HERE TO HELP: Pharma Bro Wants Out of Jail to Help Develop Coronavirus Cure
Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli is pleading to be let out of jail in order to use his pharmaceutical expertise to help design a cure for the coronavirus.
Shkreli is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for securities fraud. He is asking for a three-month furlough on his sentence because he believes that his experience in the industry can help end the coronavirus pandemic.
“As a successful two-time biopharma entrepreneur, having purchased multiple companies, invented multiple new drug candidates, filed numerous INDs and clinical trial applications, I am one of the few executives experienced in ALL aspects of drug development from molecule creation and hypothesis generation,” Shkreli wrote in a scientific paper that was published this week.
Shkreli is claiming that he and his team have done state-of-the-art research finding eight possible cures to the coronavirus. Shkreli believes that they would be able to determine what is the cure and save untold lives if he is freed. Christie Smythe, a journalist who is profiling Shkreli for a book, claims that his paper is a real “research project he’s been working on, not for any profit motive.”
Shkreli believes that Big Pharma’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been “inadequate” and his innovative mind can solve the problems that the bought-and-paid-for corporate executives cannot.
“Donations from these very valuable companies do not go far enough,” Shkreli wrote. “The biopharmaceutical industry has a large braintrust of talent that is not working on this problem, as companies have deprioritized or even abandoned infectious disease research.”
If he receives the three-month furlough that he is lobbying for, Shkreli maintains that he does “not expect to profit in any way, shape or form from coronavirus-related treatments.” He claims that “any company developing a coronavirus drug should seek to recoup its cost at most and be willing to perform the work as a civil service at the least.”
Big League Politics reported on the railroading of Shkreli when the deep state sentenced him to a long prison sentence in 2018:
Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who was slandered by the entire mainstream media following his necessary decision to increase the price of an AIDS medication has been sentenced to seven years in prison. While the entire media claimed he was being greedy, and price gouging at the expense of those who require his drug to live, the facts prove different.
But the charges he was prosecuted for had nothing to do with the supposed “price gouging,” it was for defrauding investors…
Shkreli will be credited for six months he already served stemming from an arrest based around him making a joke, offering $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair. Along with being sentenced to seven years in prison, the federal government has seized $7.6 million in assets from Shkreli, including his one of a kind Wu-Tang Clan album he paid $2 million for.
If he cannot receive his requested furlough, President Trump should consider a commutation for Shkreli’s sentence in the name of public health.