November 24, 2015
Turing Pharmaceuticals got into a lot of trouble a few months ago when it took a relatively inexpensive drug and jacked up the price by 5,000 percent.
CEO Martin Shkreli's company bought the rights to Daraprim in August, then immediately raised the price from $13.50 to $750. The drug is used to treat toxoplasma gondii parasite, which can cause seizures, blindness, and neurological damage in people with compromised immune systems. It is often used by individuals battling cancer or HIV.
Following an online backlash, Shkreli promised to lower the price of the drug. However, he refused to commit to a specific amount.
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal revealed the drug's cost would be lowered by 50% to $375 per pill. The discount will only be applied to hospitals and will be based upon how much of the drug they actually require.
This means that once a patient is out of the hospital, they will have to cover the full $750 per pill.
"Martin Shkreli is not pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes," responded Human Rights Committee (HRC) President Chad Griffin. "After increasing the price of Daraprim by 5,000 percent, he now proposes to gouge critically ill people upwards of $375 for a drug that used to cost just a few dollars
"His desire to turn a profit at any cost and brazen disregard for the well-being of the most vulnerable patients – including people with HIV and pregnant women – is appalling and contemptible."
Yes, Shkreli is still very much a dick. (Is it too early for him to be visited by three ghosts?)
Turing To Cut Price Of Drug Daraprim As Much As 50% [Wall Street Journal]
Martin Shkreli is planning to cut the price of the drug he hiked by as much as 50% [Business Insider]
Reid Ewing is gay.
The 27-year-old actor, best known for playing Sarah Hyland’s boyfriend Dylan on Modern Family, revealed the news over the weekend.
On Thursday, The Huffington Post published an article by Ewing where he opened up about his struggle with body dysmorphia and addiction to plastic surgery. He started getting work done when he was only 19 years old.
“I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt," he wrote
While talking about his article on Twitter, he revealed that he was gay.
He tweeted: "Saw Eugene Bata on @GMA in the Body Dysmorphia segment connected to my article and I just want to say he is hot [as fuck]."
When asked if he had just outed himself, Ewing said, "I was never in."
Hopefully he's over his plastic surgery obsession and able to recognize what a hottie he is.
November 23, 2015
Durex thinks a rubber would be a nice addition to the emoji family.
"Sex is global and so are emojis. But there's something missing," the condom company explained, saying that this particular emoji would help in the promotion of safer sex.
“Emojis of this sort will enable young people to overcome embarrassment around the discussion of safe sex, encourage conversation and raise awareness of the importance of using condoms in protecting against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS,” Durex's marketing director Karen Chisholm added in a statement.
So the company started a campaign called #CondomEmoji, hoping social media users will use the hashtag to get approval for a condom-shaped symbol.
According to a Durex survey, 84 per cent of people between the ages of 18 to 25 said they felt more comfortable talking about sex with emojis. More concerning, the same survey found that one-third of respondents said didn't care about safe sex at all. (We doubt a condom emoji would do anything at all to change that.)
The Unicode Consortium is responsible for many of the emojis people use today. Apple also has a set of its own. It often takes up to a year for a new emoji to get approved.
We think a condom emoji is great, but we doubt it'll have the influence Durex is suggesting.