PAYBACK The American speculator was also banned for life from the pharmaceutical industry

Martin Shkreli, who had multiplied by 55 the price of a drug, ordered to return 64 million dollars

The speculator of the drug Martin Shkreli during a hearing before the US Congress on February 4, 2016. — Susan Walsh/AP/SIPA

The affair had earned him the title of most hated man. from America. The “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, who had multiplied by 55 the price of a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis in 2015, was condemned Friday at; return $64.6 million in profits earned through speculation deemed illegal under antitrust laws. He is also banished to; life of any position in the pharmaceutical industry.

According to a New York judge, Shkreli, by buying the exclusive rights in the United States for daraprim (trade name of pyrimethamine) and then lowering the price of a tablet from 13.5 to 750 dollars, abused of its dominant position, in particular by blocking the arrival of generics.

The sum must be returned to; several States which had carried complaint and who will be responsible for compensating the victims.

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The bad boy of Wall Street, who was particularly attracted to the wrath of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, was also illustrated; by buying back exclusively a never-released Wu-Tang Can album for $2 million. He had then been suspended by Twitter for harassing a journalist.

Above all, Martin Shkreli has been; condemned to 7 years in prison in 2018 for bank fraud in another case. He could be eligible for parole next November.