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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. drug executive Martin Shkreli, dubbed the “pharma bro” and vilified for raising the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000 percent, was suspended by Twitter on Sunday for harassing a female journalist.

Shkreli, a supporter of Republican President-elect Donald Trump, had dogged freelance reporter Lauren Duca, including sending her requests for dates, after she wrote an op-ed piece for Teen Vogue that was critical of Trump.

Shkreli, who caused controversy for hiking the price of an anti-parasitic drug to $750 a dose while head of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, had his Twitter account suspended for harassment, the San Francisco-based microblogging service said in an emailed statement.

After the suspension, Duca tweeted, “Why is harassment an automatic career hazard for a woman receiving any amount of professional attention?”

Duca had drawn media attention for her article in December arguing that Trump had conned U.S. voters. Shkreli then tweeted about trying to date her, and he sent her an invitation on Thursday to attend Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration as his guest.

Duca replied on Twitter, “I would rather eat my own organs.”

Shkreli later posted a collage of photos of Duca, and updated his profile picture with a photo of Duca and her husband showing Shkreli’s face superimposed over that of her spouse.

Duca retweeted the pictures on Sunday, asking Twitter founder and Chief Executive Jack Dorsey why they were allowed on the social network. “I feel sick,” she wrote.

Shkreli, who is in his 30s, became known as the “pharma bro” after he taunted detractors who criticized him for increasing the price of the drug Daraprim.

He was forced to step down as Turing chief executive in 2015 amid criminal and civil securities fraud charges alleging he ran a Ponzi-like scheme while at the hedge fund MSMB Capital Management and while he was top executive at Retrophin Inc, another drug company.

Turing is the subject of antitrust probes by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general’s office stemming from its increase in the Daraprim price.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Alan Crosby)

IMAGE: Martin Shkreli, former chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc, departs after a hearing at U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.,October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson – RTSSBLL

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10 responses to “‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli Suspended From Twitter For Harassment”

  1. While we’re on the subject, it would be a marvelous jester to upbraid the child President-Elect Trump by suspending his Twitter account. God knows he’s capable of doing far more harm than he already has. A satanic force indeed has firmly grabbed Trump and Shkreli by their throats.

    • dpaano says:

      So very true…..his bullying disposition and impulsive nature will get this country in major trouble….I can see it now. As for this idiot….he’s another rich kid with a narcissistic attitude! If Twitter can dismiss his account; then they should also keep a sharp eye on Trump’s account. He has belittled more people with his tweets then anyone else! I agree, he IS capable of more harm than Shkreli! The problem is….the harm will be to those of us who voted or didn’t vote for him….he only cares for his OWN safety and doesn’t stop and think of what his actions or words will do to this nation!
      As for Trump’s comment about Meryl Streep being “over rated,” he needs to look in the mirror at himself. He is the most over-rated individual in the world today!!!

      • Dan S says:

        Man and I thought Trump looks so damned smug then I see this little parasite smirking as he screws over millions of people needing these life saving drugs at a reasonable cost. Why am I not surprised he supports Trump ? ????

    • Dan S says:

      Wouldn’t that be nice ? The only downside to that is then we know even less what’s churning in his feeble sick brain. Of course we don’t need the snarks of trashing an outstanding actress like Meryl Streep. She’s anything but a has been but like a fine wine that just gets better with age. I’m sure most of us care more about what she’s says than what Donnie says

      • dpaano says:

        Donnie is just jealous because she’s better than he is and has won more awards and accolades than he has! He has a major problem with people who are better than he is!

        • Dan S says:

          That pretty much sums up half of America who recognized Donnie for who he was that are better than him. He only measures success by the size of his bank account and the number of Twitter followers he has. If all his wealth and fame suddenly vanished tomorrow no one not even his own family would stick around

  2. jmprint says:

    I think this world is being invaded by frogs.

  3. Thoughtopsy says:

    I can’t wait until “Pharma-douche” contracts a disease that I can buy the patent to.

    The price will be set at 2 x his entire Net Worth.
    If he can raise more than that then the price will also go up to double whatever he last offered.

    Should be educational for him. Until he dies.

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