hated man on the internet.
Before Mr. Shkreli acquired the ownership of Daraprim, a single dose of the drug went for $13.50. However, after he acquired the company he elevated the price to $750 per pill. And while it may be true that the pharmaceuticals industry tend to elevate the prices for certain products, in general most companies tend to do this quietly due to a fear of public outcry and legal backlash. Mr. Shkreli on the other hand, has been quite outspoken and unapologetic.
The drug that he raised the price of is utilized to treat toxoplasmosis which is a parasitic food-borne affliction that affects individuals who have immune systems that have been compromised. As such, many individuals who have HIV/AIDS depend on this drug in order for them to survive. As a result of this, social media has been ranting about the fact that Mr. Shkrelie would raise the price of a drug that literally saves people’s lives.
However, Shkreli has been attempting to defend himself by going on financial networks and social media sites such as Twitter. He proclaims in his defense that the price of the drug as it stands at the elevated price, is still significantly lower than its true value and that the reason for the price hike was primarily due to a need for research and development. However, whenever Shkreli is confronted through his social media profile on Twitter, he responds to the criticism by making disdainful remarks. For example, one individual proclaimed that the price hike would essentially kill people and put thousands of middle class people into debt. His response to that particular statement was, “Ain’t my problem.”
As a result of this, social media has been taunting him by harassing and threatening him on his social media profiles and circulating hilarious memes about him in an attempt to show him how much he is hated for the decision that he made. Not only is social media buzzing about their level of hatred for the most hated man on the internet. Some of the most prominent blogs such as Unilad, The Daily Beast, and ATTN have made an abundance of posts criticizing the actions of the most hated man on the internet.