Australian students reproduce $750 malaria drug for just $2 per dose

Australian students reproduce $750 malaria drug for just $2 per dose

A group of Australian students successfully reproduced an active ingredient for a life-saving, anti-parasitic drug called Daraprim for just $2 per dose, a little fraction of the drug’s current list price of $750 a dose.

Global media, pharmaceutical executives and others have praising the students from Sydney Grammar School, saying they proved that of that science and technology will solve problems of human suffering in the 21st century.

Martin Shkreli, a former pharmaceutical executive, said, “These Australian students are proof that the 21st century economy will solve problems of human suffering … We should congratulate these students for their interest in chemistry and I’ll be excited about what is to come in this STEM-focused 21st century.”

It is interesting to note here that Shkreli is the same former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who had triggered a wave of outrage among patients as well as American lawmakers by increasing the price of Daraprim drug by more than 5,000 per cent.

The team of six students and their chemistry teacher worked under the guidance of members of the Open Source Malaria consortium and the University of Sydney to reproduce the active ingredient for the life-saving drug.

The anti-parasitic Daraprim drug is used to fight back potentially deadly infections in pregnant women, AIDS patients and others.


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