By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli proudly continues his tenure as the industry’s greatest pariah. Speaking before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a hearing on prescription drug prices, Mr. Shkreli displayed what can only be described as utter contempt for the proceeding and his own hubris.
Mr. Shkreli invoked his Fifth Amendment rights when questioned by the committee, which of course is his right, but throughout the committee’s questioning he demeaned representatives with gestures such as rolling his eyes, playing with a pencil, and giving smirks. It is certain to garner almost equally the infamy of those smirks of Bernie Madoff.
The video below speaks for itself.
At the end of the hearing, Mr. Shkreli tweeted his contempt for the committee in a manner that is only certain to preserve his reputation as an arrogant, self-centered man having only regard for his own playboy image and that his self-importance is above the various people for which his former drug company allegedly sought to provide benefit.
The pharmaceutical industry itself should be worried by crass demonstrations by CEOs of other companies as it is only certain to invite greater scrutiny and unfavorable legislation enacted by Congress.
By Darren Smith
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