Former Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli became known as “the most hated man in America” after his company acquired the manufacturing license for an antiparasitic drug and abruptly raised the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. (It didn’t help that he turned out to be the person who paid $2 million for the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s latest album and won’t share it.) In December he was arrested on fraud charges to which he has responded with a characteristically smug attitude. Now he’s trolling Rep. Elijah Cummings on Twitter.
Cummings, whose district includes over half of Baltimore City, is the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, which recently subpoenaed Shkreli to testify at a hearing on prescription drug pricing next week.
Shkreli tagged Cummings in a tweet accusing him and his fellow legislators of “whining”:
House busy whining to healthcare reporters about me appearing for their chit chat next week. Haven’t decided yet. Should I? @RepCummings
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) January 20, 2016
Cummings’s take on the situation was less snotty, but plenty forceful. “I have been trying for the better part of a year to get information from Martin Shkreli about his outrageous price increases, and he has obstructed our investigation at every turn,” Cummings said. “He claims publicly that he wants to explain to Congress how drug pricing works. On Tuesday, he will get his chance.”
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